(Closed) What are my legal rights if I havent gotten my wedding pictures after 9 months?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
4275 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

When was the last time you spoke to this photographer? Did you ask where your pictures were? Did you send him an email or a letter? Also how much money total have you given him? Just the $300?

Post # 4
5273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Did you sign a contract?

Post # 6
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Do you have any written documentation (e.g. emails, brochures) from him that says when they should be available? Since it’s not in the contract, it is a little tricky. I think without all this, it would be a question of what is a “reasonable” amount of time to wait. To establish that, you may have to take a poll of other photographers in the area. With enough documentation, you may be able to take him to court (small claims depending on the dollar amount).

Post # 7
11351 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I don’t have any legal advice, but I just wanted to say that my heart goes out to you and that I am so sorry you are going through this.

This happened to me with my wedding video. I paid in full before the wedding, was supposed to receive my video in “about a month” and it took many months, many e-mails, many phone calls, and my having to copy my venue (which recommended him) on my correspondence for me to even know for certain that a video was in the works and would ever exist. I finally received it — nine months later. 

Also, my wedding photographer did not do any type of retouching or Photoshopping of my images either, and, although it’s been more than three years since my wedding, I eventually am going to have another photographer do that (WITH the original photographer’s expressed permission by the way) before I finally have some albums made.

I hope all goes well for you!

Post # 9
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

I’m not sure what legal recourse you have.  The amount of money involved is small claims court at best.  This is a fantastic example of the difference between professional photographers and having an amateur do your photography.

Post # 11
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@jilianlopez8:  Yep.  I learned that lesson too.  But the more friends that are getting married that you can educate on this the better!

Post # 13
11272 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@jilianlopez8:  does the photographer know that you can’t load the pics?  i would let him know right away.  tell him that you need them by a certain date and no later.  if he hasn’t produced them by that date, i would look into legal action.  if you don’t mind me asking, what did you end up paying him? 

Post # 14
47 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think just the threat of legal action will probably get his butt moving. Is there a better business bureau or something like that you can threaten to complain to?

Post # 15
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think that even if your packet did not explicitly express the time frame for giving you the photos, he still must give them to you in a “reasonable” time frame. What is reasonable will depend on what’s normal in the industry. I think 9 months is far outside of what is reasonable and definitely not part of the industry practice.

Post # 16
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

First off, I am so sorry you’re going through this.  I know editing pictures can take time but I’ve never heard of anyone having to wait such a long time to recieve photos.  I think that since you paid him it was clear that the photos were supposed to be handled in a professional and businesslike manner.  Obviously, making you wait this long for photos is highly unprofessional.  I would look into lawyer-ing up as I see you already have.  I think that’s a smart move.  9 months of waiting is beyond unreasonable.  And I think it’s lousy that he just essentially gave you a blank disk and made you pick it up.  Lame.  I hope you guys get everything figured out soon.  

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