(Closed) Photography deposit

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

That was about what mine was. We paid 50% just to secure the date and then the rest was due about 14 days prior. The photographer I worked with wasn’t too much of a stickler about the due date (I think I was a day or two late). Assuming you are working with an ethical vendor, s/he will show up (barring a natural disaster or death). To be fair, ALL of our vendors were paid ahead of time for their service so with your theory, no one would’ve shown up.

Post # 4
7199 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

All of our vendors are due the day of except for the flowers and cake because they need to buy their supplies beforehand. I wouldn’t find it strange though that a photographer wants payment earlier- what’s to say they show up and then don’t get paid? If you have a contract and they are a reputable photographer I don’t think it should be a problem.

Post # 5
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I paid a $250 deposit (total package is $950).  The balance was due “before” the wedding. 

I don’t know if it makes any difference, but my photographer is not a full time photographer.  She’s an art teacher, and this is more of a summer gig for her.

I think you almost always pay first for vendors.  It’s like online shopping- you pay, then they ship it to you. 

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