(Closed) Photographer MIA!

posted 12 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
424 posts
Helper bee

I feel guilty when I don’t return call or email within a day or two so there is definitely something up if you haven’t been able to get a hold of him in two months. Was is just one call and one email?  Does he have a blog?  Have you checked when it was last updated?  Have you done a google search for his company to see if there are other brides looking for him?  These are pretty big red flags and I would start looking for a back up photographer asap.

Post # 4
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I second the pp….how many times have you tried to contact him?  At this point he would be getting one phone call and one email from me.  Per day.  And, in the mean time, I would start looking for a back up.  And perhaps mention that you’re looking in one of your messages.  I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this!

Post # 5
548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I agree with the other girls….track him down anyway you can – blog, phone, email, studio visits – whatever it takes. He will catch on that you need a response to calm your doubts about him.

Have you googled for reviews about him? I hope no one else has had these same issues. Hope you get ahold of him!

Post # 6
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

Family emergencies that take you away for extended periods really do happen, so there *might* be an explanation for this.

That said, those types of emergencies/situations are few and far between. I agree with everyone about tracking him down any way you can, including an in-person visit to the studio, if necessary. I also agree with finding a back-up photographer. Even if he does respond, and even if you get everything you were promised, unless there’s a reasonable explanation for his not getting back to you that you’re 100% comfortable with, I would hire a different photographer for your wedding day.

As a newer photographer, I hate to say this, but… The market is flooded with sort-of fly-by-night photographers with a camera and a website, but not much of a real, established business beneath it. That’s why the craigslist ads and too-good-to-be-true deals I see all the time make me so nervous. Is this a reputable photographer with a true history/following/client base? Do you know any other folks who have used him? Might they have any additional contact information for him?

Good luck–I hope everything gets resolved quickly and easily!


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