Wedding Photography Contracts
Shooting a wedding can be intimidating. You only get one chance to capture the big day.
From social media usage to venue guidelines, travel requirements to rescheduled events, there are a lot of moving parts. Not to mention, expectations (and stress levels) are high.
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.
That's why we offer affordable wedding contracts tailored to photographers just like you. Our team of lawyers and photographers at TheLawTog® develop, review, and approve every contract.
We think this is a pretty awesome combo—legal expertise and photographer know-how.
While you can obtain a wedding contract through a non-photographer lawyer, it may not be the best option. Since our templates were created by—and for—photographers, they are typically more comprehensive.
Every contract template we provide is easy to edit and should be tailored to reflect business policies and laws in your state.
In fact, industry leading wedding photographer Susan Stripling says, "TheLawTog® is where I get all of my contracts. This is the only source that I recommend for photography contract templates."
This bundle includes:
- Wedding Contract
- General model release
- Limited model release
- Print Release
Wedding Contract - The wedding photography contract covers the pertinent areas any photography business owners should have to cover themselves legally for a wedding.
Includes provisions such as:
- non-refundable retainer (with liquidated damages language)
- payment schedule
- late fees for late or missed payments
- pre-wedding consultation preference
- 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
- 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.a
The download includes two model releases:
#1 General Release includes language covering adults and minors
#2 Limited Release includes options to allow the client limit the use of their images by the photographer
Includes language for adults and minors!
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.
When it comes to premium photography gigs, you need quality contracts. Our lawyer-drafted, photographer-approved wedding contracts are a must-have investment.
They're an affordable way to not only protect your business but establish yourself as a credible wedding photographer. In short, they're the icing on the wedding cake.