To all future photography clients, Please read this before you engage the service of Leonard Yakir Photography. Leonard Yakir of Leonard Yakir Photography, is a Con Man, Thief and Extorter.
Leonard Yakir, of Leonard Yakir Photography, with a last known address of: 573 10th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 was retained to provide a wedding photography package. Mr. Yakir, (father of Violinist, Sara Yakir), never delivered the package, per the terms of the contract, extorted us out of more money than we were obligated to pay him, and repeatedly ignored our demands to complete and deliver the package, after he was paid in full. Today, Laonard Yakir, hides behind the guise of a keyboard and computer, like the coward that he is, attempting extort for additional money.
The contracted amount for the entire wedding package was $3,666.00. The total amount of payments made to Mr. Leonard Yakir was $4,665.80, nearly $1,000.00 greater than the contracted amount.
Upon the completion of the wedding shoot (our wedding day), Leonard Yakir, repeatedly made excuses as to why he would need to delay the delivery of our wedding package. Namely, his then wife, Susan Knightly Yakir, had become ill apparently will Cancer and he needed to care for his wife, who has since divorced Leonard Yakir. Being the considerate, understanding and compassionate human beings that we are, we extended him the courtesy and agreed to his delay to deliver the wedding package for approximately one- year. (albums, etc.).
We began contacting Mr. Yakir by telephone to complete the wedding package, because he had not contacted us. Leonard Yakir, failed to return telephone calls and voice mail messages left for him. When we finally got in touch with him, he was vague and evasive. He stated that his wife was getting better, however, he had been busy traveling with his daughter Sara Yakir, on Violin Tournaments, nationally and internationally. He also insisted that we send him more money, despite the fact that he had not lifted a finger since the day of the wedding shoot. Not the best record keepers at the time, we continued to send Mr. Yakir payments via American Express.
The fact is that we recently learned after reviewing our American Express credit card payments to Mr. Yakir, of Leonard Yakir Photography, that we had paid Mr. Yakir in full for the package, within approximately 17-months of his completing the wedding shoot. Still he demanded more money, despite the fact that we actually sent him nearly $1,000.00 over the contracted amount due to Leonard Yakir's misrepresentations and deception.
As time went on, Mr. Yakir continued to ignore these customers requests to complete their wedding package. Yakir, continually demanded more money, although we owed him nothing more. In addition, he made us out to be bad customers, (although we paid him in full and paid him well above the contracted amount). Leonard Yakir, continued to use the excuse that he had been very busy traveling with his Violinist daughter, Ms. Sara Yakir. Throughout we were stood up for appointments to meet with Yakir and lied to.
There came a time that we went to Leonard Yakirs home and office address of: 573 10th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 (a four family Brownstone that Leonard Yakir owns). We spoke to his tenants, whom advised us that he had move out and that no one knew where he resided Nd that he only stops by the buidling to pick up rent checls.
Upon contacting Leonard Yakir, he once again, not to our surprise, was slow to respond. Leonard Yakir had gotten all of our money and now had no motivation to deliver our wedding package.
Today, Leonard Yakir outrageously, claims that we "Abandoned" our wedding package and that he will not paginate the photos. He further demands an additional $750.00 in payments sent to him via Pay Pal, before he releases; "What he has." Yakir, refuses to respond to or acknowledge all of the documentation (evidence) that we have sent to him, including American Express Statements, totaling $4,665.80 in payments to him. He refuses to honor his contract. He now calls my husband (who sent him payments totaling $4,665.80 in American Express Credit Card payments). Leonard Yakir, refuses to meet with us or tell us where we can find him. Leonard Yakir believes that we should merely send him more money through Pay Pal, which we disagree with completely.
Furthermore, Leonard Yakir continues to hold (against our will) our raw wedding video, lent to him by Videographer, David Kreiswirth of BQ Video. Yakir was lent the raw video, (which was also paid for in full) for the sole purpose of creating stills out of roughly 7-crucial still pictures that he missed as a wedding photographer.
Leonard Yakir is holding our wedding photography package hostage and continues to extort more money out of us, although he was paid in full and well above the amount owed to him.
Our recommendation to prospective Brides and Grooms seeking a reputable wedding photographer, to stay away from Leonard Yakir aka Leonard Yakir Photography, as he is a Con Man and a Scam Artist, who continues to hold our precious wedding photographs hostage.