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The Wedding Photographer Contract

wedding photographer contract


The Wedding Photographer Contract is absolutely essential. Good communication is necessary in order not to have problems. During a wedding’s preparations a bride and a groom are under tremendous pressure. Lots of financially important decision making and often done in a rush.

We all know what happens when we do things in a rush... we forget. Under this amount of stress, people can forget to have heard or agreed on things. That’s why it is essential to have a Wedding Photographer Contract signed by the couple.

Another reason for having a wedding photographer contract, has been created by the modern legal system. Nowadays everyone sues everyone for nothing and as a photographer you simply need to cover yourself. The nicest and most unthinkable people can suddenly turn into devils when put in front of a legal money making possibility.

If you are a wedding photographer you are probably trying to make a living out of wedding photography and offering full refunds here and there is not going to work towards paying your bills. Not to mention possible damages. Not having a wedding photographer contract means you are asking for it and it will happen; it’s just a matter of time.

Obviously a contract must be tailored to each photographer’s needs. A wedding photographer contract must include: the names of the people to be married, the total price of the package selected, the date of the wedding and the date of the signatures... and of course it needs to be signed by both bride and groom, with the same signatures they will use on the wedding register.

I remember a couple that initially signed the contract with phoney signatures. When at the signing of the register I noticed the great differenced in both their signatures, I decided to make them sign the contract again before handing them the photographs. They were looking for a legal loophole and it took three long months of correspondence to finally have a contract with their proper signatures. They were very stuborn, but in the end they realized they would have never seen their wedding pictures without signing another wedding photographer contract.


 

Typical Wedding Photographer Contract

 

  • For the purpose of this agreement, 'Photographs' means all photographic material furnished by “ABC Wedding Photography” and/or the photographers, whether transparencies, negatives, prints or any other type of physical or electronic material. For the purpose of this agreement, 'Photographers' means anybody working on behalf of “ABC Wedding Photography”. For the purpose of this agreement, 'Client' means the couple to be married and/or the person(s) signing the contract.
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  • '“ABC Wedding Photography”' will not be responsible for restrictions placed upon its photographers during the wedding day. It is the Client’s responsibility to make sure the Registrar, Priest or any official body and/or person(s), will permit the photographers to freely work using flash and/or any equipment they will require at their undisputed discretion.
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  • A booking is considered firm as from the date of reservation, on receipt of a deposit.
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  • A booking is considered firm as from the date of reservation and accordingly '“ABC Wedding Photography”' will, at their discretion, charge a fee for postponement.
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  • '“ABC Wedding Photography”' reserves the right to cancel any booking if the final payment is not received 30 days before the Wedding day.
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  • “ABC Wedding Photography” reserves the right to use any kind of lighting and/or equipment that they unquestionably believe suitable to create the final work.
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  • No other Professional Photographer will be allowed to work during the same wedding.
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  • Title to all original negatives remains the property of '“ABC Wedding Photography”'.
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  • The number of extra hours marked by the Client overleaf, is the number of extra hours the photographers will work if necessary, at their discretion, which will be charged at one hundred GBP each or part of it.
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  • Final Payment by the Client will be expected thirty days prior to the wedding date. From thirty days prior to the wedding date on this contract, refund requests due to cancellation, change of date and/or any event that will cause the wedding not to take place, will not be accepted.
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  • '“ABC Wedding Photography”' will make efforts to resolve any organisational problems that may arise during the preparation of your Wedding, unfortunately deposits are not refundable.
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  • The entire copyright of the Photographs is retained by '“ABC Wedding Photography”' and/or YOUR NAME at all times throughout the world, including the right for display, sale, publishing of the images and promotional advertising, by any media.
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  • There is no right to reject Photographs on the basis of style, composition, colour, quality of paper, border, technical imperfections, size or choice of images.
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  • “ABC Wedding Photography” will solely select the images that in their undisputable opinion best represent your wedding day. Any request for exchange of images will not be accepted.
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  • The final work will be delivered no sooner than four weeks after the wedding day. In some occasion it may take longer.
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  • The Photographers will photograph anything that will happen in front of their eyes in any place/room. Any place/room where the photographers will not be granted access, will have to be communicated in writing prior to the wedding day.
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  • A transfer fee will be applied for weddings taking place outside of the M25 (London orbital motorway) at one GBP per km distance from the M25.
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  • In reference to the 'Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 '“ABC Wedding Photography”' reserves the right to claim interest on late payment at 8% over base rate.
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  • In the event of non-payment and other breaches of this Agreement, The Client shall pay all of '“ABC Wedding Photography”' (and its representatives) legal fees and expenses incurred, in connection with enforcement of the terms of this agreement.
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  • This agreement shall be governed by the laws of England & Wales.
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  • These Terms and Conditions shall not be varied except by agreement in writing.

 

 

 

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