Contract or No?

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  1. twocolor

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    I've been shooting weddings now for about three years. In this time, I have never been asked about a contract. I did some research online, and they look pretty basic and simple.

    Do you or Don't you have someone sign a contract, and why?

    Also, what do you put into that contract to cover you and your client?
     
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    always have a contract. Spell out what they get from you and what you get from them. Such things can include start and end times, eating the same meal as everyone else (at a wedding) or other arrangments for meals, end products you deliever.

    I'm sure others will have more things to add. It is a good idea to have a sign contract so everyone knows what is expected from eachother.
     
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    After years of study (watching daytime judge shows). I have to recommend them.
     
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    Well, you always have a contract with the other party -- you agreed to do something, and they agreed to pay you for it. So the question is whether you should have a written (rather than oral) contract.

    I'd say it's never a bad idea to have it in writing -- it's far safer.
     
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    So here's my next question, do I make up my own contract for them and me to sign, or do I pay for a professional one from a website that offers different contracts? The one I found was about $15.00.
     
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    I would highly recommend having a signed contract. I've read enough horror stories from wedding photographers (and clients) to know that plenty of things can go wrong and you don't want to get stuck with the blame.

    For example, what if something happens and all of your gear gets damaged or is stolen? Now the couple has no professional photos of their very expensive wedding and they want to sue you?

    What if, after the wedding, they haven't paid you? Or what if it's the wedding day and they haven't paid you?

    Anyway...what I did, was to collect as many other photographer's contracts as I could and made mine with the parts that I thought were best.

    It wouldn't hurt to have a lawyer look it over anyway.
     
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    So, is there anyone willing to post an image of their contracts that I can view?
     
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    if you do a search for contracts there are loads good ones.

    just taylor it to suit your needs
     
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    Bonus of a contract - they can't get away with not paying. You're also covered if it's a good contract against most things.

    Bonus of no contract - they can't sue you and have any chance of winning. The judge would want to see a contract.
     
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    Good God....
    Yes. A real photographer has a contract. A real client would demand one.

    It's to cover you AND your client.

    BTW, you need insurance and bonding too.
     
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    Free legal advice (Yes, I am a lawyer). One get a local lawyer to write you a good contract. Two. Make damn sure you are incorporated (LLC or C corp, does not matter). Three make sure you have a good umbrella policy. You will sleep well at night with those three things.
     

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