I’ve found a photographer I like, but she’s asking for a large proportion of the money upfront. Is this normal? When are payments usually made, and what percentage?
Annabel, Mt Eden
It is standard practice for photographers to require a Booking Deposit. This indicates equal commitment from yourselves and the photographer, safeguarding your date. There are no hard and fast rules as to percentages and instalments, but I would be wary of a booking deposit over 50% as it might suggest the money is more of a focus than the two of you! Deposits normally range from 20-40% of the total fee. Some photographers then require another instalment a few weeks prior to the wedding, with a final payment on collection of your package a few weeks after your wedding.
Belinda Bradley, Smash Photography
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