(Closed) Photography Contract?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

You can ask her and see what she says. Can’t harm anything.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would at least ask. Express how you really like their work and would love to secure them as your photog, but due to some financial issues it’s just the best place for you to be at but you’d love her smaller package. While not reducing our price, our venue let us split our deposit into 2 payments a half a year apart, so you never really know until you ask. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

You could try talking to her. My Fiance has contracts with clients, but if they come to him with a problem he’s usually willing to help them out and change the contract for them.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

being a wedding photographer myself,  as long as you was staying with me and not intending to cancel,  i dont see any problem what-so-ever with that.

if you were cancelling then there may be cancellation costs etc,  but she isnt losing your business,  just a litttle bit of it.

another way to further reduce costs is ,  ask her if she does a disc only option.  that way you can spread the cost,  and have your photographs printed elsewhere,  whenever you can afford it,  and maybe someone might be ind enough to give you a wedding album as a wedding present? 

i do this for couples and its a win win situation.  they get the pics they want…..lots of them,  and once i have edited them and put them onto disc,  my job is done.  its much quicker than making albums  etc……thats just one way of cutting costs,  because you wont be paying for her working on them again. 

the way i see it,  she is booked to shoot your wedding,  you have paid a deposit so she is booked with you.  now its up to YOU which package suits you.  her $500 up front is to protect her from cancellation.  she has that already so go ahead and change your package……it really shouldnt be an issue…..if it is i will be really shocked.  what difference does it make to her?  the price difference between packages just consists of products……which she wont have to supply/   if you had booked her cheaper package you STILL have paid her the deposit……

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn

I would go ahead and ask as there is rarely harm in asking. However, jut know that because you have a signed contract, your photographer is within her rights to say no.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

when i take a deposit, the way i look at it is,  if they cancel on me, then i at least have this money.

sometimes i allow brides to decide on their packages after the wedding,  and just charge them my minimum package price.  which is a disc only option.  that way i know i am getting the package price,  and then they upscale if they want to. 

most photogrpaher nowadays do al a carte anyway,  which is hourly rate,  then buy the products they want rather than a package. 

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Technically, you are canceling your service and contracting a new one (a new contract will have to be signed stating what you’re getting, how much will be paid etc..) It’s her discretion- she can legally hold you to your current contract, but I don’t see why she would.

As an aside, if you are allowed to change make sure you sign a new contract.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Call her and then follow up with an email of what she told you.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Well, if the date is as popular as she stated, and she can currently sell her services at a higher rate, ask her to cut you loose of your contract.  If this is true, she should jump at this opportunity.   If she doesn’t do it, then everything she said is BS.  Then you can find a new photographer with the budget you have.

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