Brides heartbroken by wedding photographer who pulled disappearing act

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A wedding photographer has disappeared and so have the photos of many brides.

All that’s left of Samantha Woolsey’s photography shop in Cameron, Mo., is the logo on the window. The owners of neighboring businesses say Woolsey took off a couple of months ago from the town about 45 minutes north of Kansas City. They say she owed back rent and left no forwarding address.

All of which is particularly bad news for the brides trying to find her and their wedding photos.

“Obviously wedding photos are sentimental and I had family members that were there that I am never really ever going to see again,” said bride Toni Gardner, whose family came from as far as Australia to see her get married last June. She paid Woolsey $800 to shoot the wedding, but never got a single photo.

“I don’t understand how someone can do that,” Gardner said with tears in her eyes.

Gardner is one of several desperate brides who contacted The FOX 4 Problem Solvers seeking help.

Bride Tabetha Moss said she now considers herself lucky that Woolsey cancelled on her two days before her wedding, She had to scramble to find a replacement photographer and never got her money back, but at least she has photos. Now she wants to help those brides that don’t.

“Whatever extent I have to go to so this doesn’t happen to other people, so that other brides can get their photos back, then that’s what I’m willing to do,” Moss said.

So where is Samantha Woolsey? She’s still advertising on Facebook and some believe she may still be in Missouri. Others say they think she has moved to Mississippi or Utah, or possibly the state of Washington. That’s where Moss was told to send her final payment, but the check for $400 came back as undeliverable.

As for Toni Gardner, FOX 4 Problem Solvers tracked down the photographer who was working for Woolsey and shot her wedding. The photographer, who asked us not to use her name, said Woolsey stiffed her on payment as well. Here’s the good news: The photographer still had five of the Gardner’s wedding photos in her portfolio and has now sent them to the bride.

We have not been able to reach Woolsey either online or by phone. If you know where she is or where the photos of other brides are, please email us. You can reach Problem Solver Linda Wagar at linda.wagar@wdaftv4.com

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