‘The Business Is Gone’: Sudden North Dakota Business Closure Impacts Local Wedding Photographers
SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – Imagine receiving an email just a day before your wedding and finding out that you no longer have a photographer or videographer. To make matters worse, you have already paid for the services and would not be reimbursed.
The company we are talking about was called Glasser Images. Couples in a handful of states, including South Dakota, are reportedly contacting the North Dakota-based company for videos and photos of their weddings.
Glasser would then hire local photographers and videographers to film the weddings.
They would send the files back to Glasser, who would edit and send the final project.
Customers spent between $ 1,500 and $ 6,000 and were told they would not get that money back.
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Catie Noethlich is one of those photographers. She quit her full-time job to photograph weddings for Glasser Images. Less than two months later, the North Dakota business suddenly closed.
“It scares me to think I would have moved to Bismarck, which is about 3 hours from where I live now, and a month later the business is gone,” Noethlich said.
Noethlich didn’t know if she would get paid, or what to say to his clients.
“I called the couple I had in Fargo for the next day crying because I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t know if I could legally go and photograph their wedding because I no longer worked for Glasser, Glasser n ‘A doesn’t exist, “Noethlich said.” But this couple sitting there like they’ve got a wedding photographer and it’s the day before their wedding, what would you do?
Other customers were still waiting for pictures from past weddings.
“So they actually don’t have anything because they put so much trust and faith in the Glasser images covering their memories,” Noethlich said.
While Noethlich is still waiting to be paid, other photographers fear Glasser’s reputation will leave couples questioning others working in the industry.
“So now you know, by and large other photographers are poorly painted and there’s no confidence there,” said Savannah Meikamp, owner of Luke + Savannah Photography. “So we have to work hard to reassure them that no we are trustworthy, we can help you, we are not going to do what they did.”
Local photographers are trying to help those affected as much as they can.
“Some offer discounted rates, others try to put them in touch with other photographers they know are available,” Meikamp said.
Everything to make sure they have the perfect wedding day.
On Thursday, an attorney representing Glasser announced that people who already had company at their wedding will be able to upload their photos for free for one year. But, customers don’t know if these are altered or raw photos.