Over the years I’ve had people ask me about what kind of contract I use for my photography clients. Since the majority of my clients have been brides and grooms, I created a wedding photographer contract. Not every word of my contract is original, I must admit; I borrowed bits and pieces from contracts that I liked which I felt applied to my work and clients. After many years of massaging the contract, I feel like my contract is really thorough (it’s about 3 pages printed) and it seems to strike a balance between stating the obvious and a little legal jargon. I should say that the former – laying out what is expected of you and what the client expects – is one of the most important aspects of the contract. In my experience, when both parties know what is expected of each other, the chance of everyone being happy is extremely high.
When I meet with a bride and groom, I provide them with a packet of printed material to take home. The packet includes these 5 things:
- Questionaire (which I keep)
- Package Pricing List
- Frequently Asked Questions
These are all documents I spent a great amount of time developing so that my clients would be clear on what I would be providing and at what price. I also felt like providing these documents in a succinct manner would convey professionalism – something that every industry could always use a little more of. Each document is formatted to appear balanced and easily readable, and includes watermarks, contact information and the Austin Americana logo.
When meeting with brides who want a separate bridal portrait session I also provide a list of possible outdoor portrait locations around Austin. As you might guess the list gets longer every year with so many wonderful photo venues in Central Texas.
Therefore, in the spirit of sharing, I’m publishing a copy of the contract, frequently asked questions and schedule example that I’ve been using for years. I’m sharing it for strictly academic purposes and I’m certainly not providing any legal advice. But if you’re new to the business of photography, feel free to print a copy of it if you think it can help you.
Links to documents:
Austin Americana recently shot this “Cake Smash” with our favorite baby model, Sophia! It was lots of fun photographing her as she discovered that getting messy on her 1st birthday was ok…
Austin Americana’s latest photo session was at the Oasis on Lake Travis. The Oasis has gotten a reputation for being one of the best spots in the Austin area to see a sunset over the lake, and it never fails to deliver a fantastic view. The Oasis sits high above Lake Travis, in the rocky outcrops – creating an ideal place for enjoying a cool drink and watching the sun go down. And it’s also a great place to be photographed or to get married…
Austin Americana Photography’s latest event was a wedding at Arbor Pointe in Round Rock, Texas. Arbor Pointe is a relatively new event facility located near IH-35 and Hwy 79. Despite it’s location, it is a cozy little venue that makes you feel like you’re in the countryside!
The great thing about the fall is that there seems to be a major holiday for every month, and for children, a reason to dress up in costume. In October there’s Halloween; in November there’s Thanksgiving; and in December there’s Christmas. Check out Baby Sophia’s super cute holiday outfits. Happy holidays!
Austin Americana Studio photographed our latest wedding in Georgetown, Texas at the First United Methodist Church. Our friends Trinity and Ryan tied the knot at the beautiful and historic Methodist Church in Downtown Georgetown. The day turned out to be beautiful and the temperature was just right! Check out the photos!
Don’t forget that the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar starts tomorrow! Fun, shopping, music, drinks and art – what a fantastic combination. Come out and support local artists and musicians here in the wonderful City of Austin.
General Links and Information:
- Website: http://www.armadillobazaar.com/
- Music Schedule and special events: http://www.armadillobazaar.com/calendar/
WHEN: December 14th – 24th, 11am to 11pm daily. Food and drink from open to close.
WHERE: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704, virtually across the street from the site of the show’s birthplace, the Armadillo World Headquarters. Parking is available in the Palmer Events Center/Long Center garage.