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#1 Leonie

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 01:07 AM

The photographer Chad and I have chosen does not require a deposit.

He has sent us a letter outlining the min number of photos garanteed, the price of the photos plus the album, the extras we decided upon and it has the date of our wedding on it and he has hand signed it, so it is considered a legal contract by him to do our wedding.

Should I just leave it as it is, or should I pay a deposit anyway. He told us we don't pay for it until we get it, kind of a 100% garantee of the money back garantee, ie. don't like it, don't pay. When we come back from the honeymoon he delivers our pics and negs to our house (though the pics are digital, so it will be a CD and letter saying we have copyright). We pay for the pics only then (about 60% of the price). At the same time we sit down and design the layout of our digital album, he does this on a special screen that is the same size as the album pages, so we really know what it will look like. He than goes away, prints up the album pages (we are having about 20ish). Then about a week later he delivers the album, and we pay that part then.

He did say he has had a very few couples who have payed small amounts over time before the wedding, so it is less to pay when you get back from honeymoon. But he only puts it into his bank account, so it sits there earning him interest, meanwhile I could put it into my trust fund account and it could earn us alot of interest. (I will inherit $13400 when I get married from my mother's estate, pretty good since there was about $50 in there when she died)
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Posted 11 February 2004 - 03:34 AM

You have a contract, therefore go with what you feel is best.

If you can gain on having the money in your bank - I say leave it there!

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 07:50 AM

Well, if you have the money now, I'd pay him some now. Ends up making the final payment smaller!
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Posted 11 February 2004 - 10:33 AM

I would check it over with him and what conditions there are if you cancel (not saying that you are likely to cancel).

With alot of places if you cancel you lose your deposit. This is the way it is with our DJ (okay huge difference in price), he's basically told us not to pay him before hand and just to give him the money on the day. this is basically to cover us if we cancel as we do not lose any money. I would definitely check it out beforehand!!

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 11:04 AM

The arrangement we had with our photographer sounds similar to yours. We didnt pay anything until we ordered the photos afterwards, and it worked great for us.
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Posted 11 February 2004 - 01:05 PM

I'd be inclined not to pay anything right now. If you've got a contract with it all down on paper then I'd be happy with that.

It would be terrible if he turned around in a few months time and cancelled on you and he doesn't refund the money. Not saying that will happen, just looking at it from another POV.

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Posted 12 February 2004 - 09:26 AM

I kind of wish we didn't have to pay anything before but it was good to get it out of the way (as we didn't have much left over after the honeymoon huh.gif ) but it was worth every cent we paid (that should be dollar!!! wink.gif ). I have never seen such amazing photos before.
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Posted 25 February 2004 - 11:31 AM

my photographer is the same he requires no deposit, but I will probably pay some anyway. We have a different situation though it is one flat price for one print of all photos, an album of the best photos and negatives of all photos to do with afterwards as we please.. He is not a standard wedding photographer, more of a journalistic photographer and seems pretty trusting to turn up on the day !
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Posted 26 February 2004 - 03:32 PM

Lucky you having a trust fund tongue.gif
I think you should do whatever makes you feel more comfortable because it is your wedding and at the end of the day you need to feel like everything is coming nicely into place.
If it were me I would pay a small deposit for my own piece of mind that I have secured the photographer.
I hope this helps.
We are also having digital photography and I am very excited to see the end results. We had our pre wedding photo shoot in December and they were awesome. I have the proofs and I look at them all the time!!!
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Posted 06 March 2004 - 05:43 PM

i would pay there you know for sure he wont double book your day
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