Upon receiving the contract from your wedding photographer, your knee-jerk reaction might be to call your lawyer. In my business, I don”t like to use the word contract. The word itself is too formal and immediately brings to thought a courtroom filled with lawyers and judges. I prefer to keep a short and sweet single page “agreement”. I”ve seen contracts so comprehensive, they span several pages in 8pt type. They can be intimidating, but they do not need to be this thorough. However, these contracts hold information that is valuable to you and the photographer.
Typically, a wedding contract contains the following points:
Your Contact Info
The photographer will need your name, address, phone and e-mail information in order to make all the plans and arrangements for your big day. Maintain a clean channel of contact by providing as much info as possible.
The Photographer”s Contact Info
You will also need contact information for your photographer, in the case of times, dates or locations changing.
Date, time and locations
Be sure to list all times and locations you would like your photographer. A good photographer will ask for details like preparation location for both the bride and groom, as well as where the ceremony and reception take place. This is a great opportunity to tell the photographer about after-party locations… if you want those crazy moments captures.
During the popular wedding seasons, wedding photographers will usually have every weekend booked, Saturdays and Sundays. They will always ask for a deposit. It may be referred to as a deposit or a retainer, but, either way, it is money that guarantees they will reserve your wedding day for you alone. They will also indicate the payment dates for the remainder of of their fees. Here are two common payment terms your photographer may ask for:
Scenario A – 50% Deposit/retainer, 50% due upon delivery of photos
Scenario B – 33% Deposit/retainer, 33% due on wedding day, remaining 33% due upon Diese genie?en in unserem Casino online Casinospiele mit authentischem VIP-Service, Treuepunkte, Cashbacks und vieles mehr. delivery of photos
What the photographer will deliver, and when
This is where the photographer will describe in detail, what she plans on delivering to you. These will include how many photos they plan to deliver, how they plan to deliver them (CD/DVD, Flash Drive, Printed Photos, Online, etc.) and even describe the Wedding album and number of pages.
Who owns the copyright of the photos? An old-fashioned business-model gave exclusive rights to the wedding photographer. As times change and business models evolve, so have copyright terms. Today, many photographers will give the ownership of your wedding photos to you. However, the wedding photographers contract will almost always allow the photographer to use the photos in their portfolios, websites and any other form in order to promote their business. When absolute privacy is of concern (in the case of some celebrity weddings) I have amended my agreement to exclude my right to use the photos. This may carry an extra fee depending on the photographer.
The cancellation policy is important for you and the photographer. It provides an opportunity for you to back out of the agreement with minimal impact on your bank account. If for any reason, you need to cancel the wedding or choose a different photographer, she will likely keep the deposit/retainer. This is intended to marginalize their loss, having already reserved that day for you.
If there is something in the wedding photographers contract that you either don”t like or don”t understand, pose your questions before signing the contract. A good wedding photographer is likely make minor adjustments to make you happy. Photographers are good people who are passionate about what they do. They do not want to swindle you and do not want to ruin your big day. A good photographer will aim to please.