The Photography Contracts You Need If You Want To Be Legit

These lawyer-drafted photography contracts and expert business tips will help keep your company safe and successful for years to come! (Featuring: Rachel Brenke, TheLawTog | Photos: Katy Shay Photo)

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Photography contracts are a must-have if you want to avoid misunderstandings and mishaps.

While most photographers will never be sued, all photographers do eventually experience difficulty with a client. Whether conflicts are resolved with little fanfare, or they escalate to court-worthy proportions depends largely on what you agreed to in writing.

These lawyer-drafted photography contracts and expert business tips will help keep your company safe and successful for years to come!
Even the sweetest clients can turn sour if a big miscommunication impacts their big day. Keep everyone on the same page with Wedding Photography Contracts from the ShootProof Marketplace. | Photo: Katy Shay Photo

Photographer-turned-attorney Rachel Brenke knows all-too-well the dangers of working without photography contracts. She regularly hears stories from photographers devastated by a legal settlement that was not in their favor – all because they didn’t have a legally-binding, lawyer-approved photography contract.

In the ShootProof Marketplace, you’ll find a wide variety of photography contracts drafted specifically for the needs of a client-based photographer.

These lawyer-drafted photography contracts and expert business tips will help keep your company safe and successful for years to come!
Don’t forego photography contracts on styled shoots! Just because you’re photographing models or collaborating with other professionals doesn’t mean you don’t need everything in writing. | Photo: Katy Shay Photo

“Taking off the ‘legal advice’ hat and hiring an attorney to consult may be the top way, as well as the easiest way, to avoid legal mistakes.”

– Rachel Brenke, TheLawTog




 

Along with the standard wedding and portrait photography contracts, you’ll find the following contracts in the ShootProof Marketplace, all discounted just for ShootProof users:

  • Commercial Contract
  • Second Shooter Agreement
  • Third Party Payer Agreement


Why You Need Commercial Photography Contracts

Plenty of photographers have made the mistake of using a wedding or portrait contract for a commercial client. While you may have gotten away with this in the past with a few at-home edits, Rachel reminds photographers that a Commercial Contract includes language targeted directly at the needs of a commercial photographer and their client.

Get the Commercial Photography Contract

These lawyer-drafted photography contracts and expert business tips will help keep your company safe and successful for years to come!
Commercial photography contracts include unique language to help clarify your client’s rights as well as your own. Copyright infringement can cost a photographer a great deal of income, but the right documentation can help you make your case. | Photo: Katy Shay Photo

 


 

“If the cost of the attorney is what worries you, some attorneys offer more affordable options. For example, there may be a monthly retaining fee for a set amount of hours of help per month, or flat fees for specific items. A bit of money up front may help you to avoid a major legal headache (and expense) later.”

– Rachel Brenke, TheLawTog

Why You Need A Second Shooter Agreement

All too frequently, disputes arise between photographers and their second shooters because there was no clear agreement in place. Remember: photography contracts should be used for every action related to your client services. Rachel offers her Second Shooter Agreement through the ShootProof Marketplace so you can enjoy your second shooter – not fight with them.

Get the Second Shooter Agreement

These lawyer-drafted photography contracts and expert business tips will help keep your company safe and successful for years to come!
When you have a phone conversation with your client, follow the call up with an email. You can say, “It was great to talk to you! As we discussed, I will…” This casual documentation will be very helpful if ever your client (or you yourself!) are in doubt about the plan. | Photos: Katy Shay Photo

“It is best to put what you may consider casual conversations in writing. If a court case ever arises about a customer’s expectations about your work, and you can prove something by showing an email stating you had a conversation about it, you will be well ahead of the game.”

– Rachel Brenke, TheLawTog

 


 

 

These lawyer-drafted photography contracts and expert business tips will help keep your company safe and successful for years to come!
Sometimes Mom pays for the photographs. Or Uncle Jake, or Grandma Betty, or your best friend from college who earns beaucoup bucks and loves to splurge on the folks she loves. A Third Party Payer Agreement from the ShootProof Marketplace will clarify who’s responsible for paying – even if they aren’t your actual client. | Photos: Katy Shay Photo

Why You Need A Third Party Payer Agreement

ShootProof allows you to require up to two client signatures on a contract. However, some contracts aren’t appropriately worded for more than a single client signature.

Instead of collecting two client signatures, consider using a Third Party Payer Agreement. This document is perfect for scenarios in which your client is not the same individual as the person responsible for payment.

Get the Third Party Payer Agreement

These lawyer-drafted photography contracts and expert business tips will help keep your company safe and successful for years to come!
Before you send a contract to new clients, collect their basic contact information. Input these Contact details in ShootProof, and they will auto-populate your clients’ contracts, invoices, and galleries. | Photos: Katy Shay Photo

“Remember to be detailed in your writings. Always include party names, contact information, details of each party’s duties and expectations, etc. where applicable.”

-Rachel Brenke, TheLawTog

These lawyer-drafted photography contracts and expert business tips will help keep your company safe and successful for years to come!
If you are using a contract that requires two signatures, ShootProof can do that, too! | Photo: Katy Shay Photo

Have Two Clients? Get Two Signatures.

ShootProof Contracts were originally crafted to allow a single client signature. But for many of you, that just wasn’t enough! Those who want two clients to sign a single contract may choose to use the Second Signer feature. Require a signature from both the bride and the groom; or both your 18-year-old senior client and his mom.

Explore the Second Signer Feature for Photography Contracts

These lawyer-drafted photography contracts and expert business tips will help keep your company safe and successful for years to come!
Great contracts make for great client relationships! Get your discounted photography contracts through the ShootProof Marketplace. Not a member? Start your free trial by clicking the blue button below! | Photos: Katy Shay Photo

Rachel is known for saying: “I’m a lawyer; but I’m not your lawyer.”

Always confer with a local attorney before utilizing any contract, and verify that the contract’s language is suited to your business type and location.


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Written by ANNE SIMONE | Featuring RACHEL BRENKE, TheLawTog | Photographs by KATY SHAY PHOTO via TWO BRIGHT LIGHTS | Cover photo by ANDREW T. NEEL | Special thanks to KEENAN JEWELRY, BOHME, & THE MONTANA DISTILLERY


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