PHOTOGRAPHERS BEWARE!  Have you ever come close to being scammed out of a couple thousand dollars? Fortunately for me my spidey senses went up and I was able to avoid being ripped off by a would be bride.

Recently I received a wedding inquiry from a someone named Veronica Hurtado (vhurtado233909@gmail.com) who had a backyard wedding planned a couple of months from the date of her inquiry.  As it happened I had the date available and I replied inquiring about her needs and what services I could provide for her.

Her response was very detailed.  She line item ed out the exact amount of hours, album type, she wanted unlimited images captured, etc.  I sent her my quote with a contract and she agreed stating that the fee and contract would be mailed immediately.

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A few days later I received another email from her claiming that she was hearing impaired and that she and her fiance were currently out of the country, in Canada, on vacation.  She wanted me to talk to someone here via phone to confirm things closer to the wedding.  I replied and told her that was fine, actually preferred on my end and I’d be more than happy to do so.  This email however, aroused some suspicion on my end.

Several days later  and I received THE email.  Veronica claimed that the person handling the funds had mistakenly sent too much money and requested that once I received the check that I cut a check for the difference and send it to an address she had listed in her email.

I had a similar experience about 5 years ago and that email was the nail in the coffin for me.  At this point I replied and told her that I was no longer comfortable with this transaction and would not be able to photograph her wedding.

Veronica responded and said that it was not a problem and just to shred the check when it arrived.  The check finally came in and was very obviously a fake check, even to an untrained eye like mine.

 

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I wasn’t surprised by her lack of emotion that her photographer just cancelled on her practically right before the wedding and finally decided to do a web search on her email address.  I don’t know why I didn’t google her email address before but at this point just out of curiosity, I cut and pasted her email into google and whatd’ya know….this wasn’t her first rodeo!  Why was I not shocked?

Some of the other photographers that received the same or similar attempted scam by this woman blogged about their experience as well.

Brian Vogel Photography:  http://weddingsbybvp.com/new-photography-scam/  - and -

Daphne Lafosse:  http://daphnelafosse.com/blog/2014/5/someone-tried-to-scam-me-out-of-my-hard-earned-money

There was actually quite a lot of them on Google Search.  Sad really.  I hope the word gets out and that no one falls prey to these losers trying to steal others hard earned money.

Around 5 years ago I had a similar experience except the person sending the inquiry was currently in London and supposedly had a wedding coordinator here in the US getting things ready.  They over paid as well however, that one sent Postal Service Money Orders that looked so real I drove them to the Post Office.  The postmaster took a few minutes to review them before admitting that they were indeed counterfeit.  They were very good fakes.

Going forward I think I’ll head over to Google to begin with if I feel at all uncomfortable and hopefully avoid even spending the time to reply to a scam wedding photography inquiry.  I think the lesson here is to always listen to your sixth sense.  If something doesn’t feel right.  It probably isn’t!

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Cedar Break Park in historic downtown Montgomery was the perfect location for little Ms. Kennedy’s 1st Birthday portrait session.  She wasn’t too sure about the camera at first but quickly warmed up after running, laying and having some snuggle time with Mom & Dad.

I believe little Kennedy may be a super model in the making.  Just look at her posing….and those beautiful blue eyes.  WOW!!

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I love 1st Birthday sessions, especially the ones with CAKE!!!  Jamie, brought a single Birthday Cake for Kennedy to dig into and she wasted no time covering herself in icing!

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See what I mean?  What a cutie patootie and beautiful family!!

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Thank you Michaela for referring me!  I’m looking forward to hopefully working with this adorable family again next year!!

♥ Di

 

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Now that Ms. Savannah, Magnolia High School 2014 FFA Sweetheart,  has seen all of her images,  I’m super excited to share her Senior Portrait video!! Thanks again Savannah!!!

  • Lynn Daigle - Enjoyed seeing your wonderful video Savannah. You have made everyone so proud of you over the years in all your accomplishments. You are now a mature and thoughtful young woman who has definite ideas about your future. I wish you much success in this new phase of your life; you will always have my love and support. I am so proud of you. Love & Blessings Always, Lynn
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  • Don Duncalfe - What a wonderfull portrayal of Savannah,this is something to be proud of at this stage of her life,we all are proud of her,love her and wish the very best in her future,Lots of Love
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Savannah, her mother (Denise) and I set out on a beautiful Sunday afternoon on a photographic adventure through several hundred acres of property that a friend of theirs allowed us to use for her session.  It was amazingly beautiful and almost everywhere you looked there was a spot to stop and snap a few great images!  I just loved a huge spot we found loaded with wisteria and Savannah braved the Texas sized bumble bees and jump right in for the shot!  The bees weren’t quite so cooperative but they did leave her alone.  Thank goodness.

Savannah is the Magnolia High School FFA 2014 Sweetheart and I just love the sash and the crown on her hat!!   I’m thinking maybe I need to get me one of those just because.   Savannah is beautiful on the inside and out, tall and statuesque so it’s no surprise that she also plays basketball.  Her mother is fairly tall too but her father arrived later in her session and as soon as I saw him I told him that I could see how she wound up so short.  HA!!  That’s just my short self being jealous!

We also had a great time at the Magnolia High Ag Barn photographing Savannah with her pig who didn’t seem all that cooperative at the time but turned out to be a rather photogenic little fellow!  She asked if we could do that and told me that she brought a formal and had her boots!  Of course we can!  I live for stuff like that!  Absolutely LOVE it!!:P She heads off to Texas Tech this summer so lets all wish her luck!!

Congratulations Savannah and thank you for choosing me to capture your Senior memories!!

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