Ali and Alicats Photography offers photography and video services for East Indian weddings in the Edmonton and Alberta regions.
Ali hired one of my photographers for a shoot in Edmonton in late 2008. He refused to pay her the agreed upon amount, stating that she didn't deserve it since he didn't like her style of photography. When she protested, he tore up the cheque he had written and threw it at her. He then proceeded to publicly debase and humiliate her in front of her co-workers and other customers who were in the store she works in.
She agreed to give him the photos, however, at his Japan Camera store in West Edmonton Mall. He didn't show up, instead leaving instructions to one of his employees to have her leave the master photo CDs there without payment. When she called him to refuse, he threatened her. He again denounced her as a photographer, although others praised her photos. He threatened with legal action if she didn't provide him with the photos, although he had refused to sign a contract prior to the shoot.
Ali is a dishonest businessman who has been known to hire immigrant photographers and paying them less than what they agree upon. In the end my photographer left him the master photos without payment because she feared any further dealings with him.
St. Albert, Alberta