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Wedding Photography Contract

Wedding Photography Contract

This comprehensive Wedding Photography Contract is designed to safeguard your business interests while delivering exceptional photography services for your couples on their special day.

Encompassing essential provisions, the contract ensures legal protection and clarity on crucial aspects of the wedding photography process.

Provisions include:

  • Non-refundable Payment: The contract includes provisions for a non-refundable payment with liquidated damages language to secure the booking.
  • Payment Schedule and Completion Schedule: Clear payment schedules and completion timelines are outlined to ensure smooth transactions and project completion.
  • Late Fees: Late or missed payment consequences are specified to address any payment delays.
  • Pre-wedding Consultation Preference: Preferences for pre-wedding consultations are accommodated to align with client expectations.
  • Cancellation and Rescheduling: Policies regarding cancellation and rescheduling are detailed to manage unforeseen circumstances effectively.
  • Photographic Materials: The contract defines the photographic materials included in the package to avoid misunderstandings.
  • Artist Right of Discretion for Images: It affirms the photographer's artistic discretion over the captured images.
  • Copyright and Reproductions: Guidelines on copyright and reproductions, whether selling digitals or not, are established to protect intellectual property rights.
  • Client Usage of Images: Client usage rights for the images are clarified to prevent unauthorized usage.
  • Safe-working Environment and Cooperation: Expectations for a safe-working environment and cooperation of clients and guests are outlined.
  • Exclusive Photographer Clause: It asserts the photographer's exclusivity as the designated wedding photographer.
  • Failure to Perform: Procedures in the event of failure to perform are addressed to mitigate potential issues.
  • Substitute/Backup Photographer: Contingency plans for substitute or backup photographers are included to ensure coverage.
  • Incorporation of Standard Price List: The contract incorporates a standard price list for transparency in pricing.
  • Meals and Breaks for Photography Team: Provisions for meals and breaks for the photography team are specified for their well-being during the event.
  • Venue Guidelines and Client Responsibility: Guidelines for the venue and client responsibilities are outlined for smooth coordination.
  • Travel and Overage Fees: Policies regarding travel and overage fees are detailed to manage additional expenses.

Additionally, the contract emphasizes the necessity of a model release and print release, which are available in the Wedding Contract Bundle.

With an average cost for lawyer drafting of $1,200, this contract ensures legal compliance and peace of mind for both parties involved.


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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.

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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