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BEWARE: SUNDANCE PHOTOGRPAHY

Hello, all. I am a former knottie and a long-time nestie (if you have more question, you can reach me on the Married Life board), and I wanted to give you a heads up about Sundance Photography (Juli Armitage) in Barrington, IL.

I hired Juli to do some family portraits as a gift for my inlaws while I was in IL over Thanksgiving. She came to their house and did the pictures, and while professional enough in person, she is a horrible, horrible person/business owner.

We have not received our pictures and she has lied to me multiple times about getting them to us. Promising to send them to us the next day/within 24 hours/etc. We still haven't received them, despite my threats to expose her on here, take her to small claims court, report her to the BBB, and eventually to report her to the IL Attorney General. (I have reported her to the BBB and the IL AG, and now am following through on reporting her on here.)

H and I started to research her more after all of this happened. We found out that she had done this in California and had been indited for many counts of fraud for taking people's money to do their wedding pictures, taking the pictures, and then never providing the copies or just not showing up to the wedding. I will provide a few links below.

Needless to say, I would NEVER hire her for anything (obviously my mistake in the first place for doing so). I have also found that she is trying to work with austistic children now. If you hear of anyone looking to hire a CNA for their child, warn them to not hire her. She is a thief and a reprehensible person all around.

Here are the links, as promised:
Her website
http://articles.latimes.com/2003/jul/12/local/me-photos12
http://www01.smgov.net/news/releases/archive/cpu_archive/2003/cao20030625.htm
http://labusinessjournal.com/news/2003/feb/10/bankruptcies/
http://articles.latimes.com/2003/may/07/local/me-wedding7

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Re: BEWARE: SUNDANCE PHOTOGRPAHY

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    edited December 2011
    I'm sorry this happened to you. Thank you for the warning !

    I actually know how you feel.

    Many couples here (including me) have experienced the same thing with a local videographer. He has in excess of 20 couples wedding videos held hostage.

    Same exact circumstances with this guy as you have experienced. No communication, or lies, lies, lies and lies some more if he does communicate. He only sends half of what he promised or was contracted for, or dismal work was delivered. I have tried to contact multiple media outlets and no one has ever contacted me back. Would love to get this jerk on the news or in the papers. Bad reviews have been written on all the major wedding websites, and some are going to court.

    I actually think there is a narcisistic or sociopathic thing going on with these people's personalities... who would do this knowing it will wreck your reputation, and  drive you out of business???

    I hope you finally get your pics and thanks for posting.
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    edited December 2011
    it just disgusts me to read things like this :(  funny enough, I "replied all" to an email STB sent me a while back, thinking that maybe the person he CC: on the email worked for him - turns out it was another bride!  she emailed me this week to tell me she is out to find another videographer because he hasnt gotten back to her either after several email attempts and she doesnt know if hes planning on shooting her wedding still :( sad sad sad.  i guess this is just the risk we take when we hire independent business owners.  although, most of my vendors are independent...
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    edited December 2011
    I also hired many independent vendors. ALL of my other vendors were fabulous.

    The independents who I hired were furious that this is happening to us and all have dropped him from their referral lists long ago. Some have even promised to black ball him in this market!
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_illinois-chicago_beware-sundance-photogrpahy?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local Wedding BoardsForum:72Discussion:298c5e35-99c8-4a0c-966d-cdf6fa1a99f8Post:2bf9088e-ee7b-4d1a-82ea-25f2fe034a5a">Re: BEWARE: SUNDANCE PHOTOGRPAHY</a>:
    [QUOTE]it just disgusts me to read things like this :(  funny enough, I "replied all" to an email STB sent me a while back, thinking that maybe the person he CC: on the email worked for him - turns out it was another bride!  she emailed me this week to tell me she is out to find another videographer because he hasnt gotten back to her either after several email attempts and she doesnt know if hes planning on shooting her wedding still :( sad sad sad.  i guess this is just the risk we take when we hire independent business owners.  <strong>although, most of my vendors are independent...
    </strong>Posted by Love is Bald[/QUOTE]

    Honestly, don't worry about hiring independent vendors.  I had a lot as well and I had no problems.  Don't let the bad apples of the bunch make your nervous about it.

    OP, thanks for sharing this.  It really sucks that happened and I hope you get something from her soon!
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    edited December 2011
     After reading some of those news stories, this is CRAZY!  She has been screwing people over for 10 years!  I would definitely post your review on yelp, wedding wire, etc etc. 
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    edited December 2011
    Thanks for the responses. After her calling me a psycho today via text (admittedly I have been basically calling/texting/emailing her on the hour every hour for the past 2 weeks), she sent me tracking numbers this afternoon. We will see what shows up if these are delivered.

    I'm sorry some of you are going through something similar. It is sad to think that these people ruin a bride/groom's big deay. I hope you all have a lot of luck in the future!
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