Vicki Knights @ Vicki Knights Photography

Reviewing my client contract has been something that has been on my to-do list for a few years now! I do have a contract that I get clients to sign, but it is one that I have fumbled together using resources online and things that have come up during my 10 years in business. But it’s never been checked over by a solicitor so I’ve never been certain how much of it was actually legally accurate. I once enquired with a lawyer to see how much it would be to put together a contract for me and it was over £1000 so I didn’t go ahead!

I think this template is a fantastic resource and will mean that the family/lifestyle photography industry really steps up it’s game and has a legally approved contract. I hear too many stories in forums of things going wrong for photographers and this contract means that the client and the photographer are protected. 

The contract is written in easy to understand language, you don’t need a law degree to read it! And it’s comes with a foolproof step-by-step guide to using it and shows you how to amend it so it’s completely bespoke to your needs. Most contract templates that I have seen before are either US based or wedding focused which both have completely different requirements. This contract is solely focused on portrait photographers and even covers aspects such as online galleries and newborn shoots. It also covers new regulations such as the 14 day cooling off period and privacy policy changes, which I now realise weren’t in the contract I have been using. 

Thank you, I can now rest easy that I have a legally viable contract and that both my clients and myself are fully protected and on the right side of the law!

Nina Mace @ Nina Mace Photography

Harmony & Blue have created a clear, simple set of portrait, commercial and model contracts, which no professional photographer should be without. Transparency for both you as a supplier, and your clients, in incredibly important when running a full-time professional photography business.

Knowing that these documents have been prepared by lawyers and legal professionals for use by professional photographers gives you confidence that everything relevant has been considered and the step by step/walkthroughs make it incredibly simple to implement. 

Alongside great insurance, accounting and booking systems, these contracts are a must for running a professional photography business.

GARY HILL @ The Art of the Portrait

Having looked through the contract, both the actual form and notes and the t’s and c’s. They are incredibly comprehensive and user adjustable (for the relevant sections) that I cannot see where a photographer could not personalise it to suit their individual needs. Took me about 20 mins to adapt it to suit myself and my work and was so easy to do.

Most importantly it fits the guidelines on fairness that the Office of Fair Trading would insist on. A truly fantastic product that I would be more that happy to recommend to any trainee or photographer seeking advice.

Well done on a quality product!

Alison McKenny @ Alison McKenny Photography

As soon as I saw the advert for the Harmony and Blue Photographers Contract Template, I knew I would have to buy it. Although I have a Terms of Business in place for my Photography Business, I wasn’t sure how legally sound it was so it was a relief to have something written for me that was current and approved by a legal professional. I photograph a number of genre’s and feel that this contract can be tweaked to suit each genre making it even more efficient and value for money.

I’m very happy I purchased this and highly recommend you do the same.

CRISTINA BARTON @ Cristina Barton Photography

I had been procrastinating about updating my client contract for years. Over time, new rules regarding client privacy and consumer rights had made my old legal paperwork practically obsolete, and I knew that sooner or later I had to make some significant changes to it, but I wasn’t sure how. Unfortunately, what little was available online or through my photographers’ associations was either US-centric, or quite generic and not applicable to many aspects of my business.

So I was very pleased to see the launch of these UK/EU law-based, portrait-specific legal contracts. Definitely something that had been missing from the photography business template market.

I took the plunge and bought these, hoping that they would be suitable for my needs and I was not disappointed! The walkthrough provided is very clear, helpful and easy to follow.

The contract itself is written in plain English and easy for a client to read and understand. I appreciated that so many different scenarios were covered, leaving no room for ambiguity. With the help of the walkthrough, It took me approximately an hour to review the contract and make all the changes necessary.

I have just implemented my new contract for all new bookings. Not only do I feel that my business now comes across far more professionally, but I am also far more knowledgeable about my clients’ legal rights (and my own) than I used to!

ANNA HURST @ Anna Hurst Photography

The contract comes with a very straight forward and easy to understand step by step guide as to how to amend certain parts to fit in line with your own business. I even found the language used throughout the main contract easy to understand which was great for me but also great for clients to not feel overwhelmed when presenting them with it as it was not cluttered with too much legal jargon.

I would say that you need to allow approximately 30 mins to complete the initial amendments to be in line with your own business and just to familiarise yourself with the contract and the different sections.

I was impressed at how thorough the contract is, it covered pretty much every scenario of working practise right from bookings to delivery and satisfaction of products. Having read thoroughly through it I also found that all options offered fit well with my personal way of working but also would have worked with many other different methods.

In summary, it is great to finally have a portrait contract available that is in line with UK legislation, well thought out, easy to use and thoroughly covers all steps and scenarios that may be faced. After purchasing and spending just 30 minutes to get it set up, I would say it is well worth the initial outlay and set up time to give you piece of mind that you know that you have a solid contract in place for both you and your clients.

Great job Harmony & Blue!

CLARE BREHENY @ Clare Breheny Photography

In summary, this seems to be just what UK portrait photographers need! I haven’t seen anything out there in the market that offers this.

I found it to be really comprehensive and importantly it has been thought through from the view point of different business models e.g. location vs studio photographers, all inclusive packages vs a la carte sales, IPS vs galleries, newborn sessions vs family portraits etc etc

It covers off some of the very important aspects of regulations that we all need to understand and be compliant with (for example the 14 day calling off period for non face to face purchases and sharing our clients’ data with other suppliers). It is clearly a professional legal document but is also written in plain English so that our clients (and we!) can understand it.

Not only does it deal with lots of the common issues that come up time and time again on photographers’ forums e.g. when to delete client images, not providing RAW files, not showing every image taken, cancellation policies etc etc
but it also acts as a best practice guide for new photographers, setting out all the different things they need to think about in their business work flow and interactions with clients. (I wish I had had access to this when I was starting out!!)

The built-in ability to set your own parameters within the contract means it will meet the needs of most photographers and enable them to follow their own preferred ways of working with clients.

I also love the way it is split to have the summary part and tick boxes up front and then the detailed terms, it makes it really pragmatic when getting the client to sign it online.

Clearly a huge amount of work has gone in to making this a top class resource for photographers. It is much needed and I think it’s brilliant that our industry will have this resource.

Elli Cassidy @ Mini Memories Newborn Photography

I’m pleasantly surprised by how easy it’s been to customise and put together. I was worried that the lengthiness would put clients off, and whilst I’ve not tested in the real world yet, the actual contract is quite brief and the wordier bit is in the T&Cs. I know it’s quite an expense (or investment) but I think it will save me enough time, and give enough peace of mind, that it’s worth it.