Portrait Contract Template


Our Portrait Contract Template is intended to create a mutual understanding between a photographer and their clients or subjects, including key terms of the engagement and the rights of each party. These templates are of general applicability and can be used by photographers based in many countries, including the United States. Users may wish to add additional language to reflect their unique circumstances or jurisdiction.


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Disclaimer: This Portrait Contract Template is a suggested form only. If you are using a form as a contract, gathering personal information, or for other purposes with legal implications, we recommend that you review applicable laws in your jurisdiction and consult with an attorney to ensure that these forms meet your legal and business needs.

About Aaron M. Arce Stark

Since founding his own practice in 2014, Aaron M. Arce Stark has built a reputation of solving complex problems for his clients. These clients have come to expect a collaborative and creative approach to achieving their goals. Aaron has represented clients in state and federal litigation and before federal regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). Much of Aaron’s work is in developing a strong offensive posture to reduce the likelihood of future (and costly) litigation. Aaron frequently serves as a speaker at conferences and his work has been featured in various media outlets—including a recurring series in Rangefinder, a publication dedicated to professional wedding and portrait photography. While his work is concentrated in serving small business owners and creative professionals, Aaron has taken on a variety of litigation matters. Aaron currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and twin children.



Q: Do these templates work internationally?

A: For the most part, it’s not an issue. These agreements should be viewed as a mutual understanding between the photographer and their client, and also as a road map of what to do in the event an issue arises — for example, if the client cancels or the photographer can’t make it to the shoot. These agreements address those issues.

Where things are going to be different depending on the country is mainly with copyright law — but for the most part, in all these countries, the photographer is the owner of their images and has various rights available to them in order to protect their images from misuse. Now what is considered “misuse” may vary from country to country, the type of rights may also vary from country to country — and how those rights attach and are enforced will also vary. But our contracts don’t go into those details because we put in there that the construction of the agreement will be based on the laws where the photographer is located.

Q: Do these templates cover me from all issues I could face?

A: Bottomline is there is no one size fits all. But, with that in mind, it was our goal to draft an easy to read agreement that covered all the major common problems photographers face, while making it general enough to hopefully cover the more specific or unforeseen problems that could arise.  If items are specifically addressed, many of the clauses in these agreements are broad enough to cover most issues. Again, as always, if you have more specific items not addressed in these documents, we encourage you to contact an attorney to build something for your specific needs.