(Closed) Photographer won't give us photos

posted 5 years ago in Emotional
Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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 # 18
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Busy bee

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pinkcats716 :  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
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Sugar bee

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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pinkcats716 :  I really hope he doesn’t do anything to the wedding pictures! Hope you get this sorted 

Post # 22
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421 posts
Helper bee
  • 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 # 24
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584 posts
Busy bee

Hi Bee! Any updates?

Post # 25
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1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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pinkcats716 :  Thinking about you, OP, and hoping you have received your photos by now!

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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!

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