Post # 1
Hi Bees! My Fiance and I recently decided on a photographer, and he sent us a contract to check out before we put down a deposit. The contract includes (among other things) the total price, deposit amount, the final payment (and when it’s due), and product package (word for word: “USB w/ edited images, 2nd photographer, engagement session”). For hours of coverage, it says “all-day coverage.” When we met with him and interviewed him, he said he will show up and stay for as long as we want on the wedding day, as long as it’s “within reason,” which to him means no more than than 12 hours. I definitely don’t need him for THAT long, so I was thinking 8-8.5 hours.
So, my questions are: (1) Should I ask him to specify in the contract a range of how many photos we’ll receive? I have an e-mail that says we should get 400-500. Not sure if that e-mail is sufficient in a legal sense should anything happen (2) Should I have him change “all-day coverage” to “a minimum of 8 hours”? Or is that a normal thing to say in a photography contract?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
You should definitely add the hours to the contract. I know here in canada you can handwrite edits to it and it’s legally binding if you and the other party both initial beside the change.
Post # 3
Yeah, I would get the amount of hours in your contract – Mine lists :
Disk of digital files no later than 6 weeks following event.
8 hours of coverage from primary photographer
8 hours of coverage from secondary photographer
20 page 10×8 album
Post # 4
spydezra: Absolutely add hours.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
spydezra: Add in client usage so that you can get more prints no problem (this is a problem some Bees have run into). Definitely the hours part too.
Post # 6
spydezra: Speaking as a wedding photographer, I would make sure to have the hours specified in the contract. As for the number of images, there is no possible way to guarantee how many images you’ll get. Industry standards are typically 50-100 delivered images per hours of shooting. So a 5 hour wedding would yeild roughly 500 images. Of course, that number is just an estimate because every wedding is it’s own event. I’ve had 8 hour weddings that did not yeild 800 images because they were more low-key weddings with not much going on….or little dancing, etc. Likewise, I’ve had 5 hour weddings that have yeilded 700+ images because they were just super high energy with a lot of action. I would not worry about how many images you will get, and instead focus on quality over quantity.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone! I will definitely ask him to specify the hours.. working on a timeline now to see how many I need! I haven’t signed the contract yet, so I can still easily make changes. Also, good point about the number of images, starfish0116. I’ll just trust that he’s a professional and will deliver accordingly
Post # 8
spydezra: Be sure to get “print release/rights” in writing if it’s included. My contract listed “all-day coverage” and we had no problems with our photographers.
Post # 9
My Fiance the attorney has basically okayed not having something in a contract as long as I keep an e-mail from a vender saying its okay. It at that point is part of a written agreement.
The one thing that you didn’t address in your post is if there are any printing rights to the photos. I would make sure you understand who owns the copy write to your immages, if it is the photographer or you. There are a lot of people who try to post their photos on facebook, or print them themselves, and then are shocked when their photographer comes back at them for copywrite.
Post # 10
I would ask to specify the number of images and how much time he will be there. Also, as PP mentioned, make sure you have printing rights. Another thing you can add is turnaround time on the images – I’ve read some bad stories on here of it being 6+ months and still no photos.