How do I write a wedding photography contract?

How do I write a wedding photography contract?

Having written agreements with your clients creates legal protection for both parties, outlines expectations and provides customer service.

You should never go into any photography session, especially a wedding, without some written documentation.  While we recommend use of an attorney and/or TheLawTog’s “already done for you” contract template forms, you are the owner of your business…so you should have the knowledge of what goes into it.

No matter what. We don’t recommend using a contract without lawyer review.

You don’t want to hurt your business! That defeats the point!

These are minimum key points to include in a wedding photography contract include:

  • Name of the client(s) – typically this is the couple but not always!
  • Address of the client(s)
  • Legal name of your photography business and entity
  • Address of your photography business
  • Description of the services and/or products to be provided
  • The amount and method of compensation in exchange for services and/or products
  • Location(s) details – date, time and venue(s)
  • Signatures of client(s)
  • Signature of photography business representative

There are a host of other provisions that TheLawTog – the legal resource for photographers- recommends for full protection. This list is a bare minimum of what should be included in a wedding photography contract.

If you don’t want to go at it alone, jump into our shop and take a look around. TheLawTog’s team of lawyers and photographers have drafted wedding photography contract templates.  We are proud to be the go-to of the photography industry.

We provide these lawyer-drafted, instant-download templates but honestly our goal is to get the industry protected. So whether you buy from us or not, we encourage you to sit down with a local contracts lawyer to draft your wedding photography contract.  This, combined with the template descriptions in our shop, are a good starting point checklist that we are happy for you to use!


Here is a wedding photography contract checklist that we recommend:

  • non-refundable retainer (with liquidated damages language)
  • payment schedule
  • late fees for late or missed payments
  • pre-wedding consultation preference
  • cancelation of wedding date
  • rescheduling of wedding date
  • photographic materials included/defined
  • artist right and discretion for images
  • copyright and reproductions (whether selling digitals or not)
  • client usage of images
  • social media usage from photographer social media pages
  • safe working environment
  • cooperation of clients and guests
  • exclusive photographer clause
  • failure to perform
  • substitute/backup photographer
  • incorporation of standard price list
  • meals provided for photography team
  • breaks provided for photography team
  • venue guidelines and responsibility of client
  • completion schedule
  • travel and overage fees
  • indemnification
  • and other legal miscellany!
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