(Closed) Photographer payment before contract

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 32
1465 posts
Bumble bee

My 4th DD is getting married – I have interviewd a boatload of vendors and I have signed a boatload of contracts.  I have NEVER ever seen that scenario before, and if I did, I would walk in a heartbeat.  I find that incredibly unprofessional.

Post # 34
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

not normal at all. If you do go ahead with him, use a credit card so you can be refunded by your bank if he turns out to be a scammer. I wouldn’t use him though

Post # 35
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@june004:  Absolutely not. Contract is sent first, then after review if you still wish to book it goes back with your retainer.

Post # 37
3848 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@june004:   Not normal, do not send any money before seeing a contract.  I’d also want to meet the photographer in person before making a final decision, but I realize that isn’t always possible.   Have you met him?

Post # 38
412 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Sketch. I’d reconsider him completely after such unprofessional behavior.

Post # 41
702 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@june004:  and that should go without saying, but he should send you the contract already signed on his behalf. Otherwise what good will seeing the contract do? He needs to be committed to hat is written in the contract, which only happens after both parties signed it. Which is also why it’s no good seeing a sample contract of another couple. 

So so so sketchy!! It’s odd enough to try to do this but espevially after the client asks … What good reasons could you have to want to have the money first? Exactly. NONE!

Post # 42
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@june004:  I would just walk! As I plan, I’m not ignoring any red flags! 

Post # 44
2274 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hooray.  Happy Ending.  You should celebrate with lemon meringue pie.  Crap now I want some.

Post # 45
3791 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Ours had us sign the contract and then send a deposit with that, since she lives out of town. I wouldn’t send any money until a contract was signed for any vendor.

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