Hello everyone, So it seems that I have huge problem looming over my head. I met this client at the first wedding I shot back in June and had agreed to shoot her small, family-only ceremony for $50. Yes, it's highway robbery, but I was a starry-eyed newbie building my portfolio (still am) and she was a huge help in getting the family formals organized and didn't come from a high-income family. I thought this would be a nice gesture and help me out as well. I sent her the contract over a month ago. Specifically told her to send it back to me as soon as she could to reserve the date. Provided all my information and the best ways and times to contact me if she had any questions. A week goes by, no reply. I send a follow up email asking her if she received the contract, resent the contract in case she didn't receive it, and stated for her to make sure I receive it by July 31. She calls me back and says she received the contract, has no problems, is very excited, etc. etc. There are just some details that need to be worked out, but she'll send the contract once they work them out. July 30- She calls. I'm at my job, so I can't answer the phone. She sounds peeved in the message she left, stating that she had some issues with some of the things on my contract and wanted me to call her back to answer a few things. I call back an hour later, no answer, leave a voicemail. This was in the evening. Yesterday- Still no call back. I call her again mid-afternoon, no answer, leave another voicemail. Today- Called her this morning as soon as I woke up. Her cell phone's shut off. I sent an email explaining that the contract is past due and that I have no information from her regarding the address of the ceremony or an itinerary. In fact, the only info I have is the time the ceremony starts. Told her to contact me ASAP otherwise I could not shoot her wedding. Also stated again that I would not shoot the wedding unless the signed contract was in my hands. This client has been less than communicative, only to call me to assure that she did want me to photograph her wedding and that she was excited and that the "details were being worked out" and she'd get back to me later. I realize my mistake: only asking for $50 (she obviously doesn't see me as an important enough vendor to get back to on time) and being so lenient with the contract deadline (when I had asked to receive it earlier, she said she didn't have the details worked out yet so I gave her the July 31 date). My question is... how far do I have to bend over backwards for her before it's okay to just not show up for the wedding? Obviously, I can't show up as she has not given me the details, but from my experience with her, I wouldn't be surprised if she called 2 days from now and asked if she could just give me the contract on her wedding day. I am losing money and time on this wedding, and as much as I want to build my portfolio and make everyone happy, this is getting to be too much. The wedding is 3 hours away from where I live. What should I do?