Post # 1
More photography questions / drama (this has by far been the hardest element of my planning so far!)
Ok, so Monday morning I finally made the decision to book the photogragher we had been thinking about. I signed the hard copy contract she had given me previously, scanned it, and emailed it over to her. I asked her to sign it and send it back to me and told her I would then get my deposit to her. I asked if she peferred check or paypal.
I did not hear back from her for a few days so I texted her yesterday to make sure that she got it and that she still wanted to do our wedding. She said she did recieve it and that she still wanted to do our wedding. I still have not recieved the signed contract back from her, though, or a response as to how she would like me to get the deposit to her.
In the meantime, as luck would have it, a photographer I had contacted a long time ago, who was out of my budget, contacted to say that she was now willing to work with our budget since she hadn’t yet filled our date! This photographer’s photos are way better than the other photographer…I think she is quite a bit more talented and had better equipment. The non-responsiveness of the original photographer is also starting to concern and bother me a little bit.
SO, my question is….the original photog currently has a contract with my signature on it, but not a deposit. I do not have a copy of it with her signature yet. Am I obligated to the contract at this point? Would I be liable to pay the deposit (which is 50%), if I wanted to switch photographers, at this point?
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Post # 2
You’d have to read the terms of the contract in order to determine that
ETA: In my photographers contract, she states that we ca cancel up to 30 days prior to the even for a full refund (including the deposit.) she also states that if the deposit isn’t received within 2 weeks of signing, the contract is null and void. Again you have to read the terms of that photographers contract
Post # 3
I’m not a lawyer but I would suspect a contract is not considered executed until all parties sign. If you want to try to get out of it than I recommend acting swiftly and seeing if you can speak to her Rather than wait for her slow responses to email etc
great news abt the other photographer. I’m sure it will all work out
Post # 4
If the first photographer doesn’t have a deposit, the contract is not yet complete. I would still contact the first photographer to make sure it’s ok to cancel now.
Post # 5
It states that a non-refundable deposit of 50% is due at the time of contract signing.
but…I havn’t given her any money yet. and she hasn’t signed it….
Post # 6
I would assume, then, that the lack of deposit would make the contract null and void. I’m no lawyer though lol. But it doesn’t sound like she can come after you for it. Generally the contract and deposit is just to secure your date. So if they don’t get those 2 things from you, they just consider that date still available for someone else. Make sense?