(Closed) Photographer deposit

posted 12 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Mine has us pay in full before the wedding…so I think so?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

i had to pay 80% before the wedding. 20% will be due when the album is ready

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Our package was $2250 and we paid a total of $1500 before the wedding (final $750 was due when we picked up the pictures).  It looks like your photographer is asking for about the same amounts out of you (2/3 before the wedding, 1/3 after), but yours broke it into several payments instead of one big check. 

Post # 6
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Newbee

Hi there…

I’m a photographer and the way I do it is $500 to hold the date, another $500 6 months prior to the wedding and the balance a week before the wedding.

Hope that gives you some idea. 🙂

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Yes that is the norm, as many vendors operate this way.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

I paid 30 percent upon booking, and had to have the full balance paid 2 weeks before the wedding. HTH!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We did 1/3 to book, 1/3 right around the wedding, and 1/3 one year after the wedding.  I have never seen a contract like that, but I like it!  🙂 

My friend is a wedding photographer (I shoot with her sometimes when she needs a second shooter) and I think she asks for half up front.  

Sounds to me like your photographer may have updated his policies so they’re more in line with the norm.  

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

No that’s pretty normal. Most photographers want all or most of the money the day of, but I prefer the ones that have you pay the balance when you get your pictures!

Post # 11
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Busy bee

We had to put half down upfront – and our total was $2000! So I think this is totally normal.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We had to put 1/3 down to book, 1/3 six months before, and 1/3 the month before the wedding.  We’ve spent $950 already, so I think its definitely normal to pay for everything before 🙂

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 1969

we paid 1/3 when we signed the contract and the balance day of the wedding

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

i paid my photograhper 1/3 for deposit, 1/3 the day of and the rest when i pick up the albums

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yeah, it sucks.. and seems like a lot of money to be giving just to hold your booking! But we are paying 50% at booking, 25% 30 days prior, and 25% when we pick up our photos/ albums… so i would definately say, normal. However – I would never pay for anything in FULL before the service is even given. You can easily be ripped off if that’s the case!

Post # 16
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Newbee

Usually you pay up front in full or pay a half or otherwise agreed upon "deposit" and then are expected to pay the remaining balance at the time the services are given.

Reason behind most of this is because the Photographer needs to order the albums ahead of time, and either have them assembled, or assemble the album themselves. Most of these materials are expensive and require a significant amount of lead time-hence the monetary commitment.

Most venders who don’t stock items they sell you require something similar.

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