Photography contract questions

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
632 posts
Busy bee

You should definitely add the hours to the contract. I know here in canada you can handwrite edits to it and it’s legally binding if you and the other party both initial beside the change.  

Post # 3
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Yeah, I would get the amount of hours in your contract – Mine lists :

Disk of digital files no later than 6 weeks following event.

8 hours of coverage from primary photographer

8 hours of coverage from secondary photographer

20 page 10×8 album

Post # 4
3845 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

spydezra:   Absolutely add hours.  

Post # 5
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

spydezra:  Add in client usage so that you can get more prints no problem (this is a problem some Bees have run into). Definitely the hours part too.

Post # 6
4750 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

spydezra:  Speaking as a wedding photographer, I would make sure to have the hours specified in the contract. As for the number of images, there is no possible way to guarantee how many images you’ll get. Industry standards are typically 50-100 delivered images per hours of shooting. So a 5 hour wedding would yeild roughly 500 images. Of course, that number is just an estimate because every wedding is it’s own event. I’ve had 8 hour weddings that did not yeild 800 images because they were more low-key weddings with not much going on….or little dancing, etc. Likewise, I’ve had 5 hour weddings that have yeilded 700+ images because they were just super high energy with a lot of action. I would not worry about how many images you will get, and instead focus on quality over quantity.

Post # 8
8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

spydezra:  Be sure to get “print release/rights” in writing if it’s included.  My contract listed “all-day coverage” and we had no problems with our photographers.

Post # 9
2798 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My FI the attorney has basically okayed not having something in a contract as long as I keep an e-mail from a vender saying its okay.  It at that point is part of a written agreement.

The one thing that you didn’t address in your post is if there are any printing rights to the photos.  I would make sure you understand who owns the copy write to your immages, if it is the photographer or you.   There are a lot of people who try to post their photos on facebook, or print them themselves, and then are shocked when their photographer comes back at them for copywrite.

Post # 10
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I would ask to specify the number of images and how much time he will be there. Also, as PP mentioned, make sure you have printing rights. Another thing you can add is turnaround time on the images – I’ve read some bad stories on here of it being 6+ months and still no photos.

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