(Closed) Photography . . . rant

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m sorry that you had a bad experience with your photographer. But, I agree about being unprofessional about holding a date and not telling you, you needed a deposit to keep it just to change her mind laterz..

I’m a young upcoming photographer and that just one of the things you learn before going to business is deposits…so it’s kind of weird she didn’t ask you for it or sent you a copy of her contract on anything when she said she’ll hold


hope you the best in finding a new one..

Post # 4
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

i am an event designer/wedding coordinator.  if i pencil someone’s date in and another person contacts me about the same date, i always give the other person a call first to make sure they didn’t want to put a deposit down.  it gives them first right of refusal. she really should have called you, especially since you had a history.

Post # 5
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Eek!  I’m sorry!  I agree with crebre80.  In her shoes, I would’ve at least had the courtesy to call you first and let you know someone else put in a bid for your date.  Before I paid my deposit but had a “verbal” agreement from my photographer, she penciled me in and said that if anyone else called requesting my date, she would immediately call me so I could put down the deposit.

Post # 6
79 posts
Worker bee

half of being professional phtoorapher is being professional…..and that means at least half a decent business sense…unfortunately, there are a lotta people out there who are great photorgaphers, but have bad business sense….

Post # 7
952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Sounds like she doesn’t have much in the way of business sense, so you should consider it a good thing that you’re not working with her. When you pencil someone in, it means just that. They get first dibs on that date!

Post # 8
209 posts
Helper bee

Or, playing devil’s advocate here, she got an offer from the other bride with a deposit then and there. 

In any case, it’s stinks that things didn’t work the way you wanted.  Hope the next photog that comes your way is awesome!

Post # 9
135 posts
Blushing bee

Yikes! You have a lot of time still so I’m sure you can find another photographer whose work you love. Goodluck!

@ Darren – spot on the business sense!

Post # 10
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

When I met with my photographer, I had a 2 week “verbal” hold on my date. She’d hold it for 2 weeks, then she’d require a deposit. She said this gave me time to mull her over without having to put money up front and that she’d call me if anyone else was interested in her services for my tenative date. She also said that anyone who books her within those 2 weeks gets a freebie 3rd photographer thrown in, which i thought was cool (also an incentive i get it).

Look at it this way–it’ll save you the hassle in the long run. Find someone more professional. Believe me, you don’t want to deal with unprofessional photographers Tongue out

Post # 11
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

She is young and unfortunately doesn’t h ave the best professional sense. However, I can understand that she may have had to take another job that would be more lucrative for her  – it sounds awful, but it could have easily been a deciding factor. Hopefully you find another photographer and are able to book them quickly!

Post # 12
79 posts
Worker bee

well, that just means she has even LESS business sense, to rudely dump one client cause another offer more money…you can easily be courteous and professional to the one you are “dumping” and stil take the lucrative job, and not be left with one client who will badmouth you on a forum….word of mouth, bad or good, is the most important factor…the money follows

Post # 13
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

That is frustrating! Good luck in finding another photographer.

Would it be worth writing her a polite email to let her know what your expectations were, so that she understands she needs to be clearer in the future, just to help her out?

Post # 15
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018 - LDS Seattle Temple & Hotel 1000

It is unprofessional, and she absolutely should have emailed you when the other bride contacted her to figure out if you were still interested in the date. It’s bad business and she won’t last long in the industry if she can’t be depended on by potential clients.

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