A. Session Fees
CLIENT agrees to pay a retainer at time of booking to secure date and time of session. This is a non-refundable fee that will go towards the full session fee. The session fee covers the time and talent of photographer, basic retouching and creative editing of images, as determined by the PHOTOGRAPHER. Additional editing if requested is available at additional expense to be determined by PHOTOGRAPHER.
B. Location Costs & Fees
The CLIENT is responsible for any photography permits and/or necessary permissions, which may be required at each location. This includes application fees, processing fees, and permit fees. The photographer will not guarantee or arrange payment for any location. CLIENT will obtain any necessary permits and/or permissions prior to the scheduled session.
Session fee covers travel within the service area (30 miles of Hoffman Estates, IL.) In certain circumstances, service area may be extended and standard mileage fees will apply.
If an illness or situation prevents a session from taking place, CLIENT may reschedule their session. PHOTOGRAPHER reserves the right to reschedule due to illness, weather, equipment malfunction, or other circumstances beyond their control.
If CLIENT needs to access their gallery after it has expired, a $25 re-activation fee will be charged. After (3) months, all images will be archived, except as needed for promotional purposes, to be determined by PHOTOGRAPHER at PHOTOGRAPHER'S sole discretion. PHOTOGRAPHER is not responsible for loss or damage to the digital files due to circumstances beyond photographer’s control.
Retainer is due within 48 hours of booking. Balance is due before or at the time of the session in the form of cash, check, Zelle or Venmo. All payments are due in full unless payment arrangements have been made. Retainer will not be refunded if client decides to cancel without rescheduling.
F. Final Images Rendered to Client
CLIENT has reviewed portfolio images and accepts image composition quality and the documentary and artistic value of images photographed by PHOTOGRAPHER and accepts the results on an as is basis. CLIENT shall hold PHOTOGRAPHER harmless in any disputes arising from these issues. CLIENT will receive edited digital images of the session via password protected online gallery from which high-resolution images can be downloaded for CLIENT’s personal, non-commercial use. Images are to be downloaded online within 2 weeks. Once images are downloaded, no refunds will be given.
PHOTOGRAPHER retains all copyrights to the images and derivative works thereof. If and only if CLIENT purchases digital files from his/her photography session/event, CLIENT is granted permission to reproduce the images and make an unlimited number of prints, for personal use only. CLIENT agrees that he/she may not use any images for commercial or editorial purposes or enter any images in competitions without written permission of PHOTOGRAPHER.
The images that are being provided are licensed to CLIENT for any reasonable personal purposes, including but not limited to: printing, copying, emailing, and web publishing. This does not include uses that result in financial gain, including but not limited to: advertising, stock photography, print sale profits, or resale of any nature. The purchase of the original files releases PHOTOGRAPHER from any liability due to loss or damage of the images and also releases PHOTOGRAPHER from any obligation to maintain copies of any digital files, images, or photographs.
H. Exhibition & Model Release
CLIENT grants PHOTOGRAPHER permission to display selected images resulting from this assignment as an example of her work and for entrance into photographic competitions and release all claims to profits that may arise from use of images. CLIENT grants PHOTOGRAPHER the right to use and publish images and photographs taken to further promote service, including portfolio, website, display, advertisement, editorial use. The CLIENT hereby releases PHOTOGRAPHER from all claims and liability relating to said photographs, including any and all claims for libel and invasion of privacy.
PHOTOGRAPHER is not responsible for any injuries inflicted upon any participating parties. CLIENT(S) will be responsible for their children and for themselves and release photographer from any claims against their person or their business.
J. Cooperation & Punctuality
The photography schedule and selected methodology are designed to accomplish the goals and wishes of the CLIENT in a manner enjoyed by all parties. CLIENT and PHOTOGRAPHER agree that cheerful cooperation and punctuality are therefore essential to that purpose. Shooting commences at the scheduled start time ends at or before scheduled end time. If CLIENT does not arrive at the appointed time, shooting end time will not be adjusted for tardiness. If for any reason, the PHOTOGRAPHER does not arrive promptly at the scheduled time, the session will be extended to compensate for the tardiness. PHOTOGRAPHER is not repsonsible for any unfavorable results and/or a reduced photo count due to CLIENT tardiness or uncooperativeness.
K. Re-shoots / Refunds
Re-shoots are determined at the discretion of the PHOTOGRAPHER. Re-shoots and refunds will not be given for poor choices of clothing, make-up, hair or weather related issues, or by not following the recommendations of the PHOTOGRAPHER.
Note from photographer: I work very hard to create images that reflect you and your family, while keeping in line with my artistic vision and creativity. I know you will want to share them and include a sneak-peek for that very reason. However, I ask that you simply link back to my blog/website/facebook page instead of right-clicking, saving, and sharing the image via your own page. I hope that you will respect not only my hard work, but the time, money, and dedication that I have put into training and equipment to capture these images for you.