Jan 18, 2014
Ed was dishonest from the start, is a sub par photographer at best, and cant keep his word and adhere to deadlines he set himself. His father being sick might be a legitimate reason for his inability to keep to deadlines, but his dishonesty and lack of professionalism, resorting to physical threats and use of profanity, is unacceptable in any circumstance.
I made the mistake of ignoring one bad review of Ed after seeing his response to itwhich I would strongly suggest you take with a grain of salt now that I experienced the same thing. And just for the record, I made no such promisesand ended up with months of headache, excuses, ruined holidays, and an unfinished product in the end.
Dont make the same mistake as me. There are plenty of better photographers (personality, professionalism, price, and photography skill) out there who deserve your businesstheres no reason to risk it with Ed. Wedding photos? LOOK SOMEWHERE ELSE.
The only other time Ive dealt with such a nasty person was when I bought my first car. Ed is worse than the sales manager at that car dealership, which by the way, went out of business the next year.
Summary of our shoot: 36 emails (many hours you will NOT get back), countless excuses and delays, never finished the shoot, no edited pictures, no backdrops, a whole afternoon of shooting, less than a handful of useable photos (edited by myself), and a final threatening email ending with "happy f*cking new year" from Ed.
I've included a quick summary of our email exchanges below but Id be happy to forward the complete email exchanges with Ed to anyone wanting to see specifics. You can decide for yourself.
Oh, and by the way, this is just the things that went wrong AFTER the shoot, there were many things wrong during the shoot AND before the shoot also, including him blatantly lying.
Start from the bottom if you want to follow it chronologically.
Jan. 2, my last email to Ed, no response after this: Told him I feel bad for his situation but needs to hold himself to higher standards. Said to spend time with his family, forget about sending out the edited pictures. But made sure we're clear on everything that DIDN'T get done for this job, wished him happy new year and good luck with his photography business (because he needs it).
Jan. 2, last email from Ed: "...don't bark orders at me unless you want this to get very very ugly. I'm in no mood for attitude...happy f*cking new year."
Dec. 31 Me: Holiday is over. Get the rest of the edits out (Admittedly, I could have been nicer than this, but after reading the rest of our exchanges you'll understand. Also, this had been another 4 days past when he said he'd get it done so I'm not sure I'd consider my response barking orders and giving attitude; he's obviously never been barked at in the military).
Dec. 23 Ed: Edits sent out (only 4 edited ones from a long time ago, nothing new), cant get the rest until December 27th. Takes no responsibility and blames me for ruining HIS holiday.
Dec. 20 Ed: Sent the discs out, post office must have lost package, wants me to just call it a day(not write a negative review) when he send it out the next week.
Dec. 20 Me: Where are the CDs? Im going to write a negative review of you.
Dec. 12 (Thurs) Ed: Just sent the CD out.
Dec. 11 (Wed) Me: Did you send the CD out?
Dec. 8 (Sun) Ed: Running two days back (insert excuse), will send out Wed.
Dec. 8 (Sun) Me: Just wanted to confirm youll be dropping the CDs off in the mail tomorrow
Dec. 3 (Tue) Ed: Plan to mail everything out BY Sunday. Will get confirmation email when he drops it off.
Dec. 3 Me:
your few more days has turned into another week and a half
when do you think youll actually get the pictures done?
Nov. 23 Ed: It will be a few more days. This is not about my word(What?! Not about his word?! This explains A LOT about whats wrong with him)
Nov. 23 (Sun) Me: Checking in
pretty late in the week now
should I take your word and expect the pictures to get done tonight?
Nov. 14 (Thur) Ed:
will try to get them done by the end of week
will have them done ASAP and my best guess is middle to late next at the worst
Nov. 14 Me: Showed Ed the lesson he thought I needed to learn I had to learn while I was in college at 22. Told him I wasnt talking about his inability to keep his word as being dishonest, had to remind him of specific examples of when he flat out lied.
Nov. 14 Ed: Ill get them done as quickly as possible. Thats as much time as I am willing to give to this argument. Talks about how this isnt about being dishonest, then tries to teach me a life lesson about family member getting sick and having to continue to work.
Nov. 14 Me: I did not set the deadline as Im not a photographer and dont know how long editing takes, he set the deadline himself after seeing our selections. The same selections that had been set since Oct. 26th.
Nov. 13 Ed: Unapologetic, blames me for having selected too many pictures.
Nov. 13 Me: What is going on?...pictures supposed to be done LATEST by Sunday, now three days past that
Nov. 4 Ed: Working on pics as we read/type this will have it all wrapped up this week, then we can schedule the next shoot.
Oct. 31 Ed: FIOS service out
blah blah, more excuses
will update tomorrow
Oct. 29 Me: Didnt hear from him so asked for advice on progress and next step.
Oct. 27 Ed: Looking at pictures, will let me know tomorrow.
Oct. 27 Me: Emailed him the pictures we liked.
Oct. 26 Ed: Some BS about why he left completely unusable pictures in. Will offer feedback on selection (never got any feedback from him btw).
Oct. 21 Ed: Pictures finally up (included a bunch of completely dark pictures, pictures with our eyes closed, pictures that arent focused, and none of the vertical pictures were rotated which made them really hard to look at and pick. So Im thinking, I thought all this waiting was for him to do all these things besides just uploading the pictures.)
Oct. 20 Me: Wondering why the pictures arent uploaded yet? Said theyd be up in a few days, then said working on them Thursday night and pictures will be up over the weekend, then ended up with no pictures uploaded at the end.
Oct. 17 Ed: They go up this weekend. Im working on them tonight
think we got some winners there!
Oct. 17 (Thurs) Me: Just wanted to check in and see if youre almost done uploading pictures from the shoot
Oct. 12: Finished shoot, says will get rid of the bad pictures and upload the good ones but is a couple shoots behind so pictures will take a few days.
Feb 18, 2013
I hired Ed for my daughter's baby shower back in September 2012. He showed up for the event and seemed very helpful and honest, well, here it is 5 months later without any pictures and many, many repeated excuses for not having the work ready, i.e., "I'm sick" " been to busy in hollywood with all day shoot on a movie" or "my printer broke, had too send out work" and the all time favorite, " will send out pictures FedEx this week and you should receive by Saturday?" So every Saturday since has come and gone. I now have to take this man to small claims this week to recoup monies. If you don't have the time for unprofessional excuses and lies don't hire this man.
Replied to Christine S. - Sep 4, 2013
Many attempts were made to get pictues to this client and in the ned, I hand delivered them to her - even after she said she would not create a bad review.