Discussion: The Photographer Left?

Today's blog post is a little different. I would like to start a discussion on one of the topics that are in many wedding photographer's contracts that is often overlooked. The Exclusive Photographer/Noncompetitive Clause. 

EXCLUSIVITY / GUEST PHOTOGRAPHY: It is understood that MWLD will be the exclusive and only wedding photographer. The CLIENT acknowledges that they are responsible for notifying all of their guests that guest photography is not permitted at any time the contracted professional photographer(s) are working.

The formal photography time is for the express use of MWLD to capture the formal wedding portraits. Due to time constraints and the need for subjects to give full attention to the professional photographer, guest photography cannot be permitted during this time.

MWLD will allow guests to take snapshots during the processional and recessional, during candid events at the church, and at the altar during the time the studio equipment is being packed up. Guest photography at the reception will be allowed at any time. In return for this consideration the studio insists no other guest photography take place when or where MWLD is working.

Guest conduct that interferes with the photography will seriously affect the quality of the photographs taken and increase the number of photos that must be created. If the CLIENT is unable to control the conduct of their guests or if the conduct of any of their guests damages the equipment of the photographer, it will result in the early or immediate departure of the photographer, with the understanding that no refund will be returned.
— Milverton Weddings by LDPhotography Wedding Contract

This is an example of an exclusive photographer clause that was used in one of my wedding contracts before the "unplugged" movement. Many photographers have something similar to this in their wedding contracts. Some are geared to prevent the client from hiring two separate photographers for the same wedding, to restricting "over the shoulder" photography of guests. 

The recourse action can be something as informing you that image selection/quality might be reduced because Cousin Joe jumping in front of your wedding photographer, to the photographer being able to end contracted services due to a breech of contract. 

What would you do if this was the circumstance and the photographer left the wedding after multiple requests/warnings? Do you think it's right? SHOULD the photographer be able to leave? What say you?

Leighton DaCosta

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!