Post # 1
Met a photographer that I loved today!! Her packages and pricing are wonderful and I love her personality! I am ready to put down my deposit and sign the contract.
Is there anything I should check or ask before I sign this contract?
I want to make sure I didn’t miss anything important!
Post # 3
@ecrowe1218: Well I guess that depends on what you’ve already asked/discussed. 😉
Have you –
Seen a full wedding they’ve photographed?
What is their turnaround time on images?
Post # 4
one thing i’d ask my photographer would be what happens if she happens to be sick or have an emergency. does someone come and take her place? that would be my #1 question. good luck!
Post # 5
@starfish0116: I did find out her turn around time is 3-4 weeks. I have seen her portfolio so check & Check
@omglauren: Check! Found that out.
Post # 6
@ecrowe1218: do you get the rights to the images?
Post # 7
@ecrowe1218: You may have seen her portfolio, but have you seen a full wedding? Those are usually not showcased in a portfolio (portfolio is best of images). Asking for a full wedding will give you an idea of how they are able to capture the entire day.
And as PP states above, do you have printing rights to the pictures?
How long will it take to get the pictures back to you?
Post # 8
My main concern would be the rights to the images….
- do you like her style of photography (portrait, photojournalism, etc)
- number of hours
- approximate # of images she will take
- will she have a second photographer to assist
- does she have insurance
- does she have back up equipment
- how long to obtain images
Post # 9
I do get a DVD of hi res, no watermark, edited photos with print release. (The contract state that all rights to images created by photographer will vest with the photographer. Photographer retains the right to display as samples of work for exhibits, advertising, promotion, publication, instruction, & competition)
Her style is something I love – photojournalism with an eye for details.
Her coverage is 8-10 hours
Her contract does not state the # of images she will take. Should this be in the contract?
There is not a 2nd photographer with her
She does have liablity & equipment insurance
She does have back up equipment.
An online gallery preview will be available 3-4 weeks from wedding date but it says nothing about when I would recevied the album or the dvd. Should this be in the contract?
Post # 10
I would try to get an approximate number of images. That way you can plan accordingly in terms of making sure you get the images you want.
Does she provide an engagement photo shoot as part of the package?
I would have dates in the contract…..
Post # 11
@ecrowe1218: make sure you know whats included in your contract as well as your package.
Find out if you get to keep all your raw material and if pictures are edited. If so, make sure it says that in the contract. Find out how many hours they will be covering and what the charges are if they go over that.
Post # 12
@ecrowe1218: Number of images? No – I haven’t seen any professional wedding contract that stipulates a set number of images. Exact numbers aren’t really meaningful as it wouldn’t address the quality of the work. It’s good to get a sense of what to expect though, most 2 person teams produce 50-100 images per hour (at least that seems to be the norm among the photographers I know).
The biggest things to have addressed in contracts are deliverables (i.e. what you get for X dollars and when you can expect to get it), and what their policies are regarding payments and cancellation etc.
@Daizy914: no true professional I’ve ever met in 6 years as a full time wedding photographer has included “raw material.”
Post # 13
I’m so glad you posted this bc I literally am negotiating with the photographer that I want right now! Eager to hear the advice from those who have been there/done that!
Post # 14
@continuumphotography: mine did. I got to keep all my raw material from photos and videography. Thats why i said that. I didnt make something like that up.
Post # 15
@Daizy914: I’ve never heard of that, I’ve shot in 4 different city markets and I know photographers all over the country. More power to you if you see some value in unprocessed work, but it’s not a normal occurrence in the industry.
Post # 16
@continuumphotography: its not about the value in unprocessed work, its about keeping whats mine. Wby should i have to pay a photographer to keep all the pix they took thay day? Same thing with the video.
We have an edited video as well which i absolutely love