1. Session fees and Payment
Session fees cover the photography session only. Digital files and print products are available for purchase at an additional cost. Session fees are due upon booking and act as a non-refundable retainer to ensure your session date and time are scheduled and can not be booked by another client. It is of the highest importance that the client contact Laleh Images Portrait Design at least 24 hours prior to your session to confirm time and location, although we will make every effort to contact you prior to that to confirm. Session fees can be paid by cash, E-Transfer and PayPal.
In the event of an illness, please contact us at least 48 hours prior to the session to reschedule, or a re-booking fee of $50 will apply to cover our lost time. Laleh Images Portrait Design maintains the right to reschedule if needed due to inclement weather, illness, emergency, etc. Requests for rescheduling or re-shoots are granted only at the photographer's discretion.
Session is to be held at the Laleh Images Portrait Design studio in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia (studio address to be provided prior to session) or on location at a mutually agreed location of our choice. Locations more than 50km from the studio will be subject to mileage charges at $0.50 per km, plus any additional costs such as parking, admission fees, etc. if applicable.
4. Electronic Devices
Outside cameras, cell phone cameras, and camcorders are not permitted during sessions, unless previously agreed by the photographer.
Selected session images are to be retouched in full as required including skin smoothing, blemish fixes, cropping and colour correcting. All edits are at the sole artistic discretion of the photographer including photos provided in black and white. Raw unedited images, and images deemed to not meet the photographer's standards (out of focus, under or over exposed, subject blinking, multiple identical shots, etc) will not be included in the final selection and will not be provided to the client under any circumstances. If the client has a request for a small alteration of an image, please let the photographer know at the session or at the time of viewing the final images. The photographer can address minor changes at no cost (fix blemishes, tighter crop, etc.), but more involved requests are billed at $50/hr. The photographer will let you know if there will be extra charges before work begins. Once the requested changes are made, charges apply regardless of whether the final product is purchased. Client agrees not to edit or digitally alter the photos in any way, including but not limited to the following methods: Instagram filters, other phone apps, Photoshop, other photo editing software of any nature, or cropping.
6. Digital Images
If client elects to purchase digital images, Laleh Images Portrait Design will provide purchased images in JPG format and include a print release granting print permission solely to the client. Client agrees to back-up the images after receiving, within 1 week of being provided to client. Laleh Images Portrait Design agrees to store session images for a period of three (3) months, and should images need to be retrieved from long term storage for the client after three (3) months there will be a $100 retrieval fee. To ensure the best print quality, avoid altering the images before printing. The photographer is not responsible for printing errors or for quality of prints or products printed elsewhere.
Professional quality prints and products are available through Laleh Images Portrait Design. Client agrees to use designated watermarked web resolution images provided by Laleh Images Portrait Design when sharing online, in social media or other online uses, and reserve high resolution images for print use and digital archiving only.
7. Copyright Laws/Model Release
Laleh Images Portrait Design retains the copyright on all images and reserves the right to use the images for advertising, display, publication, or other purposes. The client signing this contract warrants that he or she has actual authority to agree to the use of the likeness of all persons included in the portrait in this manner and shall indemnify and defend the photographer in the event of litigation arising out of such use. Negatives, digital files and previews remain the exclusive property of Laleh Images Portrait Design. Under no circumstances, can a client use these images for profit, commercial endeavors, professional display, or in competitions. Copying or scanning images from the client's gallery, Laleh Images Portrait Design's website or blog is considered stealing, regardless of the intent for use. NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT: It is ILLEGAL to redistribute these photographs for profit or use other than private consumption without the photographer’s permission, and violators of this Federal Law will be subject to its civil and criminal penalties.
8. Limit of Liability
Client is aware that the quality of the end result printed digital files delivered are not under the control of the photographer and frees the photographer from any liability for any claims whatsoever based upon discoloration in the end result print. The photographer is not responsible for the quality of services provided by its business partners. If the photographer cannot fulfill this Contract due to fire or other casualty, strike, act of God, or other cause beyond the control of the parties, or due to the Photographer’s illness or emergency, then the photographer shall return any deposit or sitting fee to the Client but shall have no further liability with respect to the contract. This limitation of liability shall also apply in the event that photographic materials are damaged in processing, lost through camera or media malfunction, lost in the mail, or otherwise lost or damaged without fault on the part of the photographer. In the event the photographer fails to perform for any other reason, the photographer shall not be liable for any amount in excess of the retail value of the client’s order. The client releases Melissa Morse, and all employees of Laleh Images Portrait Design, from all liabilities, claims and damages that may result from any accidents or incidents that may happen during the session. Client is responsible for their own safety, the safety of those who accompany them, and the safety of each minor child accompanying them during the session.
9. Session Specifics
A family photo session lasts 1-2 hours. In order to provide the client with a sufficient number of images for selection during the reveal and ordering appointment, the photographer must complete their typical workflow before attempting any special requests from the client. The completion of all special requests is left to the discretion of the photographer. If it is determined by the photographer that your family photo session needs to be rescheduled within the first 20 minutes of your session (due to highly uncooperative children, bad weather, or other unforseen factors impacting the final results from the session), the photographer will reschedule at no charge. However, if a shoot needs to be rescheduled after the first 20 minutes of a session, a rebooking fee will apply. Rescheduling your session is left to the sole discretion of the photographer.