With the help of this clear, easy-to-understand wedding photography contract, you’ll be able to navigate potentially tense situations with your clients with grace and ease, serving them with the care they deserve while ultimately protecting your livelihood.
Weddings are highly emotional events and anything can happen! Which is why you need to be legally prepared when tough, unforeseen situations occur, such as:
What if an act of God prevents you from shooting the wedding?
What if you miss a requested photo on the wedding day?
What happens if the couple doesn’t like their images and demands a refund?
This wedding contract was written by lawyers in California and includes all of the essential elements of a solid wedding event agreement including detailed terms for:
- What happens in the case of non-payment, cancellations or postponements
- Who owns the copyright to the images (You do!)
- Model releases & promotional rights for your business
- What your couples can – and cannot – do with the digital files
- What happens in the case of an Act of God (you become ill, get in an accident, or can’t shoot the wedding)
- How to navigate venue restrictions
- Requested photographs & what happens if you miss a shot on the wedding day
- Artistic license – you are in charge of what images you deliver and how they’re edited!
- So much more!
When unfortunate situations occur, this contract will be the third party that outlines the terms moving forward for everybody involved.
While this contract is primarily built to protect your art and your business, we love that it protects your clients as well and gives them peace of mind knowing that you have your mutual best interests at heart.
Second Shooter/Associate Photographer Contract
Most photographers only choose to work with Second Shooters and Associate Photographers that they trust, but what happens when the unforeseen happens and that trust is compromised?
Or worse – what happens when your Second Shooter or Associate does something that negatively affects your business?
What recourse do you have?
A thorough Independent Contractor Agreement is a critical piece of any great Second Shooter or Associate Photographer relationship, plus it’s also necessary in order to be compliant with State and Federal regulations.
This Independent Contractor Agreement is for both Second Shooters and/or Associate Photographers, and clearly sets up the proper expectations between the Studio and the Second Shooter/Associate, saving you precious time and money by avoiding complicated and heart-wrenching issues with your photographers later.
When (not IF, but WHEN) questions or concerns arise from your Independent Contractor about who owns the copyright to the images, what your photographer can and cannot do on a shoot, expectations with vendor relationships, client confidentiality, etc, this contract is the third party agreement that outlines the terms for everybody involved, giving you the power and the confidence to run your business effectively and legally.
As owners of three successful studios, The Youngrens have 10 Associate Photographers and dozens of Second Shooters they work with on an ongoing basis, and this is the single agreement that keeps everyone on the same page and the studios running smoothly.
The Associate Photographer & Second Shooter Contract includes terms for:
- Independent Contractor status
- “Work for Hire” Agreements
- Assignment of Copyright
- Professional Standards
- Gear and Tool Usage
- Insurance Requirements
- Studio Image Usage
- Treatment of Confidential Information
- Trade Secrets
- Employee and Customer Solicitation
- and much, much more!
***Having your lawyer write one contract from SCRATCH – much less TWO – definitely isn’t cheap. In fact, writing two contracts from start to finish can cost into the thousands, so we’ve taken on the bulk of the expense FOR you.
Invest in this contract bundle, and then have your lawyer look them over. It’s much simpler, easier, and cheaper than managing the whole process yourself!***