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#1 peanutbutter

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    Posted 11 November 2009 - 01:17 AM

    Hi, I am a little confused about how to go about paying photographers.
    I am getting married in the Mayan Riviera. The wedding will be on a Thursday, and we will be leaving on the Saturday. I don't think that is enough time for the photographer to get the prints or the edited images to us before we leave.
    My problem is that i don't want to pay for a service/product that i haven't received, and then leave the country.... What if I don't receive the images/photos? (whether it's cause by lost in the mail, or photographer doesn't send..) Is it possible for the photographer to process the images quickly? or alternatively can I hold back the payment until the product is received? I don't mind leaving a credit card number with the photographer, or even with the wedding coordinator.. can someone explain the 'normal' process in a situation like this?

    #2 mlabbe

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      Posted 11 November 2009 - 01:48 AM

      Most often with photographers they ask for payment in full *before* the ceremony - I'm not sure that you would be able to find a photographers willing to get paid afterward, or once you have received your images. Processing images requires a lot of work - if your photographer is able to process them in a couple of days, it's probably either because they took very few pictures or that they don't don't a very good job of retouching the images.

      In all though, talk to your photographer! Let him / her know how you feel, your worries and ask your questions! It will make you feel better!

      #3 TammyB

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        Posted 11 November 2009 - 10:03 AM

        Honestly, this is pretty much how most photographers handle their business. As long as you have a signed contract, I wouldn't worry about not getting your images. I guess if you still wanted peace with it, you could check online to see if anyone has complained about not receiving their images in time.

        Just an FYI, it takes a very long time to edit weddings, I always tell my clients it can take as long as 3 months. Even though I usually have them done way before then.

        #4 vlynnw

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          Posted 11 November 2009 - 10:27 AM

          The way my photographer works is I gave them 50% at signing and then I don't pay the other half until I actually receive my photos and completely happy with them. I think most do ask for it all up front but check to make sure what the contract states.
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          #5 leahstafford

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            Posted 11 November 2009 - 06:35 PM

            I require a 25% retainer to hold their wedding date. Then another payment around 4-5 months before the wedding. Then their final remaining balance is due 30 days before the wedding. I am sure they *might* be able to get your your images at the very least but if it were me, I'd also probably be charging a rush fee. I am sure this depends on the situation and the photographer so I can only speak for myself.

            Wanting the payment before the wedding date is pretty standard though. If your photographer has good reviews and isn't just some random of the street I'd say you're in good hands.

            #6 peanutbutter

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              Posted 17 November 2009 - 03:28 AM

              Thanks for the replies everyone.
              I think I've come to terms with the fact that I'll be paying up front.
              The photographers I'm deciding between have pretty good reputations.
              Also, I am sure they would like to keep their reputations good.

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