I know, this is my least favorite page too. But this is a business so there have to be some guidelines. I tired to keep these as short and as non-lawyery as possible. 🙂
I reserve the right to use my favorite photos from your wedding and engagement session on my blog/website, social media, in online advertising campaigns, and in printed marketing materials. My business is based off of word of mouth referrals and potential clients seeing past work.
If you feel strongly that you do not want your images to be shared I am happy to work out a mutually beneficial agreement. I ask that my couples at least allow me to use 4 images from their engagement session and wedding day on social media. I will send you the images before I use them for you to approve. If I publish of blog post of your session/wedding I’ll limit the number of images to 20 and provide you with a link to preview and approve the images before they go live.
I do not charge any travel fees for weddings and engagement sessions within one hour of Pittsburgh, PA. If your wedding or engagement session is outside of the travel area, and I’ll be driving, you will be invoiced $40 per hour for every hour of travel time in excess of the first two hours to account for local travel. If I will need to fly to your wedding or engagement session, I’ll put together a custom invoice for all travel costs.
Contract and Deposit:
A signed contract and a $800 non-refundable retainer are required to reserve my wedding photography services. Services are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. I do not hold dates and I do not contact couples who have inquired but have not booked if I receive another inquiry for the date they were interested in. At the time your contract is signed by both parties and your deposit is received, I reserve the date agreed upon and decline all other inquiries for that date. Due to the nature of the business and the potential income lost from turning away potential clients who inquire for your date, your deposit is non-refundable, even if the date is changed, the wedding is canceled, or you cancel our contract.
All of my images are protected by Federal Copyright Law. I have found that clients often ask “will we receive the copyright to our photos?” There is a difference between copyright and a release for personal reproduction. I always retain the copyright, and I do not sell the copyright to images under any circumstance. I do, however, always give clients a release for personal reproduction. This release allows you and your friends and family to print your photos, share them on facebook, etc. It does not allow you to make money off of your images.
My mom has worked at an insurance company for over 30 years, so yes, I have liability insurance. Some venues require wedding vendors working in their location to have insurance. In this situation I am happy to provide any of the necessary documents that they need.