Photography Forms and Contracts.
Photography business is fun, but it can have some serious legal complications that none of us want to mess with.
By creating relationships and policies, we can concentrate on the fun part of photography – taking the shots and make client happy!
Bellow you can found some business forms that every photographer needs, beginner or experienced!
At the very core of the client/photographer relationship is the portrait agreement. This should outline the very basics such as session date, payment, cancellation policy, etc. Without this, the expectations and policies of the relationship are not defined…leaving the situation on a precarious ledge – it could either fall towards good or bad. I’d prefer to stay on the side of good!
This form is typically signed by the subject of the photograph (or parent/legal guardian if they are a minor) giving the photographer permission to photograph and display their photographs.
This form is typically signed by the property owner to giving the photographer permission to photograph and display their photographs.
It’s our job as the photographer to educate our clients on their rights when receiving digital files. What restrictions are you going to place on them? What privileges are you going to give? Most clients want an unlimited print release but are often confused with calling it a copyright. Become educated yourself and educate your client’s in return the difference between a print and copyright release.
Protecting copyright is very important to artists! Most clients could care less about copyright, if they purchase digital files they just want to print! Ensure that you have the above mentioned print release, but include a copyright notice (either separate or within the portrait agreement) to put your clients on notice that copyright laws DO apply.