(Closed) Photographer doesn't sign contract until first meeting?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think your instincts about the contract are good in general, but it doesn’t sound like the photographer is out to pull one over on you. My guess is that she does that just to make sure she doesn’t lock herself into a contract with… I don’t know, people who turn out to be super demanding, or just a straight-up personality clash or whatever (I’m making these examples up, please don’t take them seriously!). Or maybe someone in the past was very flaky about setting up a meeting with her and it cost her other business. If that is her business model, she would really be working against herself to change the terms of the contract on you, you know? I bet everything will be fine. 

Post # 4
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

My photographer did something similar, although we had to put down a deposit before she’d schedule our e-session. She came to meet us, give us paperwork, answer questions, show us her hardcopy portfolio, etc., and we talked about wedding dates. She blocked out our date immediately, even though it was about a month before we put down a deposit/signed the contract. We also had a 60 day window where her prices/packages were good (although, truth be told, she extended that by a few days for us).

Post # 5
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Could you request you have a meeting prior to your engagement shots to sign contract and give the deposit?

Post # 6
3229 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We met with our photog today to decide on our package, give him the dates, and sign the contracts.  We’re mailing him the check to him for the deposit and the signed contracts this week.  Until we send the signed contract with the deposit he will not block out our date.  It’s so strange that she won’t meet with you before.

Post # 7
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

I have never heard of this before, and I would probably be concerned.  With so much time between now and your engagement session, not only do you have to be concerned of a price or policy change, but he/she can walk away for a higher booking wedding at any given time.  You could go a separate way yourself, which really doesn’t protect either party.

Post # 8
36 posts

as a photographer – this is definitely not the norm or wise at all for either party. Like Continuum said – they can walk away from it or change the terms. It would be a real red flag to me.

Post # 10
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@chouette:  Without a contract you are not legally locked in to her prices.  You are relying on her good character.  I definitely think you should find a photographer you trust, but this is a dumb business practice on her part.  I am surprised she hasn’t had more people have issues with it.

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