Running your own photography business isn’t without risks. Between copyright disputes, payment issues, and unrealistic client expectations, a lot can go wrong. Professional photography contracts protect your business by laying out the terms and conditions of your agreement from the get-go. By using HoneyBook’s contract management tools within its photography CRM software, you and your clients can sign contracts online to get sessions scheduled faster.
Working with a lawyer is the safest bet when it comes to writing up a contract, but there are other means of getting a professional, legally-binding photography contract in place. With HoneyBook, you can use contracts created by attorneys. Just customize the design and content, and share easily from a single dashboard. And your clients can sign your agreements online for faster session scheduling.
If you’re looking to go the DIY route, HoneyBook also has a set of free downloadable photography contract templates that you can customize to create professional client contracts. Simply select the sample contract that best matches your business needs, customize it with your own design elements, and populate it with your specific legalese.
Designed for every type of photography niche -- including commercial, wedding, portrait, and stock photography -- this template can be customized to any style preference.
Created exclusively for independent contractors, this template can be personalized to match your brand and specific photography services.
Whether you regularly collaborate with other photographers, or you’re preparing for your first styled shoot, this contract template will help you cover all your bases.
No matter who you’re photographing, this model release form template will ensure you have permission to publish your photos, share them in your portfolio, and create custom marketing materials without liability risk.
Useful for small birthday parties and large corporate fundraisers alike, this contract template has all the elements you need to reach an understanding with your clients ahead of time.
Designed exclusively for professional photographers, HoneyBook’s photography contract templates for weddings, real estate, events and so much more, come equipped with all the fields and customization options you need to create polished contracts for your sessions. Created by attorneys, our contract templates allow you to take the stress out of the agreement process and get on with doing what you do best - capturing those special moments.
When you’re responsible for photographing once-in-a-lifetime events, precious moments, and content for digital marketing campaigns, you need to have contracts in place to protect your business and give your clients peace of mind.
HoneyBook goes beyond a photography CRM software. You can create and send professional photographer contracts in a matter of minutes. Using the photography contract templates available for use, just build out the agreements to include your specific terms and conditions, such as payment requirements, photoshoot and editing timeline, and client responsibility.
HoneyBook also helps you manage your entire clientflow, so you can share your contracts along with your invoices and payment processing to make the process easier on everyone.
As a result, you'll spend your time capturing your clients’ important memories, rather than arguing over session details and stressing about potential lawsuits.HoneyBook for photographers
When you have a photography contract in place, it solidifies your right to use and sell your images in writing, and it protects your business against payment disputes and liability issues. At the same time, it gives your clients peace of mind that you’ll hold up your end of the agreement.
But if you don’t know what to look for in a photography contract template, you can end up wasting a lot of time creating a document that won’t actually protect you.
So, to make things a little easier for you, here’s a list of 8 things every photography contract template should include:
Creating a secure contract can be intimidating if you don’t have a legal background, but you can get it done with the right tools and templates. In fact, with HoneyBook’s contract management tools, you can draft up professional photography contracts in a few simple steps.
From basic photography contract templates to image licensing agreement forms, there are a lot of online contract options available to photographers. As a result, it can be difficult to know exactly which document is the best option for safeguarding your photography business against disagreement and lawsuits. Below we’ve broken down the most popular types of photography contract templates to help you pick the best legal document for your business and determine when and how to use it.
While legalese goes a long way in making your contract look professional, it can come across as dry and impersonal on a blank background. Visually branding your photography contracts takes the administrative side of your business to the next level by reinforcing your unique style and helping you provide your clients with a consistent brand image.
Personalizing can actually be done quite easily with the right tools, as well. Here’s how to do it within HoneyBook's photography CRM software.
Grab a professional photography contract template free of charge from HoneyBook’s collection. Simply select the sample photography contract you like the best (and that fits your business model). Then, you can edit it online to fit your needs.
Play with the contract design elements using HoneyBook’s dashboard. You can trade out the generic banner image for one of your custom photographs. You can upload your logo into the top corner. And you can adjust the font and background colors to match your branding. With HoneyBook, branding your photography contracts only takes a few clicks.
Take the headache out of contract writing by using the standard liability indemnification, intellectual property, force majeure, severability, and photography release form text that comes with HoneyBook’s photography contract templates. Just add additional legal verbiage around the existing clauses and save the document to your dashboard. Then, get the sign off from your legal counsel and send the contract over to your clients for official signatures.
Populate your photography contract template with your clients’ information automatically, using HoneyBook’s smart fields. All you have to do is select the field you want to edit and enter the field value. The contract will update instantly and the formatting won’t be changed in the slightest.