The story is familiar; A happy couple falls in love with images on a wedding photographers website. They book the photographer and spend thousands of dollars. When their images come back, if they ever do, they’re just not what they expected. They never hear from the photographer again. A little research afterward reveals the guy was posting others work on his site.

So what can you do to protect yourself? Do the research before booking anybody. Be diligent. Get several referrals from someone who has actually used the photographer. Check out this cautionary tale below.