I hope everyone is staying warm and cozy in all this crazy cold weather. With my Valentine Mini’s coming up this weekend I wanted to send out a blog about some changes you will see in my business this year.
I am so thankful for each and everyone one of you who have entrusted me to capture these memories for you since starting my business. So many of you are repeat clients and many have to come to me through referrals. I could not be where I am without you.
- Retainer Fees ~ This will be sent via email invoicing at the time of booking, they are non-refundable but applied to the package/s you purchase at your session. I have tried to avoid this but unfortunately, I have had several last minute cancelations and no shows this past year. I am doing this to make sure the clients that want the sessions, are the ones booking and many times the ones who no show or cancel right before are the ones who I have worked in last minute or I am opening up the studio early or late for. Some of my sessions like Santa & Family Mini’s are limited so this is only fair.
- Contracts ~ These will be put in to place to not only protect myself & my business but to protect you as my client. I have avoided doing this, with the exception of weddings, because I truly felt like I didn’t need it. All my clients were nice to work with, told me if they didn’t want images shared, never made copies of their prints, etc. However in the last 4 months I have had some situations arise where after the session couples have split up and one doesn’t want the other one to have the images but yet the other one paid the sitting fee, or while scrolling social media I see large prints or Christmas cards made from copies of prints when the client did not purchase the digital images with printing rights. Contracts will soon be delivered digitally but for a brief period it may be done in person until I can get my new office management software in place.
I hope you all can understand why I am having to implement these two policies. 98% of the photographers I know have done this forever but I put it off as long as I could but now is the time. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have and subscribe to my blog to stay up to date on the life and happenings at AGP.