Photographer shocker

posted 12 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
38 posts
  • Wedding: May 2007 - Wynbrick Center - a historic mansion in my hometown.

Wow–talk about unprofessional!

Since this guy seems pretty shady and untrustworthy, if it were me in that situation I’d assign a friend or relative (someone who’s not in the bridal party but who wants to help out) to ‘shadow’ the photog all night; make sure he doesn’t sneak out early.  I’m not suggesting they literally stalk him or anything, but they should always make sure he’s visible to them.  Give them a *copy* (not the original!) of the couple’s contract with the photog, ready to pull out and wave around in his face in case he tries to escape.

 Also, I’m no expert on wedding insurance, but I think it might cover this sort of situation if the photog does somehow flake out…that might be something Ceecee would want to investigate.

 HTH, and that it all works out OK!

Post # 4
22 posts
  • Wedding: January 2008

And, if he does skip out, let us know who he is!

What a bummer! I’m looking around for a photographer now, too, and would completely flip out if my photog suggested that. Does she have a contract? If she really doesn’t feel comfortable, she should find someone whom she does feel comfy with–and who won’t skip out early to make more cash off of some other bride!

Post # 5
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Well, is your friend paying by the hour?  Does he want to skip out 1 hr early or are we talking about 3 or more hrs early?  Granted I would be just as pissed if this happened to me but I’m not sure if you want to piss off your photographer right before your wedding in case he decides to take really crappy pics for you and doesn’t do a good job on the touching up of the photos.  Also, if it’s one of those photographers where you choose how much you want to buy of the pics after wedding don’t piss him off because he will probably not be willing to negotiate on price at that point.

Just a thought.  🙂

Post # 6
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

That does sound like an unprofessional thing of him to ask, but I just wonder about his motivation for asking.  Is it possible that the photographer was contacting her to ask if she would move the reception time, and was going to base his decision on whether or not to take on the photography contract for the next day on what her response was?  If so, then he was just checking to see if he was able to make it to the next day’s event, and based on her response, he may have just decided not to do the next day’s event and that’s the end of it.  It is fairly ridiculous to ask a couple to move their wedding plans, but maybe he’s a rookie, I don’t know…

I think Mrs. Blueberry’s suggestion to have someone shadow him covertly is a great one, just to keep tabs on him since he said he would stay.  Other than that though, I would let it go.  He shouldn’t have asked, but when she said no, he did say that was okay so hopefully it won’t have any negative impact on her wedding day.  It’s not something she has any control over until the wedding day, so it will just add unnecessary stress.

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