(Closed) Photography/Videography Contract Question

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Did your wedding contracts have a compensation fee for if your vendor cancelled or didn't show?
    Yes. (if so can you please explain how it was worded?) : (4 votes)
    16 %
    No. : (21 votes)
    84 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    954 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    If our photographer did not show up to the wedding, we could sue them for lack of performance of the contract, just like they could sue us if they did show, and we refused to pay.

    You don’t need a clause for that.  Its basic contract law.

     

    Post # 4
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    32 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Yeah there isn’t a need for a clause for that, a court would decide the fee for that. It hurts me to see that photographers have done this to make people doubt that we would show up to a wedding. I can’t believe people would do that. 

    Post # 6
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    622 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @peonies09:  No. Most photo/video contracts limit liability to return of all fees paid, which is the same for any other vendor. The more important thing to look into is what your specific photographer/videographer has as a back up plan if something bad happens and they aren’t able to be there. This is what separates professionals and amateurs.

    @meettheburks:  It’s not about that. Things happen to photographers too. I had a friend not too long ago who was in a car accident on the way to a wedding and was critically injured. We have a large network of photographer friends who were able to jump in incredibly last minute to help her but I don’t think photographers should have their whole livelihoods taken away from them if something happens out of their control and they aren’t able to be at the wedding.

    Post # 8
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    622 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @peonies09:  The most you can ask of a photographer or videographer is to have a good network of other photographers they can call on in the event of an emergency, and someone close to them who can do this in the event they are incapacitated. Honestly, if a photographer got in a life-threatening car accident on the way to your wedding and you tried to ask for anymore than just what you paid them . . . that’s some bad karma. haha. They should be treated as any other vendor. For instance, if the venue burns down the day before your wedding you can’t ask them to compensate you anymore than what you paid for use of that venue.

    My contract states that I will do my best to find a suitable replacement but if I am not able to or the replacement I find isn’t suitable to you you will be refunded all monies paid but it limits my liability to that and that is pretty standard in the industry. Now if something happened and there was an issue of gross negligence that is something you can take to court, but no photographer is going to set themselves up to pay YOU in the event somethings happens to them, especially when most photographers do a lot of work with couples before the wedding even happens.

    Your safest bet is to hire a professional. No professional is going to just not show up because their livelihood depends on it. I shot a wedding on the afternoon after a close friend’s funeral. I would literally need to be physically incapacitated or have sort of weather-related Act of God going on to not be there.

    Post # 9
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    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We didn’t have a specific monetary compensation, I don’t think. It was  more of a “We have a network of people we can ask to sub in if we can’t make it due to an unforeseeable event/occurence/etc.” that can provide the same quality/type of photos as them. Most professional photographers that actually care about their clients do their best to attend and perform their best so I’m guessing that’s why I don’t see too many “If we bail” type of things.

    Post # 10
    Member
    32 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Oh I was just referring to not showing up, yes every pro should have a backup clause in their contract for something like that. We definitely do. I assumed she was simply referring to the photog ditching. 

    Post # 11
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    125 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Our contract specified if the photographer was unable to make it to the wedding due to illness or some other event he would do his best to find a suitable replacement. It also included a clause that if for some reason the photos were destroyed as a result of fire or other acts of nature that we would be returned all money paid to hi.

    I don’t think most contacts have a clause for them just not showing up. I assume when hiring a professional that they will show up or find someone to attend in their absence.

     

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