This year our fall colors were so bright and colorful! And let me tell you HaHa Tonka did not disappoint. If you have never been to HaHa Tonka you need to go, especially while the leaves are changing! There is a beautiful outlook point that has a great view that you can watch the sun set across the lake.
How adorable is the Wilson family?!?! I know Sarah is anxiously waiting to see these photos from their her session!
Some of you may have seen a story air on the local news in St. Louis about a photographer ghosting her clients. While I hate talking bad about another photographer, I believe that others need to know this story.
I didn’t meet Joe and Angelique until the day of their wedding. I didn’t know anything about their wedding or even their names until the night before when a photographer contacted me asking if I was available to photograph the Travers wedding in her place due to a “Family Emergency”. After making childcare arrangements for my little ones, I agreed that I would go in her place. I got up the next morning, got ready, took my little ones to my moms and started my drive to Washington MO. On my way to Washington I spoke with Abbigail (the photographer I was filling in for) via the phone. We went over everything from the timeline, to posing for family portraits to how she would pay me and how to get her the SD cards so she would be able to edit and deliver the images to the client.
Once I arrived, I messaged Abbigail to let her know that I was at the venue. I quickly got started photographing all the details, and the bride and bridesmaids getting ready. Just like I do with all of my weddings. The Travers wedding day was full of lots of love and many laughs. Joe and Angelique had so much support from all of their family and friends that came from all over to make their day so special. Throughout the day, Abbigail messaged me several time checking in. I responded back when I could as time allowed. At the end of the night she sent a message asking how everything went and I responded back letting her know I had just finished up and everything went great. That was the last message I received from Abbigail.
After a couple days and several failed attempts to reach Abbigail via Facebook messenger I decided to reach out via text. I did finally receive a response with an email and mailing address telling me to invoice her and where to send the SD cards. After sending the invoice several weeks went by and she never paid it.
While on Facebook I came across a post from a local photographer that was looking for a last minute photographer to photograph a wedding for a couple that had contacted her. As I read more, I found out that this couples photographer had went “missing” and was not responding to her emails, text, or phone calls. I began looking through the comments to find out who their photographer was and sure enough it was Abbigail, the same photographer that I filled in for at the Travers wedding. After talking to several other brides of Abbigails’ and other photographers I decided to try to reach out to the bride, Angelique. Now mind you I didn’t have a phone number, as Abbigail never gave me one. All I had was their first and last name. So I took to facebook and started searching. Thankfully I was able to find them.
I sent Angelique a message letting her know that Abbigail was not responding to me and what I had found in regards to the other couples. I soon learn that she had not heard from Abbigail since her wedding. Abbigail was ghosting her as well. I let Angelique know that I still had her images, and that if Abbigail does not follow through on her responsibility that I would edit and deliver the images to her myself. As no bride or couple should have to deal with this.
About 8 weeks after the wedding, I received an email from Abbigail stating that I had to sign a contract with her before she would pay me. Even though I had already completed the job and we had a verbal agreement. After reviewing the contract that she had wrote up and speaking with a lawyer I emailed her back explaining that a few things needed to be changed and added to protect myself and the couple. For instance, the wedding date listed on the contract was wrong. I never heard back from Abbigail. So we continued to wait, Abbigails’ wedding contract stated that she had 10 weeks from the day of the wedding to edit and deliver the couples images.
So of course the 10 weeks has come and gone and we still have not heard from Abbigail. The 10 week mark put me right in the middle of the fall rush. But as I promised the bride and groom. I would deliver their images in the event that Abbigail continued to ghost us both and not follow through on her end.
Sadly, Joe and Angelique are not the only couple affected by Abbigail’s carelessness and lack of professionalism. Abbigail has stolen over $20,000 that we know of in deposits, and wedding fees. And based on her Instagram account is having the time of her life.
Joe and Angelique, as promised, here are some of my favorite photos and memories from your beautiful day! Even though everything that has happened with Abbigail has been less than ideal. I am truly thankful that God placed me at your wedding to photograph and capture these moments for you.