For all portraits sessions; a non-refundable session retainer is required to book and hold the date for your session and serves as a cancellation fee. However, the fee can be credited towards a future session upon the photographer’s approval. All remaining balances are due at the time of the session (or fully online at time of booking).

For wedding sessions, a 30% retainer is due immediately to book and hold the date of your event and also serves as a cancellation fee. The remaining balance is due 2 weeks before the date of your wedding. You can break this down into multiple payments or however it works best for you.


All sessions can be paid via cash, check, or online. If a client pays by check, the check must clear, and any uncleared check will have an additional charge of $35 to cover bank fees.

Cancellation Policy:

For portrait sessions, client forfeits their session retainer paid to the booking session. The fee can be credited towards a future session if the client reschedules the appointment by calling 3 days prior to the date of the session and re-booking at an agreeable date and time.

For weddings and events, if for any reason the Client cancels before the wedding date, the Photographer will keep the event retainer fee paid to hold the wedding or event date as a cancellation fee. Cancellation must be sent in writing by mail or e-mail, or a phone call must be made. However, if the client requires to change the wedding date, I will do my best to accommodate the change and no fee will be charged as long as the new date is available. If I am not available for the new date, the original contract will be cancelled and subject to the cancellation policy.

If Abby Lavern Photography cannot perform this contract due to fire or other casualty, strike, act of God, or other cause beyond the control of the parties, or due to Photographer’s illness or emergency, then the Photographer shall return the retainer fee to the client but shall have no further liability with respect to the Contract. This limitation on liability shall also apply in the event that photographic materials are damaged in processing, lost through camera or other media malfunction, lost in mail, or otherwise lost or damaged without fault on the part on the photographer.