Perhaps I'm over thinking it but I'm starting to panic.
my photographer is a local woman whom I've known as acquaintances for about 2 years, and I've heard great reviews from others and see some amazing pictures. We signed our contract and out 50% down. Other half due 6 weeks before the wedding (this upcoming weekend).
Part of the contract was an option for engagement photos or family photos at a time arranged before the wedding date, and it was included in the price.
2 weeks ago she announced on her FB business page that she is taking a break from photography. I inquired how long and she said YEARS. I immediately asked if I needed to find another photographer and if so I would need my deposit refunded immediately. She got really defensive. Now maybe I went about it wrong but if I business says closing its doors wouldn't you want your items or your $$ back?? she kept saying no no Ill be doing your wedding, don't worry about that. If she's not longer available I deserve my $$ back with notice don't I?? The venue told me she can come look at the grounds if shed like before hand to get ideas for photo shots and when I mentioned it she said its too far (understandable) and shed just figure it out that day.
I'm hearing from others she is having some financial troubles bc she volunteered to do discount photos for a local moms group and they took massive advantage of her and its put her in personal debt... Truly NOT my problem. She was offering a $100 photo session for like $20 to help low in me families have their pictures done. While its admirable if you can't afford the loss, don't do it!!!
so now I've spent the last 2 weeks asking for her address so I can send her a check for the final amount and she says cash only. Contracts states no such thing. I told her I NEED to write a check for my records and she asked if I don't trust her. Ive told her thats not the case but my fiance is having me write checks or use a credit card for everything wedding related nonrelated to better track my spending. and ive been trying to set up a date/time for our family photo shoot since we're running out of time and she just ignores the question which really bums me it bc it took me almost 2 months to get FI to agree to the photo shoot (he hates cameras).
I'm not sure what to do here.... The contract does state she will be at the wedding and with me all day (up to 8 hours) however if she is sick and unable to make it she will send a replacement. 'm so scared she's going to not show, send a replacement that I don't know and ill be screwed.
Do I just let it be now?