After teaching other photographers this past spring during my mentorships, I shudder at the thought when some of them tell me that they do not have a working contract. No matter if you are a hobbyist or a full-time wedding photographer, every photographer needs a legal contract.
Today, on the blog, I am sharing four reasons why your verbal word is not enough.
1) Easier To Prove
By having laser cut language in a written format, the terms are better understood between parties and provable should an issue arise. One of the biggest issues that a contract overcomes is the intent to enter into. Without well-defined terms in a written document, it may be difficult to prove that both parties agreed to the specific terms laid out in the contract.
2) Outlines Expectations, Prevents Miscommunication
A written document outlines all of the expectations; therefore, prevents miscommunication between the photographer and client during all aspects of the transaction. Not only does the client have a road map of what exactly to expect, but, the photographer does not have to play the five hundred question game with the client.
3) Increased Client Confidence
I always tell brides that if a vendor does not give you a contract, you should not book him or her. Why? Because, they are not truly a professional.
Having a written contractual document helps build up client confidence in your services, because, it makes you look more professional; therefore, a client’s trust in you and your abilities goes up.
4) Outlines The Photographer’s Parameters
The contract outlines the parameters in which the photographer(s) will be working. For example, the contract might cite that a vendor meal is required, or a sexual harassment clause. It is important that your client know these parameters, so they are not surprised if you have to cite something.
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