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Wedding Cancellations.. advice please...

 
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Jul 11, 2011 03:52 |  #31

Just to update anyone interested... I covered this asian wedding yesterday and it went really well.. completely mad though!

350guests, 3 videographers and 3 photographers.. was by far the craziest thing I have ever covered, it was loud, fast moving, exciting and colourful.


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Aug 20, 2011 16:28 |  #32

Would you believe it.. Long story but this client appears to be refusing to pay their outstanding balance.

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1) Never do a wedding without taking full payment before the wedding day.
2) listen to your instincs, if you feel that a client may be a differecult one, a bridezilla.. A non payer.. etc.. Do not take the job - it's just not worth it.


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Aug 20, 2011 16:41 |  #33

ALWAYS take payment in full, two months before the wedding date.

I've had a few weddings now when they ignore the contract terms and pay me a week before.

3 photographers, 3 video guys....why would they need your photos?

Did they give a reason not to pay, what were the figures involved?


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Aug 20, 2011 17:02 |  #34

It was an asian wedding, I was employed by the bride. My contract specifies that I should be the only pro photographer and have the right to walk out of the wedding if another photographer turns up. 2 photographers from the grooms family turned up at the wedding, I should have left at that point but stupidly I didn't.

I did the wedding at a reduced fee (don't ask) and asked for 50% before the wedding and 50% after. I was paid the initial 50% and the bride constantly commented on the sample photos I uploaded onto my blog throughout my editing process saying how much she loved the photos. However I sent the final images on a DVD several weeks back and when I contacted her today politely chasing up the final payment she complained. She is unhappy that I did not supply enough family shots although no shot list was supplied and no one was designated to show me what to shoot.

Like I say, I think it's perhaps time to change my contract and request the full 100% of the fee before the wedding day, iv only lost a few hundred pounds but iv learnt a very valuable lesson!


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Aug 21, 2011 09:29 |  #35

Ok, I have the same terms in my contract re: other togs but asian weddings are different. You have two familes both have their own togs and video. It's how it's done and you need to allow for that.

Never hand over any images until you receive payment. I always insist on receiving payment before the day and have never had any questions about this from the bride and groom as it's standard practice.

People will chance their arm. Many a time couples will neglect to pay their service providers on time. Generally an email saying that because payment is late their wedding coverage is at risk from other enquiries jolts them into payment whereas other emails with that info missing may take a week to get answered.

Asian weddings are ones to be wary of, they have their own rules generally.


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Aug 21, 2011 11:59 |  #36

Bummer.

Sorry all of this happened to you.

If you go back and add up all of the hours you spent, travel, meetings, calls, the event, post-processing, what did you make per hour?

Under $10?


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Aug 21, 2011 22:41 |  #37

Tom, I would have never handed over the finished pictures without payment. Though, it does sound like you cut this girl a lot of slack so I assume you know her personally as well. Either way though, I'd have never handed the pictures over without payment. That's the only leverage you've got (in their minds). If you would want to pursue lawsuits it'd probably cost your more than it's worth as well. :-/ Good luck


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