Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Protecting yourself and your clients should be top priority on the business end of your photography. To do this you need the proper permits and/or licenses required by your city, state and county you can contact your county clerk's office to get in touch with the proper channels to apply for everything you need to run a legitimate business.
The other things you will need will be releases. You should have a contract, model & liability release as well as a print release if you offer CD/DVD's of images. Your contract should have everything expected of your client and required by you as well. Your model release should make it clear that you retain the copyright of all images captured by yourself and your heirs will continue to retain the copyright. Your liability waiver should clearly state that you are not liable for conditions beyond your control and that the clients are voluntarily participating in the portraits. Your print release should make it clear that you retain the copyright of all images, and that they cannot be altered by the clients.
If you would like to download the templates for the releases I use you may do so here .
Feel free to ask any questions pertaining to this topic.
Meet Morgan! I am from a small town in southern Texas, but now live in central Texas, Fort Hood/Killeen area to be more specific. I am a stay-at-home mom and do photography in my spare time. I am married to a wonderful man that I was lucky enough to meet and be able to spend my life with. We have two beautiful children, Payton 4 years old & Amelia 1 year old. The thing I love the most about photography is that you can take an intangible moment in time and make it last forever. I don't have any formal training, I just learn from experimentation and research.