Terms of Service


Definitions:  Stephen Balke and Michele Balke with Studio Balke

The Client:  Any person, body of persons, firm or Company with whom the Photographer enters into a contract for the sale of goods or provision of services by the Photographer.

Proofs:  Samples of all edited photos in which Studio Balke holds all exclusive rights to. These cannot be saved to Client's computer, used on social networking sites, or printed, and will contain either Studio Balke logo, watermark, or proof of stamp.

Sitting Fee: Price including all "non-tangible" portions of the photography session. This includes, but is not limited to, the photographer's TIME: spent preparing for the shoot, time during the shoot, and editiing the shoot. Preparing includes, but is not limited to, travel time, time e-mailing and setting up studio.

Booking and Rescheduling: A $50.00 booking deposit is required for a Portrait session. This deposit is non-refundable with the exception of inclement weather for outdoor sessions. Clients are permitted one rescheduled session if rescheduling request is made at least 48 hours before session date and time. After one permitted rescheduling, any further rescheduling will require an additional $50.00 booking fee.

Sole Photographer During Portrait Session: This applies to Portrait Photography; During your photography session with Studio Balke, the photographer (Stephen and/or Michele Balke) will be the ONLY two people permitted to take photos. Parents, friends, family, and anyone attending the session other than the photographer is NOT permitted to take any photo with any device. Doing so will immediately ends the session.

Sharing Images to Social Media: This agreement will serve client to allow sharing of images only in the case that Studio Balke is credited and the images are NOT altered in any way. It is understood that the client is prohibited from removing watermarks from images that Studio Balke has uploaded to social media or their website. Clients can purchase images without the watermark.

Proofs and Ordering: Images will be available on the Studio Balke website in the Gallery to view and order. Once an order is placed, image will be professionally edited to get the most out of the image.

Edits:  Studio Balke enhances images via corrections to contrast, lighting and color. Studio Balke will not change any inherent qualities of a person.

Copyright and Reproductions:  Studio Balke shall own the copyright on ALL images created and shall have the exlusive right to make reproductions and edits of any kind. Studio Balke shall only make reproductions for the Client or the Photographers portfolio, samples, self promotion, entry into photographic contests or exhibits, editorial use, website or display.

Deposit and Payment: The client shall make a deposit to retain the Photographer to perform the services specified herein. At such time as this order is completed, the deposit shall be applied to reduce the total cost and client shall pay the balance due. Balance shall be paid in full during or before the session for the service to provided. Studio Balke accepts cash, checks and major credit cards. A $25.00 fee will be imposed for any returned checks.

Client Usage:  The client is obtaining photography services for personal use only, and shall not sell said images. If client is obtaining a print for newspaper annoucement, editorial use or website, Studio Balke authorizes the client to reproduce the print in this manner. In such event, client shall run a credit for Studio Balke adjacent to the image. If client is obtaining photography services for commercial use, client shall give photographer credit where applicable, and agrees to post advertisement and/or business cards on behalf of the photographer at their place of business. Client is NOT permitted to edit or alter any photo that is copyright of Studio Balke.

Failure to Perform: If Studio Balke is unable to perform this Agreement due to circumstances beyond their control or illness, then Studio Balke will return the deposit to the client and shall have no further liability with respect to the Agreement. This limitation on liability shall also apply in the event that photographic materials are damaged in processing, lost through camera malfunction, lost in the mail, or otherwise lost or damaged without fault on the part of Studio Balke. In the event that Studio Balke fails to perform for any other reason, Studio Balke shall not be liable for any amount in excess of the retail vlaue of the clients order.

Proper Care of Images: Handle images with care. Any damage incurred as a result of improper handling, framing or hanging is the sole responsibility of the client.

Terms of Service can be changed without notice at the discretion of Studio Balke.