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I've been working on developing a nice, simple, non-intimidating work for hire contract. Anyone have any thoughts? I've gathered ideas, wording, and a few suggestions to arrive at this, but any further input would be great. Clearly, I don't expect legal advice, we're photographers, not lawyers...

Sample scenario: I've been contacted by a couple to shoot engagement photos at a local park. Does this seem like an appropriate agreement?

Nathan Blaney, Photographer

Event Date:
Event Description and Location:

A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to reserve services for this date. The balance is due on the day of the event. Payment may be in the form of cash, check or money order made payable to Nathan Blaney.

Any changes to date, time or location must be made no less than 14 days prior to the Event. Changes made after this date may not be possible and may result in forfeiture of the deposit. In the event of unforeseen or uncontrollable events at the time of the shoot (poor weather for an outdoor shoot, etc) the Photographer will work with the Client to arrive at a mutually agreeable alternate date, time or location.

Photos will be full resolution (jpeg, quality 12) digital files. Actual number of photos delivered varies, and depends upon the amount of photos taken at the event. Photographer will strive to provide the Client with the largest number of photos possible, however no specific number of photos is guaranteed or implied.

All photos receive basic post-processing. Special effects, borders, black and white conversion are all available as well, for an additional fee.

Photos will be delivered on compact disk via USPS 1st class mail within 7 business days, unless other arrangements are made for delivery. Any additional expense in this regard is to be paid by the Client.

Image Use Rights
Nathan Blaney is the copyright holder for all images resulting from this shoot, regardless of Client purchase. The Photographer retains the right to freely reuse any images collected for self-promotion and portfolio purposes.

Digital images may be freely reproduced by the Client for personal display and distribution (i.e., copies and prints to family, friends, etc.) ONLY. Any other publishing or distribution use is prohibited without prior written consent of Photographer. Photographer grants Client one-time publishing rights of purchased images for the purpose of announcing said event of this Contract.

Acceptance of any prints or digital images indicates Client acceptance of all reprint and use conditions outlined in this contract.

Client Signature __________________________________________________

Client Signature __________________________________________________

Date ___________________


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May. 28th, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC)
The one part that I found a bit funny was this

Photos will be full resolution (jpeg, quality 12)

Is quality 12 megapixels? I found my self stopping there and wondering what 12 was. Was quality a typo for quantity of 12? Then I read on to find it's not the quantity yet still found it to be a bit odd.

Otherwise it sounds great to me!
May. 28th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
I was refering to the quality at which the Jpeg is saved. Some people give out medium or low quality versions as proofs, but require a fee for the full resolution photo... I just wanted to be clear that I'm not doing that but perhaps there is a better way of wording it...
May. 28th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC)
Ah, yeah, I find that to be confusing and I use PS everyday. I think you are just better off saying that they are saved at the highest resolution possible for that image.
May. 30th, 2005 09:13 am (UTC)
I am a random person who comes here now and then, for I enjoy your work.
As for the contract, it seems very acceptable.
And unlike the person above me, 'quality 12' made sense.
For those that do not know what it means, 'full resolution' allows a simple way for them to understand it.
For those that know more about it, 'quality 12' applies to them.
And, I am rambling.
The contract was clear and precise. Good work.
May. 30th, 2005 10:09 am (UTC)
Just cruised in to your blog from 'photography'...
I found that to be extremely clear and precise... and fair!

Good contract.
Professional :)
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