Dear A.S.S. Editor
We hired a Singaporean photographer for our Australian wedding (common for Asians to hire from overseas as cheaper). He lied to us about having an assistant, which we paid a few hundred for and bought his girlfriend. Girlfriend 'helped' him with his one camera and sat the whole time at our wedding.
We paid for up to 10 hours photography service. The "photography service time" included his smoke breaks, travel time and time we gave him food to eat. He kept disappearing at our wedding to smoke or sit. We had to constantly find him and tell him to take photos (Imagine an already stressed bride having to find or call out for their photographer to come take photos).
The contract said 2-3 months photos would be done. No communication from him after our wedding date. We received our photos 4 months later, and on that 4 months mark, he said he could only upload half and will be getting the rest next week as "there were issues with server".
Basically, our wedding was treated as a holiday for him and his "assistant". We paid a lot for him to capture our big day but we didn't get what we hoped for and don't want other bride and grooms going through the same.