What do we need to do to book?


What do we need to do to book?

The short answer

  • We'll need a 40% downpayment.
  • Two signed contracts, the photo rights and basic information contracts.

The long answer, below. 



What is your preferred method of payment? We prefer check and do offer a slight cash discount if you are able to pay by check.

When is the second half of the payment due? 30 days prior to your wedding date.

Many photographers retainers are not re-fundable. Are yours? Why is this? We do not offer refunds when weddings are canceled and do not have exceptions to the rule. At Selah, we photograph a select amount of weddings each year and because of this, it's a big hit to us if a wedding were to cancel. However, outside of the contract we do work to refund the retainer if we are able to book another wedding on the selected date.

Do you offer payment plans? We do. It's often easier for couples to send us a bit every month or every few months. We're more than happy to work with you on this.

What details are included in the photo-rights contract?

The purpose of the photo-rights contract is for protection of you and Selah. It covers basic things from pricing to more complicated things such as liability. Most of the complicated things are very unlikely to happen and couples who have concerns about them, may not be the right fit for our services. We've overviewed a few of the big terms below. Please let us know if you would like us to walk you through them in detail.

Payment details: It explains how the 40% non-refundable retainer is due to reserve your date and that the total payment is due 30 days prior to the wedding.

What if Selah can't photograph the wedding: It's never happened to us but there is always a chance. If this occurs, you will get a full refund and we will help you find a new photographer if you would like. It would be a big deal to us if we couldn't make it, we would be there for you as much as possible to help you find a great replacement.

Limits and Liability: We photograph with the best of best equipment and are trained, seasoned professionals. However, the equipment we work with is electronic and fallible. If a card were to combust or a drive would fail, we would do our best to make it up to you. However, we would not be held liable.

What happens if something crazy happens: Like we knock out a guest's eye with one of our tripods? We have liability insurance and assume responsibility for anything crazy that we may cause.

Specific Images: We do our best to photograph every detail of the wedding day as well as humanly possible. We also ask you to make sure you let us know if there area any must-have-photos such as the rings next to your grandma's anklet. Since we photograph in more of a journalistic, non-traditional approach we often are looking for big moments and images that tell stories aside from details. Again it's our goal to cover every part of the story, but if we miss a beat, we are not held liable.

Dangerous Conditions: If you wanted us to photograph in a fire, we probably would, but don't have to.

Jurisdiction: We get that America is sue happy, however, we hope to not be a part of it. We strive to do our best at every wedding. If life happens and the beat is missed, we try to do everything we can to make it up to you. If you still aren't satisfied and want to take us to court, you pay for the court fees.

Copyrights: We own the main copyright to the images, as the artists. We grant you a copyright release to be able to share and print the images to your hearts desire. You do not have the rights to edit the photos. It's like buying a fancy painting and re-painting it when you get home.

Model release: Never thought you would make it as a model? Here's your chance. We occasionally will do a blog posting on your wedding to share with our fans and your family and friends. We may use the images on our site to display our portfolio and might also use them as studio samples. Occasionally we will enter photos in contests, or blogs and magazines will want to feature the photos. If the images leave our website, we'll check in with you to make sure you're okay with becoming a real model.

Meals: We ask for a meal if we are at your wedding over dinner time. Kind bars and gummy worms can only tie us over for so long.