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DISCLOSURE: I ain’t a lawyer and this ain’t legal advice
Here are the components of my equine photography contract to help if you are drafting a contract from scratch with your lawyer, or if you are considering purchasing a contract template.
- WHO: name all of the parties involved
- WHAT: describe the services.
- Who is responsible for what and WHEN?
- I include hours of coverage, any products or product credits, what rights to the images are included, and when my client can expect deliverables.
- FEES: which amounts are due when
- I include all of the ways that are acceptable to pay (cash, check, payment processors, credit/debit cards) with instructions, late fee penalties, etc
- STUDIO POLICIES: any pain points for your business can be quelled now
- I include my policies for timeliness, cancellations, rescheduling, and no-shows
- I include rules about editing and retouching and my creative license
- Outline what is permitted use of the images, and what is prohibited
- MODEL RELEASE
- Be specific about where you might put/use these images
- LIABILITY + ASSUMPTION OF RISK
- Generic, but make sure it includes horses
- All of the typical legal stuff: Merger, Amendments, severability, notices, competency, governing law
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