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
• Set builder
• Model maker
• Background/ scenic artist.
• Hair & make up artist
• Home economist
• Location ﬁnder
• Hire studio
• 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…