• Report: #868220

Complaint Review: MICHELLE PEARL GEE

  • Submitted: Fri, April 13, 2012
  • Updated: Fri, February 01, 2013

  • Reported By: Amy — Portland Oregon United States of America
MICHELLE PEARL GEE
1300 SW Park Avenue Unit 713 Portland, Oregon United States of America

MICHELLE PEARL GEE Wedding Photographer Portland, Oregon

*Consumer Comment: 100% dedicated to bring MPG down!

*Consumer Comment: WORKING TOGETHER

*General Comment: any contract?

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: THANK YOU

*Author of original report: let's do it ladies!

*General Comment: Michelle Pearl Gee is a fraud

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Alex and I's wedding celebration was August 25th,2011. We were coming in from out of the country to see family, friends and to have a memorable occasion.We were doing most of our wedding planning from out of the country. Alex insisted that we hire a photographer so we signed a contract and negotiated a price online for an engagement photo shoot and wedding photo shoot of $1600. Michelle said that if we pay the money up front we could get a $100 discount. We sent the contract 5/31/2011 and wired her $500 shortly afterwards. 

 We arrived in the states on August 18th and shot the engagement photos around the 23rd. The photo shoot was very random, she did some of my make up touch ups for the light, Alex and I had some kiss shots but it seemed that Michelle had us doing the same poses for the entire time we were with her. Alex and I decided to spice it up and do different poses so there would be variety. At the end of the shoot she asked for a ride...I was very put off by this, why would she not have her own car if she is constantly going to shoots? This made me question what exactly we had gotten ourselves into. We spent more time with her getting some night shots in downtown portland. Alex asked her when we should pay her and she said now if you have it. We paid her $1000 dollars that night to ensure we would receive services later. August 25th came and Michelle shows up with an assistant (that she didn't even inform me would be there). We paid for her assistant's meal anyway and at the end of the day we left with something along the lines of "you guys are truly lucky to have found one another, all of your pictures should be done in about a month." Great!

 A month goes past, nothing, two months, nothing, three...after several emails asking what is going on and receiving no reply other than to thank me for a thank you card I sent to her....she replies when I tell her I will be having someone represent me, so she can talk with them from now on. She explains to me that she was having hard drive issues and that she lost data, had to get it fixed and pictures should be here in about a week. She gave us a link to where she uploaded about 40 low-mid quality pictures...Pictures that my cousin could have taken and gotten better shots. I was understanding with her, even empathetic and gave her a final date that she could submit ALL  of the pictures.
It is now Mid April and we still havent received our wedding/engagement pictures.Memories have been lost and I am really upset over the whole ordeal because I have never been cheated before. Everyone wants to believe in the good of someone...that they will be respectful and responsible but when something like this happens it puts a stain on what could have been a very nice day and destroys the trust between a service provider and his/her clients.
Michelle Pearl Gee is a sorry excuse for a photographer. She is unprofessional, she does not respond to emails or phone calls. It is now 6+ months after our wedding, we have about 40 low quality pictures and hardly any memories to show our family. She could have kept in contact with us, letting us know her issues or at least been responsible enough to refund our money. 

 Next time we will not prepay ANYTHING! Do yourselves a favor and make sure to see how long it takes for a photographer to get back to you...it may be ok initially but make sure to call/email in between dates to make sure they are prompt. Do not make the mistake we made, especially on a day so special :(

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#1 Consumer Comment

100% dedicated to bring MPG down!

AUTHOR: MPGsucks - (United States of America)

hello..i am a victim too..i am 10000% ready to take legal action against her..please email me at rachitma@gmail.com..LETS DO it!!!!!
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#2 Consumer Comment

WORKING TOGETHER

AUTHOR: MPO - (USA)

Righteous1, thank you for your comment. Yes we do have copies of the contracts and receipts of our payments, and will also be seeking legal council together.
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#3 General Comment

any contract?

AUTHOR: Righteous1 - (USA)

I genuinely feel sorry that such a day could not be captured properly and given to you in a timely manner. Without knowing all the facts it still stands to reason that you each loss more then money...you lost memories that this Professional did NOT follow thru with.  Did any of you posters have written contracts with this person? Please seek legal counsel for proper advisal. With the deposits and cash in hand it doesn't sound like this person followed thru with your payment of services, including but not limited to the proofs and the products.

I did preview this photographers web page and it sure seems that they have an "eye" for the unique. Unfortunately she sneeked away with the photos too! I'm sure that is of more value in such a special day. My hope is that she does own up to her professional obligation and remedies this for you each.
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#4 REBUTTAL Owner of company

THANK YOU

AUTHOR: MPO - (USA)

That is great Amy! Could you email me at mpeterson11029@yahoo.com so we can talk from there?
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#5 Author of original report

let's do it ladies!

AUTHOR: AmyS - (United States of America)

Im in,ladies!! she needs to be stopped.
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#6 General Comment

Michelle Pearl Gee is a fraud

AUTHOR: MPO - (USA)

Hello, I am also a victim of MPG's fraud. My wedding was 6 months ago and I have only received half of the photos (and those are poorly edited). I am wondering if you would be interested in chatting about it? Maybe see if we could help each other? I recently met up with another bride who was a victim as well and she too is interested in corresponding with you. Thanks for your time!
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