Crap snapper sued over rotten wedding shots
If you’re looking for a wedding photographer to perfectly capture the specialness of your big day of matrimony, Gareth Bowers of Fresh Images in West Yorkshire might not be your man.
We all have bad days at the office (your correspondent is currently enduring his second in a row) but when you’re snapping a bride and groom, you need to be on your game from start to finish.
When Gareth snappy-snapped the nuptials of Marc and Sylvia Day from Wakefield, he didn’t do what they considered to be a top-notch job – in fact, out of the 400 or so photos he took, they professed to like only 22. Ah, not good, especially when they paid him £1,450 for the job.
A judge has agreed that Gareth’s efforts were piss-pot-poor and awarded compensation be paid to the tune of £500 plus £720 in damages, which is not quite a full refund. Well, they did admit to liking 22 of the pictures…
Among the cock-ups from Mr Bowers and his videographer for the big day were…
- Missing the cutting of the cake, getting the backs of guests dancing instead
- Missing the couple arriving at the reception
- Generally being shit, taking hundreds of poorly-lit and badly-composed shots.
- Spelling their names ‘Slyvia and Mark’ on the thank you cards that were provided as part of the service.
Mr Day described Bowers as: “the Don Quixote of wedding photography - he just doesn't believe that he can't do it."
Which we think is a very dignified and witty way to deal with the situation. We’d have called him a prick and poured sugar in his petrol tank.