I need to make a contract. I am getting a wedding photographer for $500 30% down?
Topic: How to write a wedding photography contract
July 17, 2019 / By Ethelfleda Question:
And the rest two weeks before the wedding, I will have 2/12 hours of coverage for $500, I am iffy about giving all the money before the wedding. I have no experience in this sort of thing, so if anyone could tell me how to and what should I put in the contract for her to sign? PLEASE HELP thanks so much.
Best Answers: I need to make a contract. I am getting a wedding photographer for $500 30% down?
Claudette | 5 days ago
You have to be very specific in making a contract. Below is a sample for you to look at...its not a photography contract, but it hits all the relevant points. You can see what you need to include, to make sure that both you and the photographer are in complete understanding.
Generally, it needs to set out ALL the terms...the payment method, the time, date, place, the expectations of the customer...how many photos, what kind, when they'll be available to preview, etc...also, if you are planning on making other photos (like copying the originals for use in albums, etc) you need to get the photographer to give you permission, in writing, to do so.
Good Luck! and Congratulations!
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Originally Answered: What should I make sure is included in the contract with my wedding photographer?
What to include:
* Price, including deposit & when the remainder is due
* What EXACTLY is included in the price, not just an album but a 10x10 album, not prints but how many prints and what size, do you get any images/negatives on disc? Just the ones from the album or all the pictures that were taken, etc.
* How long will the photographer be there
* Does it include an engagement or day-after session?
* Is there a discount for early payment in full or for off days?
* Will there be a second photographer or assistant?
* Will you have to feed them?
* What in case you have to cancel?
* What the backup plan is in case he/she is sick or has a family emergency?
* What are the remedies you have in case he/she fails to provide services (i.e. are you limited to a refund of your money or will he/she be required to recreate the wedding photos)
* Also, this isn't in the contract, but be absolutely SURE you get along with them. If there is a weird vibe going on between you, it will come through in your pictures. I advise putting the deposit down and doing the engagement session. If the engagement session does not go well, cut your losses and find someone else. It will be worth it in the end.
Regarding the lower rate, depending on your flexibility, there are usually discounts for off-days (like Friday or Sunday) or off-season (winter). They will also usually offer a discount if you pay in full ahead of time, however I don't recommend this in case you guys don't get along. If you pay in full and decide you don't mesh after the engagement session, you're stuck.
You can also just say, "I really, really love your work and would like to have you there for my wedding, but I can't afford that price. Is there anything we can negotiate on to get within my price range?" You'll get the most bang for your buck by eliminating prints and albums, as long as you get a disc with the high-res images. You can always make your own albums (blurb.com) and make your own prints at a later date when you've had a chance to recover from the wedding :)
Beyond that, you really should interview about three photographers you're interested in working with. This will give you a feeling of what they're like and what they focus on in their work. It will also give you a chance to price-check and see what everyone offers in your price range. Usually, it won't be too far off, but one photographer may offer something another doesn't and you can use that as a bargaining tool -- say, "I really want you to be my photographer, but XX is really important to us and you don't offer that. Photog Y is including it... do you think you could include that, too???" They will usually throw things in like that.
I second the suspicion for a photographer that doesnt have their own contract for YOU to sign. It doesnt inspire confidence does it? $500 for a wedding photog is pretty cheap, which is probably why you are getting this type of thing coming up. This person is obviously not making a living at this. $500 a week during the busy season wont even put food on the table for the year. Even though you are only asking for 2.5 hours that photog probably wont be able to book another wedding, and weddings almost always happen on a Saturday.
If you have the funds you may want to rethink the photographer (not everyone has the funds and I can appreciate that position). Think about what you will have in just 2 years from now. The cake will be gone. The centerpieces just a memory. The Tux is back at the rental shop. The wedding gown is hermetically sealed in a box somewhere (with a window in the box for display). And then there's the wedding album, sitting on the coffee table waiting to show you things you've already forgotten. In the long run, what will be important to you?
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I agree with tan0301, just because the photographer charges $500 doesn't mean they should be considered "cheap" or inexperienced. Some photographers charge a lot more for cruddy work and that can be seen all over. This particular photographer may be trying to break into the business, or perhaps just doesn't charge industry standard prices. Just be sure there is an understanding in writing that you are clear on what you are recieving in the way of services from this photographer. It is not unheard of to pay a portion of the cost as a non-refundable deposit and the rest prior to the event, but the photographer, as a good business practice, should clearly lay out all services to be rendered, in writing to you before any moneys are paid. (it is not your responsibility) If you don't get atleast that much, I suggest you find another photographer.
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It is pretty much industry standard to get all the money up front. A few still get half before and the remaining upon delivery. Name one other wedding vendor who doesn't get the money up front. (Hint, none of them, they all require payment in advance.)
It is a bit worrisome that your photographer doesn't have a contract. And two and a half hours is not much coverage unless you are having an extremely simple wedding. I assume you have seen her work and it is good, and checked out some references. If the photog is new in the business I would try to negotiate. Photographers who are unprepared in the business aspect may also be unprepared in the skill department as well. Or she may have super talent in photography and just be a lousy businessperson. In either case, it is doubtful that her business will survive in the long term if she can't get it together. Best wishes!
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Originally Answered: Beginning wedding photographer needs a wedding to shoot?
I worked as a wedding photographer in the past and if you don't have any experience in shooting an actual wedding then NOBODY will ever hire you. In this business you need to start out learning by working as a lightman from a seasoned pro. Shooting weddings are known as photographers pergatory because they are pure hell. Find another livelyhood is my best advise.