From assignment duties and use of equipment, to copyrights and portfolio usage, the complexities of teaming up with a second photographer are intimidating.
At the same time, if you’ve photographed a wedding or large-scale event, you know this partnership is crucial to your success. If you plan to hire (or be hired as) a second photographer for an event such as a wedding, it is essential to complete a Second Shooter Contract.
That’s why we offer an affordable Second Shooter Contract tailored to professionals just like you. Our team of lawyers and photographers at TheLawTog® developed, reviewed, and approved this contract.
We think this is a pretty awesome combo—legal expertise and photographer know-how.
This contract establishes clear rules and expectations between the primary and secondary photographer. It gives you peace of mind by eliminating the unknowns.
Protecting your business with clear and comprehensive contracts is non-negotiable. Whether you’re starting out, shooting for free, or an experienced professional, this type of legal protection is extremely important.
This contract template should be used when one photographer is second shooting for a primary business as an independent contractor.
This contract includes provisions such as assignment duties, cancellation, confidentiality, copyrights, duration, insurance, liability indemnification, payment, position, relationship, reproduction, use of equipment, and more!
Not only does our Second Shooter Contract provide legal protection, it positions you as a credible business owner. Second photographers will respect your clear rules, detailed expectations, and you!
As an affordable way to protect your business, this lawyer-drafted, photographer-approved contract is a must-have investment for your long-term success.
It is HIGHLY recommended you pair this with an Intellectual Property Acknowledgment and Non-Solicitation Agreements found here.
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://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://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.
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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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