"Wedding Photography Contract Template"

What Is a Wedding Photography Contract?

A Wedding Photography Contract is a document signed by the photographer and the client who hired this professional to take photos during the upcoming wedding. It details all the main points related to the work of a professional photographer during the wedding event.

Alternate Names:

  • Wedding Photography Agreement;
  • Contract for Wedding Photography Services.

The client, a bride or a groom, sometimes both future spouses, or a member of the bridal party is the one who hires a photographer for the ceremony. Photography Wedding Contracts fall into the category of Service Contracts - agreements between a client and an individual or company that will provide certain services.

You can make your own personalized contract using our form builder online or download a non-fillable Wedding Photography Contract template through the link below.

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What to Include in a Wedding Photography Contract?

There are many reasons to sign this document. It protects the photographer's services and the people this service provider cooperates with. A properly drafted agreement decreases the risk of a potential lawsuit, protects your reputation, makes sure the photographer gets the credit for the images and prevents miscommunication. It also benefits the couple since the contract serves as a guideline for the photographer to refer to. The parties may discuss exactly what kind of images they would like to make and add any specific directions in the document.

A Wedding Photography Contract should contain the following information:

  1. Identification of the parties. Write down the names and addresses of the bride and groom and the photographer;
  2. Wedding details. State the date, time and location of the event. It is wise to mention both the starting and ending time of the ceremony;
  3. Contact information. You should submit several telephone numbers of the parties or some other ways to get in touch, as a precaution;
  4. Payment details. Indicate the total fee for photography services and the non-refundable deposit;
  5. Additional terms and conditions. Mention meals, breaks, and assistants for the photographer. The bride and the groom may give the photographer precedence in taking photographs of wedding guests with their own devices. Also, the couple may put in writing their agreement with the photographer to give the latter sufficient warning of the key events at the ceremony and to provide the photographer with much-needed time to prepare, for instance, speeches, bouquet toss, cake cutting;
  6. Cancellation. Generally, if one party cancels the agreement, another party becomes entitled to a non-refundable deposit;
  7. Copyright. The photographer usually maintains the copyright of all photographs granting the clients permission to make copies for their personal use;
  8. Signatures of the parties and the actual date of the agreement.

A Wedding Photography Agreement is a legal document and a manual that helps to make sure the couple and the photographer are always on the same page. This document will confirm the photographer will be at the venue on time, establishes the up-front costs and expenses, and lets the couple choose what they want the photographer to capture. Manage your expectations and ask the right questions during the process of negotiation to be confident about your rights.


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Wedding Photography Contract
This ​ W edding Photography Contract (hereinafter referred to as the “Contract”) is
entered into as of ___________________ by and between ______________________
________________, with a mailing address of _______________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
(hereinafter referred to as the “Client”) and _______________________________,
with a mailing address of ________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
(hereinafter referred to as the “Photographer”), collectively referred to as the
“Parties”, both of whom agree to be bound by this Contract.
1. Wedding Date & Description. ​ T he wedding shall be held on _________________
and will start on ___:___ at _______________________________________________
________________________________.
The event will follow the following timeline:
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
Additional information and/or services requested:
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
2. Contact Information.
Client telephone number: ________________________________________________
Client e-mail: _________________________________________________________
Wedding day additional contact name: ______________________________________
Wedding day additional contact telephone number:​
_ ___________________________
3. Payment.​ The Parties agree to the following Payment and Payment Terms:
Wedding Photography Contract
This ​ W edding Photography Contract (hereinafter referred to as the “Contract”) is
entered into as of ___________________ by and between ______________________
________________, with a mailing address of _______________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
(hereinafter referred to as the “Client”) and _______________________________,
with a mailing address of ________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
(hereinafter referred to as the “Photographer”), collectively referred to as the
“Parties”, both of whom agree to be bound by this Contract.
1. Wedding Date & Description. ​ T he wedding shall be held on _________________
and will start on ___:___ at _______________________________________________
________________________________.
The event will follow the following timeline:
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
Additional information and/or services requested:
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
2. Contact Information.
Client telephone number: ________________________________________________
Client e-mail: _________________________________________________________
Wedding day additional contact name: ______________________________________
Wedding day additional contact telephone number:​
_ ___________________________
3. Payment.​ The Parties agree to the following Payment and Payment Terms:
The total fee for the Photographer’s services shall be
$ _________________. The
non-refundable deposit due upon the execution of this contract shall be
$_________________​
a nd the remaining balance due shall be​
$ _________________.
4. Additional Terms and Conditions.
4.1. ​ T he Client agrees to provide a meal for the Photographer if the Photographer’s
attendance is required for more than five (5) hours. The Photographer has the
following food allergies and dietary restrictions:
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
4.2. ​ T he Client agrees to give or have someone give Photographer sufficient warning
of key events at the wedding to give the Photographer time to prepare (i.e., bouquet
toss, cake cutting, speeches, etc.).
4.3. ​ T he Photographer will endeavor to get photographs of as many guests as possible,
which may be limited by guests’ cooperation in having their photo taken.
4.4. ​ T he Client agrees that Photographer shall be given precedence in taking
photographs over guests with cell phone cameras and other devices. The Photographer
cannot be held responsible for the lack of photographs or poor quality of photographs
if guests are interfering with the Photographer’s work.
4.5. ​ T he Client acknowledges that the Photographer may be limited in scope by rules
of the location of the ceremony and reception. (i.e., flash photography may not be
allowed within a Church).
5. Copyright. The Photographer shall maintain the copyright of all photographs. The
Photographer grants the Client permission to make copies of the images for personal
use by the Client and their family and friends. Sale, publication, or any other
commercial use is specifically prohibited without the prior written consent of
Photographer.
6. Cancellation.
6.1. By Client. The Client may cancel this Contract at any time prior to the event.
Upon cancellation, the Client will be entitled to a refund of any monies paid, except
for the non-refundable deposit.
6.2. By Photographer. ​ T he Photographer may cancel this Contract at any time. If
Photographer cancels, they must provide a suitable replacement Photographer, subject
to the Client’s approval. In the alternative, the Photographer shall refund all monies
previously paid by the Client, including the non-refundable deposit.
7. Dispute Resolution and Legal Fees. ​ I n the event of a dispute arising out of this
Contract that cannot be resolved by mutual agreement, the Parties agree to engage in
mediation. If the matter cannot be resolved through mediation, and legal action
ensues, the successful party will be entitled to its legal fees, including, but not limited
to its attorneys’ fees.
8. Severability. In the event that any provision of this Contract is deemed invalid or
unenforceable, in whole or in part, that part shall be severed from the remainder of the
Contract and all other provisions should continue in full force and effect as valid and
enforceable.
9. ​ L imitation of Liability. ​ U nder no circumstances shall either party be liable to the
other party or any third party for any damages resulting from any part of this Contract
such as, but not limited to, loss of revenue or anticipated profit or lost business, costs
of delay or failure of delivery.
10. Legal Fees. ​ I n the event of a dispute resulting in legal action, the successful party
will be entitled to its legal fees, including, but not limited to its attorneys’ fees.
11. Legal and Binding Contract. This Contract is legal and binding between the
Parties as stated above. This Contract may be entered into and is legal and binding
both in the United States and throughout Europe. The Parties each represent that they
have the authority to enter into this Contract.
12. Governing Law and Jurisdiction. ​ T he Parties agree that this Contract shall be
governed by ____________________ law​
.
(State)
The Parties agree to the terms and conditions set forth above as demonstrated by their
signatures as follows:
CLIENT
PHOTOGRAPHER
Name: ​ _ ________________________
Name: ​ _ ________________________
Signed: ​ _ _______________________
Signed: ​ _ _______________________
Date: __________________________
Date: __________________________
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