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- 13 Mar 2012
It’s been two and a half years since Addie Rodell married her husband. She still loves to flip through her wedding album. But the memories of her big day are tarnished, she said, because of her wedding photographer.“We put our trust in him and we felt really deceived,” she said. The Rodells hired a husband-and-wife team to take their pictures and produce a video of their wedding day. It took them one-and-a-half years to get their pictures. Now, two-and-a-half years later, they’re still waiting for the video they bought. Addie said when she called and asked if the video they paid for was ready, “he said, ‘you know, we haven’t even started on it. I knew something was not right.’” “It’s very disappointing when you try to get a hold of somebody and they avoid you,” Kirk said. They Rodells paid $5,000 for the photos and video. Wedding planner Kim Ho says there are ways to make sure you get your money’s worth. “If it seems too good to be true,” she said, “It’s probably too good to be true.” You have to be willing to spend money on a good, quality photographer, she said. Then, you have to do your homework. Check out the photographer’s website, look at their most recent work on their blog and talk to past clients, Ho said. “You always want to have things in writing,” she said. “The contract will lay out what you are getting for your money, how much you are spending, when your payments are due, when you’ll see your images.” Don’t go to Craigslist to find your photographer, she said. Instead, start with wedding websites or bridal fairs. And make sure you meet the photographer face-to-face before the big day – and that you trust them. “The photography, at the end of the day, is the only thing you’re walking away with,” she said. The Rodells did everything they were supposed to – they found their photographers at a local bridal fair, drew up a contract and met them before they signed it. But, in the end, it comes down to finding a photographer with a good record who you can trust to deliver. The Rodell’s photographers closed their business, but they gave Addie and Kirk the unedited footage of their wedding day.
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