Wedding Photography: Contract Essentials
Ready to sign? Not so fast -- review your contract using our cheat sheet as a guide.
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So you've found a photographer. Your next assignment? To guarantee picture-perfect wedding photos and avoid miscommunication, request a written contract. Here are the critical points to review -- and get in writing:
- Name and contact information for you and your photographer
- Correct date(s), exact number of hours, starting time(s), and locations (rehearsal dinner, home, ceremony, reception) where the photographer will be expected to shoot, with exact addresses
- Name of the photographer who will shoot your wedding and the number of assistants
- Number and kind(s) of cameras to be used
- Number of rolls of film to be shot (color and black and white), type of film, and cost per additional roll (if needed)
- Number of proofs you'll receive, and complete package details
- Date your proofs will be ready and how long you can keep them
- When and how you'll receive your order (albums, prints) once you place it, and any other delivery details
- Length of time the photographer will keep your negatives
- Total cost (itemized if possible)
- Overtime fee, if applicable
- Reorder price, if you decide to order additional prints later
- Cancellation and refund policy
- Name of an acceptable substitute in case of emergency
- In the event of equipment failure, a guarantee that a backup camera will be on hand
Additional Items to Clarify
- Style of photography, such as formal portraits, documentary-style, candid, combination, straight shooting, unconventional composition, and formats.
- Subjects to be covered, such as pre-wedding preparations, ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.
Signing the Dotted Line
- Once you've made sure that all bases are covered and all information is correct, sign the contract.
- Make a copy of the document for your files so that you can consult the contract as your wedding day approaches.
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