The “Client” (or “you/r”) herein refers to the person or organisation, its representatives, successors, assignees, agents and affiliates or family members requesting the provision of photographic services and supply of photographs.
The “Photographer” (or “us/our/we”) refers to Living Light Photography and all its photographers, directors, shareholders, representatives, associates, assistants, affiliates and/or assignees.
Any payment made to us (deposit and/or final balance settlement) indicates that you have read and understood all the terms and conditions as set out in this document, in its entirety. Your payment signifies acceptance of these terms and conditions as a legally binding contract, unless otherwise objected to explicitly and in writing, prior to accepting our service. No variation of the terms and conditions of this contract shall be recognised unless explicitly agreed to in writing. The commencement of the shoot signifies the acceptance of the Cost Estimate in its entirety, and the adoption of this agreement and all its terms and conditions by all parties.
This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Republic of South Africa.
- Photography Rates & Packages
Our rates and packages are valid for a limited time only and are subject to review from time to time, as we see fit. If you have received a Cost Estimate from us in the past or viewed our Packages on our website, you are by no means guaranteed of said rate, unless it is our current rate or has been expressly confirmed by us. Cost estimates are valid for 30 days only.
- Booking Reservation
A deposit is required to reserve your newborn photo session date and photography package with Living Light Photography, as per our Invoice/Cost Estimate.
It is your responsibility as the client to inform us of your baby’s birth as soon as possible thereafter, in order for us to confirm your photo session date with us. Newborn photography only has a very small window to get those beautifully posed newborn images (ideally within 12 days of birth), after which we might not be able to get all the desired images and poses.
- Deposit and Payment
Your session fee is made up of a deposit and balance, payable before/on your booking date and is not refundable. It covers our time and talent and secures your booking date at current prices (subject to change from time to time, which might include any future sessions). No images or products will be provided until we have received full payment, within the payment period agreed.
- Additional Fees
The client is responsible for any additional travel fees at current AA rates, should we be required to travel more than 50km from Wellington, Western Cape. Studio newborn sessions are included and not subject to additional travel costs.
Where additional expenses are incurred by Living Light Photography due to changes in the original brief by the Client or by circumstances beyond the Photographer’s control, the client agrees to pay such reasonable expenses and/or fees at the Living Light Photography’s normal rates.
Any additional fees due to the client’s choice of location (e.g. entrance fees, venue fees, etc.) will be for the client’s account. The client is responsible to confirm whether any such fees are applicable and for making any necessary arrangements in advance to use the relevant venue as location. Any prints, photo books and/or other products are additional, not included in your session fee and to be quoted on separately.
- Non-payment or Breach of Contract
In the event of non-payment or other breach of this agreement by the client, the Client shall pay all the Photographer’s costs and expenses incurred in enforcement of the terms of this agreement, including the Photographer’s attorney’s fee and the License to Use contemplated in this agreement shall not exist and be of no force or effect.
- Cancellation/Rescheduling of Photo Session
Any deposits paid are non-refundable, should you decide to cancel your newborn photo shoot. If you have to re-schedule, please do so at least 7 days prior to your booking date, so that we have time to fill your booking slot. If you are planning for a normal birth or have an emergency C-section, we will accommodate your session as soon as possible at no additional cost to you – however please remember to notify us of the change of your baby’s birth date as soon as possible.
Should you/your child be ill or have a family emergency, death in the family or any other life altering situation, you may reschedule your session – please notify us as soon as possible (preferably at least 24hr in advance if possible).
If you have booked an outdoors/weather dependant photo session, we will contact and advise to re-schedule due to unsuitable weather, should your booking date be flexible. Your session will be moved to the next suitable/available date at no additional cost.
- Location, Session Duration and Punctuality
Newborn sessions are either held in our studio in Welgemoed, Cape Town northern suburbs (which allows more access to props, backdrops, accessories and good lighting), at your home or chosen location (according to your selected package). If lighting at your home is not sufficient, please advise us and/or rather opt for a studio session (we need a large enough space to work in, with good natural lighting during the time of your shoot, that can also be sufficiently heated and kept warm for your baby’s comfort).
Newborn sessions can last up to 4 hours to allow for feeding, soothing and getting your baby into a deep sleep. Although we cannot guarantee the cooperation of your child, we will try our very best! Even though we encourage photographing siblings with your new baby, quiet and calm surroundings are best to achieve the desired results, which could be difficult with small children around, so please keep this mind. Please bring something to entertain your older child/ren, or have a friend or family member on standby to drop them off towards the end of our session, when we typically do the parent and/or sibling photos.
Our time is valuable to us. Please be on time for your photo session, whether it is at your home, on location or at our studio. Please let us know if you are running late. However, please be aware that the scheduled starting time of your session will remain the same (whether you are on time or not) and may influence quantity of images received. Please keep in mind that we may have other responsibilities after your session and therefore may have to cancel, if you are unreasonably late. In this case the client will forfeit the full session fee and will have to reschedule the session at an additional cost, when we have a suitable opening available.
Living Light Photography is hereby recognised and constituted as the Author of the commissioned works (images and products) produced and shall be the owner of the copyright therein in South Africa and throughout the world and acknowledged as such.
The client is hereby granted an Exclusive Licence for Use in South Africa (which may not be transferred or assigned without the express written consent of the Photographer) – for personal use only – conditional upon receipt of full payment by Living Light Photography, within the payment period agreed. No other right besides those specifically included in the licence are granted in respect of the work(s). All rights not expressly granted to the client, remain the exclusive property of Living Light Photography.
No images produced by Living Light Photography may be edited or reproduced in any manner without explicit written consent. The client may not redistribute any photographs for profit, commercial endeavours, professional display, photographic competitions or any use other than your own private use. All photographic materials, including but not limited to digital files, remain the exclusive property of Living Light Photography. RAW and/or unedited files will not be provided to the client under any circumstances.
- Editorial Use and Styled Shoots
The Client and/or fellow Service Provider/s agrees to provide a credit line (byline) in the form of the Photographer’s trade name (Living Light Photography) in type no smaller than the nearest text and immediately adjacent to the image used, or the editorial fee is converted to the full commercial rate. All service providers hereby agree to give credit to Living Light Photography for all images produced and provided to them by Living Light Photography, as described above.
No Archive: the image(s) may not be stored or archived after insertion and must be deleted.
- Model Release, Consent and Photographer’s Use of Images
Living Light Photography retains the right to use the photographs or images in any manner, at any time and in any part of the world for self-promotional purposes – including but not limited to advertising, publication, publicity, display, web content or anything else promoting our business. The client hereby releases Living Light Photography and its legal representatives and assigns from all claims and liability in relation to said photographs.
The client hereby consents and agrees that Living Light Photography has the right to take photographs of you and/or your child(ren), pets and/or property if applicable. . The client hereby certifies that he/she is the parent or legal guardian of any minor(s) as represented in this contract, if applicable and have the legal right and authority to execute the model release, as stipulated in this contract, on behalf of the minor(s) – to be used as described above.
In the unlikely event that the photographer is injured, becomes too ill or are medically unable to photograph the session, Living Light Photography will make every effort to schedule a makeup session at the next available date at no additional cost, or return the client’s deposit should we be unable to do so. If the photographer cannot fulfil this Contract due to fire or other casualty, strike, act of God, or other cause beyond the control of the parties, we will return the client’s deposit/fees paid, but shall have no further liability with respect to this contract.
Living Light Photography takes the utmost care to prevent the following. However, in the unlikely event that photographs have been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed for reasons within or beyond Living Light Photography’s control, liability is limited to the return of all payments received for the session or to schedule a makeup session at no additional cost to the client.
Although Living Light Photography will do our best to avoid any accidents and/or incidents from happening, the client releases all employees of Living Light Photography, from all liabilities, claims and damages that may result from any accidents or incidents that may happen during the session.
The Client agrees to indemnify and save harmless the Photographer against all liabilities, claims and legal costs arising out of the Client’s use of the photographs.
Living Light Photography is by no means responsible for the quality of services (printing and other) provided by its business partners/other 3rd parties.
- Images & Products
No cameras (including cell phone cameras) or recording devices may be used during your session, unless otherwise agreed – this can be distracting and may interfere with your session.
Living Light Photography reserves the right to artistically interpret, photograph and represent any scene, for instance resulting in some images being colour and some B&W. Should the images be rejected for any reason whatsoever after the shoot, the client will still be liable for the payment of the Invoice based on the final Cost Estimate in full. No License for Use will be granted in respect of rejected images notwithstanding payment as aforementioned.
Quantity of images depend on your selected package and final images are carefully selected by us. Living Light Photography will do our best to ensure that you have a reasonable amount of final images, but there is no guarantee of the quantity of images provided, due to many factors and variables contributing to the photo session, including, but not limited to the cooperation of yourself, your spouse, baby and/or older siblings – for which we will not be held liable. No images will be “re-done” on account of models not cooperating. All images provided are final and subject to the photographer’s discretion and creativity. If any additional photographs or editing is requested after final images have been supplied, it will be subject to an additional editing rate of R500/hr.
You will receive some “teaser” images shortly after your photo session, either via Facebook (to share) or by email. You will receive a CD/DVD with all edited high res images (for printing) and low res images (for online sharing) within 8-10 weeks of your photo session date – either collected from us or mailed to you through registered mail/courier to the address provided by yourself and at additional cost to you.
Due to the nature of custom photography, all images/sales are final and cannot be cancelled should your order any prints, books etc.
Living Light Photography will keep all images on archive for a reasonable amount of time (at least 1 year from the date of completion), after which it may be permanently discarded. It is the client’s responsibility to backup any digital files you receive.