Get your first look at the latest ShootProof Contracts updates:
- Second Signer: require two client signatures on a ShootProof contract
- Commercial Contract: customizable template from TheLawTog
- Third Party Payer Contract: customizable template from TheLawTog
- Second Shooter Contract: customizable template from TheLawTog
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
“Remember to be detailed in your writings. Always include party names, contact information, details of each party’s duties and expectations, etc. where applicable.”
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.
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.
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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