When I worked as a wedding photographer, I would often get personal notes from the brides:
“Thanks you so much for being a part of the wedding. You were a great addition to the night! You were a big hit. We had a few people comment on how sweet and Professional you were. “
“I want to have another wedding just so I can have you take the pictures. There is triple magic in your photos because they reflect all that is best and beautiful in people and the earth. Your vision/gift is priceless.”
“I am still viewing your photos every day with all of the awe and appreciation I’ve ever had. Thank you so much for bringing so much beauty into my life.”
My wife and my delivery person, we’ll call her Sarah, cannot write such a note.
The photographer stood her up.
She repeatedly asked for a contract but was never given one. And all-of-a-sudden her wedding day came. And the photographer stood her up.
Buyer Bride Beware. We get contracts for home renovations, automobiles and so many other things. Always get a contract–or another photographer.
Here’s a sample contract I used:
Bruce Barone, Fine Art Wedding Photography Contract for April and Matthew Your August 18th wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and enjoying yourself should be a big part of that day. My philosophy is simple: I follow my heart and if I enjoy what I do, then you will be able to relax and enjoy yourself as well! Having fun brings out the best in people, and I work each minute to capture those "once in a lifetime" moments that will make your wedding special and memorable! In order to provide the best documentation of your day, I will spend time beforehand learning about you and your wedding plans. When photographing your wedding, my goal is to create a beautiful record of your wedding day, telling your story from beginning to end, including preparations, getting ready, portraits, the ceremony and reception, rehearsal and day-after events. After the wedding, I will work with you to create an original Photo Essay Book/Album that tells the story of your wedding from start to finish. Your Wedding Package includes: ~Two photographers for the entire wedding day ~A proof portfolio of your images ~A private web site of your images available for friends and family to view and order prints ~A high resolution DVD of images ~Free wallet photos ~Free Membership in my Lifetime Portrait Club (no sitting fee—ever!) Cost: $4,500 (50% payable within one week of contract date) now, 50% payable on/or before August 18. Please sign below. I will sign and return a copy to you upon receipt of your deposit. _________________________ ______________________ Thank You. Bruce Barone
My mission is to connect with people, inspire people and build community. See and share beauty.
Here are a few of my photos, including the one above.