Photography Contract

$129.00 inc. GST

  • Avoid late payments and disputes
  • Protect your intellectual property
  • Peace of mind that your photography business is legally protected
  • Suitable for all Australian states and territories
  • Drafted in plain English by Australian lawyers
  • Complete our Photography Contract template in under 10 minutes
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What is a Photography Contract?

A Photography Contract is your MOST important legal document. If you only have one contract in your photography business, this is it!

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

It covers all of your assignment’s important terms, including services, payment terms, cancellation policy, and intellectual property rights. It also includes important legal clauses for liability, dispute resolution and termination.

You should tailor your Photography Contract to each specific client. A well-written agreement will not only provide you with legal protection, but it will also help manage your client’s expectations.


Who can use this template?

  • Photographers
  • Videographers
  • Suitable for all Australian states and territories


Do I need a contract?

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

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

Putting things in writing protects both parties and gives certainty.

Contracts are about more than wrapping your clients up in red tape and telling them what they can’t do. Think of your contract as relationship insurance: it does all the hard, boring work of keeping the relationship on rails so that you can focus on the fun part – the actual photography.


What does this Photography Contract template include?

Our Photography Contract template covers everything you need:

  • Schedule – table with a summary of the assignment (shoot details, deposit, fees etc.) on the first page
  • Services – description of the services you will provide
  • Cancellation Policy – how you will deal with cancellations
  • Fees – how much you will charge, including deposit
  • Expenses – any extra expenses incurred for the shoot
  • Payment Terms – covers your payment terms, including how you will deal with overdue amounts
  • Use of Third Parties – allows you to use assistants (e.g. a second shooter)
  • Intellectual Property – this covers intellectual property rights, including licencing the photos
  • Attribution Credits – credit for your photos each time they are published
  • Client Responsibilities, Warranty and Indemnity – what you need the client to do, plus important legal terms to protect you
  • Promotion – consent to use the client for promotion in your business
  • Limitation of Liability – to protect you against claims for losses and damages
  • Termination – how either party can terminate the agreement
  • Force Majeure – clause to protect you for ‘acts of god’ and events outside your control
  • Dispute Resolution – process to deal with any problems that may arise
  • General – standard contract clauses such as Assignment, Severance, Entire Agreement, Waiver and Governing Law


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 rights to the works to use them for promotion or advertising.


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

We have included a field in the Schedule for Credit to 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.


Other names for a Photography Contract

  • Photography Agreement
  • Photography Terms and Conditions
  • Photography Service Agreement
  • Client Agreement
  • Terms of Business


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 you consent to use their name and logo to promote your business. You have the option of deleting this clause from the Photography Contract template if your client wants to remain anonymous or doesn’t give permission for you to use them for promotion.


Why should I invest in a quality Photography Contract template?

You’ve spent countless hours dedicated to learning how to attract the right clients.

Your heavy financial investments in your own personal growth are slowly but surely paying off.

You’re not going to let all that go to waste with a crappy contract, are you?

The booking process is the most fragile part of the selling process. Don’t let your future clients slip away with a shady contract pieced together like Frankenstein.

With this contract template, your clients will know you take your business seriously. You’ll stand out from your competition, but best of all, your clients will trust you right from the start.


Is this Photography Contract template legally binding?


All of our templates have been drafted by qualified Australian lawyers who hold an Australian legal practicing certificate.

We are affiliated with a commercial law firm based in Sydney.


I have an Apple Mac – can I still use this template?

Yes, but we recommend you have Microsoft Word installed on your Mac.

Our documents contain smart fields which use a Microsoft Word feature called content controls. They help save time updating the template but may not display correctly in Pages or Google Docs.

If you need a version of your template without the content controls, this is available for immediate download once you complete your purchase (you can download both versions).


All of our templates come in Word format (docx). We recommend that you use Microsoft Word on a desktop to fill in the template.

Yes, all of our templates have been drafted by qualified Australian lawyers who hold an Australian legal practicing certificate.

Yes, the template is suitable for all Australian states and territories.

What do I have to do after I download the template?

The template includes instructions on how to use it, as well as helpful comments along the way to guide you. Don’t just take our word for it, read what other customers have said about our products here.

Estimated time to complete the template in Microsoft Word is around 5-10 minutes. We have designed our templates to be very user-friendly.

How often are the templates updated?

We frequently update our template library and provide minor updates to wording and formatting in our documents.

If the law changes, we’ll email you with the changes and updates to add to your existing templates. You have lifetime access, so any updates are provided free of charge.


We offer a 14 day moneyback guarantee on all purchases.

We want to make sure you are 100% happy!

We have worked hard to provide quality legal documents for Australian small businesses.

We’re confident you will LOVE our products – but we offer this extra guarantee so you don’t have to worry.

Our no-hassle, 14-day refund policy means that if you are not satisfied, for any reason, we’ll work with you to make sure you’re happy, even if that means a full refund.

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22 October 2021
Diana A.
I recommend this product

Photography contract template

Brilliantly put together just what I wanted and so very easy to fill in and I would definitely use this service again.

22 June 2021
Brittany G.
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Excellent contract

Simple and easy to follow. The notes make it easy to know what to write in each section. Contract covers everything and takes away the stresses of worrying if you covered everything

21 February 2021
Tim C.
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Made for Photographers

This template is incredibly comprehensive and you can tell it was made by someone with a deep knowledge of what life is like as a working photographer. It would cost an arm and a leg to have something like this custom made by a lawyer. I feel very confident now building out my work agreements for new clients. The only thing stopping me leaving a 5 star review is that I have a personal rule to never leave 5 star reviews. Highly recommend.

23 December 2020
Melissa C.
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Easy and comprehensive

The contract was easy to download and extremely comprehensive. Perfect for my Aussie photography business. Thank you!

24 October 2020
Rachelle D.
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Detailed and easy to use

Took the stress away setting up new business. The templates are ready to use but can also be modified. There were easy directions on how to use the templates and it was also very thorough. Worth every penny! Thank you for such a good product