(Closed) Should I fire this Photog? What would you do?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Yeah…I think unless this guy starts making major concessions, I would cancel his contract.  Is the contract binding?  Can you get any sort of a refund? If your wedding is next June you still have PLENTY of time to find another photographer.  In my opinion, photography is just too important to gamble on.

Post # 4
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7296 posts
Busy Beekeeper

omg goodness.  my first thought is to definitely tell you to cut your losses and move on.  how horrible it would be if he didn’t show up!

however, since he mentioned shooting a wedding in your area recently, which means he must have shot other weddings too. have you asked him to ever see a full portfolio?  like ALL the pictures from a single wedding.  could you somehow get the contact info from someone else’s wedding he shot?  i somehow doubt he give that info.

sorry, i am not sure what to tell you, but i know this would not be something i would want to be stressing out about before my wedding!

Post # 5
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3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think I’m with @NauticalBride2011: on this.  I think you have made every effort to meet with him at a time and place convenient to him and he’s brushed you off.  Family emergencies can happen, so I’ll give him that one, but the 2nd one is just a lame excuse.  I mean is he saying that he can’t remember the appointment or schedule that he’s set up for himself?  I just wouldn’t feel comfortable with that…

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would let him know that due to *long list of reasons here*, you cannot trust that he will show up on the wedding day. You are seeking another photographer and will take legal action if he does not return the deposit, due to the fact that it is his actions that are forcing you to break the agreement. He sounds like a major scammer, expecially with the one other review and the bank wire being so fishy. Legally he doesn’t owe you the deposit back, but I bet if you theaten with legal action and the BBB he might give it to you for fear of being caught.

Post # 7
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4771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

did you see any of his real wedding albums before you booked him?  Asked for references?

I would def find a new one and I’d speak to a lawyer as well.

Post # 8
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1686 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Definitely find a diff. photographer, if you want pictures of your wedding. I’m with Courtney; you should ask for your deposit back, too.

Post # 9
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2742 posts
Sugar bee

Okay, if it hasn’t been 90 days yet, just get your money back. These are really really really bad red flags right there. I can maybe, maybe, understand the first time he cancelled on you but the second time? And you are getting all these weird vibes? Follow your gut please.

Post # 10
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1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had the EXACT same issue with a DJ.  And I fired him…

You don’t need the stress and worry if he doesn’t show up on your day, especially if you are planning a destination wedding (as I am 9 hours from home)

Post # 11
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1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Wonderstruck: This is good advice.

The bank wire and the fact he can never meet AND the Yelp review? Total scammer. Find a new photog!

Post # 12
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76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Va_Hidden: Its interesting because I am thinking about firing my photographer and finding a new one as well. The only difference is that my wedding is less than a month away. I would definately kick him to the curb and find someone more reliable. I would also demand my money back. If her refuses, I’d take him to court.

Post # 13
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1506 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

That’s TERRIBLE! I would definitely tell him you want to cancel the contract and ask for your money back.

Post # 14
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10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Never ever erver ever

(ever ever ever ever)

wire money to someone as payment for a service.

A reputable photog would have let you pay with a credit card via paypal. You would have had recourse.

Get another photog ASAP, there are WAY too many red flags here to trust this person!

Post # 15
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5823 posts
Bee Keeper

This is a big NO.  You should attempt to get your money back but definitely cut your losses and post reviews.  What a scam artist!

Also, like crayfish said, NEVER wire money.

Post # 16
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399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Fire fire fire! What does your contract say about canceling and your deposit? You’re still almost a year out – perhaps you can get it back. Though I would say this sounds like a straight up scammer, not even a bad photog with bad practices. If you wouldn’t mind sending a private message of his site to me or one of the other pros here we could probably find out if he’s using stolen images on his site.

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