Post # 1
My Brother-In-Law and SIL were married 2.5 years ago. They waited until just a few months ago to deal with their wedding pictures since my SIL didn’t like how she looked in them. We all thought it was ridiculous since they paid for everything upfront but they just didn’t seem to really care. Their package was around $3500 and it included an album and some prints. They got a few prints but they’re still waiting on the album. A few days ago my SIL gets an email from her photographer saying that she’s gone out of business. She “promises” to get all of her clients what they’re owed but it will take a while. She then goes into detail about how she loaned some guy $30k+ (she not only listed his full name but also where he works) and says that because he never repaid the debt, it’s ruined her financially. It appears she no longer has the money to fulfil her contracts so now her clients just have to wait until she’s able to.
I was dumbfounded when my SIL told me this. She’s annoyed but nowhere near as pissed as I would be. I couldn’t believe that this “professional” would go into such detail with her clients let alone potentially fuck these couples who trusted her with the most important pictures of their lives. I told my SIL that she needs to give this women a deadline and threaten to sue if she doesn’t meet it, which I kinda doubt she will. Who knows how long it could take her to fulfill these contracts. They could be waiting for years. My SIL feels bad for her and while it is unfortunate that her business has gone under, that is not her clients problem. They paid for a service that they didn’t receive. This woman spent the money that her clients paid her and now they have (almost) nothing to show for it. It’s pretty sad.
Has anyone ever dealt with anything like this?
Post # 3
I dont think she could sue, the time has probably passed where that would be an avenue she could take…2.5 years and she is only now contacting her…I would lose it too but I would also not wait that long to get my photos
Post # 4
So wait…..you SIL had pictures taken of her and she didn’t like them…3 years ago? She paid for them but the lady also took them right?
Post # 6
That sucks for your SIL. Hopefully she is able to get what she paid for! I can’t believe she wouldn’t bother getting her wedding pics until now. Even if she didn’t like them, she spent all that money on them.
Post # 7
Sucks for your SIL, but she probably should’ve dealt with this issue, say…..2 and 1/2 years ago?
Post # 8
@MrsAu: We all said the same thing in regards to them waiting so long. It actually wasn’t until our wedding that they even started dealing with their pictures. I moreso couldn’t believe that this photographer would go into such detail with her clients. How could she think that including the guys name and workplace would be appropriate?
Post # 9
Hmmm. Unprofessional for oversharing with a client but I don’t know that I assume any small business from three years ago is still in business, regardless of what contracts might be outstanding.
Post # 10
2.5 yrs probably falls under category of “abandonment”……the couple never intended to get their order fullfilled. Most contracts have a time limit built in, I suggest they check theirs as photographers don’t and can’t keep images forever, they just don’t have enough storage.
This is also the risk you take by waiting so long. People buy gift cards to department stores and tuck them away….. and those stores sometimes go out of business, There isn’t much one can really do.
I think it was nice that the photographer reached out to people to let them know what was happening instead of just disappearing. Sounds like the reasons may be legit, they are broke, and didn’t just run off MIA with people’s money.
Anyone can make an album, the important thing is that couples will most likely get their images (doesn’t sound like they is holding images hostage or going MIA) which are more valuable than any prints or albums that may be owed.
It also may not be as unprofessional as it may appear that they shared the name of the person. This photographer is probably even more upset than you that this person ruined their business and wants to be 100% honest with their clients. If the photographer has an open suit with this person, it’s public record anyway, so the point that the name was shared is moot. Perhaps she included that so if people check up they will see that she is being truthful.
Post # 11
@daybyday: She was in business up until only a few weeks ago. I actually know someone who used her as their photographer this past summer.
@Eva Peron: Right. She hated how she looked so she put off ordering them.
This photographer also uploaded all of their pictures to the online hosted gallery for all of their guests to view with a HUGE black dot on the pictures. My SIL had this dot on her face in her bridal portraits. Apparently she had something on the lens that came through in the pictures. She photoshopped the dot out for the ones that they ordered but all of their guests viewed f’ed up versions online.
Post # 12
I have to say that I agree with USER on this one. I feel like 2.5 years is a really long time to not have your album and prints fulfilled. Hopefully the photographer is true to her word and gets them their money back within a reasonable amount of time!!
Post # 13
I have to comment because I have PM’ed the OP, and the photographer in question is the same one that I had signed, and posted a couple threads about months ago
Photographer blew off a client’s wedding last weekend! VENT
Small Claims Court- what state can I sue in?
and this woman is not to be trusted. My wedding has not even occurred yet, and I have never officially been informed that she has gone out of business, nor anything about refunding my deposit. Luckily I was warned about the situation months ago and was able to find a replacement photographer and cut my losses with just the $750 deposit.
So regardless of the fact that the couple waited 2.5 years to get their wedding pictures, this woman is full of crap. She has been screwing people out of money for at least 8 months (I have been in contact with other clients of hers) and she is being sued left and right for breach of contract. She was also sued by her landlord for $7K of damage after destroying the apartment she was rented. And since then, she is filing for bankruptcy and has moved our of state (which conveniently means I can no longer sue her in the state where I live and where she has lived for the past 30 years and where the business was based). So there is more going on here than meet the eye, it’s not just about abandonment of the contract.
Post # 14
I agree that this woman seems like a scam, but I would have dealt with this waaaaaay earlier, even if I looked like an ugly troll in the photos.
Post # 16
Another reaosn why you should stay on top of your vendors and Google the HELL out of them!
Sorry this happened to someone you know and someone so close to you. As well as the other Bee on here that booked her!
I bet she (the photographer) gets away with it a lot, since Brides tend to slack, procrastinate or just ‘forget’ since even after the wedding there is so much to do or Brides are not just not happy with the outcome.