For my own curiosity… I just wondered if anyone had an opinion/expertise
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We signed a contract with a Photography Studio on
Wednesday. Tuesday I negotiated little
details with our consultant via email.
Who would sign, when will deposit be received, a hold being placed on
our photographer, etc… All of this is
recorded clearly and concisely in email.
Consultant accepted that deposit would be received Friday with
photographer being held until Sunday.
Contract was signed on Wednesday.
Thursday night I receive a voicemail that they need payment immediately
as photographers are put on a 48 hour hold, being told this 36 hours after
contract was signed with email agreeing to hold photographer until Sunday. Deposit was paid as agreed upon on Friday
morning, 3.5 hours outside of the 48 hour hold we found out about on Thursday
night. Deposit is accepted with receipt issued. I then get a call 30 minutes later with the
consultant apologizing but our photographer was booked hours earlier and we
would have to chose a new photographer.
We were also offered an album upgrade or additional hours of coverage
for the inconvenience.
The other options we were given were not acceptable to me,
and out of principal for their business practices we cancelled flat-out. We were just wondering out of curiosity now;
if I was issued an email at the same time of contract being signed dictating an
agreed time of deposit payment and hold period for services, and we met the
deposit payment, is the hold period not being met a breach of contract on the studio?