In the photography industry, having a portrait photography contract is advised. Wait, is there such a thing? Yes, there is and it is actually a good thing. It protects both sides – the photographer and the client – to gain their best interest and protect their rights as well. A contract may sound devilish or complicated but trust me, you really want to have your rights protected, whether you are on the side of the client or the photographer.
Again, this written agreement can work best for you and protect you from all the negative ‘what-ifs’. Any professional photographer won’t mind working with a contract; they would encourage it. Any legit client won’t mind with it either because they know that they are protected. If anyone objects on the contract, you should walk away – there is no use dealing with this kind of people. If the photographer refuses it, simply walk away. If the client doesn’t want to have the portrait photography contract, you can simply say no.
So, what are the things should be included within the portrait photography contract?
- The client information. Whether it is an individual or a group, the contract should list each of them in exact and detailed manner.
- Scope of work. This is especially handy for professional photographers with different coverage of service. When you deal with wedding events, state the details of the work – which will be different from the portrait work. It should include the date, time, and location, as well as the basic editing work. If you want to give out bonus, it should be included in this section.
- Fee. In this section, you include the pricing info, including deposit info or policy, or any other policy about refund.
- Special request. Any special request that you agree should be listed here.
- Client’s duty. In the event that you need to shoot outdoor in the private property or it requires license from the client, it should be included in this section.