Are you using photography contracts for your bookings? If the answer is no, you should really reconsider the importance of having a contract for your business.
And if the answer is yes…but you are not sure how good it is because you copied it from a photographer in Idaho who you found via a Google search, you should probably reconsider that choice as well.
Why? Because protecting both yourself and your business in court of law (or mediation or arbitration) should be a priority for any business owner, even a photography business owner!
I put together a video that I posted on Youtube addressing various things photographers should know when it comes to creating their photography contracts. The video addresses why photographers should have contracts, as well as a few of the key items that should be in their contracts.
The video below discusses:
- Using template contracts if you can’t afford an attorney
- Setting expectations, what you are doing, how you are doing it
- What is client responsible for doing?
- The importance of educating the client
- Cancellation and Late Policies
- Getting paid
- Limiting liability
- Acts of God
- Dispute Resolution
- Get the contract signed
Dealing with the business side of things can be challenging. But the good news is that once you have contract in place that you trust, you will have peace of mind!
As an attorney, I hope that nobody ends up in court. Court stinks, and you will find yourself questioning everything you have done, have not done, or could have done to protect your business.
Maybe you can’t afford to have an attorney draft your contracts right now, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have some form of protection in place. That’s why templates are a nice option.
You can find awesome photography contract templates, as well as other important forms, such as model releases and print releases, at the LawTog Online Shop. Rachel Brenke has created a variety of amazing photography agreements for nearly every type of photography business and situation.
Enjoy the Video: