Wedding Photographer Sued After Making ‘Unreasonable Demands’
A wedding photographer is being sued by a dad who accuses the shooter of making unreasonable demands just before his daughter’s ceremony.
The New Jersey-based father-of-the-bride says he is out of pocket by $76,000 and was forced to find a photographer at the very last minute for his daughter’s lavish wedding.
Dr. Amit Patel fired New York-based photographer Clane Gessel days before the wedding that took place in Bodrum, Turkey.
According to Patel, Gessel emailed the dad as he was waiting to board a plane to Turkey for the wedding demanding that he would “decide who is shooting what and when.”
The two parties had an agreement in writing that Gessel would be the “main photographer” at the luxurious wedding which stretched over four days.
The photographer and his team were scheduled to stay at the Doubletree by Hilton, instead of the luxury, five-star Mandarin hotel where the wedding took place, reports the New York Post.
Gessel allegedly emailed Patel demanding that he be booked into the Mandarin with the rest of the wedding party.
No Ordinary Wedding
The four-day celebration in Turkey included 250 guests, 13 custom outfits for the bride, and a feature in Vogue.
The celebration included saxophonists playing music on the beach, a Turkish-themed night that mimicked a local bazaar and included traditional music, decor and dancers, various custom-made necklaces for the bride, and fireworks.
Patel says it was the first family wedding “in a long time” and the vascular surgeon adds it cost him “a good six-figure number.”
But the wedding almost went awry after the Gessel was fired for allegedly making last-minute demands.
“It’s panic. You can imagine telling your daughter a few days before her wedding that the photographer she selected, he’s not coming,” Patel tells the New York Post.
PetaPixel previously reported on an unhappy bridesmaid who was demoted to an unpaid photographer at her friend’s wedding.
Another photographer explained why she canceled her services the night before a wedding because she didn’t even know the location of the wedding.
PetaPixel reached out to Gessel for a comment but he did not respond as of publication.
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