(Closed) What should a photography contract include?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

You could probably get them to add turn around times and whatever specifics you want 🙂

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would definitely include turn around time. As well as any proofs or discs that they’ll be providing. Are you purchasing albums throug them? i would put that in the contract as well (cost, number of pages/images, turn around time, etc). My photog also didn’t have meal requirements in the contract, but we asked her about it later on and she did request a meal (we obviously would have fed her and the assistant/2nd shooter).

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Mine said:

  • When they would arrive on the wedding day (she said we could change if desired) and how long they would stay
  • That it included two shooters, sames as yours with the ‘natural disaster’ stuff
  • What the package included
  • That we would have digital rights
  • And some other stuff I probably don’t remember.

I don’t think ours had turn-around times listed either. I think it’s because they vary so much depending on what season the wedding is in.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

make sure you are entitled to all the pictures…some photographers will limit you on so. 

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yup agree with PPs that it should include something about your rights to the photos, what you can/cannot do with them, etc.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would get them to add turnaround times.

Does it mention a vesting schedule for when payments become non-refundable?

What are the repurcussions if they fail to show up due to unforseen circumstances (ie if they get into a car accident on the way to your wedding or their mom dies the night before and they don’t show up, do you get your money back?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Our photographer’s contract was a little slim too. I made sure to include a line specifying that they would be the ones shooting the wedding. This was only because I was booking so far out. If they suddenly expanded and had associates I wanted to be assured they wouldn’t switch out for the associates. The other stuff can be worked out in emails which are still binding if you have to take legal action.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

oh and I made sure to include the “just in case something happens to you” clause. Always have a contingency plan.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

Sounds like you don’t have rights, it says only the studio can reproduce them (you can just display them)

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would ask about printing…

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

hey again…you know me. (i assume i know who you are talking about – since it is **** Photography’s terms and conditions)

they will include all of that in the notes on the bottom of the contract like they did when i signed my contract with them. they will give you a letter releasing the rights to the images for print and web publishing when you receive your disc. they told me the typical turn-around time is about 2 weeks for the online gallery and 2-4 weeks for the dvd to arrive in the mail.

hope that helps in your decision.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would make sure you have turn around time in your contract as well as something more specific in regards to rights to your photos. Sure they can tell you you’ll have your pics in 4 weeks, but if it’s not in your contract and 6 months later you’re still waiting on photos it’s not going to do you any good!! I’m always in the better-safe-than-sorry boat though.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@TinyTina: she is possibly hiring the same photographer I hired (I believe I may have also suggested them to you). they included it in the notes…it reads like this…

– 2 Professional Photographers
– Unlimited Hours
– Thumb Drive loaded with post-processed high-res/low-res color and black & white images
– Rights to print/publish your images
– Online Image Gallery posted within 2 weeks of your wedding date
– HD Photo Slideshow (set to the music of your choice)
– Travel Expenses Included in Plan Rate

In addition, you will receive your images within 2-4 weeks of your wedding date.

I am the same in regards to making sure that there are no holes and I am protected. Especially since this is one of the most important days of my life.

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