(Closed) Paying Photographer

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I paid half when I booked, then the other half two weeks before the wedding (with a signed contract stating exactly what she would shoot and deliver). I think it’s standard to pay just before or the day of, at least that’s what all the photographers we talked to asked.

Post # 3
324 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Our final payment is also due on the wedding day. I paid a deposit, but the balance is due on the day of the wedding.

Post # 4
128 posts
Blushing bee

I paid day of.

Post # 5
1114 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I paid a 50% deposit and then he did our engagement pics and saved our wedding date and I have to pay the final 50% on or before the wedding day. 

Post # 7
1355 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2027

I require a 25% deposit with final payment the day of. Some brides like a payment plan, so (if they contact us in time) they usually can make payments to us over 6 months or so before the wedding. 

Most photographers I know require all payment before photos will be completed. 

Post # 8
849 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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bellsprout :  Yes, we gave our photographer a check as we were leaving the wedding, as well as the final payment to the venue, since they wanted the money after the event in case of any liabilities. I think it is pretty standard to not receive photos until after final payment. Did your photographer have a contract where all of this was laid out? That protects both of you (to ensure you WILL receive your photos, preferably by a specific date).

Post # 9
7265 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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bellsprout :  What does your contract say? I’ll be honest, that answer really scares me and I’d be looking for a new photographer. I always require a set amount as the retainer at booking, and the final balance is due 15 days prior to the event – and it’s all written out in the contract. Depending on the package size I will break the final balance into installments if the couple needs, even still everything must be paid up before the wedding. I don’t know ANY legit photographer with a “pay me whenever” mentality.

Post # 10
828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

We paid a few hundred dollars when we signed our contract as a deposit. The contract stated we needed to pay half 6 months before and the other half 2 weeks before the wedding. We wound up just paying her off early and gave her and the second photographer a cash tip on the day of the wedding. 

I’m still amazed by what I witnessed, but a few weeks ago at a family wedding, the bride and her mother opened up the cards at the end of the reception to pull out cash pay off the DJ and photographer.  

Post # 12
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017 - Sauk Valley Resort

We paid ours a $400 deposit when our date was secured, and we make a monthly payment for 10 months. We’ll still be paying a little after the wedding.

Post # 13
13903 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We paid half as a deposit and half the day of the wedding. This is pretty common — they won’t provide you the photos until you’ve paid in full.

Post # 14
42 posts
  • Wedding: September 2018

We payed 30% when we signed the contract. Then we owe another 30% two weeks before our wedding date. Then we owe the remaining 40% when we get our photos (approx 4 weeks after wedding!) 

Post # 15
930 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I paid $500 as a deposit, then half of the balance 3 months before the wedding and the remainder 2 weeks before the wedding. Then there was the per hour fee that we paid after the wedding and we don’t get pictures until we pay that. 

If she is flexible about payment, then ask if you can pay the remainder a few days after and see if the contract can be updated to reflect that. I get that you trust her but it’s always best to err on the safe side of things. 

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