Response: It sounds like your father-in-law hired an amateur photographer, not a professional. Before the wedding you and the groom should have met with her and viewed her work. You should have insisted on seeing pictures of actual weddings. If you didnt like her work, then someone else should have been hired. Negatives are copyrighted by the person who took the photos, so she is within her right to refuse to give them to you.
If the woman has a business, and is not just a family friend, you can take her to small claims court for failure to perform. You should be able to get back whatever she was paid and perhaps damages so that you can recreate photos with another photographer.
First, read the contract that you or your FIL signed. If one wasnt signed, then you could be in greater trouble. It will be her word against yours. If she is a business owner, you can also report her to the Better Business Bureau.
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