(Closed) Bees! No longer want to hire photographer we signed a contract with? Help please

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park

Re-read the contract. There should be something in the contract about cancelling their services. Some photographers give your money back if it is within a certain time frame. Others give you some or none back. It is different for each studio

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@bzzzybee:  WHY is the pro offering to do them at a very low cost to you? I’d want to know why he’s giving you such a huge discount.

As for your current photographer, read over your contract. Do the terms say anything about a deposit or retainer? Or say what happens if you cancel?

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

What does the contract say about cancellations?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@bzzzybee:  I would agree with PP that there should be something stated in their contract that you signed with them which says what amount of time you have that you can cancel with either getting a deposit back or not. I know my photographer required a $700 deposit and that if we cancelled we wouldn’t get our deposit back but we wouldn’t have to pay another deposit if we changed that date (assuming she had the date available) and no matter what the deposit is non-refundable. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i would agree w getting more info on why this amazing pro is giving you a huge discount….. thats very unusual and i would want to understand why (assuming you didnt leave something out of op like its your brother in.law) 

as for breaking a contract that you havent paid on…..for me until were signrd and paid we werent in contract. i would talk to the current photog and just tell him that plans changed and since no money exchanged you would just like to cancel

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think cancelling should be no problem because you haven’t put any money down. Just talk to the photographer and let him know you changed your mind due to budget issues.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Most professional photography contracts have a non-refundable retainer due at signing.  Typically the final amount is due at a specified time before the event.  Something tells me that  your beginner’s contract likely doesn’t have anything that specifically addresses it, nor would the amount that is due be something they’d likely to pursue you with in a legal case (or win).  The only argument for the photographer is that they may have potentially turned business away for your date – but it’s also their own fauly for not collecting a payment.  Email them stating you are severing the contract.  I would thank them for their time and tell them you’ve decided to go a different direction.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@mandyhartwell:  Most photography contracts do NOT give any money back.  Once a photographer books a date they are turning down jobs for that date and effectively turning income away.  In the case of a professional if someone cancels on you even if you’ve collected a retainer you usually still lose money in the end.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d be wary of the new photographer and why he seems to be giving you a discount out of the blue.  If your wedding was next month, I’d get it more, but your wedding is over a year away – the photographer has plenty of time to find a wedding on your date at full price.

Be carefuL!

Check your contract with the other photographer if you really are sure about cancelling – I’m sure you can get out of it this early on with little/no cost to you.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Yeah I’m really suspicious that this random photographer decided to give you $2k off. Sorry to be cynical, but that seems weird. It’s not like your wedding is soon, he’d have plenty of time to fill that gap.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

How did this random person who emailed you even know your weddings date? Did you have any contact with him before? Sounds scammy! 

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