(Closed) Nervous about signing photography contract…

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

perhaps when you go sign the contract, you could talk to her about the style you like and see if she’ll snap a handful that day?  Maybe even take a few examples so she’ll know what you’re talking about???  who knows, since it’s a different style, she might be coaxed into using you guys as samples for her portfolio….

another idea might be try looking on Craigslist for someone starting out or check local colleges to see if they offer a major in photography (have NO clue on if that’s a major/minor ANYWHERE… but it’s an option!) and find out if you could get someone at either place to do them for free, in exchange for them using them in their portfolios.  Or even for a deeply discounted price.  That way you could (maybe) get the style you’re wanting as well as these others… 

other than that? not a clue.  Our photog is a friend who’s doing it for free (except we’re gonna be giving him $$ for his own supply or HIS favorite type beer as a ‘thank you’) and his photos are just AMAZING.  I’m really REALLY looking forward to our engagement photos after the new year… partly for the photos and partly ’cause I REALLY wanna go to Norfolk!!! 

Post # 4
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think the thing that makes ME nervous about your contract is that you are only getting 100 images on your disc? That doesn’t sound right. For that much money, you should be getting all the images, closer to 1,000 (or did you just accidentally leave a zero off?)

Post # 6
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We paid just a little bit more (less than $200 or so) and had 2 photographers for 8 hours and received a CD with almost 700 EDITED photographs with printing rights (and a wedding album with 100 photos, and 3 8x10s and 2 5x7s). 100 photos seems really low!

Post # 7
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

For that many hours, they should be getting minimum 70 usable shots per hour. Maybe they are only editing 100 of those? If so, I would request that you get all of the unedited pics on a disc, or at the very least, that you get to choose which ones get edited. Think about how many important moments in addition to posed shots you’ll want from the day – 100 is not many at all!!

Post # 9
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Where is Canada are you?

Post # 10
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

You should be getting somewhere between 50-100 shots per HOUR. That’s about the average.

Questions to ask:

1. Do I get full printing rights?

2. Are the pics on the cd high resolution?

3. Approx how many pictures do you give for a wedding? How many edited, how many unedited?

4. Can I see a portfolio of an entire wedding? (this should be the entirety of the same wedding – this is likely the quality/style you will get from her).

If you don’t feel comfortable DO NOT sign. Ask if you can take the contract home with you.


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