Wedding Photographer Sued for Missing the Kiss

The devastated couple sued the photographer for $6,700 for damages for failing to capture the kiss, the ribbon cutting and certificate signing.

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Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London, following their wedding on April 29, 2011

Australia has made international headlines recently with an extreme wildfire engulfing 90 houses and a giant fast-food chain announcing a historic name change to celebrate the nation’s birthday. But this time the breaking news elicits neither sympathy nor a chuckle.

Although Jarrad and Sheree Mitchell were married a year and half ago, they are still agonized over what one can only hope is greatest disappointment in their lives: their wedding photos, which they find unacceptable and unbearable. The Mitchells hired photographer George Ferris of Studio Edge & Multimedia to shoot their wedding. They agreed to pay Ferris around $2,700, but were shocked and disappointed by the final products. According to the couple, Ferris had missed all the key moments of wedding photography, most significantly the newlyweds’ first kiss. They sued Ferris for $6,700 for failing to capture the kiss, the ribbon cutting and certificate signing, according to the Age.

“I was devastated,” said a teary-eyed Sheree Mitchell on A Current Affair, an Australian TV show. The couple said they could neither bear to look at the photos nor be in the same room as the photographer. They refused to pay Ferris in full ($2,300 out of $2,700), accusing him of failing to take “artistic” photos as advertised on his website.

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Ferris countersued the couple for $6,000, which includes the remaining $400 they still owed him, court fees and $63 for paying a meal out of his own pocket. He argued that the couple complained only after his wife mistakenly sent them raw images instead of edited ones. He blamed blurry and shadowed images on flowers along the archway and “bounce” from the flash, the Age reports.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal agreed with the photographer that a kiss is challenging to capture, but ordered him to pay the Mitchells $750 for failing to meet the value of the $2,700 package. The couple, in return, was ordered to cover the meal expense of $63.

Ferris’ company issued a statement when contacted by the TV show:

“A couple’s wedding day is a very special one, and we take pride in recording it for them … We believe we did so for Jarrad and Sheree and were equally disappointed that their wedding kiss was no more than a quick peck, making it impossible to catch as was recognized by the Tribunal.”

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7 comments
MattElliott
MattElliott

I completely back the photographer on this.I am a professional wedding photographer in Australia and it was all over the news sites when it happened here. Not a month after, I had a couple do it to me! Not on purpose of course but just a peck for their kiss. The celebrant and guests actually encouraged (jeered...) them to have another go and give it a bit more passion! Ever since hearing this story, I tell the couples I meet about it and I instruct them to kiss and hold for 3 to 4 seconds at the very least. I shoot on continuous mode and I've never missed a kiss! 

LisaCronanCruikshank
LisaCronanCruikshank

My Bride lost her life just a couple hours after her ceremony. ..ask her how petty this bride sounds .

FairyLensPhotos
FairyLensPhotos

As FairyLens professional wedding photographer who shot hundreds of weddings, I recommend to discuss all details such as the most important moments of the couple before the event. Because all couples are different, it is important to adjust to their needs.

TomEly
TomEly

I have photographed around 700 weddings and even though I'm now almost robotic in my coverage of the day, I have missed certain shots in loads of weddings.

The main problem is 'This was our special day, it can never be repeated!'. Unfortunately, a photographer is a human being and can miss things or make the occasional mistake. It's like thinking that every thime a footballer shoots at goal he is going to score a goal.

The pressure of being a wedding photographer can only be understood by wedding photographers - experienced ones at that. It is rare you find someone who has lasted their entire lives as a wedding photographer. It doesn't happen as they end up burning out.

I feel sorry for this photographer. It's never happened to me (Being sued), but I'm sure if I go on for another 10 years, it'll happen eventually!

jessripdust
jessripdust

How about your wedding photographers sending you an EMAIL the night before the wedding while you are on your way to the rehearsal saying "Oh we can't make it but we are sending these other people."  People I have never met, have not seen their work and do not know any of the wedding day details. The claim was a sick child.  Thanks to social media I saw that same 'sick' child as happy as can be in his bath the afternoon of our wedding day.  And not to mention they drove to 8 hours the next day to shoot a wedding while ours was less than 2 hours from their home. Oh and  I still do not have our engagement pictures that were taken in MAY of last year.   I realize they did not ruin our wedding day because my husband and I said our vows and will live happily ever after but at the time it sure felt like the ruined it.  I will never forgive them for how they treated us throughout the entire process.  

Jennifer12
Jennifer12

As a weddin gphotographer I can vouch for the photographer that the kiss can be very difficult to capture, ecspecially when the couple does a very quick peck that takes less than the time of a shutter to click. I've also had weddings that were just not beautiful. Whether it was very little decor, horrible lighting, ect. As a photographer you try to work around this the best you can, but it sometimes means they aren't going to get the pictures they see in someone's portfolio that was no doubt shot at a very expensive, well lit, and well decorated venue. I think many brides have unrealistic expectations going into the wedding for everything. I have seen so many brides fall apart because one little thing is not done exactly correct. There's too much pressure on everyone.

The_Lite_Brite
The_Lite_Brite

This happens. I used to work in wedding photography. Anybody who does it long enough is almost sure to get sued eventually. Even the most professional photographer cannot foresee everything that might happen or go wrong on the day of a wedding. They sometimes miss stuff. You cannot bat 1.000. Since the wedding is always sold as the perfect day, eventually somebody will get very upset by something that you did not get, or that you failed to get in the best way possible. These things happen. That is why you need liability insurance.