Post # 1
My fiance and I are on a small budget for our wedding. We found a beginner photographer who shot a few weddings. We met up with him and signed a contract, thinking we wouldn’t be able to find anyone better for the price we can afford. Well a professional photographer who has shot over 200 weddings and has amazing photos e-mailed us out of the blue and said our date was available and he’d love to photograph our wedding for our price! He’s literally taking $2000 off just for us which is crazy!
Now we have signed the contract with the other photographer, but have not sent any money yet. We are supposed to send a check for $250 SOON. Is there any way we can ethically speak with the photographer we signed the contact with to cancel the contract?
Any advice welcoem.. thanks!
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park
Re-read the contract. There should be something in the contract about cancelling their services. Some photographers give your money back if it is within a certain time frame. Others give you some or none back. It is different for each studio
Post # 4
@mandyhartwell: Thanks! We actually haven’t paid anything yet, just signed the contract!
Post # 5
@bzzzybee: any other thoughts? Thanks everyone
Post # 6
@bzzzybee: WHY is the pro offering to do them at a very low cost to you? I’d want to know why he’s giving you such a huge discount.
As for your current photographer, read over your contract. Do the terms say anything about a deposit or retainer? Or say what happens if you cancel?
Post # 7
What does the contract say about cancellations?
Post # 8
@bzzzybee: I would agree with PP that there should be something stated in their contract that you signed with them which says what amount of time you have that you can cancel with either getting a deposit back or not. I know my photographer required a $700 deposit and that if we cancelled we wouldn’t get our deposit back but we wouldn’t have to pay another deposit if we changed that date (assuming she had the date available) and no matter what the deposit is non-refundable.
Post # 9
i would agree w getting more info on why this amazing pro is giving you a huge discount….. thats very unusual and i would want to understand why (assuming you didnt leave something out of op like its your brother in.law)
as for breaking a contract that you havent paid on…..for me until were signrd and paid we werent in contract. i would talk to the current photog and just tell him that plans changed and since no money exchanged you would just like to cancel
Post # 10
I think cancelling should be no problem because you haven’t put any money down. Just talk to the photographer and let him know you changed your mind due to budget issues.
Post # 11
Most professional photography contracts have a non-refundable retainer due at signing. Typically the final amount is due at a specified time before the event. Something tells me that your beginner’s contract likely doesn’t have anything that specifically addresses it, nor would the amount that is due be something they’d likely to pursue you with in a legal case (or win). The only argument for the photographer is that they may have potentially turned business away for your date – but it’s also their own fauly for not collecting a payment. Email them stating you are severing the contract. I would thank them for their time and tell them you’ve decided to go a different direction.
Post # 12
@mandyhartwell: Most photography contracts do NOT give any money back. Once a photographer books a date they are turning down jobs for that date and effectively turning income away. In the case of a professional if someone cancels on you even if you’ve collected a retainer you usually still lose money in the end.
Post # 13
I’d be wary of the new photographer and why he seems to be giving you a discount out of the blue. If your wedding was next month, I’d get it more, but your wedding is over a year away – the photographer has plenty of time to find a wedding on your date at full price.
Check your contract with the other photographer if you really are sure about cancelling – I’m sure you can get out of it this early on with little/no cost to you.
Post # 14
Yeah I’m really suspicious that this random photographer decided to give you $2k off. Sorry to be cynical, but that seems weird. It’s not like your wedding is soon, he’d have plenty of time to fill that gap.
Post # 15
How did this random person who emailed you even know your weddings date? Did you have any contact with him before? Sounds scammy!