Post # 1
First post for me – just found out by internet search that my photog has moved across the country! he didn’t inform me of the move but it was already in the works when he accepted my deposit. I feel llike the trust between us has been broken. After he rec’d my deposit, his service has been spotty at best. he doesn’t respond to my emails and 4 months later I still haven’t rec’d my contract for the wedding. I feel like I should find a new photog now as the trust is gone (and so is he!) but if he still plans to come back for my wedding do you think I would be able to get my deposit back? Has this ever happened to anyone else? In my opinion, he has acted in bad faith by not telling me when he took my deposit.
What should I do? Thanks in advance, this is the first hiccup encountered in the wedding planning so far.
Post # 3
@mayajane: This happened to my friend (albeit her photog told her she was moving). She still came back to do the wedding though and didn’t require my friend to pay any travel costs.
First you have to actually be able to get in touch with your photog. If you don’t have a signed contract, you don’t really have anything to go on at the moment.
Post # 4
@mayajane: Why did you give them any money without signing a contract? Do you have any documentation showing that the payment was a deposit?
I hope they didnt scam you and take your money. 🙁 Best of luck. I would go with a new photographer.
Post # 5
If you didn’t sign a contract, your bad. Nothing you can do about it in court. More less, he scammed you, you probably can’t get your money back. unless you succeed at contacting him.
Lesson learned. Look for another photographer, never put a deposit down unless you sign a contract first.
Post # 6
I rec’d a receipt for the deposit. It includes the package I chose and when the final payment is due
He’s a real guy, he did my engagement photos last year but has now moved without telling me. I don’t think it’s a scam.
Post # 7
@mayajane: Agree with PP’s… no way you should have paid any money without having the signed contract first! No wonder you can’t get in contact with him… he’d probably prefer to forget that you exist and just keep the money you paid, and if he does this, what are you going to do about it? Do you have any proof that you paid him anything?
It sounds like you did not hire a professional photographer. As the other bees have said, lesson learned, time to move on and find yourself an actual *professional* who knows what they are doing and has legitimate business practices.
ETA: ok, glad to know you do have a receipt. In that case, he is likely still planning to travel back for your wedding… but he still needs to be responsive to you. And he needs to get you the contract. If this doesn’t happen ASAP I would cut your losses and try to find someone else.
Post # 8
WHY did you wait 4 months for a contract without raising hell? Or picking another photographer? Huge red flag – totally unprofessional!
Post # 9
Ask him. Just call him and say “hey dude I hear you moved – do you plan on that causing problems with you showing up on my wedding day?”
I wouldn’t worry about it too much (the distance, that is) – many, many people will fly their favorite photographers in from out of state or even out of the country to shoot their weddings. Having a local photographer is nice, but definitely not necessary.
How much contact were you expecting to have with him prior to the wedding? Other than getting your contract squared away (which, btw needs to be done immediately) there shouldn’t be *too* much else to be said/asked until you get closer, right?
Post # 10
Ummm, I’d give the guy a break. It’s going to take a while for him to rebuild his business in a new location, so he’ll probably still be taking weddings in your area for a while. As long as he doesn’t try to charge you travel now I think he’ll fly back for your wedding and everything will be just fine. The only thing that concerns me is that he hasn’t been responsive, BUT he is in the middle of moving so I’d give him a chance because you won’t get your deposit back if he plans on flying back for you for no travel. Just let him know your concerns and I’m sure he’ll put you at ease. If he has nothing comforting to say like (I’ll be flying in a day or two early… here are my plans yada yada) then I might start worrying.