Contract Law & Important Legislation

We enter contracts almost everyday of our live whether it be through buying a train or bus ticket, the purchase or lease of an item becomes contractual.

A contract must be written to save from confusion, if you make a contract with say a business they will have written their contract down so you may understand it. Writing a contract down also makes it so that you can refer back to it.
Legally binding contracts can be between one or more people, a contract is not legal if it involved an illegal act.
It’s best to have your terms and conditions in your contract; this is here to protect both parties, this also includes third parties. Third parties include
Model/ models
•  Set builder
•  Model maker
•  Background/ scenic artist.
•  Stylist
•  Hair & make up artist
•  Home economist
•  Location finder
•  Laborites
•  Agent
•  Hire studio
•  Assistant
•  Suppliers
•  Art director

When you are asked to do a certain job they will give you an estimate of the money you’ll be earning.
Licensing is given by you, it must be agreed before you start a job, otherwise this causes future problems.
 You must look at your terms and conditions as well as the employers terms and conditions; to make sure there aren’t any flaws or problems that would conflict with your own terms and conditions. Such as all the images are licensed to you when in fact they are licensed to the employer.
Also ask if you need to clarify anything on their terms and conditions to refrain from any confusion and so that you do not lose out on any important things.

If you want to be a freelance photographer you will need your own terms and conditions, so that anyone that you work for knows what you work for and how you work and also for events such as weddings which your terms and conditions will protect you.

Why do we use model release forms? To protect us, our images and especially the model, for such things as ethical reasons and other awkward subjects on the matter. Do not use just a generic model release form for a big project or something important/ being sold.

You need property release form for buildings if you are gaining any money/ advertising the images, this protects you and the owner/building. Doing a job for a private company you must state that you are doing it for your freelance work but then you need a new contract.

You must have insurance on your equipment so you do not suffer if there are any accidents, also “goods in trust insurance”, “PL insurance” public liability and “Indemnity insurance”.
“Goods in trust insurance” – to insure that a third parties goods are insured, so if something were to go wrong their equipment is insured, such as if you were to rent studio equipment you would make sure they had this type of license.
“Public Liability insurance” – if anyone dies, is injured or property is damaged during your work, this insurance can covers you against those circumstances.
“Indemnity insurance” – this can cover you over any claims of financial loss due to your poor advice or negligence through your work.

In your terms and conditions you should have in there that the employer must pay you within 14 days of receiving the images or they will be charged interest, but really you can only charge them within 30 days legally, this could just be a little warning to make sure they actually pay you on time.

When you become a a self employed/ freelance photographer you must register yourself as self employed and tax ect…


Tony Cobley

Tony started his photography hobby at the age of 12. He started a course at Plymouth college of art in 2005 he began taking this course at the age of 30, at this time quit his current job in sales and marketing due to a back injury. As well as starting this course he decided to begin his business as a photographer, before the course he did a lot of landscape photography.

When beginning his business he bought some studio equipment and started doing shoots for families, due to the equipment being portable he took it to their houses making it easier to take the pictures.
Tony the started doing wedding photography; weddings are very helpful when starting up a photography business due to getting your work out to more people such as the people at weddings.
He started doing this in his business in 2007.

Tony Cobley wanted to work in commercial/marketing photography because he used to work in this career and he also knew how it all worked.
He then joined the BIPP and took exams to become official in this  association.

On top of his photography Tony Cobley also does photography workshops and tuition for people that would like to learn about cameras or even doing photography themselves.

His tip towards people just starting out in photography and students is to try out lots of different styles and to shoot a lot, also to gravitate to things that work for you such as I would like to do more on fashion photography. To look out for opportunities, to give clients what they ask for and more and to also keep the passion for the work you do.

Tony Cobley assisted Trevor Burrows and also assisted at Venture.
He also worked for The National Trust, Toshiba, Lexus, The Royal Marines, Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Asda.

You can find Tony Cobley’s website here

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(These three images belong to Tony Cobley)

Darren Rowley

I wanted to do a post on someone that I came across in the past year, his work has become to be a big influence on my thoughts for fashion/portraiture projects. The images he makes are beautiful, showing great attention to detail and experience through his photography.

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(All these four images belong to Darren Rowley)

I came across Darren (well I say came across more like he came across me) he wanted to do a shoot for me in my Red Sonja cosplay and from there I looked into his images and seeing his work and realising that I feel very lucky for him to be doing a shoot for me.
(This image belongs to Darren Rowley)

All the pictures came out stunning, he helped me pose a lot for the images; seeing as I’m usually behind the camera myself.

Working with Darren helped my photography experience a lot as well seeing how a professional works on location and how you should interact with the subject/model.
You can find his work at, or his facebook page here

Professional Profile

When it comes to which photography route I want to go down like documentary, fashion or portraiture I become very indecisive, I like most types of photography and I am fairly good at them. But the one I would most likely do would be fashion, I’m in love with the studio but I do most of my photoshoots on location, this is probably due to the fact that it is troublesome to book the studio and I don’t own any studio lights. I have worked a lot in studio, a lot of my projects were studio based on my ND course but there was also a good amount of location based projects as well.
My next choice would be portraiture just because I really enjoy it, but I think I am more likely to go into fashion photography due to it being a successful route and the opportunities are endless as well as the ideas for shoots.

When I finish this BA course I hope to go into assisting photographer I already have a photographer that is willing to let me work for them and then I plan on becoming either a freelance photographer or work for a magazine, not quite sure yet but I hope to focus what I want to do in the future in my next year.

My biggest influence in fashion photography is very popular in this style; RANKIN.
A lot of people know about him and most people think it’s a little cliche to have him as an influence, but I enjoy his work a lot and his style is always changing; his images always come out so crisp and beautiful. My favourite part of his work is obviously his fashion shots but also the portraiture he does for celebrities, he expresses their personality through the images and that is something I would love to do one day.
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Interview with Nick Acott

Nick Acott is a very skilled self taught photographer his main work is with film stills. In around 2000 he was working at an estate agents; here he started taking images of the houses for three branches of the estate agents, these came out very successful and through that he became the photographer for the company, this was his first proper experience with a DSLR.
After this he then bought himself his own DSLR (Cannon 400D) camera so he could learn and practice using it, taking pictures for himself. When he stopped being an estate agent he bounced around a couple of jobs and one of them being in I.T recruitment, after that he got asked to do a shoot for someone’s wedding and then a few corporate shoots.

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These images belong to Nick Acott.

Has your style of photography ever changed?

Yes. When he shoots weddings Nick likes to capture images in the moment not how you usually see weddings being how you would say too posed, he makes them natural.
With more business events Nick images are more posed and professional.
He shoots more of 30-50mm lenses rather than shooting on very focal lenses, which reduce the quality of images, he enjoys creating large depth of field, giving a sense of isolation to the focusing point. When he first started out he hadn’t quite grasped depth of field but once he started using better kit his images picked up, but he is always looking out how to improve his style.

Do you have any influences in your work?

Biggest influence is Alex Bailey his main work is film stills which is the career path Nick is going down. His passion is to be the photographer for movies being on set, that is the career he wants to be in. He came across Alex Bailey he came across a book by him, he bought this viewing it and was blown away by his work, Nick Acott also appreciates how Alex Bailey gives tips on being a film stills photography. alex bailey 3


(These two images are by Alex Bailey, here is the link to his website

What has been the biggest highlight of your career?

Back in 2005-06 when Nick started doing long exposure photography some of the work was found by a gallery in Paris, this exhibition ran for three weeks, this highly motivated him; knowing that his work is appreciated.
Also he was able to shoot on set of a film in Paris it was small short fully funded by the writer.
He also took some images of some Disney princess cosplayers which was put into Take a Break magazine, but unfortunately he wasn’t credited which happened a couple of times.

If you were to do another career what would it be?

Create big Youtube video’s and create a good profit job through it; was involved in creating a video that went viral at 1.7 million views with 28,000 likes.
Enjoys this job for the same reason as photography; for the feedback and creating a positive reaction, inspiring him to create more.

What you say the pro’s and con’s are of being a photographer?

The work at the moment is very sporadic, if you were a bigger photographer/ more popular wouldn’t have that problem, you would get a better income of work flow. Occasionally has to turn down appointments due to other issues losing out on money. Sometimes gets re-placed last minute by amateur photographers that work for free.
Also your work can get stolen with no prophet and when people don’t offer enough money for the job to be worth attending.
Positive getting great reactions from the viewers and the models, like when Nick shot images for the Disney princess cosplayers they were over the moon when they found out it was being shown in Take a Break magazine. Being busy and having fun with the job is also well worth the effort.

The next goal in your career?

To work on a decent budget film or to work on something that is recognisable and to make another Youtube video that gets a lot of hits.
He’d like to work a bigger job where he gets associated with that job, this would help a lot in his career life and getting his name out there.

Any planned projects coming up?

A couple of wedding booked for this year, a lot of short videos coming up, but not much photography projects but will soon hopefully pick up again.

Favourite type of photography, fashion, portraiture or movie stills?

Movie stills, although it’s not posed for an on set in action imaging just isn’t something you can get anywhere else, when viewing movie stills photography you don’t really see anything exactly the same it’s all different.
Also likes live events but for the same kind of reason, also likes the HDR style; such as Dave hill’s work, it’s like a dream world.


This image belongs to Dave Hill.

Would you say you had any regrets?

Not starting sooner in his photography career, he was stifled a bit back in school and he also procrastinated a bit.
But also a case of kind of rejection, when being turned down and then not wanting to go for another job for slight fear of the rejection.

What advice would you give to an upcoming photographer/ student?

Go and shoot as much as you can, going back to how he came about photography, find what you’re passionate about fashion, product photography or portraiture; once you’ve found what you love that’s the best thing, where you love the work and you’ll just keep going.


Nick Acott is a brilliant photographer as he is a video creator, he is also a huge inspiration on me; you can check out his work here and the Youtube channel here

Stuart Clarke

Stuart Clarke is a newspaper freelance photographer, he has no qualifications in photography yet he is extremely successful in his career. Most of his family has been involved in the column business;newspapers and magazines. His main favoured type of photography is portraiture. He was a paper boy in his younger years and he would read newspapers in his spare time.

His first publication was not a photography but just a story.

He prefers to find and develop stories himself rather than be given one by a newspaper, through this way he is able to find more successful stories and more of them.
Stuart Clarke also like to prove some stories wrong, he worked on the Amanda Knox story and through this he found out that she wasn’t actually in the room when Meredith Kercher was murdered there for she was innocent.

He has shot images in many wars, including the Iraq war.

He did the very interesting article on ‘ghost bikes’, this was very informing on this subject about how some people mourn a bike rider where they died. ghost_bike_tallahassee
(This is what a ghost bike looks like, this image was not taken by Stuart Clarke)
Stuart found a story where a man had dyed his sheep yellow, this story was in Dartmoor, it was a very successful article which went viral all around the world.article-1376050-0B97459900000578-843_634x318(This image was taken By Stuart Clarke)

A friend of his came to him with a picture of a little girl in a cage and he wanted to make this a story, so he went there and took pictures and tried selling it to three newspapers but each one said it was too graphic except one they took on the story and they were able to raise £73,000 and they got the little girl out of there in 3 days.

Photographic Associations and Agencies

In this post I’ll list a few Associations and agencies for photographers.

AOP (Association of Photographers)-

  • Membership based organisation
  • For professional development.
  • Protects professional photographers (helped enforce the Copyright lasts for the photographers lifetime+17 years).
  • Has annual competitions.
  • Has a unique community of professional photographers.
  • Has different memberships.
    Has a student membership which is £10 for college students.
    With this you get a free subscription for IMAGE which is their magazine and more.
  • They also have a book called Beyond the lens.
  • And the AOP has a job shop; where you can find loads of different jobs (Freelance, assistants..etc).

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BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photography)-

  • Need a qualification to work there.
  • Student membership is £50.

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MPA (Master Photographers Association)-

  • Not as professional as the AOP and BIPP.
  • Hosts events.
  • Full time photographers

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Royal Photographic Society-

  • Has an amateur side to it not just professional.
  • More art and scientific based photography.
  • They have had Fox Tolbot in their society.
  • Has memberships and picture libraries.

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Photographic Agencies online-

  • Agent Orange
  • Cake Factory
  • Talbot O’Connor
  • Horton-Stephens
  • Panos Pictures
  • Photographers Agents London (For agents; if you want to be an agent yourself)

Online Sources-

  • Contact Creative
  • Creative Review (Journal and website)