photographer screwed up big time

posted 6 months ago in Emotional
Post # 2
455 posts
Helper bee

No! You’re not wrong. Leave a review if he has a website as well detailing all you have listed here. I’m really sorry this happened to you bee I would be livid that those memories and moments were not captured. I’d also send out and email to all guests asking for all their photos of the wedding. Hopefully between them you can find some of the shots you are looking for. 

Post # 3
2678 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

alfalfasprout10518 :  Sorry, that blows. My photographer was horrible also, although I didn’t realize it till I got the photos back and saw that I could have taken better photos with my iPhone. So frustrating, I should have said something but I didn’t, were going to pay someone else to re-edit our photos. I feel your pain!

Good for you for calling him out, and if he offered to not cash the check that would lead me to believe he knows he messed up. I don’t think you’re wrong at all.

Post # 5
1005 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

alfalfasprout10518 :  Did you sign a contract with him? Look it over and highlight all the points that the Photographer was responsible for that they did not do and decide if you need to take any more action.

Offering to not cash the last check was probably the best he could do in this situation. Leave an honest review and ask your friends if they have any pictures. Use the money you saved to take pictures with your husband for your anniversary <3

Post # 6
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Hall

Oh no girl I’m so sorry to hear about that. Let me just say I hope your wedding turned out amazing regardless of the photo aspect. Try and relax and enjoying you guys just getting married! I know you didn’t get great pictures for the wedding and it’s upsetting that’s one of my big fears as well. I would consider finding another photographer or a close family friend that can take good pictures, get into your dress makeup etc. your bridal party/ important people in the wedding.  have a photo shoot in a nice spot. And get photos you will like better. Wishing you the best alfalfasprout10518 :  

Post # 7
3083 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

OMG, I’m so sorry 🙁

I think you are absolutely right to withhold payment. If he demands payment, talk to a lawyer because frankly he didn’t provide anything remotely close to the service you contracted him for so I honestly think that contract law is on your side on this but it’s best to get an opinion from someone trained in and familiar with the law in your jurisdiction.

I would be absolutely livid if I was in your shoes. My fiance and I aren’t huge picture people so one of the few times we go out of our way to pay for, plan and pose for high quality photos I expect to be happy with the results! And to have no quality images of the ceremony and reception is really disheartening. I hope guests were able to get you some of the shots you wanted most.

I am really, really sorry. That sucks. Hopefully you will eventually be able to move on from this but I’m sure as shit not going to tell you to just get over it .. your feelings are absolutely justified here. I opened this thread assuming it was gonna be a massive over-reaction but that is definintely not the impression I’m getting from you.

Post # 9
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

Oh Bee I am so sorry. I would do what the other Bee’s said. Leave a review. Don’t let him get away with it. If you saw a review of him that wasn’t so good, would you have used him? So your voice makes a differance. It was unfair to what he did to you guys. Hopefully your family and friends took some awesome pics so you can have those as beautiful memories.

Post # 11
6003 posts
Bee Keeper

CANCEL that cheque asap. And then write a review. If you are comfortable, I would include some of the pictures in the review. Because reading/hearing “well the cake cutting picture wasn’t very flattering” might be putting it lightly when all you see is double chins and nose hairs! 

I’m so sorry you don’t get all the beautiful pictures though. Hopefully you found a few that you love and can hang. 

Post # 12
4476 posts
Honey bee

alfalfasprout10518 :  Wow that’s bad. Normally I wouldn’t advise asking for the raw shots but in this case, it is an exception! He should refund you and give uou what he has. Yikes. 

Post # 14
869 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

alfalfasprout10518 :  What time was he supposed to show up for your wedding? How many hours of coverage did you pay for? How much did he charge?

The stuff you describe makes it seem like you booked a very amateur photographer. I’m also surprised there was not a second shooter…every photographer I interviewed had one or two assistants. This allows the main photographer to stay with you, while the second shooter gets pictures of the venue. etc. 

Post # 15
3439 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

Awe bee, thats so crappy. I’m sorry! Hopefully more guest pics trickle in, but I completely understand your feelings! It’s so disappointing when you go through the effort of hiring someone because you’ve seen and like their work and they let you down like that. At least he offered to not cash the cheque. I wonder if highlighting areas of the contract where he messed up and sending him a copy would help you get the raw images he refused to send?  best of luck to you, I hope he changes his tune about that. 

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