(Closed) Is there a way to get out of a photographer contract?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

You can ask, and you’ll probably get out of paying the full amount, but my guess is that you’d still be liable for whatever the deposit amount specified on the contract is.

Also, I’m a little confused- you say it’s a standard photographer contract. Most standard photography contracts require a deposit be paid at time of signing to reserve services. How is it that you haven’t had to pay a deposit?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@tpug516:  It depends on your contract. My contract says that the retainer (deposit) is due at contract signing so if someone just signed it without paying me the retainer, I would not be under obligation to photograph their wedding if they never paid me the retainer. The sooner you tell them, the better.

ETA: When did you sign the contract? Did they sign the contract also?

Post # 6
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1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It might be a dick move, but IMO if you haven’t sent the deposit, the contract isn’t fully executed. So cancel. But do it ASAP so they guy doesn’t think he’s booked when he isn’t. Every day you wait, he could be turning down other bookings.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@tpug516:  Can you PM me his website? I can look it over if you’d like.

If someone signed my contract & didn’t send me the deposit than I wouldn’t make them pay me for the deposit if they canceled. I am suprised he hasn’t contacted you yet, if its been a week he should have followed up with you by now. While I can’t give legal advice, I’d say you won’t have to pay anything because you already broke contract (deposit due at time of signing) HOWEVER this depends on the wording of your contract. You need to act fast. If someone contacted him to book him for your same date he may have turned them away.

Do you know if he’s a full-time photographer? Does he have a business license?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@tpug516:  Also your contract may not be binding depending on the wording since you didn’t pay anything yet. If you want to PM me your contract feel free to (you can just copy/paste) & leave out your personal details.

Post # 10
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344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you were my client I’d just destroy the contract and let you go. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

No photographer is going to pay a lawyer to take you to court if no money has exchanged hands.  They would lose.

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