Hey, trailblazers! Whether you’re just starting your adventurous elopement photography business or you’ve been at it for a while, it’s important to safeguard your work and passion. You NEED a robust, well-thought-out contract!
A contract is not just a piece of paper. It’s going to protect you against unforeseen situations – be it hiking mishaps, unpredictable thunderstorms, or the additional costs of helicopter travel.
In this blog, I’ll walk you through the must-have clauses in your elopement photographer contract to ensure you’re equipped for every wild adventure.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is intended to provide helpful tips and insights based on my personal experiences in the wild and adventurous world of elopement photography. This is not legal advice.
In the world of elopement photography, embracing the adventurous means acknowledging the risks. Your contract should have a clear clause outlining the potential hazards of reaching those dreamy, off-the-beaten-path locations. From wildlife encounters to sudden weather changes, ensure your clients understand and accept the risks associated with their chosen venue and journey.
When planning elopements and activities in the great outdoors, you have to plan for Mother Nature having plans of her own. And of course, if any sickness or any other personal reasons you or your couple need to reschedule, the elopement, should be covered, as well.
A key clause in your contract must detail your policies on rescheduling and location changes. Whether it’s due to trail closures, unexpected storms, or sudden illness, your contract should clearly state how these situations are handled, keeping both you and your clients on the same page.
As an elopement photographer who deeply cares about the environment myself, I believe it’s important to have ‘Leave No Trace’ clause in your contract. This clause educates and binds your clients to respect nature, adhere to park regulations, and commit to minimal environmental impact. It’s about being wild yet responsible adventurers.
I know a lot of us, again myself included, offer elopement planning as a part of our elopement photography packages. It’s important to cover this aspect in your contract as well. Clearly state how much planning is included in your packages and that while you provide guidance and planning assistance, the final decisions and inherent risks are the client’s responsibility.
Elopement days often include much more than just hitting up one location. They also are likely to include fun activities! So, from helicopter rides to special permits for accessing remote locations, your contract should specify who bears these extra costs. A clause covering additional expenses ensures there are no surprises, making your adventurous journey with your clients smooth and stress-free.
So these were my tips on the 5 must-have clauses in your elopement photographer contract. By incorporating these essential clauses, you’re not just preparing for the unexpected. You’re also setting the stage for an epic, authentic, and seamless experience for both you and your clients.
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