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Photography Contract Template

By: Steve Stormoen / Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Successful photographers know that the camera is only one of the many tools they need to grow a successful business. To avoid misunderstandings with your customers and project an air of professionalism, one tool is especially critical: a clear, comprehensive photography contract.

A strong photography contract template can fill these needs, and help you manage the seasonal demands of your work as well. If you need a wedding photography contract in the summer, an event photography contract in the fall, and a portraiture contract for the holidays, a single template can be quickly adapted for each job.

With that in mind, we’ve provided this free photography contract template, powered by RightSignature easy online contract signing, that you can download and use. Or, read on for 4 key clauses you should include if you write a contract of your own.

Sample Photography Contract – Click for Full Template

4 Key Sections for your Sample Photography Contract

1. Scope of Work
Wedding PhotographerWhat is your job, exactly? You must clarify your agreement with your client, and be extremely precise. Will your studio provide one photographer, or two? Will you be shooting video, stills, or both? For how many hours are you expected to work? Failure to specify the answers to any of these questions in your photography contract template can lead to conflict between you and your client.

In this section, be sure also to specify what level of cooperation you require from your client. In a portrait photography contract, that might include a suggested number of poses or sitting length. For a wedding photography contract, you might ask for a time and area to set up your camera and lights during the ceremony or reception. These clarifications help your client understand what you need to be able to do your job, and build confidence in the quality of work they will receive in return.

Finally, this section should state how your finished photographs will be delivered. Will the photographs be printed, delivered digitally, or both? If your studio charges extra for printed photos or a CD of your photos, be sure to reflect this in the contract.

2. Payment, Deposit, and Reimbursement
Next, how will you get paid? List the full amount for your services clearly and confidently. Do you require your client to pay a deposit for your services up front? Will you accept a payment plan? Without this information, your photography contract is woefully incomplete.

You may also use this section to request reimbursement for expenses related to a specific job, such as parking or transportation.

3. Rights and Usage
Will you be able to use the photos you take in your own portfolio to show to other clients? Your Rights and Usage section should cover these situations. If you want to use the photos from this gig in an advertisement for your business, or sell them to another publication, be sure to include language from our photo release form template.

4. Entire Agreement Clause
This final section is a common clause in many contracts, stating that your written photography contract overrides and takes precedence over any previous written or verbal agreements made with your client. This removes a common area of miscommunication between you and your client and leaves you with legal protection, if necessary.

With your photography contract template finished, you’re ready to contact your clients and take on new jobs. When it’s time to get your wedding photography contract signed, though, are you going to waste days waiting for a pen-and-paper signature? RightSignature will save you money, impress your clients, and let you work smarter, faster, and more efficiently.

Get Your Sample Photography Contract Signed with RightSignature

RightSignature provides me with a reliable, efficient way of sending and receiving agreements from our clients. I just log in, upload my document, and send it – within minutes, my clients can review their contracts, and sign them online. The interface is easy to use, and integrates with online tools like Dropbox and Google Docs. Our clients love the idea that they don't have to wait for the documents in the mail. I highly recommend RightSignature."
- Chris Martel, Owner
Armor & Martel Photography

Just as DSLRs have supplanted many photographers’ 35mm cameras, new technology is revolutionizing every aspect of business in industry after industry. RightSignature’s electronic signature software lets you quit worrying about paperwork and spend your time on the photography you enjoy most instead. Simply set up your photography contract template in RightSignature, then send it out to each new client for signature online.

Your clients can sign your photography contract on any computer or mobile device, and even include a payment in one simple step. No more hunting down signatures, hassling after payments, or losing important paperwork – ever again. RightSignature is the easiest, fastest way to get your photography contracts signed online.


Disclaimer: This article was not written by an attorney and does not constitute legal advice. If you have any questions about the legality of your photography contract, please consult an attorney.

The Right Way: Sylvan Learning Personalizes Education, Connects Franchises with RightSignature

By: Steve Stormoen / Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our series “The Right Way” profiles RightSignature power users, revealing their success secrets and the technology tools they use every day.


Sylvan Learning is the next step forward in education. Combining hands-on teaching from highly skilled tutors with inventive educational software, Sylvan Learning upends traditional education by crafting a personalized learning path for each student. The result is an approach to learning that translates to success for both students and Sylvan Learning, which after three decades is still experiencing healthy growth. RightSignature's Steve Stormoen caught up with Sylvan Learning's Amy Przywara, VP of Marketing and Nicole Thomas, Marketing Manager, to learn about the company's impressive approach to education, and how RightSignature helps them along.

First of all, tell me about Sylvan Learning. What’s your story?

Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of personal learning for students in grades K-12. With over 30 years of experience and more than 800 locations throughout North America, we combine direct personal tutoring with the latest engaging technology to change the way students learn, inspiring them to succeed in school and in life.

Sylvan’s proven tutoring approach begins with amazing teachers and equips them with SylvanSync™ technology on the iPad for an engaging, completely original learning experience. Our programs include study skills, math, reading, writing, and test-prep for college entrance and state exams. We also provide educational services to public and non-public schools.

How do you use RightSignature?

Sylvan is a franchisee-based business, and on a yearly basis we need franchisee approval of our annual marketing plans. With over 300 individual franchisees, it’s important for us to make the signing process simple and accessible. Using RightSignature helped us streamline this often cumbersome process. The added benefit was that all our agreements are stored online and delivered via email so we have them available electronically in two easy to access locations.

Gone are the days of franchisees printing, filling out and signing our agreements and then sending them back to us through fax, email or postal mail (yikes!). That process was frankly at odds with our philosophy of providing high-tech learning with a personalized touch. This is a one stop process at its best.

Our first foray with RightSignature was a huge test. We used it to send two different funding agreements to all 300 of our franchisees for our annual marketing drive. It’s a complicated agreement, with lots of places to check and sign, and with at least 600 documents at once, it was completely unfeasible to continue to do by paper. This year, using RightSignature, it was great.

I’m already finding ways to use RightSignature to make things even better next year, too. This year, we were able to take the agreements we’d already made and plug them into RightSignature to make it all work. Next year, we’ll make a brand new agreement from scratch, knowing how to get the most out of RightSignature. I can also start to see see the other documents I can get signed with RightSignature. I have different agreements I need people to sign throughout the year, and I’m looking forward to getting those documents up to speed!

In Sylvan’s 30 years, what has been your biggest success, and how did you get there?

Our biggest success has been tied to our iPad educational program, SylvanSync. We designed SylvanSync to give students the edge they need with the digital tools they already know and love. SylvanSync uses the iPad, to serve as a conduit to deliver an individualized set of digital and interactive lessons that are unique to each child’s skill level and pace. Together with Sylvan certified teachers, we are able provide the individualized, hands-on approach that is key to our process and our success.

Additionally, SylvanSync provides students and parents with access to a personalized website, mySylvan. For parents, mySylvan gives real-time information on their child’s personalized learning progress. For kids, we have online learning quests to reinforce and practice key skills and a rewards program that motivates kids as they learn!

Logistically, the SylvanSync platform has been extremely helpful for Sylvan Learning because it allows existing franchisees to provide Sylvan services outside of their bricks-and mortar centers. Equipping teachers with iPads, franchisees can now open satellites in already existing businesses, such as a local community center, a YMCA, or a public library. SylvanSync truly transformed both our ability to provide personalized learning and our company itself!

Personalization seems to be a growing trend in many industries today. Do you see yourselves on a forefront of a new approach to education?

Sylvan is in the forefront of personal learning and we will continue to lead the supplemental education industry. We are the leader in personal content as well as personal engagement, and both are needed for continued improvements in education today. As the consumerization of education continues, parents are making more choices in the market and Sylvan will be their partner on their child’s educational journey.

All along, a personalized approach to learning has been part of who we are. We’ve never been content with just having a set of worksheets—you bring your kid in and they’re in 4th grade and we say, “This is where they should be.” Sylvan’s approach has always started with an assessment, even before they start the tutoring, to find out what the student’s skill level is. Then they get their personal prescription, so to speak. In the last year or so, when we took a long look at the brand, we’ve been able to bring that philosophy into our practice better than ever before.

That includes our curriculum and our technology, but that level of attention goes all the way down to our website, to the voice we use and the pictures we prioritize. We are really doing something different and modern and are conveying that in all aspects of our messaging and within all levels of our organization.

RightSignature + PipelineDeals: Manage Sales And Signatures, Faster

By: Steve Stormoen / Thursday, April 17, 2014


For businesses and sales teams looking for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software that is ready to use with little or no setup, look no further than PipelineDeals. Instead of getting caught in the arms race of features with more complex CRM software, PipelineDeals focuses on the basics by identifying what a sales team needs to be effective, and designing that experience from the ground up. Demonstrating the simplicity and efficiency of its software, PipelineDeals offers an eye-catching promise: your team can be set up and managing leads and customers in as little as 8 minutes.

PipelineDeals is a blazing-fast platform to manage your contacts and opportunities, helping you convert your leads into revenue. And now, with the new PipelineDeals add-on for RightSignature, closing is easier than ever with the power of versatile, legally-binding electronic signatures. Here’s how it works:
  • One-Time Installation. Login to RightSignature and click the Account link, then select the Integrations tab. Choose PipelineDeals from our list of integrations and follow the simple instructions to install this add-on.
  • Documents: In RightSignature, navigate to the Send a Document screen. You will now see a PipelineDeals button in the “Choose a Document” section, which will allow you to select documents from your PipelineDeals account to send for an electronic signature.
  • Contacts: Also on the Send a Document screen, when indicating a signer or CC, begin typing the name of one of your PipelineDeals contacts. RightSignature will suggest your matching PipelineDeals contacts in a drop-down menu below, and automatically fill in the name and email address of your selected contact.
JP Werlin, Co-Founder of PipelineDeals, says,
PipelineDeals is the CRM for sales teams who value efficiency, visibility, and easy setup and deployment. Our users don’t like wasting time managing their leads, and they certainly don’t like wasting time hassling with signatures on paper contracts and documents. RightSignature—the easiest, fastest way to get documents signed online—revolutionizes the process of closing deals and provides a valuable new workflow improvement feature for our users. This shared set of common goals make RightSignature and PipelineDeals perfect integration partners.

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