Wedding photographer “scams” couple with blurry photos, ghosts them without a refund

Feb 2, 2023

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Wedding photographer “scams” couple with blurry photos, ghosts them without a refund

Feb 2, 2023

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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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.”

[via PetaPixel]

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8 responses to “Wedding photographer “scams” couple with blurry photos, ghosts them without a refund”

  1. Libby Sutherland Avatar
    Libby Sutherland

    As I was reading, I was think that his site consisted of either stolen images or stock. Heck, he could have just stolen the stock 😀 Feel bad for the couple. Hope they had an insurance policy of putting disposable cameras on the tables. At least something would be in focus.

  2. pwmorg Avatar
    pwmorg

    scum bags everywhere !

  3. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    This is a horror story! I’ve did weddings for a few years and know how much of a job it is (especially by yourself…with film). It is a day(or two) that the couple can never get back. This Huffman is the scum of the earth. I hope some people there refused to abide the “no phone” use and got some photos for the couple.

  4. Michael Debets Avatar
    Michael Debets

    The photographer should have classed the photos as artistic ICM wedding photos. He could have charged $1500 per hour instead of for the whole wedding.

  5. Petar Maksimovic Avatar
    Petar Maksimovic

    Love the fan.

  6. Patrick O'Donovan Avatar
    Patrick O’Donovan

    Rebecca O Donovan 🤣

    1. Rebecca O Donovan Avatar
      Rebecca O Donovan

      Patrick O’Donovan yikes 😂

    2. Patrick O'Donovan Avatar
      Patrick O’Donovan

      Rebecca O Donovan Now we have only seen one photo