(Closed) Photography crisis 5 weeks from the wedding…

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

i am sorry…. theres so much you can do… you already sent him few messages and now it is up to him to answer you back. BUT i would look for another photographer just in case he is not going to anwer you back… i noticed you are from somerville.. i used to live in arlington but we moved to mansfield before the wedding… i can suggest you our photographer ….she was amazing and she did an awesome job!!!.. i believe she is from springfield, mass but she is willing to travel! i am not quite sure if she will be available, but it is worth to try… how much are you willing to spend?

Post # 4
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1763 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think it would be a good idea to send him a message letting him know you are starting to get very concerned that you haven’t gotten a response back yet.. I woud offer him an out just to see if he will take it and start looking for a new photographer. 

Post # 5
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2703 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i am so sorry that you’re having to stress about something like this so close to the wedding day.

i definitely suggest you start looking for a local vendor so that you’re not out of options, putting all your eggs in one basket (your friend).

i agree with mrskessler that you should message your friend again with an out, to see if that gets a response out of him.

 

good luck with the ordeal!

Post # 6
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10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Aww so sorry! If I wasn’t already out of town for my own wedding that weekend, I would totally shoot your wedding for you (i’m newer to the field, so i’d do it for basically nothing, plus I know how hard this would be for me!). If you really can’t figure anything out, post to craigslist and see if anyone will do it for a $500 or so (the cost of a hotel and the money you would have given your friends). There is such a good photography community in Boston that is up and coming, you may get lucky. I would send him a FB message saying “If we don’t hear from you by Monday, we will have to make other photography plans” and have an ad written up to post on Monday morning.  You have to protect your memories first!

Post # 7
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636 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Do you have another friend who sees the photographer friend more regularly that you can enlist for help?  Maybe a mutual friend can mention that you are trying to reach him and that it is okay if he has decided not to shoot your wedding but you need to know now so you can find someone else.

Post # 8
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499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Just sticking my head in to offer support. I agree that you should start poking around for a local vendor who can help. I also agree with issuing your friend a deadline. Otherwise this could dangle forever and you could miss what little chance you have to set things straight. A Craigslist post is a great idea, just make sure you get some kind of reference and don’t meet with them by yourself!

Post # 9
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1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would definitely look for another photographer asap.  You do not want to be worrying if he’ll show up day of!  Hope you haven’t paid him yet! 

Since you can’t afford anyone professional & expensive I’d look into craigslist and possibly weddingwire.  Check for individuals who do awesome work but not with a big photo organization or ask for their cheapest shooter.  Beg for a last minute discount!  If you lived here in NC my Darling Husband could do it!

Post # 11
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4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I would also consider looking for a photography student! They might be willing to work for that cheap, and you could end up with someone really talented!

Post # 12
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333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Do you have his phone number?  It’s worth a shot to maybe try and get him on the phone — emails/messages are really easy to discard, but you might catch him on the phone.

Another tip is to check out local university photography clubs in the area where you’re getting married.  Most students would love to shoot a wedding for a couple hundred dollars and the chance to build up their portfolios.  You might even be able to get 2 photographers and double your chances of getting awesome shots. 

Post # 14
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2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Rosiebear: I think it would be fine to ask your newer friend. Explain the situation to her and tell her that youre sorry that you guys hadnt met earlier, but it would mean a lot for you to have her there as her photographer.

You could also post an ad on craigslist explaining your situation and see what comes back.

You could also create a post or a classifieds wanted ad on weddingbee!

Post # 15
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576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If there is a university in your area with an arts program, contact the department. Photography students have professional training and would probably be happy to build their portfolios without getting paid. Especially considering your situation. I think its worth looking into!

Post # 16
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187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Rosie my suggestion is really that you ask your other friend. If it were me (I too am a photographer) I would not be offended not feel taken advantage of. Especially if you explained it all to her. Tell her about your limited budget…if whe wonders for a second why she wanst invited as a guest….she will when you explian the budget crisis.

If you guys are in a growing friendship she may be excited at the possibility. I would be.

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