Photography Contract

Information & Understanding:  This contract is written for the purpose of portrait. The signing of this contract states the client’s understanding that it is their choice to participate in these photos, and the client will not hold studio &/or Lela Johnson responsible for any negative actions or feelings that may commence due to the images of this shoot. The client understands that they will decide whether or not these images are made public, and will make studio aware of these preferences. Based off the print/product agreement the client is agreeable to the terms, conditions, and timeline of the session, and the delivery of images and products. The client states that they are 18 years or older. If the client is not 18 years or older, they understand a parent or legal guardian is required to sign this contract as well.

Schedule Arrangements: Due to the nature of the session a strict timeline will be enforced to ensure the package obligations are met. The session will start at the scheduled start time even if the client is tardy or unprepared. The session end time will remain the same. If additional time is needed, client will have the option to purchase based off the a la carte pricing menu for additional time. If you have more than one location for your session, the travel time going from destination A to destination B so forth does count towards the total amount of the session time. The same applies for outfit changes; changing from one outfit to another does count towards the total amount of the session time. The client is responsible for providing any props or outfits that are to be used within the session. Studio will not be held responsible for additional sessions needed due to forgotten items.

 Fees:  A retainer fee is required for portrait sessions of 50% of quoted price.  Mini sessions are to be paid in full.  Retainers are NON-REFUNDABLE FOR ANY REASON.  Remaining balance of portrait session fee is due two weeks prior to scheduled session date.  ALL SESSION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE FOR ANY REASON.  ALL MONIES PAID TO THE STUDIO &/OR LELA JOHNSON IS NOT REFUNDABLE FOR ANY REASON.

 Additional Fees: In the event that the client specifies a certain location to be used during the shoot, the client is responsible for all location fees involved such as location access fees, parking, etc. Client is also responsible for arranging the location access and any permits/passes/fees related to doing so.

 Cooperation:  Studio is not held responsible for behavior of parties involved, with the exception of studio personnel. If the desired outcome of your images is jeopardized by the behaviors of parties involved with the exception of studio personnel, studio cannot be held responsible.

Duty of Client:  Client will obtain all permissions necessary for Lela Johnson to photograph at the session.  Lela Johnson has no duty to obtain permissions of reception centers, churches, buildings, properties, or other locations to operate thereon.  Client understands and agrees that any failure to obtain these permissions resulting in fines to Lela Johnson, or which prevent Lela Johnson from photographing the event/session is not the fault, liability or the responsibility of Lela Johnson.

Client Usage Rights/Copyrights:  The photographs produced by studio are protected by Federal Copyright Law (all rights reserved) and may not be reproduced in any manner without studio explicit written permission. It is a breach of this contract to reproduce the images in any form unless rights were purchased within the package for those images. You will receive a signed print release with your download.  Client reserves the right to post images on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. It is a breach of this contract, however, to crop/hide logos/signatures or alter these images in any way.   Image are resized and sharpened for print up to 16x20.  If you require larger digital files, you must make arrangements prior to session and an additional charge for larger format files will apply.  There will be limited copyright ownership of the images delivered in download under these conditions: Commercial use of these photos is prohibited. These images are for personal use only, and may be reproduced for the purpose of sharing with friends and family.   Images cannot be edited/altered/cropped without written permission.  In the event that these photos will be published, sold for profit, used within marketing materials the client must obtain written permission from and compensate studio prior to the release. This includes all model/senior sessions. 

Studio Usage Rights/Copyrights: Client grants studio unrestricted usage rights and copyrights to use and publish photographs in any manner or medium. Client grants studio permission to use images taken within this session in sample albums, marketing materials, editorial, online web presences, including but not limited to, website, social networks, blog, etc. Images may also be used in photographic competitions and for publication in which case the client will release all profits from images.

Re-shoot Policy: In the event that studio is required by the client to re-shoot the session without 7 days prior notice, the client may do so only once, if that session is reschedule the client will be responsible for an additional retainer deposit to secure that date.

 In the event that the weather conditions are not desirable for the shoot based on studio recommendations, the session will need to be rescheduled and the fee will be waived. Due to liability and equipment damages this decision will be at studio discretion.

 In the event that a re-shoot has been scheduled due to the nature of the client appearance in the previous session, the client is held responsible for purchasing an additional package.

 Limit of Liability:  In the unlikely event that the photographer is injured or becomes too ill to photograph the session, studio will make every effort to secure a replacement photographer unless otherwise specified by the client.  In the unlikely event that photographs have been lost, stolen, or destroyed for reasons within or beyond studio control, studio liability is limited to the return of all payments received.  The limit of liability for a partial loss of originals will be a prorated amount of the exposures lost based on the percentage of total number of originals.

Exclusive Photographer:  Client agrees and understands that no other party then Lela Johnson may take pictures of any poses, lighting situations, or set ups made by Lela Johnson.  This slows down the photographer’s work and violates the photographer’s right to take a picture of the event.  Client agrees to take responsibility for insisting that no person(s) get in the way of Lela Johnson or taking pictures in these situations.

Completion Schedule: Due to the nature of these sessions, completion and product delivery time may vary.  Lela Johnson will deliver your online gallery within 30 days after the date of the shoot.  Client understands and agrees that proofs are the exclusive property of Lela Johnson and client has no rights to these photos except for the limited printing rights given within the gallery for client to print and use.  All photos delivered to client are licensed for client’s personal use only.  Client is not to alter these images in any way.


Any addendum made to this contract, must be agreed upon by all parties involved, in writing.

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