(Closed) Help understanding photography contract

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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10369 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

It says “payments thus far” are refunded. Since you haven’t made additional payments, you should be in the clear for breaking even.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Sounds like your just out the deposit (but not really since you got e-pics out of it).

Our contract was similar- our deposit was $300, non-refundable and cancellable 90 days out without any additional payments, but she also gave us a free e-session which she charges $300 for. I just made sure to send her a nice card thanking her for her time & aplogizing for canceling on her & included a local coffee shop giftcard. I didn’t want any hard feelings & I loved her work we just ended up changing plans. 

Post # 8
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293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

yeah sounds like to me you will just be losing the deposit that’s all. Some people even though payments aren’t due until a few weeks before the wedding put money down bit by bit so they aren’t paying a huge amount a few weeks before the wedding so that’s probably why it states “payments thus far”

Post # 10
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452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Snapdragon2804:  Yeah, you should just be out the $500. She shouldn’t be able to ask for anything more for the engagement session, since that was included as part of your package, and the deposit is for the package, not just the wedding day.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Did you already receive the digital files from your eshoot? My thought is that she may ask for separate payment for the eshoot and withold those until she receives it. She can easily say the $500 was the “retainer” to reserve the date, not a “deposit” on the package. Your contract does say “deposit” though so she doesn’t really have an argument for that.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Snapdragon2804:  Sounds like she thinks the wedding is off. It actually happens to about one in 20 couples each year, so it’s not unheard of at all. Either way, it’s probably good you didn’t give any details – she seems sympathetic and nice.

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