Topic: Contracts, Wedding Photography
Time Investment: 4 Minutes
Suggested Product: Wedding Photography Contract Bundle
Shooting a wedding can be intimidating. You only get one chance to capture the big day.
From social media usage to venue guidelines, travel requirements to rescheduled events, there are a lot of moving parts. Not to mention, expectations (and stress levels) are high.
As an unforgettable celebration, weddings must be treated with the utmost legal care. Which means, legal protection as a wedding photographer is non-negotiable.
Whether you're starting out, shooting for free, or an experienced professional, legal protection is extremely important. Consulting with couples and clearly outlining expectations is critical to your success.
That's why we offer affordable wedding contracts tailored to photographers just like you. Our team of lawyers and photographers at TheLawTog® develop, review, and approve every contract.
We think this is a pretty awesome combo — legal expertise and photographer know-how.
While you can obtain a wedding contract through a non-photographer lawyer, it may not be the best option. Since our templates were created by - and for - photographers, they are typically more comprehensive.
Every contract template we provide is easy to edit and should be tailored to reflect business policies and laws in your state.
In fact, industry leading wedding photographer Susan Stripling says, "TheLawTog® is where I get all of my contracts. This is the only source that I recommend for photography contract templates."
This bundle includes:
- Wedding Contract
- General Model Release
- Two Limited Model Releases
- Print Release
Wedding Contract - The wedding photography contract covers the pertinent areas any photography business owners should have to cover themselves legally for a wedding.
Includes provisions such as:
- non-refundable retainer (with liquidated damages language)
- payment schedule
- late fees for late or missed payments
- pre-wedding consultation preference
- photographic materials included/defined
- artist right of discretion for images
- copyright and reproductions (whether selling digitals or not)
- client usage of images
- social media usage from photographer social media pages
- safe-working environment
- cooperation of clients and guests
- exclusive photographer clause
- failure to perform
- substitute/backup photographer
- incorporation of standard price list
- meals provided for photography team
- breaks provided for photography team
- venue guidelines and responsibility of client
- completion schedule
- travel and overage fees
- and other legal miscellany!
Model Releases- Understanding how to legally protect your photography business can be overwhelming.
From marketing materials to portfolio usage, knowing where and how you can use your images can be intimidating.
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, eliminate 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:
-Client gives permission for use of face, legal or attributed name (publicity rights) in marketing and other purposes and waives right to potential claims of compensation for use of their publicity rights
-Photographer retains ownership of photograph and retains right of discretion and no requirement of client to inspect unless a specific limited release is chosen
-Liability waived against photographer for use photographs containing client’s publicity rights
This download includes three model releases:
-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 (such as pre-wedding photos, alcohol, etc.)
All three model releases include language for usage of photographs including minors, if applicable.
Not only does this form provide legal protection, it positions you as a credible business owner. Clients will respect your clear rules, detailed expectations, and you!
As an affordable way to protect your business, our lawyer-drafted, photographer-approved model release is a must-have investment.
Print Release - The print release form is readily customizable to be included with digital file orders to outline the do's 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.
When it comes to premium photography gigs, you need quality contracts. Our lawyer-drafted, photographer-approved wedding contracts are a must-have investment.
They're an affordable way to not only protect your business but establish yourself as a credible wedding photographer. In short, they're the icing on the wedding cake.
Average cost for lawyer drafting: $1,800
This bundle saves you an average of $1,301