A couple from Canada paid a $1,500 deposit after finding the “perfect” photographer for their wedding. However, when the photos arrived, they turned out to be a blurry mess. They say that the photographer ghosted them when they tried to reach him, and they haven’t heard from him since.
Alexa Logan and Colin Tapp from British Columbia, Canada hired a “professional photographer” Mike Huffman for their big day. Judging from his portfolio, he was great at what he did, and they chose him because he was “affordable, charming, advertised on a wedding website, and had a solid portfolio.” They were looking forward to their big day, especially a recreation of a magical moment from Alexa’s parent’s wedding 30 years ago.
However, once they received the photos, they were far from what they’d seen on Huffman’s website. Judging from the sample you can see in the video above, most of them are excruciatingly bad: blurry, overexposed, or too dark. “Upon first looking at them, I thought maybe he sent the reject pile,” Colin told CTV News. But sadly, this wasn’t the case. To make things worse, the couple encouraged the guests not to use their phones as their wedding theme was the 1970s. So, these were the only shots they got of their wedding day.
But wait, it gets worse. As the couple told PetaPixel, Huffman showed some red flags even before the whole fiasco. He first ignored them for quite a while before the wedding, but he later reached out, claiming that he’d been in a car accident. During the wedding, he had some questionable lens choices, but he “seemed to have an answer for everything” when Colin asked about it. Then he waited a long time before sending the images, and when he did – it was an unpleasant surprise, to say the least. In addition, the couple says that another bride shared her story, and she had the same experience with Huffman.
The couple later learned that the photos in Huffman’s portfolio were, in fact, stock images. They say that they tried calling the photographer after they received their photos. He picked up, and when Colin said his name, he says that the person on the other end immediately hung up. And that was it. CTV News also tried reaching out to Huffman but never got a response, and his website is down at the moment of writing this.
“We just don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” Alexa told CTV news when she and Colin shared their story. “It’s one thing to scam people, but to do it on such an important day as a wedding,” Colin added. “It sucks so much for us I can’t imagine other people going through it.”