Free Wedding, Portrait, Commercial, Contract Samples: UPDATED

PinExt Free Wedding, Portrait, Commercial, Contract Samples: UPDATED

wedding contract sample.pdf page 1 of 2 300x195 Free Wedding, Portrait, Commercial, Contract Samples: UPDATEDUpdated 08/2012. by Gavin Seim: People are often looking for a starting point to build their photography contracts. Sometimes photographers take the I’m not sharing stance. I however do not and rather than manually emailing them each time people ask, I decided to share them here. I’ve included a folder with  both PDF and DOC formats. You can start here, insert your own name and alter the text to suit your needs.

Disclaimer. I am NOT a lawyer: These are contracts I have used and I am making available free of charge. They are in no way guaranteed. I’ve written them in plain English, while still trying to cover my bases. I have not had them reviewed by a lawyer, so if you feel the need to have them checked, you’ll have to handle that on your own. OK disclaimer finished.

On a side note, if you are a lawyer and would like to help review the legal side of these contracts so we can post more official versions please contact me. Also if you have links to your own contracts (available for free) post them up so people can look at more ideas.

Enjoy… Gav

UPDATE 08.2012. Version 1.5.

Now includes…

  • Sample Wedding Contract – Updated
  • Sample Portrait Contract – Updated
  • Sample Commercial Contract – New
  • Sample Second Shooter Contract – New

Download Sample Contracts v1.5 Zip


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  • Colby McLemore

    Thanks again Gavin. I just closed on a wedding and was looking for a contract to use.

  • Amanda

    thanks for the contract! It’s perfect for what I need right now.

  • John P. Argueta

    Great contract. Short and effective! Super cool that it’s fully editable and able to be customized to your needs! Download it and check it out. Thanks Gavin!

  • just looked at your contracts, exteremely professional!


  • Carole

    Thank you for making this available—it’s exactly what I need! : )

  • Carole

    I also added this at the bottom:

    Production and delivery time will vary, depending on the vendor(s) selected. No changes can be made after final approval. His and Hers Creative is not responsible for production and/or mailing delays once files have been submitted for printing, or delays occurring due to lack of communication from CLIENT, or CLIENT’S family and/or friends.

  • Andrea Vantrees

    After a couple of sessions where the couples decided no longer wanted to adhere to what we’d agreed to verbally as well as in email, your contracts, with some changes to accommodate what I need, will be most helpful. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise.

    Andi V.

  • Sheri

    Thank you so much for making these contracts available for use. After adding just a few of my own words, they are perfect and exactly what I was looking for.

    Thank you again for sharing.

    – Sheri R.

  • Christina

    Thanks so much for sharing, with a few alterations its exactly what I needed!

  • Sammy Spencer

    Hey, Gavin! As usual, you’re awesome! Thank you for sharing your expertise! I don’t shoot professionally, but if I do, I’ll have your contracts as a guideline and a starting place.

  • Carlos

    It’s available for MAC system only? Does Anybody has for PC?

    • Gavin Seim

      These files are not platform specific. Download the zip file and unpack it, then you’ll be able to open them.

  • stephanie

    Thanks Gavin. That helps a lot. I tried to get some contracts of photographers but they were stiff scared… Can’t understand this. I will share mine. Thanks to you.:)
    Have a good life.

  • Joey

    Hi Gavin –

    Thanks for these. Once question – what do you do for sessions when you don’t meet the customers face to face before hand? Do you email or send this to them?



    • Gavin Seim

      Yes Joey it’s easily emailed as a PDF. Though it’s always better to meet first.

  • Marinda

    thank you so much for sharing this contract, Gavin! exactly what I needed to get started.
    and thank you to Carole for the production clause

    good luck to all :)

  • Lizzy

    Thanks for the sample…exactly what i needed!

  • Brenda

    Thank you, this is sooo helpful in my business…

  • Connie


    thank you very much! as always, I can use it extremely!!!!

  • Michael

    I’m just getting my business up and running, needed a really good contract thanks so much for sharing this information. Glad to know there are still people who care about people instead of just money. I too will give back when my time come.

  • jayne

    Thank you so much for letting me use your downloadable forms for free! Just starting out with a few family portrait bookings and I needed something quick. I was able to edit in my own phrases very easily. Thanks so much for sharing! xoxoxo

  • Noelle

    Thank you so much! I am just starting to move the business from hobby to profession and I have booked my first wedding. I work full time and go to school in the evenings also to complete a photography degree. I hardly have time right now, and these will be a great resourse to build off of. Thank you ever so much!

  • Amy

    THANK YOU! I really appreciate the willingness to share!

  • David

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for, clean, concise and to the point. And it really protects our image rights as photographers. Can’t thank you enough.

  • Anita

    Thanks so much for all you do for the photography community. I love your spirit of helpfulness and your podcast. Keep up the great work!

  • Kathy- KDM Photography

    Thanks so much for sharing! I have been in business for only a few months and I have beeen looking for an easy to understand contract! Thanks again!
    Kathy- KDM Photography

  • Beverly – B.V. PHOTOGRAPHY

    Thank you so much! I appreciate your willingness to help fellow photographers. I am just starting out and needed a contract sample, this has saved me so much extra time and worry! Can’t thank you enough. xoxo


  • Travis

    What a great resource! Thank you for sharing, this is exactly what I was looking for.

  • Carlos

    Thank you. I’m starting in the photography business and these contracts are what I was looking for

  • Jade

    You are such a star! I cant thank u enough, this was just what I was looking for & it has been a great help! I think the other comments cover pretty much everything I would like to say.. So once again, from an aspiring photographer, THANK U

  • Ozone

    Just what I needed, Thanks a bunch!

  • Tammy – K H Photography

    Thank you for the contracts, they will help a lot. I’m trying to start my business and cover all areas.

    Thank you again.

  • jenny

    Thanks so much Gavin! These are awesome! What a great person you are for being willing to help out others!

  • Kevin

    Thank you for the contracts, I think they will help tremendously.

    Thank you

  • Nicole

    Thank you for the wonderful contracts! You just made something not so fun, really easy and efficient.

  • Kris

    Thank you so much! I need this really bad! Best contract I have found online…Much appreciation :)

  • Alvin

    Hi .Thanks for the sample contracts. They are very useful. In a world of paranoid and arcane photographers we need to share useful information especially for those like me who are starting out and lack the resources and finances yet have the passion and flair for photography . If anyone of you have any ideas(Or a truckload of photograph equipment lol) , tips etc drop me an email at thanks Alvin

  • Deanna

    Thank you for sharing this simple but to the point contract. Much appreciated.

  • annmarie

    Thanks! The fact that the model release is built in is fabulous!

  • Kara Rushforth

    WOW! Thank you. These are fantastic!

  • sande sparks

    unable to open

    • Gavin Seim

      Sounds like your computer is having issues unzipping Sande. I suggest you check out the help page for that on It was written in regards to opening my editing packs, but the tips there may get your issue fixed.

  • Linda Holmes Dynamic Elements Photography

    We are just starting a joint venture into photography and am exicited to find your contracts on the web.
    thanks. I’m very thankful I didn’t have to try and figure it out.


  • niko

    thanks so much for this one… :)

  • Rizza Canciller

    Gavin! Thank you so much for the contract! You are the best =).

  • Daniel “Kluens” Easton

    Thanks a lot for this!

  • Sample Contracts

    This was exactly what i was looking for, Thank for providing such a excellent information here..

  • Roy Williams

    Thanks so much for sharing these documents!

  • Brie

    Thanks so much for sharing these contracts.. This is exactly what I have been searching for..

  • Shawn

    Thanks I’ve got a wedding coming up next month and was in great need for a contract so I can be prepared. Thanks again for sharing.

  • Kathy

    Thank you SO much Gavin – this is really helpful for those of us just getting our businesses started and don’t have the budget for an attorney yet. I really apreciate your being so kind to share!

  • Tonya

    Thanks So Much Gavin!!! These are so helpful to those of us who are just starting out =)

  • Danielle

    Hi Gavin, I’m trying to download, but the link ‘appears to be broken’. Any help?? From all the positive feedback here, I’d love to be able to download! Thanks

    • Gavin Seim

      Hi Danielle. I think it’s just a temporary issue with the host. Seems to be working now. Give it a shot and let me know if you have further issues… Gav