(Closed) Getting really worried that I made a mistake…

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Crazyhair:  When she mailed you the contract and you signed it, didn’t you make a copy of it AFTER you signed it?  If you did and you paid her with a check you are covered in court.  Although I assume you’re waiting for her to sign the contract too the cancelled check with your signed contract will speak for itself in court. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

A paypal receipt works, along with your copy of the contract.  I would be worried if she can’t seem to figure out how to mail something, however.  Get on her about mailing the contract until you receive a copy.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You don’t have to have a version signed by her for it to be valid! If you signed it and paid a deposit you definitely booked her legally. 

I however would be worried about her professionalism about this though! That’s so strange she can’t get it back to you. However, if it came down to court you have already legally booked her!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Crazyhair:  Phew! Glad you got your copy. I’d set up some time with her before your wedding in a low-stress situation (ie not when you’re shooting e-pics or something) to talk about managing both of your expectations. While this is arguably one of the busiest times of year for photographers, she’s not going to stay busy if she’s non-communicative.  Meet her for lunch or coffee and lay out your expectations for communication, timeliness and see if you can estalish mutually agreed upon ground rules.  Thankfully, our wedding photographer is wonderful and communicative, but in my work life I’ve worked with some vendors who aren’t, or simply don’t realize they’re not being attentive.  Good luck!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Good photographers are not always good business people.  She sounds disorganized.  Most full time pros these days have online contract systems that go through their studio management software.  We can have a contract signed and processed in less than 20 minutes.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

As long as you have a copy of the contract you should be fine.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@Crazyhair:  We’re not a big outfit.  It’s just the two of us, but we can get a contract out to a client very quickly.  So not being big isn’t really an excuse for being disorganized!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I agree with the other bees that she might be a little unorganized. First of all, as a photographer, I NEVER accept a deposit without a contract, and vice versa. It’s just not professional. It’s both or nothing at all. I’m glad you received it, but instead of fax, why doesn’t she just scan it and send it through email? That’s what I do. I’m not a fax person lol.

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