Proposal Photography Contract

Proposal Photography Contract

Proposal Photography Contract

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Surprise proposals provide an opportunity for authentic expression and joy but, with that, comes additional stress and care needed by the photographer capturing this awesome event.

Surprise proposals have become even more popular in recent years and our Proposal Photography Contract set expectations for clients and legally protects you in case of an issue.

This proposal photography contract covers the must-have legal needs including

  • non-refundable payment(with liquidated damages language)
  • payment schedule + completion schedule
  • late fees for late or missed payments
  • pre-proposal consultation preference
  • maximum number of attendees - should they want their friends and family there
  • what happens if client exceeds scope of elopement services (such as number of attendees)
  • party responsibility for securing location access and legalities
  • notification of same-day changes to schedule and location
  • props/materials provided by which party (i.e. roses, balloons)
  • what happens if proposal recipient declines proposal
  • what happens if proposal recipient declines photography
  • additional contract execution by proposal recipient (i.e. needs to sign a model release)
  • cancellation and rescheduling
  • photographic materials included/defined
  • artist right of discretion for images
  • copyright and reproductions (whether selling digitals or not)
  • client usage of images
  • safe-working environment + cooperation of clients and guests
  • exclusive photographer clause
  • failure to perform
  • substitute/backup photographer
  • incorporation of standard price list
  • venue guidelines and responsibility of client
  • travel and overage fees
  • and needed legal miscellany!


Note: This contract is executed by the proposing party.  The individuals in photographs will need to execute a model release in order for you to use photographs in your photography business marketing.

This download does NOT include a model release and print release. 

A common (and GREAT) question is the differences in our wedding services contracts. 

Wedding Essentials is the general wedding contract you have with clients. 

Destination are full, standard weddings photographed at destination locations (not within your local area - think across or out of country). 

Elopements - small scale weddings limiting number of people and activites. These won't typically include full-receptions etc.

Adventure - perfect for adventure elopements in exotic locations!

Template in .doc for easy copy-paste 

Highlighted guides and notes for easy fill-in-the-blank customization 

Access to TLT KNOWLEDGE BASE - explanations of key contractual provisions so you understand and can explain to your clients 

#1 Download instantly via email

#2 Back-up to your digital file system for use in future

#3 Fill-in-the-blank and edit based on guides in the contract

#4 Copy/paste into any online contract signing system or CRM for use!

Why choose TheLawTog?

Headed by Rachel Brenke, TheLawTog is the only dedicated resource for photographers.  With practicing lawyers, business consultants, CPA, financial planners (and more!) you’ll get information with first-hand experience to help your photography business. 

Can I edit the contracts?

Yes! They come as .doc files so you can fill-in-the-blank, remove or add what you need. We provide options and headings to easily allow for editing.

Can I use these contracts if not in the US?

TheLawTog®’s contract forms are drafted on general American law-based contract principles and are applicable to many states.  Due to variations in law based on location and business policies, the contracts are editable and easily adaptable. If you are a photographer outside the US, the policies may be implemented for your business, but U.S. Federal Copyright laws and other legal theories may not apply.  For example, in the United States, unless otherwise contracted, the photographer retains copyright ownership of images. However, in other countries, the law may give the copyright ownership to the client and necessitate a provision for transfer. 

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