A wedding photography contract is a document that will act as your formal agreement with the photographer. It outlines topics such as which images will be used (normal/standard), what fees are to be paid, when payments are due and other important information. Be aware that you will probably have to sign a contract even if the photos are ordered by an outside company. Your wedding photography contract will help keep you on track as well as protect both you and the photographer. If you do decide to outsource your wedding photography, make sure that you are clear on exactly what is expected of you within the contract. Include in the contract that the photographers work will be in the form of images for your website or to be used in an ad campaign.
When drafting your wedding photography contract it is important to put down clearly all the prices that are included in the package. Include in the contract how many images are to be taken and what the minimum price is. This can easily be negotiated if you have discussed it beforehand and any agreed upon figures should not be unreasonable. Any contract should be written in simple terms so you and the person to whom you are providing the contract have an understanding of what is involved and what is negotiable.
Your wedding photography contract should have a section that outlines any alterations that may be made prior to the wedding date. This should state clearly what may be altered about the photos and what is standard. You should keep in mind that many photographers charge extra for special wedding day images that require lighting, props or additional time because these photographers want to be paid for the extra effort. On the flip side, many standard photographers offer packages that cover everything you need to get those beautiful wedding pictures out of your camera. This is a good way to go if you know in advance what you want in the contract.
Once you have your wedding photography contract, you should read through it thoroughly and make sure that you understand each and every term. The contract should be signed by both you and the chosen photographer and acknowledged by both parties. If there is a photo re-shoot clause included in the contract then you should sign this part and indicate that you will not be paying extra for the photos. The terms and conditions of the contract should include the number of photographs that are to be shot, the number of minutes each should take and who is responsible for paying for these costs. The contract should also include any locations that are included in the shoot such as the ceremony or reception.
If the intended wedding photography contract is not exactly what you wanted you can always add additional clauses to it such as a time limit. This is important because you will want to get the most perfect wedding photography contract and this is the only way to make sure that you do not miss out on anything that you really want. A typical wedding photography contract should have an exit clause that states that either party may stop the shooting at any time without penalty or notice. It should also have a payment clause which states that the amount agreed to be paid by the party should be paid for by the other party within a specific time frame after the wedding has taken place. Additional clauses may also be specified that are common in all wedding photography contracts.
It is very important that you read the fine print of your wedding photography contract very carefully and that you understand what is covered and what is not covered. A good contract will outline all the responsibilities of both parties clearly. It will outline all the expenses that are associated with the wedding photography and where those fees are expected to go. A good contract will protect both parties in case there are any disputes regarding the wedding photography at a future date. By putting in a little effort into finding the right contract you will be ensuring that your wedding day is one you will never forget.