(Closed) Our photographer is being a bit….

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Absolutely sign a contract with any vendor.  It’s the best way to make sure everyone is on the same page and protect yourself against any sudden surprises in pricing, etc.

Post # 4
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

That is a little weird.  I would just be honest with him and say “$400 is my max -so lets just keep it at that”  maybe he will think twice about bring another shooter OR maybe he just wants to do all this for the same cost …who knows..

I would for sure ask to sign a contract or price agreement just to ensure his service agreement and price.  That way you will be protected just in case something does come up.  

Post # 5
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

this does sound a little fishy….we just booked our photographer and he wrote up everything we decided in a contract we reviewed it and signed it (all 3 of us) and then we got 2 copies and he kept one….then we gave 1/3 payment up front.  I would definately have a contract written up with exactly what you want and then have all parties sign and never give the full amount up front….the bill should not be paid in full until you choose/pick up your pictures after the wedding….hope this helps good luck 🙂

Post # 6
4567 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Contract, contract, contract! I firmly believe that EVERY vendor should have a contract for both of y’all’s protection!

Post # 8
1982 posts
Buzzing bee

No no no, email him and ask him for a sample contract for you to look over before the meeting, definitely! You want to see if he can draw up a contract.

It needs to spell out that for $400, you will be getting X number of hours/unlimited hours, one shooter/two shooters, a digital cd and release of all prints, if he will be retouching them or not, etc.

I have to be honest, $400 sounds so low I’m a little shocked.

Post # 9
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

If he is willing to shoot for $400, he probably new and A.) doesn’t care about time OR money. And B.) Most likely just wants the pics for his portfolio and a backup shooter to make sure you are happy customer when all is said and done. As long as your contract says $400, I really don’t think he’s trying to mess you over.

Post # 10
1148 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

If it’s just for e-pics I’m not surprised that it’s not much. I got my senior pics for like $200. It only included 6 pics in the final product and it was a digital cd, release, 3+ hours, 2 attire changes and multiple locations. We also ordered some pictures through him for that price. And he was very professional. Of course you’ll want to get every bit of it in writing. Never go forward without some kind of a contract. If he will only go with a verbal one then record it along with full names, consent to being recorded, etc etc. That way if you have a dispute you have absolute proof. And writing/striking out on a contract overrides what was written. It doesn’t have to be drawn up again as long as it makes sense.

Post # 11
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Get a contract! If a vendor won’t sign a contract, don’t pay until the goods are delivered. Otherwise, there is absolutely no way that you can ensure that you get anything you think you are paying for.

Post # 13
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Orange County Performing Arts Center

Yes, get it in writing with signatures from both parties. Don’t forget to read the fine print for overages.  It can be big bucks if you go over the contracted hours so make sure that all of that is addressed. Adding more time and a second shooter usually costs extra.

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