How do I determine which contract I need?
This is quite a common question - especially based on how many great resources are available in the shop. So I am glad you are checking this out!
First, think about the primary niche you are in. That is probably going to dictate which niche section of the site you're going to want to take a look at and invest in. Keep in mind, these contracts are completely editable and I do encourage you to check with a local attorney.
Purchasing a TheLawTog® contract template form can not only save you money with an attorney (see this example: https://www.thelawtog.com/using-photography-contract-templates-can-save-money/) but it will result in a more on-point and comprehensive document as many lawyers are not a lawyer for photographers and often times forget many of the little things that we need!
Second, think about the legal client timeline and your business needs.
Here is an article that can help you have a quick glance: https://www.thelawtog.com/legal-sales-tools-photographers-need/
If you haven't already done so - snag the free document I have available at http://www.thelawtog.com/freecontract - on the download page there is a video that walks through how all the documents mentioned in the link above work together and my recommendations.
Cliff notes: Ultimately, it is best to start with a main contract + model release in your niche and go from there. There are basic legal elements of the contracts that carry across the niche's so you could always amend for another type, just keep in mind they won't have the extra specifics. Such as, newborn contracts will include information on baby disposition and what to do - but wouldn't necessarily be in the standard portrait contract (which is a general portrait contract).
The portrait contract is a general portrait contract that can be used for very many types. It's not recommended for weddings or events as those have a different nature, and it's not recommended for commercial photography (headshots, personal branding, product photography, etc.) as those require different handling than a personal portrait session.
This could be used for other types of portrait photography, however, they would not have specific items that may be needed. As an example, the newborn photography contract has newborn specific provisions ( preparation of newborn, disposition, etc.) and those are not included in the general portrait.
You have a few options - purchase the general portrait and amend for what you need (always have it looked over by an attorney!)
Or you could purchase the specific one you need but take out the specific provisions to have a more general portrait contract should that need arise (kind of a two for one). We do caution any adjustments without a lawyer to review for the legal sufficiency of changes - but those are options available.
Make sure you review the product descriptions to compare the documents and what is included in each product or bundle on the website. That could make a difference in which product you choose. Also, keep in mind that you must tailor the templates to suit your business needs. You can view the entire legal disclaimer and information on the product linked above or here at this link >> http://thelawtog.com/terms.
It is recommended that you have a local lawyer review your contract, including any changes, for legitimacy. You can view TheLawTog®'s recommendations here or you can search your state bar listings for a contracts or business attorney.
If you have any questions at all – feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask!