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    Three Ways To Avoid A Wedding Photography Nightmare, Part 1
    Posted: 2010-10-25 07:03:43

    This two part series is about a true life story of a couple’s fight for their wedding photos and some helpful tips from our team on how to work with wedding contractors.

    A wedding is an important event in anyone’s life.  You spend a lot of time, money, and effort to ensure that you have a perfect day.

    Unfortunately, not all businesses in the wedding industry follow through on their agreements.  As newlyweds Stephanie and Dan recently discovered, something as simple as receiving an album of pictures from their photographer can easily turn into a nightmare.

    Their story was featured on Tampa Bay News Channel 8’s website.

    They found what they thought was the perfect photographer. The couple were shown them a variety of amazing pictures. When they booked the photographers, which included the owner himself, they were thrilled.

    Even though their contract stipulated a timeline, it took them months longer to get the album than Stephanie and Dan ever imagined. In fact, it was over a year before Stephanie and Dan finally received their album. Only after they filed a Small Claims suit were they able to get the situation resolved.

    To avoid what our newly married couple experienced, here are three things I recommend you consider when booking a photographer (or any service provider, for that matter).

    Get a Contract

    A contract legally binds the photographer to the service they’ve agreed to provide.  There are some businesses in the wedding industry that still rely on verbal agreements and cash-only dealings. Have these businesses commit to you by signing a contract. The terms of the relationship should be clear. By creating a written statement, you can avoid surprises by setting expectations in advance.

    Does the negotiated price include tax? Does it include video or an album? Will you receive ownership rights to the digital proofs, or will the photographer charge you an additional fee? What if you want to order an additional set of pictures for your mother?

    These terms could be clearly explained in the contract, so you don’t have surprises when you later try to order pictures or albums.

    Stephanie and Dan had a contract that outlined exactly what they wanted from the photographer: six hours of shooting, a coffee table album, and four small albums to give to their parents and friends.  They paid in advance and asked for a receipt.  These documents served as evidence for Stephanie and Dan of the transaction and the photographer’s obligation.

    In Part 2 of this series, we’ll look at the other ways to ensure you pick out the best photographer and avoid a nightmare.

    Although My Legal Briefcase takes every reasonable effort to ensure that the information on our website and documents are up-to-date and legally sufficient, My Legal Briefcase is not a law firm, and the employees of My Legal Briefcase are not acting as your attorney.

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