Terms & Conditions for Products and Services

1.      Overview

1.1    The terms and conditions set out in this Schedule are the “Terms and Conditions” referred to in the key terms to which this Schedule is appended (the “Key Terms”). Any term capitalized in these Terms and Conditions will have the meaning given to that term in the Key Terms unless specifically defined in these Terms and Conditions.

1.2    If there is any inconsistency between the provisions of the Key Terms and these Terms and Conditions, the provisions of the Key Terms will prevail.

2.      The Photo Session

I will use all reasonable endeavours to hold the Photo Session on the Photo Session Date, at the Photo Session Location, subject to our cancellation, rescheduling and refund policy set out in section 8 below.

Due to the nature of the subjects of the photographs we take during your Photo Session (“Photographs”), I cannot guarantee any particular outcomes or guarantee the fulfillment of any specific requests for the Photo Session. However, I will conduct the Photo Session using professional skill and care.

In any event, I will endeavour to accommodate any reasonable requests from you regarding the artistic direction of the Photo Session, but the Photographer retains absolute discretion as to the nature of the Photographs.

A parent or guardian must be present at all times if I am photographing children. You must not take any photographs during the Photo Session without first obtaining permission from the Photographer.

3.      How to order packages and artwork products

Following your Photo Session, I will prepare and make available a selection of proofs of the Photographs from your Photo Session (“Your Proofs Gallery”).  At my option, I may present Your Proofs Gallery to you either in person (refer to sections 3.5 and 3.6) or an online gallery (refer to sections 3.7 to 3.9).  In either case, I aim to have Your Proofs Gallery ready within 3 weeks of the Photo Session Date, but during busy periods this time frame may be extended.

The number of Photographs in Your Proofs Gallery will vary from session to session.  I will take into consideration your specific requests as regards the contents of Your Proofs Gallery, but I retain absolute discretion regarding:

which Photographs I include in Your Proofs Gallery (it is acknowledged that not all Photographs taken during the Photo Session will be included); and

the application of any digital editing to any Photographs.

Requests you make for specific corrections to images, or re-editing of images, may attract additional costs. I will advise you of the costs upon request.  Please note that I do not provide raw images.

If I offer an online gallery option, you may be invited to order from Your Proof Gallery through an online gallery after your presentation.

Viewing Your Proofs From an Online Gallery

Your Proofs Gallery will be presented as an online gallery comprising low resolution web-sized watermarked files. I will advise you by email when Your Proofs Gallery is ready for you to view. Your Proofs Gallery will be available for 3 days from the date of the email. Unless otherwise agreed by the Photographer, you must make your selection of Photographs, Package and Artwork Products within this availability period.  I reserve the right (at my option) to charge a fee for extending the availability of Your Proofs Gallery, or to delete Your Proofs Gallery and all Photographs if you do not place an order and pay the part of the Package Fee due at the time of placing the order during that time.

Your Proofs Gallery may be subject to password-protection. Only you may access Your Proofs Gallery. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any password I provide and you may not disclose your password to any other person.  You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur through use of your password by a third party.

You acknowledge that: (i) your access to and use of Your Proofs Gallery may be suspended during any unanticipated or unscheduled downtime or unavailability of any portion or all of my website, including as a result of power outages, system failures or other interruptions; and (ii) I am entitled, without any liability to you, to suspend access to any portion or all of Your Proofs Gallery and/or my website at any time (a) for scheduled downtime to permit me to conduct maintenance or make modifications to Your Proofs Gallery or my website; (b) in the event of a denial of service attack or other attack on my website and/or our servers or other event that I determine, in my sole discretion, creates a risk to you or to any of my other users; or (c) if it is necessary or prudent to do so for legal or regulatory reasons (collectively, “Service Interruptions”).  Where practicable, I will endeavour to post updates on my website regarding any Service Interruption and resumption of service following any such suspension, but I am not liable for the manner in which I may do so or if I  fail to do so and I shall have no liability whatsoever for any damage, liabilities, losses (including any loss of data or profits) or any other consequences that you may incur as a result of any Service Interruption.

4.      All-inclusive packages: photographer selection of photographs

If you have selected an “all-inclusive package” option where I select the Photographs, I will take into consideration your specific requests as regards the Photographs to be included in your Package, but I retain absolute discretion regarding:

which Photographs I include in the Package; and

the application of any digital editing to any Photographs.

Requests you make for specific corrections to images, or re-editing of images, may attract additional costs. I will advise you of the costs upon request.  Please note that I do not provide raw images.

Prices:  Where the Photo Session date is no more than 12 months after the date of signing, all photographic services undertaken on that date are supplied at the prices ruling on the date of signing. The main reprint order, that is the remainder of the package booked, if placed within no more than six months of the contracted date is also supplied at the prices ruling on the date of signing. All additional reprint orders, including the main reprint order, if placed after six months of the contracted date, and small reprint orders placed at any time, are supplied at the prices ruling at that time.

5.      Artwork Products

If you order an Artwork Product, a proofed layout of the Artwork Product, together with any options available to you, will be submitted to you for approval before the Artwork Product is printed. You may request reasonable changes as part of the approval process, but some changes may be subject to additional charges.  I will advise you if additional charges apply.  I will not submit any Artwork Product for printing unless and until the proofed layout has been approved by you and you have confirmed your options (where available).  You will be liable for any costs associated with any changes requested after you have approved the proofed layout.

6.      Delivery

I will let you know when you place your order when to expect to receive the Package and Artwork Products (as applicable).   Lead times from receipt of your order and payment typically start at two weeks for digital images (without retouching) and up to two months for some Artwork Products. Any delay in payment of fees payable to Maria Rusk Photography will affect the delivery period. Artwork Products will be delivered to the address specified in the Key Terms.  Risk in the Package and Artwork Products will pass to you upon delivery.

7.      Archiving

Your Photographs may be destroyed or archived at my discretion after the expiration of the applicable ordering period referred to in these Terms and Conditions.   Subject to receipt of an order for a Package or Artwork Products and payment of the Package Fee, I will archive your Photographs for a period of 12 months. I am happy to archive your Photographs beyond this period, subject to payment of the storage fee I specify.

Any orders placed once your Photographs have been archived may incur a retrieval fee, in addition to the cost of the order.

At your request and subject to payment of any fees I may charge, I may agree to reinstate a Your Proofs Gallery that has been archived, or extend the viewing period for Your Proofs Gallery that is still active.  I am unable to reinstate a Your Proofs Gallery that has been destroyed.

8.      Cancellation, RESCHEDULING and refund policy


Legal right of cooling off.  You have 14 days after the day I accept your booking to cancel the Photo Session; this is called the cooling off period. However, once I have completed the Photo Session you cannot change your mind, even if the cooling off period is still running. If the cooling off period is still running and you decide to cancel after we have started the Photo Session, you must pay Maria Rusk Photography for the services provided up until the time you tell me that you have changed your mind.  I will refund you the Total Session Fee by the method you used for payment within 14 days, less the cost of any photography services already provided up to the time of cancellation (including any Supplemental Session Fees). I offer additional cancellation rights that apply once the cooling off period has expired. These are set out below.

Additional Cancellation Rights. In addition to your legal rights referred to above, you are entitled to a full refund of the Session Fee if you cancel your Photo Session no later than 14 days prior to the Photo Session Date.  Except in exceptional circumstances and in my sole discretion, I am unable to refund the Session Fee if you cancel after this date, but you may request that the Photo Session Date is rescheduled.  Any Supplemental Session Fees paid or payable to a third party are only refundable to you following cancellation of the Photo Session if I am able to obtain a refund from the third party.

If you wish to cancel the Photo Session, please contact Maria Rusk Photography using the phone or email details in the Key Terms.  Alternatively, you may complete the Contact Form attached to these Terms and Conditions.

I may cancel your Photo Session for any reason prior to the Photo Session Date.  I will then provide a full refund of the Total Session Fee, unless we agree a rescheduled Photo Session Date with you.

I may terminate your Photo Session on the Photo Session Date if I consider there are extenuating circumstances, for example, inappropriate behaviour or a Model is ill. I am not required to reschedule the Photo Session or refund any of the Total Session Fee to you in these circumstances.

Defective Items and Returns

I am under a legal duty to supply Packages and Artwork Products that are in conformity with these Terms and Conditions. You should check your delivered Package and Artwork Products and advise me in writing of any defects or errors as soon as possible. Nothing in these terms will affect your legal rights.

Order Cancellation

Your Photographs and Artwork Products are personalised for you so you do not have any right to cancel your order and I am unable to refund or offer an exchange if you change your mind. This doesn’t affect your statutory rights.

9.      Fees and payment

You must pay the Total Session Fees in accordance with the terms of payment specified in the Key Terms. If any payment is due prior to the date of the Photo Session, full payment must be received in order to confirm your booking. The Total Session Fees are only refundable in accordance with my Cancellation, Rescheduling and Refund Policy set out in section 8 above.

The fee that you pay for your Artwork Products or Package will depend on which Package and Artwork Products you select. Prices for all of my Packages and Artwork Products are set out in my full Price List, which is available on request. My prices are guaranteed for a period of 90 days from the Photo Session Date and after that my prices are subject to change on notice.

You must pay the Package Fee applicable to the Package and Artwork Products you order in accordance with the terms of payment set out in the Key Terms.  No part of your order will be delivered unless and until Maria Rusk Photography receives payment in full of all amounts due.

Unless otherwise stated, all fees that are quoted to you by Maria Rusk Photography are inclusive of VAT, if applicable.

10.    Liability

I make every effort to ensure that your Photo Session is a safe and enjoyable experience and that you receive Photographs and Artwork Products you will cherish. Occasionally things go wrong. This section outlines the liability of Maria Rusk Photography to you in those circumstances.

My aggregate liability to you due to, under and/or arising out of or in connection with these Terms and Conditions in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty or otherwise, will not exceed the Total Session Fees and Package Fee actually paid by you to Maria Rusk Photography in relation to the Photo Session and your order Maria Rusk Photography will not be liable to you for:

your loss of profit, loss of anticipated savings, loss of revenue or earnings, or loss of business (in each case, whether direct or indirect); or

any indirect or consequential loss.

Nothing in these Terms and Conditions will in any way exclude or limit the liability of Maria Rusk Photography to you for:

death or personal injury caused by my negligence;

fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; and/or

any other matter for which it would be illegal to exclude or attempt to exclude liability.

Unless the Photographer enters into these Terms and Conditions in his or her personal capacity or as a sole trader, the Photographer is not a party to these Terms and Conditions and has no liability to you in connection with the Photo Session or the Photographs pursuant to these Terms and Conditions.

Except as set forth in this section 10, to the fullest extent permitted by law, I disclaim all warranties, implied or express.

11.    Intellectual property rights

Maria Rusk Photography will be the first owner of any copyright in the Photographs, as the author of the artistic works that are the Photographs. No right, title or interest in the Photographs or any copyright therein is granted to you, except as expressly set out in these Terms and Conditions.

If you purchase Artwork Products, you will own the Artwork Product, that being the medium on which a Photograph is printed, once you have paid for it in full.  Copying, scanning or other reproduction of an Artwork Product is an infringement of my rights and is strictly prohibited.

If you purchase a Package comprising digital images, you are entitled to create Artwork Products using the digital image for your own personal use and you will own the medium on which the digital image is printed.  In all cases, your ownership of the Artwork Product is subject to my ownership of the copyright and other intellectual property rights embodied in the Photographs.

Without my prior consent, you undertake not to (a) use any Artwork Product or digital images that are provided to you for any commercial purpose, or (b) crop, resize, edit, manipulate or otherwise alter any Artwork Product or digital image provided to you. I may apply anti-copying measures to all Artwork Products that are provided to you in any Package and to any digital images that are displayed on my website or in Your Proofs Gallery. You agree not to try to circumvent any such measures.

12.    Privacy

I may use your Photographs to promote and advertise my business, including:

my printed publications, presentations, promotional materials (including leaflets, brochures, stickers, bookmarks, posters, fact sheets, calendars);

on my website and other digital advertising of my services; and

in social media forums such as Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

If you would like to read full details of my privacy policy please visit here.

13.    Miscellaneous

Entire agreement: The Key Terms and these Terms and Conditions contains the entire agreement between you and Maria Rusk Photography with respect to their subject matter.

Confidentiality: Each party will keep confidential and not disclose to any third party or use (except as contemplated by these Terms and Conditions), any non-public information obtained from the other party that is marked or otherwise designated confidential (“Confidential Information”); provided, however, that neither party shall be prohibited from disclosing or using Confidential Information that: (i) is publicly available or becomes publicly available through no act or omission of the receiving party, (ii) is or has been disclosed to such party by a third party who is not under an obligation of confidentiality with respect thereto, (iii) is or has been independently developed by such party, without use or reference to the other party’s confidential information, or (iv) must be used or disclosed under court order or applicable law, provided such use or disclosure is to the minimum extent required by such court order or applicable law. You also agree not to disclose the terms of these Terms and Conditions to any third party.

Events Outside My Control: If I am prevented or delayed from carrying out the Photo Session or supplying your Package or Artwork Products by an event outside my control (including acts or god, fault or failure of equipment, software, hardware, networks or infrastructure or failure by third parties), then I will contact you as soon as possible to let you know and I will take steps to minimise the effect of the delay. Provided I do this I will not be liable for failure or delays caused by the event, but if there is a risk of substantial delay you may contact Maria Rusk Photography to end the contract and receive a refund for any goods or services you have paid for but not received.

Governing law and jurisdiction: The Key Terms and these Terms and Conditions, and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them or the Photo Session (“Dispute”), whether of a contractual or non-contractual nature, will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Republic of Ireland.

14. Heath & Safety

The client is responsible for the children’s safety during the Photo Session. The client must, therefore, ensure that a responsible adult other than Maria Rusk is present at all times supervising the children.