Bride Arrested for Allegedly Forcing the Photographer to Pay for the Privilege of Shooting Her Wedding

Bride Arrested for Allegedly Forcing the Photographer to Pay for the Privilege of Shooting Her Wedding

We've seen several cases this past year where couples have expected wedding photographers to work for free in return for the highly valuable exposure bills, but this time a bride is raising the bar by asking a photographer to pay her for the privilege of shooting her wedding. What can go wrong?

This story begins on Reddit, where one user posted their account of what happened. A bride-to-be, who was also their friend, approached the photographer with a proposition. It entailed the photographer paying the bride $50, which would allow the photographer to take photos throughout the wedding day and then sell them to people who may want to purchase them. The bride's attempt to justify this working arrangement came down to "that way we can use the money for the wedding and you still might get paid". 

The photographer refused, but kindly offered to cover the wedding for just $50. This led to bride being upset and crying, and going as far as calling the photographer a "bad friend" and that she would do the same for the photographer if roles were reversed. Unfortunately, the story doesn't simply end here but continued with the bride and her friends and family harassing the photographer by leaving angry messages. Even when the photographer offered to do the wedding for free after all, the bride refused and requested to be paid for this privilege.

A few nasty messages turned into several dozen calls in one day, several hundred texts, and even visits which became more threatening. To stop this, the photographer agreed to pay the bride and shoot the wedding without any intentions of actually showing up for the job. Next time the photographer heard from the bride was on the day of the wedding, when no one had arrived up to do the photography. After a flurry of text messages, phone calls, and voicemails, the bride's dad showed up at the photographer's house and started beating on the door, yelling for the photographer to answer the door.

Allegedly, the situation didn't defuse after the wedding either, which forced the photographer to contact the authorities, who arrested the bride and her dad, using the evidence collected from social media and the messages submitted by the photographer. Currently, the photographer explains they don't know what is happening next but they are glad that action is at least being taken, and that the phone calls, messages, and stop-ins have stopped. 

Even in this bizarre case not everyone was on photographer's side due to them agreeing to cover the wedding without the intention of actually doing the job, however, harassment and abuse from clients is unacceptable in any shape or form. People working in wedding industry will likely come across situations where emotions and tensions are running high for some clients, so to survive it's crucial to have thick skin and be clear headed when it comes to reacting to moments like these.

Have you ever had a wedding client from hell?

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Dana Goldstein's picture

Well, the new husband can’t say he wasn’t warned. 😳

Zack Schindler's picture

The photographer should offer to photograph the divorce proceedings for free.

Steve White's picture

Does he have a time-slot next week?

Robby MacGillivray's picture

Her next three weddings will probably turn out better ;)

Trevor Brown's picture


Johnny Rico's picture

You quite honestly just copy and pasted a reddit post..

chris bryant's picture

Isn't that what copy and paste is for?

Johnny Rico's picture

I mean you could at least provide a link to the content you are going to steal and haphazardly narrate without quotations.

Carsten Schlipf's picture

On the bottom right there is actually a link. Not very well visible, but yes, there is one.

Jeff McCollough's picture

While I agree with Johnny, you sir made me laugh. Thank you.

Fred Teifeld's picture

The one thing the photographer did wrong was to agree then not show up, although its easy to see how they might have thought that would have been the end of it, even though the bride and farther were clearly well over the edge.

I have been in similar situations where so-called friends would try to shame me into doing my duty as a friend, which of course never, ever worked. I'd always respond to a "what kind of friend......?" type question with just plain flipping it around on them, knowing that any further explanation would prove that teaching algebra to a dog would be a much easier task.

Fortunately I rarely get asked these kinds of things these days because 1: I'm no longer friends with that type and 2: my true friends know better.

William Faucher's picture

While I agree with you, we don't exactly know the context in full, given how nuts this bride was, it would not surprise me if the photographers refusal was refused, and was threatened to agree. Given that the Photographer actually paid the 50$ just to get them off their back, it seems overall like a hellish situation to be in.

Ivan Lantsov's picture

this is friend? both stupid

Daniel Medley's picture

"Bride Arrested for Allegedly Forcing the Photographer to Pay for the Privilege of Shooting Her Wedding"

Misleading headline. I doubt there's a charge for "forcing him to pay for shooting a wedding." More likely charges were for harassment, or something along those lines.

Jim Bolen's picture

One of the main reasons I don't shoot weddings anymore- the Entitled Generation.

LA M's picture

This is a pretty bad post...misleading title for starters.

As someone else stated, this case "if true" is about harassment.

Why in the world would someone agree to shoot a wedding with the intentions of not honouring that?


Daniel Medley's picture

Plus the fact there are no source links or any other information that indicates this is actually a real story.

Unfortunately we do live in an era in which unsubstantiated scuttlebutt passes as news.

Michael Perry's picture

There is technically a "via" link to the Fox 35 Orlando article this article originated from.

You can get to the original Reddit link from there.

LA M's picture

Kinda why I stated "if true".

Links or not the entire thing sounds phoney.

In the event that it isn't, the photographer should have caught some legal grief. Who agrees to providing a service knowing full well they won't honour it?!

Daniel Medley's picture

Noted. But it's all based on a Reddit thread? At the end of the day, it's a news story derived from an online forum with no corroboration.

Deleted Account's picture

Just to get rid of her and to screw her over for being a bitch. I'd do the same.

LA M's picture

Too much effort...

Deleted Account's picture

No effort at all and payback that lasts a lifetime.

LA M's picture

lol...remind me never to get on your bad side!

Mr Blah's picture

Maybe to make the harrassement stop for a few hours?

Jay Galvan's picture

"paying the bride $50, which would allow the photographer to take photos throughout the wedding day and then sell them to people who may want to purchase them"

That was a good deal, he could have sold all the photos as stock.

Robert Nurse's picture

If the bride was a Kardashian or Beyoncé, yeah, I'd pay $50 plus and assume full ownership of the photos. Otherwise, PAY ME!

Jeff McCollough's picture

I thought the same but then I'd rather setup a mock wedding with models and other vendors to do that. Less stress.

Patrick Hall's picture

As someone who finds planning shoots to be the most frustrating part of the process, I have to laugh that you think planning a mock wedding with that many vendors and moving parts would be easier than just showing up to an already arranged wedding.

Christian Lampe's picture

It would be way better. Its a shoot. You have control. Theres no rushing off to let the bride do anything. And no one said it would be easier, just less stress. A mock wedding would be WAY easier then dealing with this crap just to get some stock

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