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How crucial is the photographer’s job to catch the ‘first kiss’ as husband and wife

Melbourne newlyweds Jarrad and Sheree Mitchell issued proceedings in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal  against photographic company Studio Edge & Multimedia pleading that their wedding day photos were ‘substandard’ and they have failed to capture their ‘first kiss’, cutting of the ribbon and the signing of the wedding registry.

They also claimed the quality of the pictures were poor or ‘substandard’ and did not deliver a promised photo album and wall prints.

The pair paid $2210 of the $2600 photography contract and refused to pay the outstanding $390.

The photographer argued that the ‘first kiss’ was only a ‘peck’ not all pivotal moments could be captured at every wedding.

Tribunal member Rebecca French agreed, saying that weddings were ”moving feasts” without the pristine conditions of a photographic studio.

“I accept that it is quite difficult to capture the moment of a kiss,” Dr French was quoted as saying.

She also ruled that the Mitchells did not prove that the photographic work was substandard.

But Dr French did rule that Studio Edge & Multimedia did not deliver value for what was already paid out and ordered it to pay $710.

The Mitchells were ordered to pay $60 for a meal that was not supplied to the photographer.

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