Post # 1
I’m going to sign a contract with this freelance photographer who works out of her house. I kind of like her work and she’s the cheapest out of all the other photographers I have seen. But the only thing I’m concerned about is whether she’ll be around to commit to her contract. My wedding is in December and it’s like 9 months away from now. She doesn’t have a business so she can go anywhere and I will lose my deposit. Is this something I should be worried about? Has anyone experienced this before? Please advice. Thanks!
Post # 3
just make sure you have ALL her information. sign a contract, but make sure it includes that you get some sort of fee paid to you for cancelling a certain amount of days prior to your event.
has she shot anyone’s wedding before? can you speak to anyone who can refer and vouch for her?
Post # 4
I used to own wedding photography studio and after initial period of time when I collected down payment (like everybody else) I stopped seeing that it creates certain tension between me and the client. I did not need the down payment since the best way to keep the client was to make fabulous pictures and as an artist I was quite able to keep competition at bay thank to quality of my work.
In your situation I think you should give her small "good faith deposit" ($100???? or so )so she will keep the date reserved for you, and give her bigger (rest of the)deposit (if you wish) month or so before the wedding. This way you may be sure she will be around and if not you lost just the small initial deposit.
Post # 5
Thanks PaperBee. Actually she asks for $500 as a deposit. I think that’s normal, but for a freelancer, I think that’s alot. I’m a little nervous, but I think I need to take a risk because I have a tight budget and she’s the cheapest and I don’t have any other choice.
Post # 6
Hi Bride L,
I agree with most of the responses so far. The photographer should be able to provide references, and I’d worry if she couldn’t provide them. I think that once you have a contract signed you should be fine, but definitely make sure that all the important stuff is in there, like what should happen if she doesn’t show, or something terrible happens.
I would give a deposit, but I would add to the contract that if the photog doesn’t show or something disastrous happens, that you should receive your deposit back.