(Closed) Photographer Contract – Is this okay?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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@AlmostMrsDoc:  It really depends on prices for your area, but I think $2k for all your photos is a good deal. If you like him and he’s still in your budget, go ahead and book. For the high-res photos, I think jpg should be okay. All of my photos were jpg and we made a photobook of 11×14 prints and it turned out great. Just make sure your jpgs are really high-res, the pixel dimensions should be over 2000×3000.

Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

OP, I’d be a little annoyed too, I always like to have all of that up front when making the decision.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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@hisgoosiegirl:  yikes didn’t realize how soon the wedding was. yeah eek that’s hard.

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@AlmostMrsDoc:  OP, if you want to get the photographs printed yourself later on, you will need to pay more for the higher-res photos. If you want to send me a PM I could recommend some photographers in Toronto. Also take a look around the Toronto section of the boards for more recommendations.

My photographer sent me a CD of pictures from our e-session, and not one was under 10MB. (I dont know much about pixels, but we blew one up 16×20 and it looks great.

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@AlmostMrsDoc:  Use this to negotiate with him and see if you can knock down the price a bit further.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee

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@smile_liley:  Just so the OP doesn’t get confused, you can’t really deliver files in ppi, they are fixed resolution and the ppi will vary depending on how large of a print you are aiming for.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Without seeing or knowing who the photographer is, it’s hard to really add much to this discussion.  It would definitely seem like he should do a better job of establishing expectations and explaining his deliverables.  Coverage and a disc for under $2000 is very affordable though.  

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree that the price is definitely good, as long as the quality is…BUT, I really don’t like that the photographer wasn’t up front about this. It just seems like a shady business practice to me. I think clients should know exactly what they are getting…it’s not fair to tell them numbers, when they may not understand or know what it is exactly. 

As for finding a photographer this late…it’s definitely doable. Look around and email a few people. You would be surprised. I wouldn’t commit to this guy just yet. 

If you lived anywhere near Arizona, I would gladly take them for you! 🙂

Post # 25
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Hi,

I had the same exact situation. Fell IN LOVE with a photographer (I live in NYC so the prices are much higher) and the total package was going to be $4800 and I was getting to the contract point when I realized the items included did NOT include digital images in the package, and was going to be additional $600.

So that spawned off a crazy search for many other photographers and I learned that everyone has their own business model and their packages all vary.

For me personally, I think it’s really important to have a photographer who is easy to work with a flexible. I hate hidden costs and a la carte add ons. BUT having said that, if you really like his work, and it fits in your budget, and you can’t find anyone else to give you a better offer, you should go for it!

For me, I found another photographer based elsewhere, but was so excited about documenting a wedding in NYC that she was willing to absorb all the travel cost, offered me engagement shoot, all day wedding coverage, hi-res images of ALL edited photos with printing rights (be careful of that too – sometimes they don’t give you rights), shooting rehearsal dinner, day after session, AND album for the original price of the first photographer I found.

So the lesson learned is that sometimes shopping around educates you about the options you have so you can be better equipped to make an informed decision. At the end of the day, it really is up to you and you have to go with what you feel is right and fits in your budget!

Good luck!

 

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yikes!

 

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I stand by the fact that I give the side eye to photogs that don’t offer high-res disks with every package but instead offer some low res crap with the high res as an add-on.  Stand by your work, don’t nickle and dime on prints.  Allowing a client to print their own images gives a photog way more advertising out there, and will make the client even more likely to recommend them in the future.  It’s just way better business sense.

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