LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR CONTRACT

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve skimmed through a contract before because ya know, there’s all the “hear ye hear ye” kind of talk and it can be confusing! BUT contracts are important and I want us to be on the same page. So, I’ve created this handy-dandy guide and pulled out some sections that often raise questions.


SERVICE COVERAGE

The Service Coverage section is the opener to our contract. It states that I (and my second shooters) are the only photographers you’re hiring for your wedding day. This includes not only professional photographers, but also any Uncle Bob’s. (Uncle Bob is a term to describe a wedding guest with a camera. Maybe it’s actually your Uncle Bob shooting over me and asking about megapixels or maybe it’s your Aunt Susie standing at the altar with her iPad). The reasoning is that any other “photographers” in the way can really ruin the quality of your photographs and take your attention away from me  – especially during group photo situations where I need 8+ eyes looking at my camera only. I understand that sometimes there’s no stopping someone from using their cell phone, but I just ask that you fully communicate the no-camera policy to your guests AND vendors before the wedding day.

COOPERATION

Good communication is the key to a happy relationship – and that includes your photographer! I ask that communication be from you and only you. Your parents, your coordinator, your DJ, etc are not my clients. Communication can get lost in translation if there are too many points of contact.

Communication regarding your wedding will be via phone and/or email. Let me know what works best for you as I understand some people prefer phone over email and vice versa.

OTHER PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS

This does not mean I won’t photograph your family, but, for example, if your pregnant cousin asks us to photograph her maternity session at your wedding, we can politely decline.

HOUSE RULES + CREATIVE CONTROL

House rules refers to your venue’s rules. Let’s say you’re getting married at a church and the church restricts mobility and access for the photographer. If this is the case, we're not responsible for missed photos due to restrictions out of our control.

Creative control allows me to do my thing – the thing you hired me to do! I’ve found that if I’m focused on checking off a shot list, I miss out on genuine and creative moments. We’ll talk about who you are as a couple and what’s important to you to have captured on film (and, yes, I know we need to check off those family portraits!), but I trust that you’ve hired me because you love the work that I produce.

COPYRIGHT

Instead of selling the copyrights of the images to you (which industry standard is about $1,000/image), I give you personal printing rights. This means that you can print your wedding photos wherever you want and also post to your personal social media as you’d like (though I REALLY appreciate it when you photo credit). As I own the copyright, you cannot sell the images for profit and publish to 3rd party publishers (this includes wedding blogs, newspapers, other vendors pages, etc). Just ask though, and we will be more than happy to look into publishing your wedding for you.

Editing images: Please do not edit the photos. Though it may seem small to add a filter on it for Instagram, it takes away from the work and the professional finished product – and that’s what you hired me to deliver!

GUEST COOPERATION + MEAL

Portrait photography in particular requires cooperation and I cannot be held responsible if someone has a little too much to drink, is not on time and/or is not willing to be photographed. It’s ok to celebrate and have a few drinks, but I suggest saving that beer-bong for the after party.

Photographers need to eat, too, and by the time dinner comes, we’ve been working a full day and are REALLY ready to eat. This section makes sure we are taken care of. This can be done in a simple way – include us in your guest count. But, if you’d rather not (which is totally ok – caterers often provide a vendor meal option!), just please make sure that your caterer feeds us as soon as you’re bridal party is fed. Your caterer may disagree with this and insist we are fed last, but this is generally (and I mean 99.9% of my weddings) when reception festivities are starting to take off. Which means either we don’t eat or we do and you don’t have photos of your first dance, or toasts, or sunset photos. This is all to say, we should eat when you eat – and no one wants photos of themselves eating anyway, right?!

PAYMENTS

I will only accept payments from you. You are my clients. You have hired me. If your parents, friends, aunts, uncles, grandparents want to cover the cost – great! They can write you a check and you can pay me from there.

RIGHT OF WITHDRAWAL

Your venue was originally X, but has now changed to Y since you’ve hired me, and venue Y is really far from anything we had originally discussed. We have a right to end the contract if non-cooperation applies. Things happen and we get that! Just make sure you’re keeping us in the loop and that your changes are similar to the original plan.

LIMIT OF LIABILITY

I have never missed a wedding, and I’m knocking on wood here, but life happens and a plan needs to be put in place. The only reason why I would miss a wedding would be in the event of an emergency (medical and/or personal), and I will find you a replacement photographer ASAP. I have a beautiful, creative community of wedding photographers that are talented and capable. On the crazy off chance that we can’t find someone available, you’ll get a full refund. The same goes if something were to happen to your wedding images. Again, this has never happened as I take the utmost care in storing our photos properly!

LEGAL ACTION + PERFORMANCE

If you decide you'd like to sue, you can only sue us for what your wedding package is worth and you'll need to pay our legal fees. Also, if dinosaurs make a reappearance and the world goes to shit, we are not responsible.

MODEL RELEASE

We get the majority of our future clients by showing off our current clients on our website and social media accounts. Sometimes magazines even deem us worthy of publication. You're agreeing that we can show off your beautiful face. 

HARRASSMENT

It’s a party and love is in the air! But that doesn’t allow for any sort of harassment to happen. We will professionally deal with a rowdy guest with the plan we have in place. 1st offense: I ask for them to stop and tell you immediately. 2nd offense: they will be asked to leave immediately. 3rd offense: we will stop coverage immediately.

THIS IS NOT YOUR CONTRACT

This is just an easier read that better explains the “hear ye hear ye” talk. Please refer to your original agreement and thanks for reading!

-Em