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A guide to using professional photography contract template forms

A guide to using professional photography contract template forms

Contract formation is one of the most important skills a small business owner can develop.  And one of the main skills you will probably need when mastering this skill is understanding certain legal terms when you come across them. As we discovered in the article Haggling and Bickering: The Need of Concrete Service Contracts, the most important aspect of contract formation, for most businesses, is the choice of terms and conditions....

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In-Person Sales Contracts For Protection

In-Person Sales Contracts For Protection

Whether you’re doing in-person sales, online virtual sales session or simply an online gallery – I’m sure you want to protect the sale (and that moneyyyyy!!) The goals of having different sales contracts in place are to set expectations with client inform client of all obligations protect the sale from buyers remorse, etc. legal relationship created if need to enforce It is recommended to use some or all of the...

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Should you have friends/family sign contracts / model releases?

Should you have friends/family sign contracts / model releases?

Sure, you’ll have the images for your own memories of special people in your lives, but if it’s not people you’d really like to use up your camera clicks for, save yourself the trouble by asking them to sign one from the get go. You’ve been there before I am sure, out and about with your camera, taking photos of friends and family. What do you do when you decide you...

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How to close your business

How to close your business

Deciding to close your business can be a stressful but needed choice. Here is a high-level checklist to help you walk step-by-step to wrapping up your business affairs.   Protect the intellectual property Make sure to transfer all intellectual property from entity to yourself personally – this includes photographs, logos, etc.  – Use this document and keep on file    Dissolve with your jurisdiction If you created a corporation, limited liability...

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How to write a photography contract

How to write a 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 without some written documentation to help guide the relationship. I am happy to have convinced you that you need a contract.  At a minimum, you need a services contract, model release and print release. I’m going to walk you through a checklist process of...

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How to set up a legal photography business

How to set up a legal photography business

You’re busy, your business is booming, it’s rocking and rolling and hopefully, you have money coming in or else there’s a plan for that money to come in. You’re acting like you’re in business, but you get this creeping feeling that something might happen, and you will wake from this entrepreneurial dream. You don’t want to lose this. You’ve worked way too hard. Because of this, you need to understand...

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How to hire a second shooter for wedding photography

How to hire a second shooter for wedding photography

Second shooters can be of great help to event photographers, particularly wedding photographers; they can help you capture parts of the event that you just wouldn’t get to otherwise. They are also the place many photographers begin if they are interested in specializing in wedding or event photography – especially when they are trying to build their portfolio. This is not an article about how to take advantage of your second...

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Covid-19 Photography Contract Provision Must-Haves

Covid-19 Photography Contract Provision Must-Haves

CONTRACT PROVISION PROTECTIONS Check your current contracts to see if you have the follow provisions. If you do not, we suggest getting them integrated for the future. -Cancellation & Rescheduling – Governs cancellations of the contract.  In this situation, the client is the party requesting to amend or cancel the contract -Substitute photographer (for events, weddings) – The substitute photographer clause is a provision in a contract that gives a photographer the right...

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