Photography Contract Template

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Updated July 04, 2022

A photography contract is between a photographer that is hired by a client to take professional photos. The cost of hiring a photographer varies depending on services requested, experience, and any follow-up photo editing services. A skilled photographer will usually request a retainer amount before the event that is equal to half (50%) of the total amount.

Common Event Types (9)

  • Baby Shower
  • Commercial Use
  • Event
  • Graduation
  • Newborn (baby)
  • Pet
  • Portrait
  • Real Estate
  • Wedding (most popular)

Table of Contents

What Does a Photographer Do?

A photographer’s duties include composing shots, understanding framing, light, and color, and giving direction to subjects. A photographer’s job doesn’t stop there.

They have to understand how to use digital editing tools and programs as well as have an understanding of printing equipment. Some photographers will have to understand a bit about the business side of things as well – meeting with clients, hiring help, keeping records and lists of expenses, and general business management.


Photographer Cost ($)

There are many types of photographers ranging from family portraits, modeling shoots, wedding events, etc. The pay for these services is wide-ranging depending on the photographer’s expertise and availability. Standard photographers for example commonly are less paid than event types of photographers such as for weddings or graduations.

Hourly Rate

  • $19.85/hr (source: BLS)

Wedding Photographers

Photographer Contract Samples

Sample 1 – General Photography Services

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Sample 2 – General Photography Services

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Sample 3 – Wedding Photography Services

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