A. Session Fees
Client agrees to pay the photographer a retainer of $75 at the time of booking to secure their appointment date and time. This is a non-refundable retainer that goes toward your session. The balance is due at or before the time of the session. The final product/images will not be delivered until the session has been paid for in full.
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. Session fee covers travel within 40 minutes of the photographer's home in Fond du Lac, WI. Any location outside of this area may be subject to an additional charge - as discussed at time of consult.
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 retainer fee will not be refunded. Photographer reserves the right to reschedule due to illness, weather, equipment malfunction, or other circumstances beyond their control. *If you or someone in your party are feeling ill, please feel free to reschedule without penalty. If session has to be rescheduled more than twice, a new retainer fee will have to be paid. If the shoot is outdoors and has to be rescheduled due to weather (at the photographers discretion) there will be no fee/penalty.
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.
E. Final Images & Product
Proof photos will be uploaded and shared with the client within 2-4 weeks after the shoot. A sneak peak is usually shared on social media within 7 days. The client is then able to choose which digitals they would like by ‘favoriting’ them in their gallery – (final number of images to be delivered depends on the package chosen). Additional digitals are available for purchase as well as prints, canvases, and other wall art. Prices for these items vary and are listed on the gallery site. Proof images are intended for clients to view and select their final images ONLY. Screenshotting, sharing and posting or otherwise stealing proof images is NOT allowed, and will result in an invoice being sent for each image stolen at the current digital cost. Final images will be delivered within a week after selecting proofs. Clients are encouraged to download their digitals and save them to multiple locations as soon as possible.
F. Damage & Print Quality
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. Photographer does not guarantee quality of any print or product UNLESS product is purchased directly from Photographer’s lab. Many unprofessional print services will not reflect the true color and vibrancy of your prints since their equipment is not properly calibrated at a professional standard. You are not required to purchase product through the Photographer’s lab, but please know quality is not guaranteed by using outside printing companies and labs.
G. Copyright Law
The copyright of photographs will remain with the Photographer. Under no circumstances is the client allowed to advertise the photos as images that they, themselves took or created. Sale, publication, alteration and modification or changing of the images in any way other than cropping to print is NOT allowed without prior permission from the photographer. Please inquire if you would like additional edits in black and white or greyscale, or any other creative style edits (additional charge may apply depending on extensiveness). In the interest of respecting the photographer's hard work and dedication, it is requested images shared on social media and/or other places credit Sam Lauersdorf Photography as the photographer.
H. Model Release
The Clients grant the Photographer unlimited consent to use the photographs of the Client's session for editorial, advertisement, competitive and/or any other purpose, as well as permission to alter the photographs without restriction, and to copyright the images. The Clients hereby release the Photographer and its legal representatives from all liability and claims in connection with the images. In the event a minor is being photographed, the parent or guardian agrees on behalf of the minor. If the client has any specific wishes in regard to the model release, please mention at the time of booking.
The clients agree to hold the photographer and company, Sam Lauersdorf Photography, harmless if any injury should occur during the shoot. Photographer is not responsible for client's injury. Client(s) will be responsible for their children and for themselves and release photographer from any claims against their person or their business.
Note from photographer: When sharing your images on social media or elsewhere please credit your photographer. (whether working with me or anyone else!) We work very hard to capture images that reflect you and your family while using our creative vision, professional expertise, dedication, and training to deliver you the best possible images and experience. If sharing an image from our session, please simply tag our page using
@Sam Lauersdorf Photography - Wisconsin Photo/Video
or share the sneak peaks directly from our page, rather than right clicking, downloading and re-uploading each image.
Please let me know if you have any questions! Thank You SO much & I look forward to working with you!