Wedding client altered my contract

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    IMG_9334.JPG IMG_9331.JPG Hey all, First post-timer and working my way up in the photography world here. I recently gave a wedding client my contract that addresses standard photography protections not just for myself, but also for my clients. The client altered several changes to my contract and sent me a 'revamped' one. Some of the terms she changed included copyright and model release. Original version in black. Altered version in red. What should I do? Sounds like a client I may need to turn down. Thanks for your input.


     
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    Not a pro, but I would not sign an altered contract without adjusting the costs. They probably don't know what copyright really is, but If they want it, it would cost them thousands of dollars per photo.
     
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    I'd figured so but then she's a financial analyst which would make it hard for me to believe.
     
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    I'd walk. I see nothing but heartburn with the client. If you do walk, be nice about it.
     
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    It seems like it. And I will treat this with professionalism off course. Thanks for your input.
     
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    Find a new client. Posted that before I read the "contract"... is that your version? Or the client altered version? Either way, it's gobblety-gook!
     
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    No worries. That's the client altered version that I posted above. Thank you for advice!
     
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    Okay, then my advice stands. Find a new client. Could we see the original for comparison?
     
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    Certainly - you'll see it on the updated post.
     
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    Your original seems well written; maybe a bit over-the-top as far as the model release portion, but not bad. The client clearly has no concept of copyright law. I would NOT get involved with him/her.
     
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    Tell them if they want copyright to the images you would gladly do so but the price will be more.

    If they don't like it then tell them they will need to find a new photographer.

    And next time don't send them a contract they can edit. Ether give them a printed document or a non editable PDF.
     
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    Thanks again for your advice. I greatly appreciate it. Sadly it sounds like the client would be a headache to deal with.
     

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