Post # 16
As someone who has filed several small claims suits against clients who breached their contacts (usually by not paying) he’s probably banking on the fact that 1) small claims takes a long time 2) collecting on small claims is often difficult or impossible. Especially if he has an LLC that has no money in it. you can’t get blood from a stone. Best to start with negative reviews and see where that goes, if it goes nowhere then I would get a lawyer vs going through small claims.
Post # 17
So what my lawyer friend said was it was definitely a breach…and that I would almost definitely win in small claims court. She drafted a letter for me to send him. I emailed him and asked for his address so I could send it and he said “give me the lawyers name and number, I’m not talking to you anymore.”
I asked her what to do. She said just email the letter, and then as the letter states, if we don’t get the files within 3 days, I’ll file in small claims court. There’s a lot of legal jargon and law stuff in the letter, so he going to know I didn’t make it up lol. She works for a firm, and she can’t actually mediate anything unless I go in and pay a retainer, which she did offer to discount, but she said it would still be a few hundred dollars, and that she doesn’t think it’s necessary to do that anyway.
I told him I couldn’t give out her info without her advising me what to do, and he said “at this point you probably owe ME money.” My husband and I just laughed.
The letter also says that in addition to the photos, we’d ask for reimbursement for what we paid him, and for legal fees.
Hes being very stubborn, and I do believe he will let me take him to court, which I fully intend on doing. I’m planning to go either Friday or Tuesday and file.
She he said the court date would be in about 2 months, and hopefully getting served would scare him straight. I don’t even want our money back, I literally just want to be able to print out our wedding photos like we agreed upon.
Post # 18
I had to take ex-roommates to small claims court in college because they moved our, refused to pay rent, and left me high and dry with past due utilities payments. I had them served all their paperwork and kept track of every single penny I spent between gas money to go to the court house, stamps for mailings, having them served, literally EVERYTHING. Long story short, they didn’t show up to court and refused to pay so I had to submit them to a debtor’s exam; once again their paperwork was served. They STILL refused to pay in front of a judge so they were held in contempt of court and sent to jail (all over $500 bucks really?!). I ended up getting their bail money and they owed me over $1,000 in the end after all expenses. I hope this photographer gives in before he drags you through this. Will be worth it in the end though! I wish you luck and hope you get all the photos you are owed!
Post # 19
Lets hope he doesn’t “lose” the files in the meantime. Good luck, Bee. I am glad the contract turned out to be clear and covers what you are asking for. Not glad that he isn’t fulfilling it 🙁
Post # 20
I really hope he doesn’t do anything to the wedding pictures! Hope you get this sorted
Post # 22
- Wedding: November 2016 - Muhlhauser Barn
im sorry youre going through this Bee!
How did you find this guy and what made you hire him? any red flags that you see now looking back? hopefully with your insight you might help other brides look out for those red flags when choosing a photographer! I hope everything turns out ok!
Post # 23
He was someone a friend of mine knows. He was trying to build his business, and his price was reasonable. Part of the attraction was that we could print the photos ourselves….a lot of photographers in the area charge a LOT more but include photo packages…we figured we’d just make the prints ourselves and save some money.
Looking back, there were a few things. He was young, and when we met with him, he went over the whole day with us, wrote down all the info…etc. The next time we met with him, he did that all again….like, he behaved as his we hadn’t already done all of that, wrote everything down again. He didn’t do well with posing, so I came up with a lot of ideas for our engagement shots. (He said it’s not his style to do portraits, he just likes everything natural.) He wanted me to give him a specific list of all the photos I wanted on our wedding day, which I’ve heard normally photographers don’t like being micromanaged. He didn’t show up with a second photographer like he was supposed to, which caused a lot of stress before the wedding because he was running back and forth and I couldn’t get my dress on until he was there. Then during photos in between the ceremony and reception, he hadn’t printed the list at all…he just grabbed his phone and looked at it once, and then just “winged” it. He took a lot of shots that we didn’t ask for, and then didn’t get some shots that were on the list. The flower girls were having a meltdown so we just let everyone go.
My husband and I are not like, anal or micromanagers or anything. We knew that if anything went wrong at our wedding, it would probably be him…but we still were like “as long as we get a few good photos of us, we are happy. We don’t need every little detail photographed.” Unfortunately, we didn’t even get the photos! Lol.
He doesn’t have a website, he mainly uses Facebook and referrals I think. I will definitely lost bad reviews wherever I can, but with this guy, I think going to court is the only option. He won’t be scared by a bad review.
Post # 25
Frankly this guy seems like an idiot. He’s young so I’m guessing he’s trying to gain traction for his business, why is he burning bridges over a few hundred dollars when his success as a wedding photographer is on the line? (Exaggerating but negative reviews on a new photographer can obviously hurt and stop his business from going anywhere) anyway OP he breached his contract, the law should likely be completely on your side for this
Post # 26
Thinking about you, OP, and hoping you have received your photos by now!
Post # 27
Hope that filing for small claims court is enough to make him realize you’re serious.
Hopefully you have some good news for us soon!