(Closed) Photographer LOST pictures from my wedding

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 139
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Helper bee

I’m glad this is working out for you. Hopefully she has errors and omissions insurance, not proefessional liability. Liability will pay in the event that someone was injured etc by her at your event, but not her error of not backing up cards properly. Liability clauses are in place so that these matters don’t go to court. If she had properly protected herself in her contract she wouldn’t be making an insurance claim right now. You’d be getting a refund of your money and that would be that. The reality is that anyone can sue for anything. There are so many frivolous lawsuits that if there wasn’t strong language in our contracts to shut down lawsuits before they happen, we’d go bankrupt in legal fees. Well, not me. I live in Canada where no one really sues unless someone dies haha! If she does have E& O they will pay for pretty much an entire re-enactment of your wedding. And serioulsy people…lots of people have to get legally married at a courthouse and then have a formal celebration later. That doesn’t make it a “fake” wedding. I’ve shot a few and they are no less” real” than any other day. I’m sure you cherished your so much more for HAVING to wait! 

Post # 140
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406 posts
Helper bee

Just for all future brides your photographer needs

1. Liability insurance. May venues will need proof. That is there in case they injure or break something or someone. 

2. Equipement insurance. If they lose all their gear and your wedding is next weekend…they need replacements pronto

3. Errors and Omissions insurance: if a card corrupts, if they lose it, if they just totally screw it up, if they fail to appear because they fell off a bridge etc. 

Post # 141
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@Jbbee:  Many liability plans include errors and omissions coverage here rather than them being separate policies. But yes, I hope it’s not just equipment insurance!

Post # 142
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325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Piney River Ranch

So sorry this happened.  I can’t believe what people are saying.  It seems as though they’re trashing you for simply having a wedding when you were already married.  What I’d like to know what these people think of people who have vow renewal ceremonies??  Just because they’re already married doesn’t mean there is NO emotion connected to the ceremony and people who were there.  C’mon ladies… Just because OP and her husband were already married (legally) at the time of their wedding celebration doesn’t make the wedding celebration itself ANY less special.  There are emotions connected to the wedding celebration as far as having family and friends there with you.  Sure, they’ve already said vows in a courthouse to each other, but it’s not the same.  Put yourself in this poor girl’s shoes and realize that her recent wedding day was NO less special than your wedding day – legally married beforehand or not!!!

OP – I hope things work out the best for both you and your photographer.  It’s truly an unfortunate series of events but luckily it sounds like she had insurance and can help you put together another special event where she can be present to photograph it.

Post # 143
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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@jeni.deidre:  I worked as a paralegal for a criminal attorney. Whether or not I care about photos is irrelevant to the legal advice I pointed out. 

 

I’m not a child, I responded to you once and only continued posting to respond to replies to me. That is typically how a discussion board works.

 

No amount of legal recourse is going to fix this situation. Honestly, I think people are too quick to satiate a need for revenge. 

By the way, I flagged your response for insinuating I am a troll. I actually put a good deal of effort and thought into my response.

Good luck.

 

Post # 144
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Italiano\'s Humble

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@jeni.deidre:  You’ve been married for 3 years ALREADY, and just had this little vow renewal/elopement thing?

Also, you have 100 photos. Is there a specific amount in the contract, as in she has to provide you with a minimum of X amount of final and retouched photos? If not, you’re screwed and she’s fine. She’s got a product to deliver to you. NO JUDGE is going to grant you a second wedding day. Albeit, a THIRD wedding day. It sucks, but let me tell you, photos can be brought back in the digital age. How do you think they hunt down pedophiles using images YEARS after the original images were destroyed?

 

I feel bad you lost those images, but if she retouches those 100 and can make them good, then I feel like she’s done her job. Although, a kinda crappy one. At least she told you. A lot of professionals just run away from these situations.

 

 

Post # 145
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Italiano\'s Humble

jeni.deidre (message)    June 14, 2013  

 

I am so distraught right now. I don’t know what to do. My wedding was on June 14th. my photographer said by June 25th the images would be ready for viewing (even though our CONTRACT said one month out of the wedding).

 

 

 

jeni.deidre (message)    June 14, 2013  

 

@lovelyMsValentine:  I have been married to my husband for 3 years now. The wedding was important for our families (and for us, of course). I have no pictures with our families and they are why we decided to spend our money on a big wedding.

 

THIS is why some people are being ugly to you about a pretty princess day, darling. You’re already married, held a PPD(known to some as dressing up bc you weren’t happy with the decision of a court house ceremony, or very small wedding or wtfe the case), and NOW want to sue for  SECOND REENACTMENT.

 

 

 

give it up. stop talking shit to everyone. stop period. you got good advice, you got good heartfelt comments where a lot of women are truly sorry for you. but you don’t get the EXACT response you want and go stupid. good luck with that.

 

Post # 148
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@jeni.deidre:  You think the fact that you lied to your family and friends about the fact you were ALREADY MARRIED and that the whole ceremony was a show (since, again, you were already married) makes it better? Perhaps that’s where the Karma piece comes in that PP were talking about earlier in the thread. Whatever…. I’ll step out now since you don’t want to hear it.

Post # 149
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@jeni.deidre:  This image is so so sweet! If you’d like to send me the full resolution file ( and the guest is ok with it) I can do some editing on it to make it a bit brighter and better for printing. Let me know. =)

Post # 150
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199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

To the OP,

I had this same thing ALMOST happen to me.  My photog seperated out the “good” pics that she wanted to blog with, and then her computer had issues and the whole folder of good pics got corrupted.  So without saying anything about it she sent me the remaining pics  — the b-list pics, if you will — and I was very confused becuase I knew there was stuff she had taken pictures of that was missing — for example no pics of the kiss during the ceremony, cutting the cake, all the big moments!  So I sent her an email about it and THEN she told me what had happened.  She offered 20% off the price I had paid. 

I was pretty upset (especially because she was NOT upfront about what had happened), but I have to say I never even considered suing.  Like all photogs she has something in her contract about possibly losing the images — honestly I do not think you have a case, and your legal fees will far outweigh anything you can get out of it (I don’t think you will win, though).  I was going to haggle with her to get a larger refund back on my $ but then she realized she had backed up all the photos but forgotten about it (lol) so I ended up getting almost all my pics after all.

I do understand you are upset because I was too, but in that time where I thought all the good pics were gone I was trying to figure out how to put together an album from guest pics –in your case you also have video stills — and I came to realize it would be do-able.  Ultimately I think operating in “acceptance mode” will be more productive for you than suing, but of course it is your call.

 

Post # 151
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@cheetah2b:  Oh for the love this was uncalled for.  Did everyone get their wheaties pissed in this morning or what?!

They married the first time for LEGAL reasons, they did not have a wedding sitting in front of a clerk signing papers.  Had they had a wedding and then another wedding that would be a reenactment.  Getting married and throwing a wedding are two different things.  

GD sometimes we need xanax on the bee, for real.

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