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Sample Wedding Photography Contract

Rose Cottage Wedding Services
DelmaRae Menke
1225 Knight St. PO Box 12
Nauvoo, IL 62354
217-453-6818 Cell 217-430-2768


BRIDES NAME: «Bride's Name», «Bride's Address», «Bride's City», «Bride's State», «Bride's Zip», «Brides Phone», «Brides Cell», «Bride's Email»
GROOMS NAME: «Groom's Name», «Groom's Address», «Groom's City», «Groom's State», «Groom's Zip», «Groom's Phone», «Groom"s Cell», «Groom's Email»
RESPONSIBLE PARTY: «Responsible », «Resp Address», «Resp City», «Resp State», «Resp Zip», «Resp Phone», «Resp Cell», «Resp Email»

It isn't wise on such a special occasion to take just one photograph of each situation and risk a poor expression or closed eyes etcetera, so I therefore take duplicates of all photographs which should be taken into consideration when anticipating total number of images. For example, should you initially request a total of 32 photographs taken, double this to 64, and add on a handful of other creative images or additions you may request on your wedding day.
Candid shots are also a feature, and although there will only be one of each generally, bear in mind that these will add to your total number of photographs. I will be using a digital camera for some of these duplicate pictures as sometimes it picks up images in different ways.

Packages are only suggestions for your convenience. Because of the intimate nature of wedding portraiture, I want to have a personal conversation with you in order to discuss your needs and determine the best options for you.

(customer package choice description)

Wedding Photography Packages and Prices


1. WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY ORDER: This signed Contract constitutes an order for wedding photography in the form of photographs, proofs, negative films, digital images, CDs of images and albums. There is no oral or other agreement of the parties hereto and this Contract constitutes full and complete understanding and agreement between the Client and the Photographer.

2. LIMIT OF LIABILITY: Although care will be taken with the negatives and photographs taken on the Wedding Day, Photographer limits any liability for loss, damage or failure to deliver photographs for any reason on behalf of Photographer, agents, assigns or licensees for their nonperformance caused by any force majored of similar circumstances, illness, accident or any cause beyond their control; nor for the loss or damage of any photographic materials, whether in transit or in developing to return of money paid by Client for each un-produced shot. In any event, the limit of Photographer's liability shall not exceed the contract price stated herein.

3. EXCLUSIVE PHOTOGRAPHER: It is understood that no other photographer, amateur or professional shall be appointed to photograph at the wedding while the Photographer is working, and that any breach of this agreement will constitute a reason for non-completion of the job with no liability to the Photographer and loss of Retain Fee by Client. Family, friends and quests may take snapshots, but no one else may be appointed to functions as an official photographer of the day's events.

4. OWNERSHIP OF NEGATIVES: It is agreed that ownership of the negatives will transfer to the Client upon delivery of the wedding photography package ordered on this Contract. However, the Photographer retains the display promotion permissions described in Provisions #5 below even though the Client owns the negatives and copyright of the negative images.

5. DISPLAY PROMOTIONS: It is agreed that the Photographer may display and use photographs from Wedding Day and Engagement Portraits for advertising, display, website and internet promotion, photographic contests, bridal shows, public display as in malls, photography books, photography instructional books, store fronts, window displays, studio displays, television advertising, magazine advertising and any other purposes thought proper by the Photographer.

6. RETAINER FEE AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Upon signature, the Photographer (DelmaRae Menke) reserves the time and date agreed upon, and will not make other reservations for the time and date. For this reason, the Retainer Fee of $200.00 is non-refundable, even if date is changed or wedding cancelled for any reason, including acts of God, fire, strike, extreme weather. Retainer Fee is to be paid at time of parties signing this contract. Retainer Fee is applied towards the contracted wedding photography package upon completion of this contract. Client understands and agrees that the one half of contracted package be paid 21 days prior to the scheduled wedding. Client understands and agrees that the remaining one half of the payment be paid the day prior to the wedding. Client agrees without balance paid by this time, the Photographer will NOT photograph the Wedding Day described on this Contract with no liability to Photographer and loss of Retainer Fee by Client.

7. GUARANTEED DELIVERY TIME: Photographer agrees to have the contracted order for wedding photographs completed within six to eight weeks of Wedding Day unless 24 hour turnover has been agreed upon and paid for. Also any other photographic orders will be completed within 6 weeks of order placement. This guaranteed delivery time is dependent upon Photographer having ALL the negatives in her physical control. Client understands and agrees that certain Wedding Orders and or Albums may take between 8 to 10 weeks for delivery.

8. INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR: This contract is not to be construed as an employment agreement in any way. The Photographer functions as an independent contractor and has liability insurance protection.

9. GOVERNING LAW OF CONTRACT: This contract shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois.

10. CANCELLATION: In the event the Client must cancel the contracted services for wedding photography of this Contract, the Photographer agrees to refund all money paid, excluding the Retainer Fee of $200.00 if cancelled more than 21 days from date of wedding. If less than 21 days one half of the total package will be retained. Photographer will provided receipts to Client for all money paid.

11. ALTERNATE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER: In the event the Photographer, (DelmaRae Menke) cannot perform due to illness, injury, or any other cause beyond her control, the Photographer agrees to provide an alternate photographer to perform under this Contract. The Photographer warrants that the alternate photographer is a competent and experienced wedding photographer.


Signature of

Signature of
Contracting Party:___________________________Date__________

Receipt of $200.00 Retainer Fee:

Photographer's Signature acknowledging receipt of Retainer Fee:


Receipt of one half of wedding photography package:


Receipt of final payment in full


Nauvoo Wedding Services
DelmaRae Menke
315 S. Gordon St. PO Box 12
Nauvoo IL 62354

217-453-6818 Cell 217-430-2768