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I would love to know who the photographer is so I could see these “horrible, wedding ruining photos”! Some people are just out to make a quick buck. Apparently they think all photographers are millionaires. They forget that we have equipment that costs a lot of money.
Nice job Gary. Thanks for sharing!
He’s just trying to scare him. In Canada, we have laws again bully lawsuit in which case all expenses are reimbursed by the plaintiff if found that he’s bullying the defendant as in this case. Obviously, he’s just trying to get money back for the pictures. Maybe it all started with a misunderstanding between the two and degenerated into this bowl of crap. At any rate, he certainly would never get a penny out of my pocket that’s for sure….
Hi Gary—I took your workshop in San Jose and have done scores of weddings over the years. I’ve had “Bridezillas” and have experienced some very strange clients, but never anything like this. Your advice regarding this lawsuit is so “right on” and should give cause for those “weekend warriors” who are doing weddings for a few quick bucks to buy a lens as well as the serious photographer entering the wedding arena, to really be careful. No matter how good you think you are you always have to protect yourself!
Wedding photographers going to jail??? There is this wedding videographer (former) from Massachusetts, Jesse J. Clark (he is a former law student), who’s scammed at least 50-60 couples out of their wedding videos since 2011. He’s taken many of their full deposits or full payments and never delivered their wedding videos. He’s even gone as far as blaming independent contractors for not delivering wedding videos, even harassing the wedding couples and attorneys going after him! The crazy thing is that he still has not been arrested, not even slapped on the wrist by the law because its considered a weak civil case, and his contracts also didn’t state a time period of a final delivered product. Do me a favor and search this guy on the internet, it’s a really screwed up situation, he is probably 10x the bully that this attorney Gary Fong talks about above! Even with contracts, people can get away with anything!
I wonder what the Washington State Bar would have to say about this.
[...] Gary Fong also released a video this week in which he talks about a wedding photographer who shot a wedding [...]
We need a lawyer that will work Pro Bono to defend Nelson Tang just to prove that not all lawyers are sleazy.
That’s an adult bully. Give me a twinkie, and I won’t beat you up.
Gary, I was a studio photographer in Washington state for over 30 years and photographed 100′s of weddings. I’ve never been sued or even threatened and never heard of such a jerk. You’re a standup guy for sticking up for him. Professional Photographers of America, PPA, has an affordable indemnity program that would have helped … along with a contract.
IIIFFFFFF the photographer was part of PPA he would have legal help. But hey, these shoot and burn types are all doing it for quick cash and don’t care what they are doing to the industry. He’s dumb enough to not use a contract, so hopefully he learns a huge lesson here on how to be a professional.
The photographer needs to send the letter to the local BAR Assoc….
That letter should be sent to the local BAR Assoc…..
great story but you say umm too much
This lawsuit is downright baseless. I’ve worked with this named photographer on numerous occasions for my wedding banquet and wedding photoshoot and have to say that he is one of the most professional people I have worked with regardless of industry. Someone is exploiting his kindness and that is a shame. This ‘attorney’ will not win when the truth is heard.
I would write back…
“We refer you to the reply given in the case of Arkell v. Pressdram (1971).
Threatening to injure someone’s reputation by posting negative comments about them on the internet unless they pay you is the crime of blackmail.
Maybe he needs to check with Rachel Brenke. She is a photographer & has either passed the bar or is gearing up for the bar. Maybe she would be willing, if nothing else, to do some leg work for free.
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