I have a model friend who I enjoy shooting in the studio regularly. She's just started out and her first shoot with another photographer is turning sour..
She contacted me this morning to tell me that it's been three weeks and she's sent multiple e-mails to the photographer asking for a status. Every time they're read and ignored. He had promised her 1 week to send her a contact sheet and two weeks after that for prints. Deadline is up.
I told her to wait another week and then send off another e-mail.
My question to anyone who may have dealt with this before is: Does she have any option of voiding the model release she signed during the session? The photographer mentioned that he wanted the shots for a book and she would rather make sure they don't get printed since he didn't live up to his end of the bargain. She was given no compensation at time of signing and there was only a verbal contract that the release was signed in good faith that prints would be delivered.
I have already recommended talking to a lawyer but at the time she doesn't see the need to take it that far - she just wants prints or a reply that the photographer has been busy, out of town, something better than ignored status requests.
And yes, I understand that Rule #1 of the internet is to never get legal advice from complete strangers - but you guys are my crazy Canon buddies!