(Closed) what to do?/ Photographer warning

posted 13 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

It sounds like the only way to get any justice will be to take this SOB to court.

Obviously theres been multiple problems/complaints with your photographer, so the LEAST the studio owner should have done was fire him. And yes, you should get your money refunded. It sounds like the pictures arent even WORTH anything.

Your wedding is a once in a lifetime event and they didnt deliver on what was promised. Its not like you can have a do-over.The fact that their portfolio shows one thing and they delivered another is misrepresentation. You never would have hired him if you knew what you were REALLY getting.

I would re-read your contract and see if it says anything about refunding you your money when services aren’t delivered.

 At the very least I would launch a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, and be sure to tell the photographer that you’re doing so. I would also try and track down the other couples who had similar problems and contact a lawyer to see what your options are.

I would definitely not allow this persons actions to go unpunished. Sure going to court is a headache that NO ONE wants, but imagine all the countless couples he’ll take advantage of if no one stops him.

Post # 4
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Get a lawyer to write a short concise demand letter on his letterhead. (any lawyer in any practise of law-better yet a friend)This is not who you would take to court with you necessarily. If this is not an option send one yourself Make a reasonable settlement offer.  By reasonable do not ask for excess like "duress" or anything else emotional. Give a date of expected response-7-10 days I think your demand should not exceed the amount you paid him. And you keep all the photos. THEN send it by registered mail.  If he pays it, then walk away because in truth you cant UN-DO what is done.  If he wont refund your money entirely then you can proceed with your emotional damages in municipal court or even small claims though I have not found S.C. Judges to be very competent.  

Clearly he breached a contract but in court the question is what are you damages and how can you receive recompense.  Arguably you can re-shoot some posed photos with the money.  It isnt the same but it never will be and a judge will not likely think you are entitled to funds to "recreate your entire wedding plus the toll on your emotions"  I think it is important not to lose sight of what happened, it is bad but try not to add more unpleasant memories.  The calmer you are, and the more you treat this as a standard business breach the better served you will be.  I AM SO SORRY, but any lawyer who wants to hold your hand and says he/she will really make that person pay through the nose is likely going to capitalise on your emotional state.  Good Luck,


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