Photography Contract


★ Avoid late payments and client disputes

★ Protect your intellectual property

★ Covers all the good stuff, including deposit, payment terms, expenses and cancellations policy.

★ Drafted in plain English by Australian lawyers

★ Complete our Photography Contract template in under 5 minutes

What is a Photography Contract?

A Photography Contract sets out the legal agreement between a photographer and their clients.

It covers all of the important aspects of your agreement, including services, payment terms, intellectual property rights and limitation of liability.

For every new client, you can customise this template to suit your requirements.


Do I need a contract?

Yes, absolutely! A contract protects both you and your clients.

You should always have a contract signed before you start a new photography job for a client.

You need a proper written contract to enforce your rights and make sure your business is legally protected in case something goes wrong.

Our Photography Contract will help avoid misunderstandings and late payments. It also deals with the crucial issue of assigning copyright for completed work.


Who owns the legal rights to the content?

We have written our contract so that the photographer retains all legal rights to the photos and videos they take.

Once full payment is received. the Photographer grants a licence to the client to use the photographs or video for the purposes set out in the contract. We have worded this to provide extra protection for the photographer’s rights.

The Photographer continues to hold the commercial righs to the works so they can use them for promotion or advertising too.


How do I make sure i get credit for my work?

We have included a field in the Schedule for Credit so you can make sure you get attribution credit for your work if you want to have this.


Do I get to choose my own deposit amount and payment terms?

Yes, you do!

You can specify a deposit amount and a payment schedule for the balance of the fees.

We have also included the option for a Cancellation Fee, which you can charge if a client cancels a shoot within a certain amount of time from the shoot date.


Are there any other names for a Photography Contract?

Yes, you might have also heard this contract referred to as a Photography Agreement, Terms and Conditions or a Client Engageent Agreement.

All of them are basically the same thing, just different names for the contract you use with your photography clients.


What does this Photography Contract template include?

Our Photography Contract template covers everything you need:

★ Services

★ Shoot Details (date, location, style etc)

★ Fees (including deposit)

★ Intellectual Property

★ Cancellation Policy

★ Payment Terms

★ Use of Third Parties (e.g. a second shooter)

★ Attribution Credits

★ Client Responsibilities, Warranty and Indemnity

★ Limitation of Liability

★ Termination

★ Dispute Resolution


Can I use the client’s name and logo to promote my work?

Yes, we have included a Promotion clause in the contract where the client gives consent for you to use their name and logo to promote your business..

Who is this for?

★ Photographers

★ Videographers

Why You Need This

Clearly set out your terms for clients

You will appear more professional and avoid misunderstandings if you have a professional legal contract.

You can also refer back to the contract if there are any disputes with clients about deliverables, payment etc.

Avoid Risk

Our contract will help you to avoid risk and limit your liability if something does go wrong.

Protect your business and assets

As the old saying goes, plan for the best and prepare for the worst.

You never know what will happen in the future, but it is vital that you have a contract in place to protect everything you have worked hard for.

How does it work?

Our process is designed to be as easy as possible – you could be up and running in as little as 5-10 minutes.

1.  Select the Photography Contract template in the Shop and click Add To Cart.

2.  Proceed to Checkout and complete your purchase.

3.  You will receive an email with a download link immediately after you have completed your purchase.

4.  Open the document in MS Word and complete the highlighted fields with your personal information (name, ABN etc). Your document will be ready to go in minutes!


Can’t I just copy someone else’s contract?

Don’t do this.

1. This is copyright infringement and is against the law.

2. You might accidentally copy terms and conditions from another country – if you end up in court for some reason it might be on the other side of the world!

3. It won’t be customised to YOUR business. Not a good look for your customers if your info about your services is wrong…


Can I customise the templates beyond editing the fields?

Our templates come in Word format, so yes you can if you want. Feel free to add your logo and change the font to reflect your brand.

We do not recommend you change the wording (apart from the fillable fields or Schedule) as this can affect the legal protections contained in the document.


What if the law changes and my templates become outdated?

If the law changes, we’ll email you with the changes and updates to add to your existing templates. So please ensure you keep us updated if your email address changes.

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