If you spent even a moderate amount of time on Facebook back in late September, you likely saw a viral video and photo about a wedding photographer who captured a genuinely heartwarming moment in which a bride's biological father stopped the wedding procession to grab the step-father from his seat so they could both walk her down the aisle. While millions of collective "awws" were emitted then, fast forward six weeks and now the situation has resulted in lawsuits and death threats involving the photographer.
I captured an amazing moment in their life, and they're trying to destroy my life.
Not long after the viral photos were seen over 70 million times all around the world, the photographer Delia D. Blackburn says she was accused of making money off the photos and threatened with a lawsuit by the father of the bride. As Fox95 has reported, Blackburn says that's just not true. This situation became even more complicated as friends and family of the bride began a barrage of negative and damaging posts on social media sites. These include death threats like this:
The bride and her mother both have said they have no issue with the photographer. The mother of the bride made a Facebook post reading:
I want to apologize to the photographer who took my daughter's wedding pictures. I made a post the other day asking for advice. A lot of people were advising a lawyer or media. Someone posted threatening the photographers life I did not see that post. I never or would ever want any harm to come to her. So please accept my apology.
So where did this mess come from? The photographer had at one point mentioned on Facebook that she considered printing posters. The family, including the bride, did not support this idea.
In all of this, as a wedding photographer myself, the part that sticks out the most is that the photographer promised in her contract that photos would be delivered in two weeks. As of this publication the bride has yet to receive her photos. The photographer claims the overwhelming attention from these photos has caused the delay.
The bride said:
“We don’t want anything out of this. Hand us our pictures and we’ll go our separate ways.”
I cannot help but think that the photos being delivered far outside the scope of her contract is making this entire debacle worse. So let this be a lesson to everyone: Under-promise and over-deliver. Your contract should give you wiggle room for worst-case scenarios. If you tell a client eight weeks in the contract and you deliver in three, then you are a hero. If you tell a client two weeks and you deliver in three, your client will have already passed from "anxious" to "irritated."