Agreement/Jurisdiction: The person(s) whose signature(s) appear on this contract, known as "Client", agree that Heather Vogl, known as "Photographer", shall provide services to photograph their wedding and related events to the best of her abilities, in the manner described in this document. This is a binding contract which incorporates the entire understanding of the parties, and any modifications must be in writing, signed by both parties, and physically attached to the original agreement. The laws of the State of Texas shall govern this contract, and any resulting arbitration shall take place within Washington County, Texas. Client assumes responsibility for all collection costs and legal fees incurred by Photographer should enforcement of this contract become necessary. In the event that any part of this Agreement is found to be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement shall remain valid and enforceable. Any failure by one or both parties to enforce a provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of any other portion or provision of this agreement.
Proof: Samples of all edited photos, in which Heather Vogl (The Photographer or HV Photography) holds all exclusive rights to. These cannot be saved to Client’s computer, used on social networking sites, or printed, and will contain either Rachel Leah Photography’s logo, watermark, or proof stamp. All full sessions include 20-50 proofs, and assigned mini-sessions include 10-15 proofs.
Sitting Fee: Price including all “non-tangible” portions of the photography session. This includes, but is not limited to The Photographer’s TIME: time spent PREPARING for shoot, time spent DURING the shoot, and time spent EDITING the shoot. Preparing: Includes but is not limited to time e-mailing, setting up studio (bringing out necessary props, reconfiguring lighting for shoot, sanitizing props that may be used with newborns and children, and so on). During Shoot: Session fee for newborns always includes a block of 3 hours for the shoot. Standard Sessions in studio up to 2 hours, Standard Sessions on-location includes travel time. Post-Production: Each photo takes approximated 20-30 minutes in post processing. Every full session includes 20-50 edited proofs, Mini-Sessions include 10-15. This also includes time spent setting up Client’s online gallery and personalized shop. Also included in the session fee is general expense and wear and tear of props and equipment (including but not limited to memory cards, lighting, light stands, diffusers, light bulbs, beanbag poser, props, camera, lenses, and editing equipment).
Digital Purchases: High-resolution digital copies of the final images. When purchased, Client receives license for Royalty-free for personal use. The owner ("Owner") of the copyrighted photograph or video being purchased (the "Work"), hereby grants you the non-exclusive, non-assignable, non-sublicensable, and perpetual right to use, reproduce and distribute the copyrighted Work for personal non-profit purposes, and to incorporate the copyrighted Work, in whole or in part, into derivative works for non-profit distribution. You are prohibited from using the Work for any other purpose, including: using, reproducing or distributing the Work and/or materials incorporating all or any part of the Work for profit; selling or distributing electronic copies of the Work as standalone files or as part of a product from which a person is able to extract the Work as a standalone file; distributing the Work in or as part of an electronic template (e.g., as an image available in a word processing or web page creation application) intended to be reproduced by third parties on electronic or printed products; or using the Work as part of a trademark, service mark or logo. Owner retains all other rights in the Work and any derivative work, including without limitation, the right to use, copy, sell, license, and distribute copies of the Work in all markets and territories. In consideration for the grant of this non-exclusive license, you agree to pay Owner the amount specified, due and payable immediately prior to your downloading a digital copy of the Work. This Agreement shall be construed and enforced in accordance with the laws designated by Owner, now or in the future.
Booking and Rescheduling
The $50 booking deposit, required of all sessions, is nonrefundable, with the exception of rain dates for outdoor sessions. Clients are permitted one rescheduled session if rescheduling request is made at least 48 hours before the session. After one permitted rescheduling, any further rescheduling will require an additional booking fee of $50 to hold your spot.
Facebook Sharing and Other Social Media
It is understandable that the Client might want to post their new photographs on the Internet via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and/or any other social media outlets. This agreement will serve to allow posting low-resolution or high-resolution photos to social media sites, only in the case that HV Photography is credited and that photos are NOT altered with editing or filters. Additionally, it is understood that the client will NOT remove, or have removed, watermarks from Internet images HV Photography has uploaded to Facebook or her website, or from the low-resolution images offered for free to clients who have purchased prints. The Client and family members can purchase photographs that do not have a watermark.
You are permitted to click the “share” button on any photos posted to HV Photography’s facebook page. Sharing can NOT be done via screen shots of photos on Facebook or the Proofing gallery.
HV Photography reserves the right to edit and release only the images that are deemed creditable as professional in quality and within HV Photography’s standards. The photographer enhances photos via corrections to contrast, lighting, and color, as well and removal of baby acne, rashes, and accidental last minute scratches, bumps, etc. HV Photography does not change any inherent qualities of a person, as it is considered a "cosmetic edit" and will be $20 per photo if it is requested by the client after seeing the edited proofs. Cosmetic edits include, but are not limited to: removing unwanted facial hair, adding hair to balding head, changing hair color, changing shape of nose, eyes, body, etc. It is requested the client take care of all cosmetic changes before the shoot if they do not wish to have gray hair, facial hair, etc in final photos.
Once again, edits are solely made by HV Photography, any edits by clients or family members to digital files will void contract and close gallery from future re-openings.
Cancellation: If for any reason Client cancels this contract before the wedding date, Photographer will keep the retainer. Cancellation must be made in writing, signed by the contracted party, and sent via Certified Mail by the United States Post Office. If Client fails to supply written cancellation as specified before the wedding date or cancels within 30 days of the wedding date, Client shall be required to pay the full balance due.
Reschedule: In the event that Client reschedules the wedding and Photographer is able to rebook the original wedding date, Client will receive credit for all monies already paid. A new contract may be required. The new package price will reflect pricing in effect when the date change occurs. In the event that Client reschedules the wedding and Photographer is not able to rebook the original wedding date, Client forfeits the retainer but will receive a credit for all other monies paid. Credit may be applied to wedding coverage within one year of original date provided Photographer is available.
: Client shall reserve the time and date of services by signing and returning this contract along with a non-refundable, non-transferable reservation retainer equal to 25% of the total photography fee. No date is reserved until the contract and retainer are received. The balance due for the photography services must be paid in full no less than 10 days before the event date. In the event Client fails to remit payment as specified, the Photographer shall have the right to immediately terminate this Agreement with no further obligation, retain any monies already paid, and not attend this event. Returned checks will be assessed a $50 non-sufficient funds fee, and all future purchases/payments must be paid by Cashiers Check. Unless the contract is canceled, the retainer fee shall be applied to the photography fee total.
Liability: If Photographer or her agent is unable to perform any or all of the duties herein for any reason, including but not limited to, fire, transportation problems, acts of God, accident, illness, or technical problems, and if she cannot provide another competent professional, all money received by Photographer, minus expenses, will be returned to Client, and Photographer shall have no further liability with respect to this agreement. This limitation of liability also applies to any loss/damage of photographs or failure to deliver photographs for any reason. Liability for a partial loss of photographs shall be pro-rated based on the percentage of total. The sole remedy for any actions or claims shall be limited to a refund whose total amount cannot exceed the total monies paid by Client under this Agreement during the time preceding the date on which such liability arises.
Photo Discs: Upon receipt of a photo Disc, Client accepts all responsibility for archiving and protecting the photographs. Photographer does not permanently archive image files. Photographer is not responsible for the lifespan of any digital media provided or for any future changes in digital technology or media readers that might result in an inability to read discs provided. It is Client's responsibility to make sure that digital files are copied to new media as required.
Pricing / Payment: Services or merchandise not included in this initial contract will be sold at current price when an order is placed. All prices are subject to change at any time without notice. Credit vouchers have no intrinsic cash value and may only be applied toward merchandise purchased from Photographer. All print/album credits and sessions must be used within 6 months of web gallery posting or photographer may substitute a product of reasonable value to fulfill any outstanding credit balance.
The Client shall make a deposit to retain the Photographer to perform the services specified herein. At such time as this order is completed, the deposit shall be applied to reduce the total cost and Client shall pay the balance due. Balance shall be paid in full during or before the session for the service to be provided. HV Photography accepts cash, PayPal, and all major credit cards.
Responsibilities: Unless agreed upon in advance, Heather Vogl shall be the exclusive photographer retained for the event. Photographer may bring one assistant at her discretion. Video-photographers and other vendors as well as semiprofessional photographers must not obstruct or interfere with the official photography and are not allowed to take any still photos during formal sessions. Wedding guests may take photos, but it is the responsibility of Client to prevent family and friends from interfering with Photographer's duties. Photographer is not responsible for compromised coverage due to causes beyond her control such as other people's camera or flash, the lateness of the bride, groom, family members and bridal party members or other principles, weather conditions, schedule complications, rendering of decorations, or restrictions of the venues or officiate. Photographer is not responsible for existing backgrounds or lighting conditions which may negatively impact or restrict the photography coverage. Client agrees to confirm the schedule one-week prior to the event and to send the Photographer a copy of the invitation prior to the wedding. Notification of any changes in schedule or location must be made in a timely manner. Changes can be made by phone with a follow-up email for documentation. Ifemail is sent, confirmation of receipt must be obtained.
Harassment: Ensuring the appropriate behavior of all guests and other persons at the wedding and other events covered by Photographer shall be the responsibility of Client. In the event Photographer or her employee experiences any inappropriate, threatening, hostile or offensive behavior from any guest or other person at the wedding or other event (including, but not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature) then the following process shall be followed: first offense: a verbal warning will be issued to a family member of the client; second offense: the offending person will be required to leave the wedding or event; third offense: Photographer will end wedding coverage immediately and leave the event, Photographer shall be entitled to retain all monies paid hereunder and client agrees to relieve and hold Photographer harmless as a result of incomplete wedding or event photography coverage.
Coverage: Photographer will provide coverage for the dates, locations and continuous hours specified in this Agreement. Additional travel or coverage hours may be added by agreement on the wedding day and must be paid in full before any photos or products are released to the Client. Every reasonable effort will be made to take requested pictures, but no specific pose or photograph can be promised. Any lists supplied will be used for organizational purposes only. Images determined by the photographer to be substandard or duplicated may be edited out. The Photographer will use her professional judgment and sole discretion to select which photos to deliver. Such selection shall constitute all images that will be made available to Client.
Image Processing/Printing: Unless agreed upon prior to any editing work, high-resolution discs and/or proof sets may contain a mixture of color, black and white, and selective color images. An alternately colored version of a photo may be purchased at the current rate. Limited color correction and/or retouching are included at Photographer's discretion. Client may request further changes for an additional charge. Photographer is not responsible for any prints that are not ordered directly from her. For best results, clients with the high-resolution files should order their prints through a reputable lab.
Model Release: This contract serves as a model release giving the Photographer the irrevocable right to use the photographs in all forms and in all media and in all manners, without any restriction as to changes or alterations, for advertising, trade, promotion, exhibition, or any other lawful purposes. The Photographer can grant use of the images to third parties and all compensation for use and credit for the images remain the property of Heather Vogl.
Client waives any right to inspect or approve the photograph(s), finished version(s) incorporating the photograph(s), or the use to which it may be applied, including written copy that may be created and appear in connection therewith. This release is binding on the Client, their legal representatives, heirs, and assigns.
Copyright: All photographs taken by Heather Vogl are her property, will remain her property and are protected by United States Copyright Laws (USC Title 17). Client hereby waives any claims for ownership, income, editorial control and use of the images. Violators of this federal law will be subject to its civil and criminal penalties.
Reproduction: Client agrees to purchase prints directly from Photographer unless in possession of high resolution digital files. Client agrees not to scan, copy or reproduce images in any manner without written permission. Should Photographer become aware of reproduction without permission, Client will remit a usage fee of $300 per image, per usage to Photographer. If high resolution digital files are purchased, a written release will be supplied with those files. The release grants Client the right to reproduce the images provided for their personal use only and does not allow the photos to be altered, sold or published. Client further agrees not to supply images to any third parties (including vendors associated with the wedding or album designers).