(Closed) WHEN do U pay ur photographer and how much?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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1986 posts
Buzzing bee

No, you’ll need to pay everything up front, or at least before the wedding. I’ve yet to meet a photographer that takes payments after the wedding day.

How much you pay will depend on your area, I’ve seen 3500-8000 where I’m getting married.

Post # 4
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I too paid for everything upfront for my photographer.  Ours was bout $5k, price really depends on the photographer, time they are there, and additional extras.

Post # 5
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10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our photographer required a deposit to book them and the remainder is due a week or so before the wedding. I’ve yet to meet a photographer that didn’t require full payment before the event. 

Post # 6
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381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Depends on the photographer and your contract. I paid 1/3 down and then paid the rest later. My contract said I didn’t have to pay him until I received the preview, but I paid him before getting the preview because I trust him and wanted to get it out of the way.

Post # 8
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@Zaria: That is why you need a contract stating what you give him and what he gives you in return.

Post # 9
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1986 posts
Buzzing bee

@Zaria: Cousin or not, make sure he has references and has shot weddings, etc.

Post # 10
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381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Zaria: No matter if he is a cousin, if he is a professional he will have a contract. You need to get it in writing. If he does not deliver you can take him to small claims court if you have any problems with him not giving you the images. Is there any reason you shouldn’t trust him? He is family. 

Post # 11
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2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

your photog should have this in his contract.  it would vary by photog.  we paid ours a deposit when we booked him.  And then we paid the remaining balance two weeks before the wedding.  I haven’t heard of any photogs letting you pay after the wedding, most of them request full payment before the event.

Post # 12
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1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

everything must be paid in full before we receive photos, and I think a 20% or 50% deposit to hold date, non-refundable.

Post # 13
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566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I have it in thirds in the contract. Initial deposit, 2nd deposit around engagement photo time and final deposit on the day of.

Post # 14
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7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

i had to pay 1/3 when i booked and the rest will be paid before the wedding. i got an awesome deal for $1500 – includes edited unlimited images on DVD.  she normally charges $3500 + travel expenses for destination weddings. but how lucky was i that the photographer i REALLY wanted (before i knew prices or anything) was ALREADY booked for another wedding in Jamaica the same week i am getting married!

so when i told her my max budget was $1500, she offered to do it for me at my price since she is there already! and i don’t have to pay her travel expenses!  AND a little bonus, she is now staying at my wedding resort, so i don’t even have to pay the $75 guest pass to get her in!!!!!

before i booked her though i had someone booked for $1000 and i had paid $100 deposit, which i lost, but how could turn this other deal away?! (i started looking around for others because i realized i booked my first guy too quickly and was not really happy with his samples online, like at all! i booked cuz someone else recommended him, but i guess we have different tastes).  

so ya, i sort of went off track there, but my point was i paid 1/3 as the deposit, then will pay the rest right before the wedding.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

um do you even know what his photos look like?  seems like a rather big gamble to take …  make sure you like his work and his style before you go with him instead of another photographer.  if he really is a pro already then he should have a contract, just ask him to send that over to you and change parts of it or add to it if you are uncomfortable with what he has written.

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