Divorced Man Sues Photographer for $48,000 To Recreate 2003 Wedding

It’s not uncommon to hear stories of wedding photographers getting sued by unsatisfied clients, but one lawsuit currently underway in New York is causing quite a stir. Todd Remis (pictured on right) of Manhattan is suing 65-year-old studio H & H Photographers (on left), claiming that the photographers had missed the final 15 minutes of the wedding that included the last dance and bouquet toss. However, there are details that make the case bizarre:

[…] what is striking, said the studio that took the pictures, is that Mr. Remis’s wedding took place in 2003 and he waited six years to sue. And not only has Mr. Remis demanded to be repaid the $4,100 cost of the photography, he also wants $48,000 to recreate the entire wedding and fly the principals to New York so the celebration can be re-shot by another photographer.

Re-enacting the wedding may pose a particular challenge, the studio pointed out, because the couple divorced and the bride is believed to have moved back to her native Latvia. [#]

Studio owner Dan Fried says that the cost of defending themselves in court has already matched the sum demanded by Remis, and calls the case “an abuse of the legal system.”

Years Later, Lawsuit Seeks to Recreate a Wedding [NYTimes]

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Image credits: Photographs by H & H Photographers

  • Veronicarusnak

    This guy sounds like a real dick. It’s not wonder his ex dumped him and ran back to Latvia. 

  • Anonymous

    The US courts are so dumb. How does a law suit like this get approved? it’s ridiculous. 

  • Anonymous

    The judge threw out most of the case, and while it is proceeding it’s unlikely the plaintiff will win and the defendant can always counter-sue the plaintiff for their defense costs.

    So I would love to hear your perfect court system, cause as long as they are run by humans good luck.

  • Tim Burton

    can they claim their legal costs once they win?

  • Edwaste

    The reason why I never got into the Wedding Photography business.

  • Pablovi

    Wedding photos should be a artistic endeavour, there should not be to document an event. If that is stated in the contract, they can’t sue.

  • Letitslide

    Todd J Remis

    240 E 39th St, Apt 5K
    New York, NY 10016-7201

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  • matthewdlyons

    Crazy. A pure example of a frivolous lawsuit.

  • Dan Forsley

    Not answered (here) is why the last 15 minutes were missed by the shoot team.

  • Anonymous


    Only one question…  I’ve shot lots of weddings, but I’ve never encountered a “last dance”??

  • Dnguyen

    I’ll take it he didn’t take the divorce so well. I can imagine him sitting in the dark by himself reminiscing on this wedding day. Still isn’t over for him…

  • Wanderingbear

    And the Bride has agreed to all this………of course not, well, unless she is up for a all expenses holiday to the US of A. And why has it take either of them 6 years to notice the missing pictures – Doh, Unbelievable story.

  • OneLighter

    I’m guessing that the re-shot wedding will have a stand-in bride (i.e. new fiance) and he is just looking for a free ride.

  • Anonymous

    PetaPixel would be a more regular read for me if drek like this never made it to your short list.  This is about humanity, not photography.

  • @newendpro

    the guy just looks like a dick hahaha

  • Mark Kirk

    A loser pays system (maybe only if most of the case was tossed out) and having a judge evaluate the merit of a civil suit before any lawyers have to be hired would be a start.

  • wondering.

    After doing so many weddings, I have never heard the last dance.. what did I miss? The First Dance, is definitely the important, but come on! the last dance??? is it like they’re gonna separate after the last dance? 

  • FreeRadicals

    This loser guy has to buy another bride.  Apparently no woman in the US of A wants anything to do with him.  Where else is he gonna get money like that?  Troubling part is, he may have to go through a bunch of ‘Mail-orders’ to get one to stick around.  God help us (no to mention the child & bride), if he successfully breeds.

  • SomeoneWithFacts

    Complete lies.  Diversion/defensive and smearing tactic by H&H.  We know for fact, from couple when they were still married, that no photos or videos were ever received from photographer and photographer was unable or refused or avoided to deliver them after repeated attempts to get them.  They messed up the film/videos or processing of them.

  • SomeoneWithFacts

    … and the legal documents say nothing about money for re-shooting wedding and it was never brought up or requested by the plaintiff (or ever a thought in their minds).  And attempts to get photos, money back, etc. from H&H began WAY before divorce.  This was all already in progress well before the couple even discussed divorce.  All lies.  Not a case of abuse of the legal system, but rather a case of abuse of (and by) the press.  These are facts.  Please turn your focus on proper question at hand – how would you feel if your wedding photographer messed up the processing of your photos, was unable to produce quality images and then avoided you and ran with your money and then as a final defensive tactic started a smear campaign that threatens to destroy you reputation?

  • Brian

    The last dance probably refers to the last dance of the bride with her father. I’ve shot weddings with 1. “first dance” of the bride and groom and 2. “last dance” of the bride with her father. I don’t know why they decided to name those 2 dances like that. 

  • Mr.New

    Interesting “facts.” Still, to recreate a wedding after being divorced seem a bit crazy and open to smearing tactics. Did the couple receive ANY photos? Photographers take hundreds of photos during events, but it doesn’t mean they will give every single photo to the client—besides, almost all photo contracts give the photographer/agency the right to the photos; if the contract is met, the photographer has no obligations to release any more photos to the client. In any case, without looking at the original contract, I’m not convinced that the story is “all lies.”

  • Cj Lucero

    What’s lame is that he opened the door for other sue happy people that
    will make our lives a living hell whether he wins or not? Unfortunately
    there are those types out there that will always try and find a
    loophole. I don’t mind helping a buddy out and being a second shooter
    but I am definitely rethinking being the main in the whole wedding
    photography thing and for now and just sticking with bands and models.
    The last thing I want is to get sued over not shooting the grooms
    brother because he was at the bar getting his drink on early. Yea no

  • gailparenteau

    There are two sides to every story, including the
    sensationalized half story given to the media recently by a disgruntled
    litigant, H&H Photographers.  But
    facts are stubborn things, and here are a few more which did not get reported.

    Please judge for yourself by reading Todd’s
    statement and see the backup documents on

  • samuraipolitics

    Yeah a loser pays system would have a chilling effect on the ability to seek out justice. The person who is agreived is not always victorious. We have a court system that is set up this way so that people don’t feel the need to take the law into their own hands.