August 2012 Weddings

Slight Vent

So our photographer is someone that I have had my eye on forever. I have always loved her work so of course she was the first thing we booked. The only thing is that she is a relative, which I didn't think was a problem but now I think she is cutting corners and not doing what she would with a normal couple. Honestly she is my mother's great aunt's, daughter's son's wife. So like not that close at all so I didn't think it would be a big deal. We did our engagment pictures in November and have yet to get the engagement photobook that she was making for us, and for the wedding she said she was going to have her and her assistant as another photographer but now her husband is coming and I don't know if this is instead of or what. And on top of that we are paying for her lodging but my uncle is going to stay with them too, so I'm basically paying for her, her husband and my uncle. To me that's not cool right?!?!?!

Re: Slight Vent

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    do you have a contract? that might help point you in the right direction. I know most of the contracts for photographers we looked at if they were staying longer than 10pm or something and they have 2 hour+ hike homewe had to pay their room/board.
    I dont know if you can really change if the uncle is staying with her too.
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    I would talk to her about a contract, working with family is tough because you don't want to offend them, but at the same time you want them to treat you as professionally as they would another couple. 

    I don't totally understand why you're uncle would be staying with them in their room, but maybe there is a valid reason?  If you are uncomfortable with the situation, talk to your photographer/cousin? and she should be able to work things out with you.
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