Hi Everyone, I am going through a nightmare-ish experience with my wedding photographer, and would really appreciate the input and advice of people in the business. I paid out wedding photographer a $500 deposit prior to the wedding, and was to pay another $500 after recieving the photos. I know this is really cheap, but I liked his style and he seemed like a great guy at the time. He was at our wedding for over 9 hours, taking photos the entire time. We had a large wedding with about 250 people at a beautiful church and reception hall downtown. He took many fun outdoor group shots, and a lot of candids. After the wedding, I was super excited to see the results! He told me (and stated in the contract) that the proofs would be available in 2 weeks (seems like an extremely quick turn around I thought). 3 weeks passed, and I emailed him to ask how the pictures were coming. He said he had them done and we set up a time to view everything. He then cancelled that day and said he had to go on a last-minute trip. I politely told him that if he needed more time, to just let me know and I would be fine. I asked him how many proofs he had, and he said 200 or more. To make a long story short, after 2 months of excuses, he finally said he was ready to give me all the photos. I asked exactly how many proofs he had to give me and he said "54." 54 total photos!! To make matters worse, the photos are horrible--I mean, blurry, people's heads cut off, bad lighting, etc. There is not a single photo of my mother and I, no first dance, no bouquet toss, etc. I emailed him and asked him why there were so few photos when he was there for 9 hours. His response was "not enough happened at your wedding to take more than 50 photos." I told him I would not be paying the $500 balance. He then threatened to sue me. I said, go ahead. I was obviously extremely upset, but decided to just leave it at that and move on. I was out $500 with no pictures worth having, but I figured it was my own fault for hiring someone so cheap. A few months went by without hearing from this guy. Then, about 2 weeks ago, my husband and I got a letter from a collection agency, demanding we pay the photographer $700! What can I do to end this?? I am not going to pay this guy, but do not want my credit being ruined by this either. Do you think it's necessary to take this to small claims court and get our original $500 back? More than anything, I just want to move on from this! Thanks for letting me rant. Any advice is greatly appreciated.