How did you arrange payment for photographer?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Every professional wedding photographer I know (like us) collects the entire amount before the wedding.  We collect our final payment 30 days out.  There is a far greater chance of a couple running out of money and not paying us than a professional ruining their business reputation by not delivering the images.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Well let me tell you from a soon to be US bride… we paid in full and got screwed! Where I am from it is common for you to make the last payment on the day of the wedding. It is not common to pay once you have the pictures which I think would be great to stop people who are scam artists. I would tell them you will pay half on the engagement and the other half the day of– most people will work with you and if they don’t then you know not to tip them or leave a “fantastic” review. 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Payment was due in full before the wedding for every photog that we contacted while searching for one. Usually a 30-50% deposit, with payment in full 60 or 90 days before the wedding.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We paid a deposit to book and then the final payment the day of the wedding. Our photographer was a friend of ours though, so perhaps she didn’t treat us as she would other clients. She also gave us a huge break on the cost of our package. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

All the photographers I know, including me, expect to be paid upfront ahead of the wedding. Ideally I’d prefer not to be paid on the day and then have to carry money/cheques around but certainly, I’d expect full payment a week before. Reputable photographers do not run off with people’s money but unexpectedly hard up couples seem to think that photographers can live on air. And produce superb wedding pictures for them!

Also, might I respectfully suggest that people do not leave poor reviews on the basis that they dislike the terms of business they’d already agreed with their photographer. By all means try and come to an amicable agreement about fees but do so well ahead of the day and then stick to your side of the bargain.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Trying to collect payment after a wedding and playing the ” you don’t get pictures until I get paid” game is awkward and annoying for photographers. No one lets you eat the cake and pay after. It’s 100% in my best interest to delver a great product on time. If you research your photographer correctly it won’t be an issue. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Miss_Mango:  We put a down payment of less than half when signing the contract.  We will pay the rest a week before our wedding.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Maybe it’s just our wedding… But our photog didn’t want payment until after we’d seen the online proofs gallery!

And our venue didn’t expect payment until the end of the reception!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

we had a $500 deposit and the remaining balance due 2 weeks before the wedding when we will meet to go over the wedding timeline and shot list…

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

All photographers in my area required full payment by the wedding day.  (With a deposit due ahead of time)

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

Our photographer required:

– $500 to secure the date

– $1000 payment 6 months out

– balance 7 days before (that said, she’s moving offices, so we haven’t paid her the balance yet. We also paid her $3000 instead of $1000, so she has most of our moeny anyway.  I imagine we’ll pay the remaining $1700 on Wednesday or Thursday when we meet with her)

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah we paid our deposit on booking, then our balance a few weeks before the wedding. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Payment is full due 14 days before wedding date.

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