Tuesday, 6 September 2011

[BuyCanonSLR.com] The simple way to Create Photography Contracts That Protect Your Business

By Clwyd Probert

From the point of view of most wedding photographers the contract that they sign with the bride and groom is essential. It defines the terms on which they're undertaking a job and it sets boundaries in regards to what is needed from them from the couple and also what's reasonable and what is not.

Some photographers will do work without a signed contract. When they do this they're gambling and they should understand the level of risk. If the event is a wedding then it isn't something that may be repeated if mistakes are made. The possibility is that the photographer can be taken to court if the customer thinks that he's not performed the work correctly.

Some things that a contract should define:

- How many hours are to be worked
- What is the date and start time of the event
- What are the deliverables from the shutter-bug
- What's expected from the customer
- What are the payment terms
- Is a substitute shutter-bug permitted
- What happens if the client fails to meet the payment terms
- What will occur if inclement weather or other unforeseen events forestall some photos being taken.
- Under what conditions is the client, or the photographer permitted to cancel a contract and what penalties are concerned if this occurs.

The contract should be signed and dated by both parties, the original should ideally be kept by the snapper and a duplicate kept by the couple. By setting everything out plainly in this fashion, many disputes can be skipped. If disputes do arise and action is brought to court, then the contract should provide a clear framework for the court to set a plan.

Always consult a professional solicitor when making a contract or take one from an existing professional snapper that you know and respect and have a lawyer review it for any issues before using it in your business.

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