The phrase “snap a picture to make it last longer” has never failed to ring true, and professional photographers are in high demand from people who want high quality pictures of their families, children, or any event that they want to have something to look back at fondly.
Photo taking can be a stressful event for anyone involved in the process, both clients and photographers alike. There’s no need for more stress to be added onto anyone, and the main focus of any photoshoot should be trying to help a client look their best- so stressing about having the right paperwork to cover yourself legally should be the least of your concerns.
To help with that, TheLawTog has the perfect go-to bundle for those starting out in the business, and is great for those who photograph multiple types of photography, such as family, maternity, children, etc..
#1. Essential Contracts - No matter what kind of photos you're taking, certain contracts are absolutely necessary to keep yourself completely legally covered. We've got your back with these contracts:
Portrait Contract: This portrait agreement covers all of the pertinent areas any photography business owner should have to cover themselves legally for a portrait photography session. Includes provisions such as: coverage, payment schedule, completion schedule, rescheduling/cancellation, proofing, artistic rights, etc.
Model Releases: If you plan to use your images for advertising or portfolio purposes, a model release form is an essential way to protect your photography business. A model release protects you from legal action, eliminating the unknowns around usage of client photos. It is generally signed by the subject of a photograph and covers the following perpetual and irrevocable specifics:
This download includes three model releases (with minor release language, if applicable):
-Standard Release Form - a standard model release document used for standard photographer usage of photographs and client’s publicity rights
-Limited release by client’s choice of specific photographs
-Limited release to exclude photographs containing specific contents from being published
Print Release: The print release form is readily customizable to be included with digital file orders to outline the dos and don'ts that the client can do with your art. This gives the client the permission to print only – does not give permissions for commercial or other uses. This does reemphasize the copyright laws.
#2 Sales Contracts
- Credit Card Authorization Form - This form creates an authorization by Clients to allow Photographers to automatically draft from any credit card. Outlines responsibilities and penalties as well.
- Payment Plan Contract - This agreement outlines all of the responsibilities, deadlines and consequences of a payment plan for products added onto collection or purchase not outlined in the original services agreement.
- Product Delivery Agreement - This agreement is utilized at the final delivery of products to ensure clients acceptance of products and remind that all sales are final and no refunds will be given
- Invoice Form - This form acts as a fill-in-the-blank invoice (can be done digitally or printed and filled in) for easy ordering.
- Final Sale - The Sales Contract is for use at the sales session to protect the sale. This can be used to prevent any issues with clients amending or attempting to cancel order after it has been placed.
- Permission to Sell Photographs - This agreement allows the client to provide the photographer permission to sell photographs from their photography event to private third-parties. It also acts to define uses, restrictions on purchasers and specific images that are sold to third-parties (For example: parents of the bride/groom, wedding party participants).
- Copyright Card - Are you using the appropriate language to inform, educate and remind your client of the copyright information already outlined in your contract? This document provides a gentle reminder to clients to help protect your art.
- Album Design - This agreement outlines the procedures, ordering dates, design approvals, design modifications and applicable fees and/or costs that may be associated with changes beyond what is included in the collection /album sold.
#3 Marketing Contracts
- Portfolio Building
Model Call Contract- This contract is intended for photographers actively portfolio building with model calls, or have models for a variety of reasons (workshop/mentoring modeling, continued portfolio building, etc.).
Model Release - (explained above).
Print Release - (explained above).
Photography Barter Contract - Outlines the exchange between photographer giving services and/or products in exchange for bartered goods or services.
Styled Shoot Collaboration Agreement: Agreement between the styled shoot host and each vendor who will contribute or participate in the styled shoot. Covers relationship of parties, use of equipment and props, venue fee allocation, compensation, confidentiality and non-disclosure of proprietary information, cancellation, publication of images and material from collaboration (including where, how, when, and if they can be submitted to external sites such as blog features), cooperative attitude of vendors, waivers, indemnification, and legal miscellany.
Image Use License: Provided by the photographer to each vendor or host for use after the styled shoot. Reinforces copyright ownership with the photographer and defines the uses, including permissions regarding image alterations.
Styled Shoot-specific Model Release: For models to sign and provide to each person using the images. Allows client to easily and legally give permission for use of their images for commercial purposes (magazine, ad etc.). It also releases any claims the client may have to future compensation for use of images. This release includes language covering adults and minors.
Business Affiliate Agreement: This business affiliation contract will help you set expectations and legally protect the affiliate relationship. The document is intended for referral fees for referred and booked clients, along with the inclusion of photographer marketing materials and photograph displays in the Business Vendor's workplace.
Website Terms: Creates the legal relationship between you and website visitors, as well as setting expectations for use of website.
Legal Website Audit Checklist: A legal and security audit review.
Testimonial Release Form: Use client's feedback and/or testimonials in marketing without violating their privacy!
#4 Outsourcing Contracts
A must for second shooters, associate shooters, hair/makeup, virtual assistants and more!
Services Contract: Outlines what services the employee/contractor are being hired for.
Non-Compete agreement: Restricts competition from an employee of your business during and/or after termination of the employment.
Non-Disclosure Agreement/Confidentiality: Guards sensitive and confidential information your employee or contractor may have access to.
Non-Solicitation Agreement: Prevents employee/contractors from soliciting business from your clients.
Intellectual Property Acknowledgement: Employee/contract acknowledges all intellectual property they create will be owned by photographer's business.