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The purpose of a contract is to clearly set the rules of engagement, what is acceptable by both parties, and how to resolve possible conflicts. A clearly written contract will eliminate most future/possible miscommunications between you, the photographer, and the client.
Docracy calls itself “the web’s only open collection of legal contracts and the best way to negotiate and sign documents online.” To be less vague, Docracy has thousands of contracts you can copy and modify for your own use, then send and have your clients sign electronically.
Legal Stuff: Please use a lawyer to look over any photography contracts you use. Docracy could reduce the cost of having the right legal documents for your business. Spending a few hundred dollars on an attorney now to make sure your photography contracts protect you could result in huge savings of money and stress later, and maybe avoid a lawsuit.
Here’s a standard model release. Signing this document grants rights to the model’s image as specified.
This document is a model release for a minor, and needs to be signed by the model’s parent or guardian. Signing this document grants rights to the model’s image as specified.
This legal document was originally a legal contract between a photographer and a major recording artist. The photography professional was hired by the record label to take pictures of the artist for a print publication.
This is a simple agreement in which a photography professional grants a legal license to a client for non-electronic rights for pictures.
I included this because many times a photographer will use props such as cars and antiques, and even photograph on other people’s land/business, etc. This document provides a property release for photographers and property owners. This document gives a photographer legal rights to take photographs of property (props and physical land) owned by the property owner.
This is an agreement for a portrait shooting session between a photographer and a client during an event.
Brides and mother of the bride are often hard to deal with, so here’s a simple agreement for wedding photography services.
This contract is valuable to anyone selling prints of their work as fine art. This is a contract between a photographer and a gallery in which the photographer consigns to the gallery certain works, and the gallery agrees to offer the works for sale.
Because photographers occasionally rent out their gear, here’s a basic equipment rental agreement for photographers.
Photographers do you have an contracts you’d recommend or share?