Questions about wedding photography contracts are some of the most common concerns we hear from clients as soon as they book our studio to photograph their wedding and engagement. While it can be intimidating, a wedding photography contract is, in it’s simplest terms, designed to outline the responsibilities and expectations of both the photography studio and the engaged couple. While it can be very detailed and some consider it long, it is critical that both sides understand the agreement. Let’s look at some key takeaways from a contact and how it could affect you when you prepare for your wedding day:
- What are you paying for and what’s extra? Understand exactly what is and is not included in your package. Most engaged couples meet with more than one photography studio so it can become confusing between who is offering to provide what for your wedding. If there are any questions about what is or is not included, this should be explained in detail by your wedding photographer, before signing the contract. This isn’t always financial either, sometimes this includes who’s paying for the vendor’s meal, engagement photography, or looking after transportation.
- What are the timelines? This goes further than when the photographer is expected to deliver the images. Understanding the payment timelines and deadlines is equally important.
- What happens if things go bad? This can mean who has creative control over your wedding images, what if the photographer’s equipment breaks on the wedding day and what if you change the wedding date.
- How will a dispute be resolved? If a wedding photography contract didn’t outline an issue, how will it be resolved?
A short understanding of exactly what is and what is not covered in a wedding photography agreement can open dialog between you and your Kitchener wedding photography studio, or help make the choice if this wedding photography studio is really the best studio to capture your wedding and engagement photography.