Moment TikTok Photographer Realizes He’s Lost Couple’s Wedding Photos
Your wedding day is supposed to be the best day of your life and the one you will never forget.
Well, a couple will really have to rely on their memories after photos from their special day are tragically lost.
Their photographer Justin Gummow recounted the moment he realized his work had been deleted in a video confession to TikTok.
In the clip, which racked up more than 13.9 million views and 2 million likes in just three days, a moody Gummow tells viewers, “The worst thing that can happen to a photographer while shooting a wedding m ‘has arrived.
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“I was transferring the photos and the card got corrupted and I lost all the photos.”
He then turns the camera to his computer screen, showing a colorful hodgepodge, and explains: “Almost every one of [the photos] looked like this.”
Gummow revealed the extent of the damage in photosjustinshootscanon/TikTok
Naturally, Gummow panicked and “bought a bunch of programs to try to restore the card.”
But still, the photos were unrecoverable.
Admitting to having shed a few tears, he says he then resigned himself to calling the bride and telling her “all those memories of her day that she paid a professional photographer to take are gone.
“And it cracked.”
He continues: “I called her and I said to her and I said, ‘Hey, I’m trying my best and I’ve already spent hundreds of dollars trying to fix these photos and get them back, I can reimburse you, I will take photos for you and your husband. Wherever you want to go, we can go do portraits.
But, he adds, the fact is his equipment was faulty and, quite simply, “S*** happens sometimes.” Still, he acknowledges: “That’s no excuse, and that’s not OK, and I’m 100% responsible for that.”
However, this particular cloud ultimately had a semi-silver lining, Gummow continues.
Looking at the screen on the back of his camera, he could still see the photos and “they didn’t look that bad.” He says some still looked “a bit messed up” but he could see “the vast majority”.
“So I used my camera’s wifi to transfer the JPEG previews from the camera to my phone and so slowly I transferred all the photos I could to my phone and saved a lot of them,” did he declare. said.
The point of his story, Gummow explains, was that all was not lost in the end, and he hopes his ordeal might help someone else in a similar “shitty situation.” Plus, he “learned a lot of lessons” in the process.
Fellow TikTokers flocked to offer their admiration and support, or to share their own stories of woe.
“It happened to us, our photographer’s insurance paid to take over the wedding. Paid to rehire tuxedos and stuff,” one wrote.
“Happened to me in 2018. Had a stomach ache for weeks looking for a solution. Relieved to hear you found one,” another commented.
“It’s happened to me more than once. A couple [of] months ago my BOTH cards got corrupted in the same session. [I] spent a cargo and collected a card. it’s honestly the worst feeling,” said a third.
A number of viewers said they would hire Gummow in a heartbeat because of his dedication and integrity.
“Hearing all this makes me want to hire you. You really really care and have tried everything to fix it and fix it. Some people would just lie,” one said.
“I wish I had a photographer like you. Responsibility means a lot,” added a second
“In all honesty, I wouldn’t ask for a refund if you told me all of this, I would just ask you to do your best and if all else fails, plan a recovery,” another wrote.
Gummow didn’t reveal the couple’s reaction, but he did say telling the bride was “the worst thing.”
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