What happens if the Photographer gets sick before the wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

It should be in your contract. I think my contract states that they will be there unless a serious illness happens or a natural disaster. If it’s the serious illness, they will send a back up. I think they have other photographers they work with in case this happens. They just don’t send a random person with a camera.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ours told us should anything happen (family emergency, death or illness) they work as “backups” with a few other photogs in town in order to provide coverage. Otherwise I guess you call around desperately to find a fill-in?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Miss Tattoo:This is what ours states as well. Although the back-up isnt specified.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

When we were looking for photographers, this was on of the questions we asked. This was why we went with a photographer “team” that had two people. If one was sick, the other would be there anyway. One of the photographers we asked this question to said to us, then I would give you your money back. And what? Leave us hanging dry on our wedding day? NO way buddy!

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yeah we have two photographers. I guess if one was sick, the other would come with back up. If they were both unable to come due to a family emergency, then they would send two others.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Going to get started on vendors in the upcoming months, hadn’t even thought about this, thanks!

PS – you’re getting married in the Keys? I grew up in FL and vacationed there a few times, soooo gorgeous 🙂

Oh, and you’re the day after me! Yay month twin!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

That was one of the questions I asked each photographer I spoke with. Each assured me that they hadn’t missed an event in years.  Both also said they would send the 2nd photographer + they each had a list of collegues, with similar styles to theirs, that they would contact and send in their place. So we would still have 2 pro photographers for the day. Each also said we would have had the option of a full refund, but like others have said, the day of your wedding is not when you want to be looking for a new photographer.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

At the point of your wedding day a refund is moot…..you really want a photographer to be there.  An advantage of working with an established professional is that they have deep roots within the industry and secure backups for each event.  Most contracts state that if the photographer cannot be at your event for any reason a substitute of equal talent will fill in……and no you won’t get a partial refund.  This tends to happen very rarely.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

As a photographer, I don’t just provide a suitable replacement should this ever happen, I provide a BETTER replacement than myself, using cash from my own pocket. Therefore, no refund, but a better photographer then me. 🙂

There may be a time when no photographer can show. Say a photographer is not sick, but is hit in a tragic car accident right outside the venue and is critically injured. No one would know and likely a replacement would not be able to be gathered fast enough. This would necessitate a full refund.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Most contracts I’ve seen would provide an alternate photographer of equal or better quality.

I got married in Islamorada in 2003 for my first wedding.  We used Keys Wedding Photography I think his name was Bob?… at that time, there weren’t many options in the Keys except for Key West. 

Good luck!!

Post # 13
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Wannabee

I have a question. My photographers were a mother daughter team, and the mother was driving with the daughters two children and all got killed in a car accident. It was horrible and heart breaking so we waited until we had no choice but to ask for our deposit back. We paid only $300 but she states only $200 is refundable. We were half way to our engagement photos and had spent over $100 to get ready with nails, pedis spray tan etc. And then like i said were half way there about 50 miles from home before we got a msg explaining what happened. 

Should i not  get all my money refunded? Is there legally any way she can keep any of it? 

Thank you- Kelli S. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2027

Kelli sharp :  first, you would get better response if you started your own thread instead of reviving a zombie. 2nd, it all should be in your contract.

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