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

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
7693 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ours we paid a deposit and then paid the remainder after the service was provided. We paid $350 up front and the remainder ($1100) after the wedding date.

Post # 18
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Zaria: Will your Fiance be more upset if you don’t choose his cousin who he’s never met or if after the fact you have photos that you’re both not happy with? 

I would be quite nervous too, it’s great that you’ll get the contract, but can he email you any photos he’s taken in the last year? Specifically wedding photos?  I think you need something to ease your mind.

I am surprised that no one has heard of photographers asking for the payment after the wedding, my contract said “the balance of the contract is due upon receipt of photographic product.” I paid my balance over a month after my wedding, but I didn’t have to pay until today.

Post # 21
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I paid 200$ as a deposit and the balance (1000) is due either 1 week before the wedding, the day of, or 1 week after.

Another photographer I was looking at required a 500$ deposit, 2 more deposits before the wedding day (at 4 and 2 months before) and the remainer when he delivers your DVD with your images. He was significantly more expensive than who I went with, unfortunately….but he does night sessions the day of the wedding around downtown for an incredibly afforable price & its such an awesome concept that I think I might go ahead & do it anyway. The pictures are breathtaking!

Post # 22
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Most event photographers I know (including myself) require 50 percent to book and the rest the week/day of the wedding. If it’s your first time meeting him, do your research. If you’ stilluncomfortable giving him/her the money up front schedule and engagement shoot. It’s an extra charge, but if the photographer delivers your images to you there’s a good chance it’s not a scam. Plus, it gives you a chance to work with him/her/them


If it’s family definitley have a contract just in case. You may also want to do an engagement session with him to see what he’s like to work with. Family can be tricky.

Post # 23
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

you should ask to see his wedding photos from previous weddings.  period, don’t let your Fiance talk you out of that!  if they turn out bad and you don’t pay him you may save some money but in the end you’ll be out a lot more – all of your wedding photos!  I would have rather paid for good photos!

Post # 24
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I gave 1000 down and have to pay the balance 2 weeks prior to the wedding. I do not know if this is normal practice at all but that is how it is being done for this agreement.

Post # 25
216 posts
Helper bee

I do a $500 deposit and balance due on wedding day.

Post # 26
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012


When I hired my photographers they said something that really made A LOT of sense…something along the lines of “Your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of your life and spending money and paying bills does not make us happy…so why should we do that to you?” hence the reason, I am paying them 2 weeks prior. It will feel nice knowing it is all taken care of and it will be one less thing for me to worry about on “OUR’ day.

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