In the following conditions of contract “the photographers” shall mean Guy Sherlock / Dreamweave Photography or, any photographer(s) appointed by Dreamweave Photography. “The Clients” shall be those whose names appear on the contract. If the clients arrange for a third party to meet the costs of this contract the contract remains with the clients. The due performance of the contract is subject to the conditions below and cannot be varied in any way by the clients unless expressly agreed by the photographers in writing.
1. The Copyright and Design Act 1988 assigns the copyright of the images to the photographer. It is contrary to the Act, and therefore illegal, to copy these images, or allow them to be copied, by any means photographic, by computer, internet or otherwise, by any person or machine other than by the photographers or their appointed agents, unless a royalty-free licence has been granted.
2. The Clients hereby allow the photographers to display any images covered by this contract and to generally promote the business by means of advertising, publicity material, websites, exhibitions, competitions, magazine articles, and other such media, providing that the images are used lawfully and without damage to the clients. Images placed in password protected galleries within the website are not available to the general public in the normal course of events. However it may not always be possible to prevent determined persons from accessing these galleries.
3. Licence and Coverage
a) The photographer(s) shall be granted artistic licence in relation to the poses photographed and the locations used. Although every effort will be made to comply with the Clients’ requirements, the photographers’ judgment regarding the location, poses and number of photographs taken shall be deemed correct.
b) For bookings involving a church ceremony or at certain other venues, photographers’ movements are sometimes restricted by the minister or official in charge: photographing of parts or even all of the ceremony may be restricted or prohibited, as may the use of artificial lighting. The photographers cannot accept responsibility for limited coverage in such cases.
c) Whilst the photographers shall endeavour to fulfil the Clients’ requirements, they cannot be held responsible for non-availability of subjects or adverse conditions (eg weather) which may delay the progress of proceedings, preventing the coverage of certain specified shots. In addition, because of the fluid nature of the event, some moments might not be recorded, or not recorded for logistical reasons (eg the photographer cannot be in two places at once)
d) Any alterations made to the booking by the Clients once details have been confirmed may only be made at the discretion of the photographer. If unable to accommodate alternative arrangements (such as the change of ceremony date or venue) the photographers are not liable to compensate the client(s) in any way whatsoever.
4. Image Reproduction
a) Owing to photochromatic anomalies caused by a combination of certain dyes and materials, especially in man-made fibres, it is sometimes impossible to record on camera the exact colour of materials as perceived by the human eye. When processing images, the photographers will endeavour to achieve a pleasing overall colour balance based on natural flesh tones.
b) It is understood that some colours may not remain consistent throughout a set of photographs owing to variations in lighting conditions. It is also understood that all photographic printing is undertaken within the technical limitations of the process and that colour may not be identical over the whole range within a subject. The colour balance of prints made at different times or in varying sizes may also be variable.
c) Due to the limitations of computer monitors it is understood that images may appear differently according to the specification of each monitor and that prints will not match images rendered on any particular computer monitor.
d) Where images are made available for use with a personal computer the default operating system shall be Windows XP home edition. Products may not function on other operating systems.
e) Where images are made available for use on a DVD player reasonable steps are taken to ensure compatibility, but DVD discs may not play on all DVD players, particularly older models.
f) We use only quality branded CDs and DVDs, ensuring each is checked before dispatch, but it remains the responsibility of the clients to check discs for in-transit damage. The photographer cannot be held responsible for damage to equipment resulting from defective media.
g) All print and presentation sizes quoted are approximate and subject to the discretion of the photographers.
5. Image Selection
For the standard packages, all images for the online gallery, small photobook and 9×6 prints are selected by the photographer
In accordance with the accepted practises of all professional photographers and photographic laboratories, the return of any technically acceptable photographs or prints or demands for refund or refusal to settle charges cannot be entertained on principle.
7. Payment and Prices
a) A non-refundable booking fee of £250 is required to secure the photographers’ services for the day, with the relevant balance for each package due 4 weeks prior to the event.
b) Digital files will be archived after 2 years; a search fee may then be charged for reproduction and inclusion in albums in addition to prices currently in force.
c) All reorders shall be treated as an extension of this contract. Reprint prices are subject to change without notice and a search fee may be charged for orders placed after a 2 year period.
d) Return journeys in excess of 30 miles may attract a mileage charge of 40p per mile. Overnight accommodation may be required for weddings over 100 miles away.
a) In the highly unlikely event of cancellation by the photographer(s), or unavoidable total photographic failure, the photographers’ liability shall be limited to a full refund of any booking fees and fees paid. Re-shoots may be arranged if practicable but the photographers will not be responsible for any further costs.
b) The photographer will endeavour to appoint other photographers in the unlikely event that they are both unable to attend a booking. However it may prove difficult or impossible to find a skilled replacement photographer at short notice or at the same price.
c) If the Clients should have to cancel a booking the following cancellation fees will become due immediately:
The Clients are entitled to a full refund of the £250 booking fee if they withdraw within 14 days of booking.
The booking fee of £250 will be forfeited on cancellations made after 14 days. Cancellations made within one month of the wedding incur the full cost of the basic photographic service booked, including optional additional attendance.
Where the photographers are able to rebook the date with an equivalent booking, the cancellation fee will be reduced to the non-refundable booking fee only and any additional cancellation fees already paid will be refunded accordingly.
In the event of postponement, then at the discretion of Dreamweave Photography, and subject to availability, monies other than the booking fee may be applied to the new wedding.
It is essential to inform the photographers as soon as possible of any changes of venue, times, or contact details etc.
8. On the day
a) There is a danger that guests can unwittingly spoil shots. This can be as simple as trying to repeat shots taken by the “official” photographer, or distracting the subjects so that eyes are not looking at the camera, or taking an inordinate amount of time to take shots, or “spotting” the bride’s face with red focus assist lights, or floating into view on formal set-piece shots, or compromising the ambience of scenes by the inappropriate use of flash photography. We will speak with the guest or bride or groom or coordinator if appropriate. In some circumstances our coverage may be compromised or may have to be cut short. An inconsiderate guest can wreck the record of your special day.
b) The activity of another professional photographer or videographer or enthusiastic hobbyist can endanger the quality of the final product. Please notify us beforehand with contact details – so that we can liaise with other parties and plan the shooting accordingly.
c) Blinking – shots will be retaken on the day if blinks are seen. Whilst it is impossible to guarantee to spot every blink, especially in group shots, technology does make it possible to overcome this. Each post production job needs to be quoted separately, charges start at £30.