Have you ever caught yourself saying, “I wish I had that in my contract” after something happened (Like not being fed in a timely fashion) or after something happening to another vendor? Yeah, me too. In fact, one time I had a client who’s coordinator told us we could eat the “scraps in the back” and mind you, we had not been fed in 10+hours. This was after I was established as well and needless to say I was appalled. The videographer had in his contract that if not fed within x amount of time that they leave an hour early. I found myself thinking, “Dang. I really wish that was in my contract right now.” I spoke to the couple and told them I would be leaving 30 minutes early instead (as I wasn’t about to eat leftover scraps). After a 10 hour day, I think that was way too generous on my end to stay. However, because this was not in my contract, I didn’t feel I could leave any sooner than I did. Needless to say, this is in there now. There are some things you just don’t think about until it happens to you. There are some things that you may know you want to include but are unsure of how to word it.
Well, I got you covered photographer friends! I have created a 6 page 12 section contract that is thorough and clearly worded so that there is no room for miscommunication between you and your client.
In my wedding day contract I have included the following:
– Contact information & Package Information plus albums and extras
– Invoices and Scheduling
– Exclusivity, copyrights and requested Photographs
– Liability, Emergencies & Cancellations
– Attendance and Cancellation Policy
– Travel, Etiquette and Expectations