No Contract with DW Photographer? Thoughts?

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
5619 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m sure it doesn’t mean he’s illigitimate…but it’s not good either (mostly from his side – he’s running a business and not protecting himself!).  I’d ask for a contract.  Or alternatively, you could offer to save him teh hassle and write up the contract yourself.  Whoever creates the contract is implictly favored, so I’d probably jump at the chance.


I had a DW and hired my own photographer in Mexico.  She sent me a contract to sign and return along with my deposit.  That said, she’s actually an American living in Mexico, so she’s obviously used to the same type of business practices as me.


Post # 4
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Well if he’s happy to have a contract I’d take the contract for peace of mind. 

Post # 5
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

just answer that you feel more comofrtable having everything in writing

Post # 6
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

As long as you have an email trail with both parties agreeing to the terms, it’s an implied contract. 

Post # 7
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

He sounds legit if you have found external references & reviews. Still though, I’d want a contract either way. We booked a photographer in Mexico for our DW & while his contract was super simple (only half a page) it did the trick for us. He was mexican born & raised but went to photography school in the US if that makes a difference. 

Post # 9
182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think a contract or a letter of understanding should be present if you re giving someone money for services that you are not closely related to. I think that it protects both sides and I don’t think you would be asking too much of your photographer to sign before the event. For example, what if he gets food poisoning and can’t be there? Will he provide a back up or will you be out a photographer? Even if this is not a lengthy document, you should both go over the details and ‘what ifs’ that contracts typically cover.


Post # 10
11178 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Coral99:  I would be worried…without a contract you’ve got no protection at all.

Post # 11
406 posts
Helper bee

I’d get an iron clad contract. Imagine if you ever had to sue him and it had to hold up in another countries court. I wouldn’t want to just fall back on an email trail. 

Post # 12
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

@Coral99:  I would still request a contract but if you have the email proof you’d still have an implied agreement which would legally hold up in court. 

Post # 14
592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I am getting married in Negril and we have also decided to hire an offsite photog. The first thing she mentioned was after the deposit we have to sign and fax back the contract. I’m glad you ended up finding someone you were comfortable with! It took me contacting 3 diff ones in Jamaica before I found the one lol. 


Post # 15
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Just keep in mind that even if you do get a contract, it’s the contractual laws for the country the photographer is a citizen of.  You may still have little recourse if something bad happened unless you wanted to take them to court in their country.

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