How much of deposit do you require? Do you offer payment plan for wedding gigs?

11 months 1 week ago #647917 by Paulina K
How much is the retainer that you require upon booking?  Regarding the balance, when is that owed and do you allow payment plans?  


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11 months 1 week ago #647918 by Nikon Shooter
Well know clients are on open accounts. Anyon
else goes on the 50% upon booking — non refun-
dable — and the rest upon delivery.

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11 months 1 week ago #647946 by Stealthy Ninja
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11 months 1 week ago #648030 by Paulina K
ha ha ha, you are funny


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11 months 1 week ago #648115 by icepics
I've known of photographers to offer payment plans. They're usually paid in full before the wedding. Get on asmp.org or PPA for info.

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11 months 6 days ago #648569 by Rawley Photos
25% at booking  with remaining balance due 7 days before event that I'm photographing.  If client wants to make payments before the gig, sure that's no problem.  It's never happened, but I wouldn't be oppose to it.  

I wouldn't offer payments AFTER the gig.  The job needs to be paid before it starts.  No exceptions.  


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11 months 6 days ago #648599 by garyrhook
I would encourage you to have one simple policy: payment is due before the event, or you don't show up. Booking fee covers the calendar time, making it unavailable for any other use. Therefore, it's non-refundable, and that time is theirs. If your client wants you to actually do anything, they complete payment on time.

You don't need to offer a payment plan for this to happen. You just decide what your deadlines are, communicate dates, and communicate with the client.

If, for some reason, you think you should let the client complete payment after the event, never, ever deliver any images until payment is made in full. Your client will conveniently forget about paying you, and you will go through hell trying to get your money. Some photographers don't even start editing until the payments are complete.

Me, I wouldn't show up at the gig until I had enough money in pocket to cover my time and travel. But then again (because I'm thinking about doing weddings) I'd require payment up front.


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11 months 6 days ago #648605 by Don Granger

Rawley Photos wrote: 25% at booking  with remaining balance due 7 days before event that I'm photographing.  If client wants to make payments before the gig, sure that's no problem.  It's never happened, but I wouldn't be oppose to it.  

I wouldn't offer payments AFTER the gig.  The job needs to be paid before it starts.  No exceptions.  


I'm pretty much the same, except I require 30% upfront and 70% due no later than 7 days prior to event.  


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