- 7 years ago
Hi Everyone – I am really ashamed at how I was scammed (I think), so I am posting under a pseudonym. We have a contract with our photographer (and gave him a 50%) deposit, but I fear that this guy won’t show up for our wedding. I feel like if we keep with this guy, he will have his entire fee (due 7 days before the wedding) and won’t show up on my wedding day. I want to break our contract with this guy and look for someone else – but I would like your opinions too. Here is why….
We signed a contract with this guy before meeting him (we are having a semi-destination wedding). We were planning on meeting several photographers on our recent trip to our wedding location (in GA), however, this guy was our top choice – he has a website, but we could not find any reviews of him online. Since then, I have found only 1 Yelp review from a bride who said this guy was a no-show. After going back and forth with several emails (him answering a lot of my questions), he told us that another couple was also interested in our wedding date, and he would have to go with whomever gave him a deposit first. Now I feel like that was just a line, but we fell for it, had a 30 min phone “interview” and agreed to hire this guy and sent him a deposit via bank wire (which I though was a bit weird).
At the end of our phone interview, and several times via email, I stressed how we still wanted to meet with him in GA and we set up a meeting time. He did not meet with us in GA – he had a “family emergency” and kept pushing our meeting back….several times. When we actually set up a (new) meeting time, he was a now-show – the family emergency got worse. BUT he said he would be up by our town shooting a wedding the last weekend in July and could meet with us then.
So, I waited for HIM to contact ME about his travel to VA. He never contacted me, so I finally emailed him. Again, we set up a meeting, it was pushed back several times, and once again, he was a “no show.” This time he tried to blame it on my Fiance, saying my Fiance was calling the wrong phone number when confirming the meeting (I checked, my Fiance was not dialing the wrong number).
So, two missed meetings with pretty lame excuses (at least for the second time). I am trying (unsuccessfully) to keep this brief, but if something does not make sense, let me know. I feel like if this guy can’t get his act together to even meet with us, what is going to happen on our wedding day? Ya can’t “push back” a wedding!! So, I’m thinking the best thing to do is just cut our losses (and the $700) and cancel our contract with this guy.
If you are still reading this far – thanks! What do you think? Especially other photographers…I would appreciate your opinions!