Post # 1
Hello my dear bees,
I have been an avid reader for a little over a year now. I enjoyed all the discussions and posts by each and everyone of you. Recently, I came to hear about my best friend’s "nightmare" (for the purpose of anonimity, let’s call her Ceecee) with her wedding photographer. Ceecee booked her photographer months ahead, contract signed, deposit given, all is well and awaiting for the special day to arrive.
Two weeks back, the photographer called her and asked if she could move her wedding reception schedule earlier to accomodate him leaving early that evening so that he would be able to get to the next city over to shoot for another wedding the following morning. Mr. PhotogShocker would leave his assistant to cover the remaining photography coverage for the rest of the evening. Ceecee was too shocked and appalled to even think straight that she said she would get back to him about it.
After gathering herself together, Ceecee was furious that Mr. PhotogShocker had the right mind to even ask the bridal couple change their plans to accomodate him. That was downright unprofessional. Ceecee wrote an email to Mr. PhotogShocker and told him a big NO seeing that they were the first to book him, they had arranged flight reservations for him, there was no way they were going to change their wedding plans for him nor would they entertain any changes that differs from the contract which they signed. Mr. PhotogShocker replied to Ceecee with a short email saying that it’s okay and no changes.
While it may all appear to have be resolved, my dear friend Ceecee is still upset over the fact that she had paid a tremendous package for Mr. PhotogShocker’s services and had to experience such unprofessionalism. In fact, she is even fearing that Mr. PhotogShocker may just decide to leave early on the night of the evening itself seeing that he has another booking commitment the following day.
I am sharing this piece to seek advice from you experienced bees as well as loyal readers to hear what you have to say. What can I say to Ceecee to help her deal with Mr. PhotogSHocker? Is there something else that she can do to assure that Mr. PhotogShocker will not give her and the groom a heart attack?
Post # 3
- 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
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
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
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.