Our Photography Legal Bundle includes everything you need to run your photography business and make sure you’re legally protected:
- Photography Contract
- Model Release Form
- Independent Contractor Agreement
- Letter of Demand
Who can use this Photography Legal Bundle?
What’s Included in the Photography Legal Bundle?
1. Photography Contract
A Photography Contract sets out the legal agreement between a photographer and their clients.
It covers all of the important terms of your assignment, including services, payment terms, cancellation policy and intellectual property rights. It also includes important legal clauses for liability, dispute resolution and termination.
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 you avoid misunderstandings and late payments. A well written agreement will not only provide you with legal protection, it will also help manage your client’s expectations.
2. Model Release Form
A Model Release Form is another really important document for photographers and videographers. It ensures you own the commercial rights to images or video you create and can use them commercially.
It’s important to always get a signed release form prior to shooting, regardless of whether the model is paid or unpaid.
3. Independent Contractor Agreement
Use our Independent Contractor Agreement template for contractors such as second shooters, virtual assistants, photo editors, etc.
It helps to set the ground rules so that both parties can understand their obligations from the start. This contract contains all the essential ingredients, including services, payment, confidentiality, termination and limitation of liability.
6. Letter of Demand
When your gentle payment reminders fall on deaf ears, it’s powerful to have a firm and professional Letter of Demand up your sleeve. Our Letter of Demand template will help to keep the cash in your business flowing.
Use our Letter of Demand template to formally request payment of an outstanding debt and provide a warning before commencing legal action. You might be able to recover your debts yourself without spending money on a lawyer or debt collector.
Are these templates 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 these templates?
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 to save time in 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, just email email@example.com and we will be happy to email this to you.
Download our Photography Legal Bundle today and get the professional legal docs you need at an affordable price!
Why You Need This
Clearly set out your terms for clients
You will appear more professional and avoid misunderstandings if you have professional legal documents. They can also help your cashflow!.
Our Photography Legal Bundle 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, hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
You never know what will happen in the future, but it is vital that you have contracts in place to protect everything you have worked hard for.
Intellectual Property is everything for a photographer or videographer. Don’t worry, our templates have you covered!
How does it work?
You could be up and running in as little as 5-10 minutes.
1. Select the Photography Legal Bundle 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 Microsoft Word and complete the highlighted fields with your personal information (name, ABN etc). Your document will be ready to go in minutes!
Do I need a Photography 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.
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 you can focus on the fun part – the actual photography.
Other names for a Photography Contract
- Photography Agreement
- Photography Terms and Conditions
- Photography Service Agreement
- Client Agreement
- Terms of Business
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.
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.
Can’t I just copy these documents from another website?
We don’t recommend this approach for the following reasons:
1. This might be copyright infringement, which 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. Our template has been drafted by an Australian lawyer to make sure it’s legally binding here in Australia.
Are these templates editable?
Yes, the templates come in Word format so you are free to make changes to the documents.
However, we do not recommend you make changes outside of the fields we have highlighted in the documents. The clauses and wording have been written by a lawyer for a good reason. Deleting clauses or modifying them can affect the legal protections contained in the documents.
What if the law changes?
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.