Terms & Conditions for Sammi Sparke Photography

Booking Photo Shoots Policy:

Sammi Sparke Photography aims to provide a professional service and is contactable through a number of communication channels including: telephone, web form, email, text message and post. No matter which contact method is adopted, all appointments and costed session fee will be confirmed in writing.

All sessions are secured with a deposit of 20% of the total price of the selected session fee at the time of booking.

The session fee includes a pre-session consultation done via email, skype or phone or in the case of Weddings a face-to-face meeting.

For sessions purchased where it is necessary for a client to choose their final images from a gallery will be sent a link to the gallery by email. This link will be sent within 21 days of the initial shoot.

Where payment is made with vouchers or gift certificates the full voucher amount will be deducted from the shoot total. In cases where the voucher price covers the shoot in its entirety client will have nothing extra to pay. Any additional photos required will be available at an agreed additional price.

The redemption of a gift voucher entitles you to a single booking and will be subject to the same conditions as other bookings.

Gift Vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash, no change will be given for part use and it must be redeemed by the expiry date, which is printed on the voucher. Gift vouchers will have at least a 6 month redemption period. 

Cancellations

Cancellations with less than 24 hours’ notice are liable for the cost of the deposit.

You can reschedule your session up to 7 days prior to your shoot if required.

Your deposit is refundable up to 7 days before your session date, after this time it becomes non-refundable but transferable should you wish to change the date.

Force Majeure

Every effort will be made to carry out the contract but it is hereby acknowledged that at as result of circumstances beyond the Photographer’s control (eg acts of God, change in legislation, floods, fire, computer failure, etc) the Photographer may have to postpone or cancel the contract. In the unlikely event of cancellation of this contract by the Photographer, liability shall be limited to a full refund of all monies paid.

Your Session

The photographer cannot be held responsible for the misbehaviour of the client or client's party. The photographer will not be held responsible for the absence of members of the client's party (including children or wedding guests) from certain photographic images.

After Your Session

Editing will take up to 6 weeks for weddings and up to 3 weeks for other shoots depending on the session type.

As a courtesy and with prior agreement, a number of images may be sent to the client during the editing processes.

In the unlikely event that images are corrupt or lost from the shoot, Sammi Sparke Photography offers the client either a full refund or a second shoot at a time and location of the client's convenience.

Payment

The final payment must be paid in full on receipt of the final invoice after the shoot and before the delivery of the images.

Payment can be made by bank transfer or cash

Liability

Sammi Sparke Photography shall not be liable for indirect loss or third party claims occasioned by delay in completing the work or for any loss to our customers arising from delay in transit. Where work is defective for any reason, including negligence, her liability (if any) shall be limited to rectifying such defect.

Ownership of Digital Images

The ownership and copyright of the photograph remains with Sammi Sparke Photography.

The client has no right and no authority to sell or publish any of Sammi Sparke Photography's images without express permission and without the photographer's copyright clearly visible on or beside the image. Failure to clearly display the photographer's copyright in published material or online is an offence.

The photographer has the professional and artistic ownership of the images and reserves the right to select and edit the images appropriately. The client is not entitled to demand to see or own specific images which they feel were taken but which they have not been provided with.

Social Media

Clients are permitted to share their images from the shoot online on social media and crediting Sammi Sparke Photography is from the client’s shoot on social media.

Refund Policy

The photographer will not refund payments nor accept the return of photographs or accept a client’s refusal to pay for, technically acceptable photographs supplied either in print or in electronic format.

Delivery

Print & product orders take between 2 - 3 weeks from the date of the shoot. This period of time is required to professionally prepare your images & products to the highest standard.

An express delivery service for prints can be provided at an additional fee of £10.00 - £15.00. Please note that during busy periods this service may not be available.

Use of Photography

To showcase recent work, some of your images may be selected to appear on the Sammi Sparke Photography website, blog, Facebook page and in the photographer's Portfolio. This is to help keep the photographer's website current and to showcase recent work. In these cases the client’s permission is sought first.

Applying specifically to baby and children photography, Sammi Sparke Photography gives parents the right to choose how their children's images are used. If permission to use a child's image is obtained, the photographer will keep the client well informed on the details of how images will be published or used. Any objections from parents will be upheld.

General Terms for Claiming Gift Cards:

Gift Cards must be redeemed by the holder prior to the expiry date.

Gift cards are not redeemable for cash and any unspent balance will be deemed void.

Information provided on a gift card or accompanying folders or letters form part of Sammi Sparke Photography’s terms and conditions.

Bookings are subject to photographer availability.

No gift certificate can be used in conjunction with any other offer, prize or promotion.

Only one gift card can be used per booking.

Gift cards can be used for: Family Shoots, Romantic Couples Shoots including Engagement shoots, Bump/ Pregnancy shoots, Baby Shoots, Family shoots and Children shoots.

Please note that Sammi Sparke Photography undertakes other forms of photography but gift cards specifically can not be used for product or commercial photography, nor professional “headshots”, or passport photos.

Competitions

Competition is open to all persons aged 18 or over.

Only one entry per person per competition period will be accepted. Multiple entries for the same competition sharing any of the same details, ie, same phone number or address, will be treated as one entry.

Late entries will not be accepted and incomplete entries will be disregarded. How to enter coupon competitions: To enter, the online registration form must be filled out in full and received by Sammi Sparke Photography no later than the closing date of the competition. Late entries will not be accepted and incomplete entries will be disregarded.

Notification: Prize winners can watch the live online draw at: https://www.facebook.com/sammisparkephoto/ and will be notified by mail, email, or phone.

Start, end, and draw dates: Unless otherwise specified in the competition description, all competitions will be deemed to have started from the moment in a particular month when the competition is published. The draw of prizes will take place at an operationally practical time for Sammi Sparke Photography.

Value of Prizes: Each prize states clearly its worth in the promotional materials that accompany it. Where there is a conflict between the stated value of the shoots to be given away as prizes in the competition and value of the same shoot as found on the photographer’s website the competition promotional material will be deemed correct.

Composition of Prizes: Unless specified differently in the particular competition promotional material, each prize will consist of a pre shoot consultation, the booking of a shoot date convenient to both the photographer and competition winner, an agreed location by both parties, a shoot of no longer than 3 hours, editing time, a digital upload to Dropbox and any prints, specific number specified in the individual competition details, Where there is a conflict between these terms and the particular competition promotional material, the competition promotional material will be deemed correct.

Copyright, Moral Rights, and promotional usage of images: In consideration for the right to enter a particular competition each entrant agrees that, should they win a prize, copyright and moral rights of any photographs taken shall be assigned to Sammi Sparke Photography. Entrants further agree that Sammi Sparke Photography may use, without payment of a fee to the entrant, any images taken during the prize shoot for promotion of Sammi Sparke Photography products and services, including, but not limited to, use of paid images on all internet social medias such as Facebook, the internet, signage or displays. The entrant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Sammi Sparke Photography against any claims that may arise out of the publication of such images.