Protect your business with these photography contracts created by a photographer/lawyer. The bundle is specifically tailored to include important legal forms every portrait photographer needs to safeguard his or her business and outline expectations to clients. Photographers who use The Law Tog’s photography contracts display professionalism to their clients and use the forms with confidence.
The Ultimate Portrait Contract Bundle was voted a Best Photography Business Product for 2014! See the award here
It can be overwhelming to run your own photography business. From contracts and release forms to intellectual property law, the complexities are intimidating.
As a team of lawyers and photographers, we know what it’s like.
And we don’t want fear of the unknown keeping you up at night.
That’s why we offer affordable photographer contracts tailored to professionals 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.
If you’re afraid of client disputes and potential liability, you’re not alone. Business conflict is time-consuming, expensive, and harmful. Which makes it essential to protect your work.
Protecting your business with clear and comprehensive contracts is non-negotiable. Whether you’re starting out, shooting for free, or an experienced professional, legal protection is extremely important.
Every contract template we provide is easy to edit and should be tailored to reflect business policies and laws in your state.
While you can obtain a contract through a non-photographer lawyer, it may not be the best choice. Since our templates were created by—and for—photographers, they are typically more comprehensive. And cool news, they can save you money.
This product includes:
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.
The download includes two model releases
#1 General Release includes language covering adults and minors
#2 Limited Release includes options to allow the client limit the use of their images by the photographer
Print Release – The print release form is readily customizable to be included with digital file orders to outline the do’s and dont’s 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.
Permission to Sell to a Third Party – 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)
Payment Plan Contract –
This photography contract is for use between client and photographer when client has purchased a collection/product/service.
Credit Card Authorization Form – This form creates an authorization by Client to allow Photographer to automatically draft from any credit card. Outlines responsibilities and penalties as well.
Photography Invoice Template Form – This form acts as a fill-in-the-blank invoice (can be done digitally or printed and filled in) for easy ordering
Plus, 3 mini scripts are provided to help secure that payment plan!
Not only do our contracts provide legal protection, they position 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 contracts are a must-have investment for your long-term success.
All contracts come as Microsoft Word document files.
You know you need to protect your business – because, well, you value it right?
But have no clue where to start?
Here is a how-to guide on using TheLawTog’s contracts.
First, think about the primary niche you are in. That is probably going to dictate which niche section of the site you’re going to want to take a look at and invest in. Keep in mind, these contracts are completely editable and I do encourage you to check with local attorney.
Purchasing a TheLawTog® contract template form can not only save you money with an attorney (see this example: https://www.thelawtog.com/using-photography-contract-templates-can-save-money/) but it will result in a more on-point and comprehensive document as many lawyers are not a lawyer for photographers and often times forget alot of the little things that we need!
Second, think about the legal client timeline and your business needs. Here is an article that can help you have a quick glance: https://www.thelawtog.com/legal-sales-tools-photographers-need/
If you haven’t already done so – snag the free document I have available at http://www.thelawtog.com/freecontract – on the download page there is a video that walks through how all the documents mentioned in the link above work together and my recommendations.
Cliff notes: Ultimately, it is best to start with a main contract + model release in your niche and go from there. There are basic legal elements of the contracts that carry across the niche’s so you could always amend for another type, just keep in mind they won’t have the extra specifics. Such as, newborn contracts will include information on baby disposition and what to do – but wouldn’t necessarily be in the standard portrait contract (which is a general portrait contract).
Make sure you compare the documents and what is included on the site. That could make a difference on which you choose.
You can download from the confirmation page, or log back into your account at any time!
If your file comes as a zip file, you’ll need to unzip! To Unzip:
Don’t forget to back-up all your files. TheLawTog recommends Backblaze cloud backup.
Follow the guides in the contract template to amend. It is recommended any verbiage changes are done by a local attorney. We have a recommended list here. If your location isn’t listed check with your State Bar website.
Choose a system that fits into your workflow to efficiently have your clients sign contracts and keep this information on file.
See also: Are digital contracts legal?
Now that you’ve invested in lawyer/photographer drafted contracts you can be confident in your protection by contract. Make sure you are also protected on other business levels.
TheLawTog offers are variety of lawyer/photographer drafted contract templates by type. Each of these contracts are drafted for legal sufficiency and are tailored to the specific type as named.
Here is a list of the most popular contracts
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