The photographer doesn’t present wedding ceremony images; will get a $ 22,000 court docket order

  The photographer does not provide wedding photos;  gets a $ 22,000 court order

A couple from Canada recently sued a photographer for failing to provide photos of their 2015 wedding. The court found the photographer guilty, but also for “fraudulent behavior” and “unsavory business practices”. The court then sentenced him to pay the couple $ 22,000.

Kaman and Ramandeep Rai from Surrey had already commissioned Aman Bal in 2015 to shoot photos and videos of their wedding. According to the Vancouver Sun, they had ordered a “platinum package worth $ 8,500.” They paid the $ 1,500 bail before the ceremony and the remaining $ 5,000 after the lawsuit. However, Bal has not provided photos and videos for six years.

According to the lawsuit, Bal has been a professional photographer for 15-20 years. He has mainly shot music videos and fashion shows, but has also done weddings. According to the lawsuit, he has been working as a sales representative for a paint company for four years. In his defense, he claimed he withheld the products “because the couple failed to make the final payment of $ 3,500.” But the judge didn’t buy it.

“There is not the slightest bit of evidence to support this claim,” the lawsuit said.

“In my opinion, none of Mr. Bal’s statements are tenable. They can only be called lame excuses. He seemed to be making these excuses literally spontaneously on the stand. He has provided no evidence to support these claims other than the links he provided for the Rais to access the photos they say could not be downloaded. “

The couple sued the photographer after reporting multiple delays since 2015. But it looks like they’re not the only ones. The judge found that Bal had been sued five times in civil court between 2011 and 2019. They decided that the photographer had shown a “pattern of fraudulent behavior”.

“Mr. Bal’s behavior is almost a modus operandi for Mr. Bal’s business – fraudulent behavior that frustrates innocent people so much that they just give up and run away with anything they get back from Mr. Bal. I have no doubt that Mr. Bal had hoped that the raises would give in and run away with whatever he offered them. Of course that didn’t happen. “

The judge also writes that the court must “denounce such behavior” and must prevent him from “harassing further others of his unsavory business practices”. Apparently the judge ruled in favor of the couple, and rightly so.

The verdict is that Bal dem Rais should pay $ 7,000: that is the cost of having the raw materials and photos turned into albums and other mementos by another photographer. But also, he’s asked to pay them an additional $ 10,000 for mental health issues and $ 5,000 in punitive damages.

[via PetaPixel]