Yikes!

Discussion in 'General Shop Talk' started by Christie Photo, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. Christie Photo

    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2005
    Messages:
    7,006
    Likes Received:
    67
    Location:
    Kankakee, IL
  2. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    23,100
    Likes Received:
    3,767
    Location:
    UK - England
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    They must hire fit camera men - those cameras are not light things to run with!
    The guy (the photographer) - definatly would not want to be in his shoes - but if the work reached the printing labs alread and is just waiting for collection then he must have some serious problems with cash flow! ( I mean it was something like $500 owed to the printing labs and each shoot was several £1000 - so he could easily have taken less profit on one wedding and sorted the rest out)
     
  3. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2003
    Messages:
    7,021
    Likes Received:
    34
    Location:
    Lawrence, KS
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/7_on_your_side&id=3843092

    http://community.thenest.com/cs/ks/...008/08/08/wedding-photographer-nightmare.aspx

    http://www.ksla.com/Global/story.asp?S=7896748

    http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/01/20/open-question-photographer-nightmare/

    http://www.kpho.com/iteam/9558098/detail.html

    It goes on and on. I can't find the links to the really crazy stories I've read. I can see how it would be easy for a con artist to set themselves up as a wedding photographer, and bilk a few couples out of their money before moving on to some other scam, but what surprises me is that a lot of these fraudsters appear to have been running a legitimate photography business at one time.

    I'm very surprised at how few people ask me for references. I guess the references could be faked, but any service I'm spending more than a $1000 on I'm asking for references.
     
  4. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    23,100
    Likes Received:
    3,767
    Location:
    UK - England
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I think its a case that many get caught up taking big money for a short amount of appearance work (shooting the day) and then decied that they are on to a nice earner and over subscribe to weddings - the result is a few months down the line they have 1000s/10000s of photos awaiting editing and such (which can take hours per photo) and they just can't get on top of it - they need to keep doing weddings to keep the money comming in - and then slowly dig themselves a very deep pit to fall into.

    Others appear to be just plain crooks
     
  5. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2007
    Messages:
    5,327
    Likes Received:
    264
    Location:
    The Upper West Side of Mississippi (you have no i
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    2 years ago?!?

    No sympathy here for that!

    The guy needs to man up and deliver- and then find some way to refund all but the material costs.

    If anyone reading this finds themselves unable to deliver, please don't run from the problem. Running only makes things worse. Talk with your clients and work something out even if it's painful. Painful is better than ruining your career! (or making yourself look like that guy ;))
     
  6. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,822
    Likes Received:
    1,811
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    At least that story didn't turn into a 'wedding photographers are evil' tirade.
     
  7. Bifurcator

    Bifurcator TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2008
    Messages:
    3,312
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Japan
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I don't think they intended fraud is all those cases. Some people are just nit-wits. They drink fluoridated water and line up for flu vaccinations every year and by the time they're in their early 20's they're wondering why they can't think well enough to figure out even the simplest business etiquette. Wedding Photography would be a natural magnet for these types. No education needed, CC buys a camera, no rigorous business lic. requirements, it doesn't seem like you need to think much, no boss to oversee your work, etc.

    Just like was evident with David Cohen. His "business went down the drain" and he not only doesn't know exactly why but doesn't have the faculties at his disposal to command a solution. Derrr, I tuat I wuz do'en da rite ting... Derrr. I'll do it, I'll take care ugh dem.. Dohh.. K?

    LOL Drink some more fluoride and have another shot buddy... :(
     
  8. Joves

    Joves No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2007
    Messages:
    2,399
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Flagstaff/Az
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Well if he keeps having to run from people, he will get rid of that extra weight.
     

Share This Page