(Closed) Asking for Contract BEFORE First Meeting with Photographer?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@sugarpea:  I would have no problem doing that. Definitely feel free to ask and just say you’d love to look it over and then be able to ask any questions you might have about it right there at the meeting in person. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I would ask; I don’t think any businessperson should get offended by their client wanting to be prepared!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Just know that what you want from them/terms may change after the meeting. Once you’ve had a chance to discuss your wedding/timeline/wants/needs/budget, the specifics may change.

Post # 7
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Newbee

@sugarpea:  Are you going to be ready to book him/her that same meeting? Or are you going to need time to think about it. 

If you are ready to book..go ahead and ask. If you are not ready to book, then what’s the point? Just get it after you meet with him/her. 

You may not like him/her after meeting. Heck, he may not want you as clients either…

Personally, I am not about to share my contract with someone that I have not met. The reason is that I have spent money with a lawyer getting my contract done. What if you turn out to be another photog who wants to get a free contract???

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I asked for the contract before the meeting because I wanted specific things from the photographer and I had to make sure the contract didn’t specifically forbid or excluded what I was interested in.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

If you haven’t met with them, then yes, they might be a little put off. You may not even click with them, so why should they send you the contract unless you’ve gotten past the first stage?

Martha Stewart has a great checklist of questions to ask- the backup plan was one of the reasons I went with our photographer:

http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/284712/find-your-vendors

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@sugarpea:  It would seem a little odd to me, but I wouldn’t turn down the request.  I have nothing to hide in the contract, and if you’re going to book me you will see it at some point.  Why do you want to see it early?  Are you anticipating asking them to make changes to it?  That’s the part that I find overbearing is when people expect that just because I’m a small business owner that I will change the terms of my contract for them. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I see it as a businessopportunity. If theyve had time to look it over and we get all the questions answered they’re more likely to sign right there. 🙂

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t think it’s weird at all. I believe our photographer has hers on her website, which lays out her policies. It’s good to look at it beforehand because if there are some glaring policies in the contract, you might not want to even meet with them.

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