As an unforgettable celebration, weddings must be treated with the utmost legal care. Which means, legal protection as a wedding photographer is non-negotiable.
Whether you’re starting out, shooting for free, or an experienced professional, legal protection is extremely important. Consulting with couples and clearly outlining expectations is critical to your success.
*This savings is calculated based on a $325 hourly drafting rate. Estimations may vary by jurisdiction.
The wedding photography contract covers the pertinent areas any photography business owners should have to cover themselves legally and creates the relationship with the client.
Includes provisions such as: non-refundable retainer (with liquidated damages language), payment schedule, late fees for late or, missed payments, pre-wedding consultation preference, cancellation, rescheduling, photographic materials included/defined, artist, right of 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!
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 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.
This agreement allows for peace of mind between the primary and secondary individuals as it outlines all the duties, responsibilities, payment, etc for a cohesive and successful relationship.
This agreement is to be signed by clients upon acceptance of products. It binds and reminds the client that by accepting the products all sales are final and no refunds will be given.
This outlines the procedures, ordering dates, design approvals, design modifications and applicable fees and/or costs that may be associated with changes beyond what is included in the collection /album sold.
Includes Timeline – Outlines the timeline for yourself and for clients on initial communications, reminders, deadlines, etc.
You can read all of the current terms here: thelawtog.com/terms
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