Photography Contracts, model releases + more.

General Portrait Photography Essentials

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 photography contract templates tailored to professionals just like you.

TheLawTog’s General Portrait contracts  are great for those who photograph multiple types of photography, family, maternity, children etc.  

What you need to know about our contracts

  • Lawyer-drafted. Photographer approved.
  • No recurring fees - just one time payment
  • Open in a doc editing program (such as word or notepad)
  • Copy & paste into any online system or print for paper use
  • Fully customizable template to suit your business needs
  • Peace of mind as you protect your business
  • Click here to view our complete how-to contract guide

Rachel Brenke is an active practicing lawyer for photographers who intimately understands laws that impact people just like you — making TheLawTog the best solution for your photography contract templates.

She knows the proper legal and strategic items to include in your contract so you’re protected + offering customer service + setting expectations.

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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 and creates the relationship with the client.

Includes provisions such as: retainer with liquidated damages, payment schedule, cancellation, rescheduling, late arrivals, location and travel, styling, completion schedule, use of independent contractor, photographic materials defined, artistic rights, copyright ownership, creative control, products included and additional purchases, gallery proofing, cooperation, control of subjects to be photographed, photo/video during session, failure to perform, substitute photographer, standard price list, indemnification and liability, legal miscellany (attorneys fees, jurisdiction, venue, waiver, etc.), and notice.

Model Release

A model release is a legal release typically signed by the subject of a photograph granting permission to publish the photograph in one form or another. This form also releases any claims the client may have to future compensation for use of images. The download includes two model releases (general and limited).

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

Use payment plans as an “ace in the sleeve” way to make larger sales with your clients. By having a payment plan contract, authorization to charge, and guidance – you’ll be set to start taking larger amounts of money while servicing your clients.

Includes a payment plan agreement, credit card authorization form, invoice form, and 3 mini-scripts for payment plans.

The Basic Contract

$289 savings*
  • Portrait Photography Contract
  • BONUS: Model Release (General & Limited)


The Essentials Bundle

$514 savings*
  • Portrait Photography Contract
  • BONUS: Model Release (General & Limited)
  • Print Release
  • Permission to Sell To a Third Party

The Ultimate Bundle

$820 savings*
  • Everything in The Essentials Bundle
  • Payment Plan Contract + bonuses

*This savings is calculated based on a $325 hourly drafting rate. Estimations may vary by jurisdiction.

If bundles aren't for you, or if you prefer to buy each piece separately you can snag them here.

I'm overwhelmed but need protection!

Just get me the essentials bundle!

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.



  • One-Time Investment. Long-Term Use.
  • Lawyer-Drafted. Photographer – Approved.
  • Unlimited Uses.
  • Use Any Online System Or Print For Use.
  • Immediate Download Editable File.
  • Edit To Suit Your Needs.

To view our full how-to guide CLICK HERE

  • Are these good for outside of the United States? These are general contract templates drafted on United States contract principles.
  • Can I edit these?  Yes! After you download – fill in the blanks and edit for business needs
  • What extension do these files come in? All contracts come as Microsoft Word document files. (Opens in Word, NotePad, Text Edit, Google Docs)

You can read all of the current terms here:

Here is a cliff notes for you:

  • No refunds/exchanges on digital products
  • There is an expiration date on email links – but you can log into to get your products
  • Don’t be a jerk – protect the intellectual property you just paid money for and don’t share!

Rachel is my legal touchstone. Without her, I would not be able to protect my business or intellectual property in a way that I can be sure will stand up in court. I’m so glad she’s on my team.

Amanda HollowayIndustry Leading Portrait Photographer


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