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g2-new photographics
Posts: 1,893
Boston, Massachusetts, US


If I'm paid (admittedly rare), images go out in a week or two - basically as soon as I can get to them.  If I'm paying, I usually send some images to the model, but don't feel an obligation.
Oct 06 12 10:38 am  Link  Quote 
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Bella la Bell
Posts: 4,451
Kansas City, Missouri, US


Michael Pandolfo wrote:
Regardless of what each photographer uses as a reasonable delivery time - whether it's 5 days or 1 month - nobody will dispute that 6 months for receipt of images is a breach of the contract (even if there was no specific delivery date documented in the agreement). No court would consider 6 months a reasonable delivery time.

Small claims is your best bet as others have said. I believe in my area it costs $35 to file a claim. No attorneys are needed. If you have all your documentation - emails, agreement, etc - organized well it should be an easy settlement.

Maybe when the photographer sees you're not going to let it go and that he has to take time out of his day/income to address it you'll miraculously get your images.

Whatever you do, do not wash your hands of this. The furniture analogy was an excellent one. If you were promised delivery of furniture you wouldn't have waited this long to act and you certainly wouldn't let it slide.

Thank you. This sounds with in reason of something I can do. I think I will look into this.

Thank you guys for the helpful words. I honestly had no clue what to do about this.

Oct 06 12 10:46 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
All Yours Photography
Posts: 2,187
Toledo, Ohio, US


Bella la Bell wrote:
I have emails and the unedited images he gave me.
I really don't want to go to court over this. That might cost me just as much as it did to pay for the images.

I am lost to be honest on what to do.

Contact your local BBB.  They don't have enforcement powers, but most brick & mortar businesses don't want negative ratings from them and it costs you nothing.  You can likely handle it by phone and/or email.

Oct 06 12 10:50 am  Link  Quote 
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Amber Dawn - Colorado
Posts: 6,021
Castle Rock, Colorado, US


Why not go to his place where he works? If he's a big shot he must of had his own studio or work he shot at? you have the unedited images I'm sure someone on here would be happy to edit them for you.
Oct 06 12 09:16 pm  Link  Quote 
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Alabaster Crowley
Posts: 4,623
Tucson, Arizona, US


As long as the photographer says it will be?

By this I mean make sure to get a time frame from them. If it exceeds that, it's time to do something about it.
Oct 06 12 09:31 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
joeyk
Posts: 14,373
Seminole, Florida, US


In this digital age? A few days...

On our large ( expensive ) portrait orders we make it seem like 4 weeks, to let them get through another payday or two, if needed.

Paid in advance? 1 week tops!
Oct 06 12 09:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Paul Tirado Photography
Posts: 4,146
New York, New York, US


Michael Pandolfo wrote:
Regardless of what each photographer uses as a reasonable delivery time - whether it's 5 days or 1 month - nobody will dispute that 6 months for receipt of images is a breach of the contract (even if there was no specific delivery date documented in the agreement). No court would consider 6 months a reasonable delivery time.

Small claims is your best bet as others have said. I believe in my area it costs $35 to file a claim. No attorneys are needed. If you have all your documentation - emails, agreement, etc - organized well it should be an easy settlement.

Maybe when the photographer sees you're not going to let it go and that he has to take time out of his day/income to address it you'll miraculously get your images.

Whatever you do, do not wash your hands of this. The furniture analogy was an excellent one. If you were promised delivery of furniture you wouldn't have waited this long to act and you certainly wouldn't let it slide.
Bella la Bell wrote:
Thank you. This sounds with in reason of something I can do. I think I will look into this.

Thank you guys for the helpful words. I honestly had no clue what to do about this.

For the record as you say you have a CD of unedited images. What do you have as proof - i.e. what does a contract (preferred) or email (ok) say as to what he was to deliver in terms of edited shots - that the CD of unedited images is not the end of this transaction?

Remember that in legal situations this is always an important statement: It is not so much what you know, it is what you can prove.

Oct 06 12 09:59 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Eleanor R
Posts: 2,225
Santa Rosa, California, US


I'm so sorry. Something similar happened to me on the one shoot I paid for when I was starting. I'd suspect it was the same photographer, except the gender is wrong. hmm
Oct 07 12 01:27 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Flex Photography
Posts: 5,027
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada


Karl Baxter wrote:
Next time agree 50/50 shoot & delivery. Shit happens some times with tests I guess, but if there's cash changing hands, then protect your interests. Sorry you found a bad apple

For paid shoots that is my policy. There may be a small deposit beforehand, but then half the balance is due at shoot time, and the remainder on delivery. (when the job is done)

Paid or trade, I aim for 2 weeks completion, if possible.

Oct 07 12 03:02 pm  Link  Quote 
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KModel Photography
Posts: 200
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand


For non-commercial paid images, I try and have keepers sorted within 3 days (so I know the yield and what I have to work with), leveled cropped candidate "contact prints" delivered within a week so the client can pick their favorites, and finished photos within 2-3 weeks, depending on how many and how complex.  I ask for deposit, and balance paid on delivery.  Any longer than this is a problem - bad business.

For commercial paid jobs, costs more, but results delivered much quicker.
Oct 07 12 08:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Kristala Photography
Posts: 13
South Bend, Indiana, US


for the paid jobs the images are delivered within a week (if I have to send them by mail it might take couple extra days). For the unpaid photo shoots the images are delivered within 2 weeks.

6 months it is crazy, you have paid for the images and never got them, sounds like a scam.
Oct 08 12 08:42 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ThriftyPhoto
Posts: 21
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada


I usually tell models a week whether it's TF or paid. My actual goal is 3 days though.  I treat paid and TF as the same, I feel it shows professionalism.

That being said, if I have taken a lot of jobs (such as 2 weeks ago I had a model shoot on Friday, Sporting Event on Saturday, shoot with 8 models on Sunday, and Sporting Event on Monday, followed by jewerelly line shoot on Tuesday), I did them in order of when they were taken - all took me
Oct 08 12 11:14 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
denis071
Posts: 87
Sarajevo, Federacija Bosna i Hercegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina


I deliver my photos to client in 7 days latest. usually is 3-4 days.
Oct 09 12 05:32 am  Link  Quote 
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