Wedding photography, like any business, is bound to have its bumps in the road, and it's always unpleasant when we have to deal with them. This cautionary tale will remind you why it's important to have the proper safeguards in place no matter what genre of photography you work in.
Coming to you from Jessica Kobeissi, this video tells the story of how her first wedding eventually turned into a lawsuit and an important lesson in the importance of proper contracts and business practices. I definitely sympathized with Kobeissi's story throughout the video, as I've certainly been in similar situations both in and out of photography before, where something that started as a favor for a friend slowly snowballed out of control until I suddenly realized I'd been taken completely advantage of and was left wondering how I let it get to that point. It just underscores how important it is to have clear contracts and expectations with any client you work with, even family or friends (or perhaps, particularly with family and friends). Make sure you take the time to ensure that you're protecting both yourself and your personal relationships.
Lead image by Blake Newman, used under Creative Commons.