A. Session Fees
Client agrees to pay photographer a retainer at the time of booking to secure their appointment date and time. This is a non-refundable retainer fee that goes toward your session. The balance is due on or befeor the date of the session.
An invoice for your session fee will be emailed to you at the email given above. Your non-refundable retainer is due one week from the date you sign and send this contract. If your retainer is not recieved in that timeframe, your session date will be opened for others to book untill payment is received.
The session fee covers the time and talent of photographer, basic retouching and creative editing of images, as determined by the photographer, and digital images (amount depending on session). Additional digital images may be available for purchase in some cases. If additional editing is requested after your prints are delivered, there will be a fee of $5 for each new file rendered. In some cases (at the discression of the photographer) a photo may not be able to be edited as requested.
B. Location Costs & Fees
If there are any costs/fees associated with the location the client has chosen for their session, you, the client, will be responsible for those fees. The photographer will not guarantee or arrange payment on any location. Client fee covers travel within 30 minutes of Winnebago, IL (or 15min Fulton, IL as agreed upon in advance). Any location outside of these limits will be subject to an additional charge of $.52/mile as part of the agreement.
If an illness or situation prevents a photo session from taking place, client may reschedule their session at least 24 hours prior to their shoot without penalty. Should client fail to give 24 hours notice, or decide to completely cancel the shoot, this session fee is forfeited and will not be refunded. Photographer reserves the right to reschedule due to illness, weather, equipment malfunction, or other circumstances beyond their control.
D. 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.
After twelve (12) months, all images will be purged from photographer’s hard-drive, 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.
All payments are due in full unless payment arrangements have been made. Orders will not be processed until payment in full is received. If client has arranged a payment plan, order will be placed after the final payment has been received.
Photographer is not responsible for the damage of portraits after delivery to client, including damage caused during transit by US mail. Client assumes all responsibility for the safety of all portraits upon receipt.
H. Model Release
I hereby give to Exposing Life Photography by Michelle Dykstra the absolute and irrevocable right and permission with respect to the photographs that she has taken of myself and/or my minor child in which she may be included with others:
a) To copyright the same in the photographer’s name or any other name that she may select;
b) To use, re-use, publish and re-publish the same in whole or in part, separately or in conjunction with other photographs, in any medium now or hereafter known, and for any purpose whatsoever, including (but not by way of limitation) illustration, promotion, advertising and trade, and;
I hereby release and discharge photographer from all and any claims and demands ensuing from or in connection with the use of the 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. Copyright & Penalty
Exposing Life Photography retains all copyrights to all images created during client’s session. A print release will be included with digital files to print portraits for personal use. The print release does not allow publication of your portraits (i.e. entering in contests), selling or altering of your images without the photographer’s written permission. It is illegal to copy, scan, share, alter, or otherwise steal any image created by Exposing Life Photography during client’s photo session. This applies to "sneak peek" images, images posted in an online proofing gallery, blog, Facebook, or hard copy images. If client steals images via any method listed above, or any other method, client will be invoiced for the cost of EACH digital image client has stolen, at photographer’s current price per digital file. If additional editing is requested after your prints are delivered, ther will be a fee of $5 for each new file rendered. In some cases (at the discression of the photographer) a photo may not be able to be edited as requested.
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. Please do not steal them.
K. Session Requests
*No cameras/camcorders/any type of recording device (this includes cell phone cameras) are allowed during the session unless prior arrangement has been made between client and photographer, including a written agreement. The photographer will not continue if there are other cameras or video taping during the session.
*Session starts at the agreed upon time. It is strongly encouraged that client arrives 10 minutes prior to the start of session. This allows for any last-minute feeding, changing, and relaxing before session begins. If you are late to your appointment, that amount of time will be lost from your session.
*Please make sure hair is combed and face is clean and free of runny noses or eyes. These are extremly time consuming to edit and will only be done at an additional charge and at the request of the client.