Photographer Left An Hour Early: What to say to her?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
9939 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Talk to the photographer and find out if what you’ve posted is what happened.  Or, since you have severe anxiety about things like this maybe just let it go?

Post # 3
616 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

If you are already happy with the sneak peaks, I woudln’t say anything. The hour that they are actually physically there is a fraction of what they charge for, most of it would be for the editing time, etc. For one hour of a reception, if it were me, I wouldn’t say anything for the $250 it would work out to.

Post # 4
7564 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you are upset about it, just talk to them. I can almost promise you it was simply an honest mistake on their part, espeically considering you mentioned that everyone was having a hard time keeping track of what time it really was.

I’m a wedding photographer, and while I’ve never had this happen I have a photog friend who did do it accidentally. The couple had added time on at the last minute, and in the craziness of changing their timeline around the additional hour was missing from the photographers timeline. They had verbally discussed it but wedding days are beyond hectic for us and we’re only human. She realized after she had left and been gone about 15 minutes, turned around and went right back. She felt horrible and compensated them for it, and they were totally fine.

Maybe ask your photographer if she’s let you “trade” that missed hour for a canvas? That’s something I do for my couples pretty frequently if they’ve got me for a certain number of hours but their reception isn’t super busy. I hate for my couples to have me standing around an additional hour taking photos of nothing when they could have something tangible. 

Post # 5
1524 posts
Bumble bee

I’m surprised they would just up and leave if there were still major pieces of the wedding still happening. To me that seems unprofessional considering that they were hired to capture the event. And tbh, 6 PM seems a bit early. I could understand bowing out after the dances and speeches are all done.  However, this seems like a cop out to point to the time as the only deciding factor here. They were responsible for capturing your wedding and reception. Not just parts of it.

That said, I would wait to get your photos back before saying anything about it. I wouldnt haggle for a refund but as PP said maybe an additional photo piece or canvas can be a compromise.

Post # 6
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I totally get your concern because something similar happened to me.  When booking the photographer, we needed to pay for an extra 3 hours because if not she wouldn’t be able to capture the full reception and that was important to us. so we paid extra to have the 2 photographers stay an extra 3 hours (so until 11 pm). well at about 7:30pm she came to me to tell me she had to leave but her other photographer was staying..

I am simply waiting to get my pictures before I mention anything about getting a partial refund for the extra hours I paid for seeing as I didn’t have her for the full 3 hours (she left 2.5 hrs early) and the photographer that remained was not the main photographer so I don’t know how those pictures will turn out.

I would wait until you receive your pictures before saying anything.

Post # 7
2971 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

I think this is the type of thing that can be addressed without it coming off as accusatory or demanding.

I’d just shoot her an email saying something along the lines of you are so happy with the sneak peek you have seen and are very excited to see the rest of them when they’re ready, but you noticed there ended up being some confusion about the time due to phone syncs and time zone issues and they were available for one hour less of the reception than had been negotiated before. 

If you got all the shots you wanted it probably isn’t worth it to start a big issue over it or to try to get a refund, but perhaps bringing it up politely and respectfully will cause her to want to go above and beyond – maybe she will finish your edits early or offer a couple of prints at no charge or a mini one-hour shoot on your anniversary.. it’s worth at least seeing what she says about it.

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