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How to Create Client Contracts That Shield Your Business

August 12, 2011 by  
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From the perspective of most wedding photographers the contract that they sign with the bride-to-be and groom is very important. It sets out the terms on which they’re undertaking a job and it sets boundaries as regards what is wanted 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 products from the paparazzo
– What’s demanded from the customer
– What are the payment terms
– Is a substitute cameraman authorized
– What will occur if the client fails to meet the payment terms
– What occurs if bad weather or other unlooked for events stop some photographs being taken.
– Under what conditions is the client, or the paparazzo 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 ought really to be kept by the shutter-bug and a duplicate kept by the couple. By setting everything out obviously in this way, many disputes can be evaded. If disputes do arise and action is brought to court, then the contract should ideally supply a clear framework for the court to choose a course of action.

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

Clwyd is a wedding photographer woking in London for Pixcellence photography. He runs wedding photography courses for pro photographers across the UK.

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