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Good guy Gary Fong rallies support for a struggling photographer under legal attack
Old 12-12-2014   #1
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Good guy Gary Fong rallies support for a struggling photographer under legal attack

I read it at petapixel. link http://petapixel.com/2014/12/09/gary...t-nelson-tang/
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Old 12-12-2014   #2
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Appalling man. Wonderful response by all involved. Heartwarming.
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Almost makes it worthwhile to pick up some of Gary Fong's speedlight tupperware.
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Amazing story. Does worry me a bit, since I occasionally get invitations to shoot weddings in the States...
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Great read. There are bullies everywhere, unfortunately. Luckily someone stands up to them now and then.
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Almost makes it worthwhile to pick up some of Gary Fong's speedlight tupperware.
LOL.
I have one of those cookie jars.
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This is one of the reasons wedding photography costs what it does - insurance. It's also why amateurs trying to get into wedding photography by cutting corners and costs by not taking out insurance and not having a watertight contract are taking a very big risk, although most wouldn't realise how big that risk is until it bites them.

Good on Gary Fong.
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[email protected] it being called the Poon/Tang case

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Followers on the Internet did a fantastic job of rallying behind this cause of injustice. I loved watching the amount of support we got as so many people got behind the Poon/Tang case.
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A real wonderful tale and fabulous response.
It's a warning to all who do photography for a fee.
In fact even if done as a gift, one could be in trouble..
A gift may have a value..
Suggest use of document, that protects for such contingencies.
I am sure Wedding photographers use something, in States.
Never allow friendship to stop use and signing such an "understanding".
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Many kudos to Gary Fong! The whole thing don't make sense to me though - they should know Nelson Tang don't have that kind of money if they're friends. Some think the bride was in on it, but I don't know. Wonder how the marriage is going?
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Don't move to a lawyer friendly state.
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I feel sorry for the woman who married that lawyer jerk. I hope she is a better woman than he is a man.
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I feel sorry for the woman who married that lawyer jerk. I hope she is a better woman than he is a man.
I dunno Greg, it's possible that she may be just as big a scumbag as he is. According to Gary Fong, who wrote this in his account, "Nelson had traveled to Las Vegas to photograph their wedding. He had been a friend of the bride for over ten years."

The good news is that the guy dropped his lawsuit.
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I suspect the original intent was to bully the photographer into refunding the fee.

Whether or not the wife knew would depend on the type of marriage. Though it is hard to believe in this day and age, there are still marriages in the United States where the wife has no idea what the husband is doing, and has very little right to even ask.

Likewise, even if she did know, who is she expected to support. Her old friend (who is also male) or her new husband?
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Be fair.

Not all (American) lawyers are predatory arseholes (not least because they can't spell arse). It's just the rogue 90% that get the other 10% a bad name.

God bless and keep Gary Fong.

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I advise having wedding clients sign a contract limiting legal action to the amount paid for the photo service.
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I dunno Greg, it's possible that she may be just as big a scumbag as he is. According to Gary Fong, who wrote this in his account, "Nelson had traveled to Las Vegas to photograph their wedding. He had been a friend of the bride for over ten years."

The good news is that the prick dropped his lawsuit.
Yea I read that & the same thought did cross my thinking but reading about how big a manipulative person this bozo is I think this might sum up their marriage.
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Congratulations to Gary Fong! Almost makes me go out to buy a dozen of his lightspheres! )
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I'm glad Mr Fong chose to help him.
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Be fair.

Not all (American) lawyers are predatory arseholes (not least because they can't spell arse). It's just the rogue 90% that get the other 10% a bad name.

God bless and keep Gary Fong.

Cheers,

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Reminds me of Pop/Modern Photography "thread"
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Reminds me of Pop/Modern Photography "thread"

This whole sad affair reminds me of a letter-to-the-editor thread (run over several months) that ran in either Popular or Modern Photography back in the 70's-80's. The gist: a photographer was doing a wedding and saw some family members (uncles, etc) taking photos. He wrote an angry letter to the mag referring to them as parasitic "lice". The letter was published and in the next 2-3 issues the mag published some scathing replies, like "when I see Uncle Joe taking snaps and he runs out of film, I give him some of mine." after a few issues the editors had to drop the anchor and plead for "no more letters" - several hundred+ letters torching the wedding photog, little or nothing in defense.

My advice: elope and have a friend with a Kodak Brownie or Instamatic - other than that, go with a real wedding photographer, like, mmmm, Tang? -- still shooting film only, alfredian
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