Photographer Accused Of Charging For Album Cover Now Goes To Defamation Trial With The Client

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Remember that couple – the Moldovans – who said that their photographer – Andrea Polito – made them pay extra for an album cover? The photographer since came forward with her version of the story showing evidence that she suggested the couple a free cover (and actually went above and beyond for the couple). Many news outlets, though, did not follow up on the story to vindicate Polito. And sadly, even if they did, telling a story about a photographer that is doing good is not as exciting as a photographer who is mistreating their clients and the follow up did not get as much attention.

Obviously Polito’s business took a major hit during those event and now she is seeking justice with the Moldovans. In a filing made to Dallas county Polito is asking for a jury trial for a sum between $200,000 and $1,000,000.

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Photographer Reportedly Says “Sue Me” After Being Accused Of Printing Racial Slur On Wedding Photos

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A Texas based photography company is being sued by a couple who rented a photobooth from Premier Photography for their August 2012 wedding. It has recently surfaced that some of the wedding reception attendees who used the photobooth had received prints with the racial slur “Poor N***** Party” printed on the bottom of their photos. Among one of those were the bride’s sister, who among other guests, graciously kept the concern to themselves to allow the bride and groom to enjoy their special day.

However, when the couple became aware of the mishap, they contacted Premier Photography owner, James Evans, seeking an explanation and an apology. The claim the only response they received from the photographer was, “Sue me.[Read more…]

Brush Up On Your Skills With 20 Free Wedding Photography Video Tutorials From Profoto

weddingWedding season is just around the corner, so there’s no time like now to learn some new tricks and brush up on your existing skills. In this series produced by Profoto, wedding photographer veterans, Justin and Mary Marantz, take you on a walk through of 20 different weddings, explaining lighting setups, must-have shots, and walk through of showing you exactly how they photograph in different settings and locations. The videos were made over the course of year, so you get a wide range of scenarios to learn from.

Here’s a sampling of the videos from the collection along with a playlist at the bottom so you can watch all the episodes.  [Read more…]

Album Cover Fee Story Followup – An Open Letter From The Photographer

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A few days ago we covered a story about a couple in dispute with a photographer over ‘Album Cover Fees’. The story went incredibly viral getting coverage on around the blogosphere (dailymail, NBC 5, Petapixel, dpreview and DIYP were among the outlets who covered the story). In all this coverage (us included) there was no deep response from the photographer mentioned. Recently she posted an open letter which we are sharing here with her permission.

This is a classic he-said-she-said story and we are not taking any sides. We do think that it is important not to have the (serious) allegations unanswered, and for the sake of balance and giving Polito a fair chance to comment. We are also sharing the letter that came from Polito prior to the thing going viral that one of the commenter’s to the original story uploaded. [Read more…]

Couple Pays for Wedding Photographer, Then Asked For Additional ‘Album Cover’ Fees

Imagine getting a coffee at Starbucks, paying at the cashier and then when coming to pick it up, being asked for an extra buck as cup fees. A similar situation is at the heart of a dispute between newlyweds: Andrew and Neely Moldovan and wedding photographer Andrea Polito.

The couple got married in October and apparently had a pleasant wedding. They told NBC 5 that they signed a $6,000 contract with Andrea Polito which included a “40 page 8.5×12 Storybook Album with up to 80 images“. Surprisingly when asking for their photos, the photographer requested an additional photo-album-cover-fee with the cheapest one costing $150.

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Wedding Photography Done Right: The Best Of 2014

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It often seems like the general quality of wedding photography has dropped in recent years. I don’t know if it is because DSLR cameras have become so popular or because so many people who have just picked up their first DSLR consider themselves a “pro”. Maybe it is just due to the fact that so many photographers today, no matter their level, have a website or Facebook business page.

This isn’t a rant about the state of professional photography or a debate whether or not new photographers are ruining the industry. This is simply the reason why I now, more than ever, appreciate good wedding photographers.

That’s why I decided to share with you some of the best wedding photographs of 2014, selected by the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers.

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An Sói Will Stop At Nothing To Get The Bride And Groom To Smile

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We all know that getting a bride and groom comfortable and relaxed for a shoot is not an easy task. The better you connect you better the photos are. And while each photographer have their tricks for making the session a pleasant one, Vietnamese photographer An Sói (who goes by the page Nguyễn Đình An) stops at nothing to get the giggles and smiles.

At the age of 24, it seems that the young photographer cares more about how his subjects feel that about how he looks. He is known for moon walking, rolling, jumping and yet somehow being able to focus and take a sharp photo.

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