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How Digital Signatures can Help Freelancers - Photographers

Photography is a gratifying profession – both financially as well as creatively. This is why most photographers you will meet are usually on a very tight schedule. They are busy people. Sometimes, they have events scheduled months in advance only because their current schedule does not allow them to take any new clients! Now add to this the headache of maintaining multiple contracts for multiple clients at the same time. Life for a photographer can become chaos, especially when they’re always on the move, trying to focus on the job at hand: to produce the best work for their clientele.

Let us first try and understand why photographers need contracts.

WHY DO PHOTOGRAPHERS NEED PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRACTS?

Photography contracts are legally binding documents. One of the main reasons photographers use contracts while dealing with clients is to preserve their time and work as business owners or independent contractors. Here are some of the other more important reasons why photographers must use contracts before every photoshoot:

  • In case of unexpected troubles, both the photographer and the client are protected under a well-written photography contract.
  • Helps avoid miscommunication or conflicts between both parties since all expectations, rights, and responsibilities are clearly mentioned.
  • Helps clients get what they’re looking for.
  • Includes important terms of payment clauses.
  • In case of unforeseen circumstances like sickness or bad weather, contracts add options like re-shoots or additional prints.
  • Outlines important copyright-related details.
  • Protects photographers from clients who may later demand more than what was agreed upon, often at the same price.
  • Sets a high perception of the photographer in the client’s mind, indicating professionalism and expertise.

Photography contracts make sure clients are happy with their photos. At the end of the day, this is what matters to any photographer.

Also read: DrySign for Freelancers

HOW TO CREATE & AUTHORIZE A PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRACT?

There are different types of contracts in photography like model release contracts, photo session agreement contracts, rights to photos contracts, property release contracts, equipment rental contracts, second shooter contracts, and many more, depending on the client’s exact requirement. For example, if the client wants 10 drone shots in their album, the photographer will have to create a separate equipment rental contract in addition to the regular photo session agreement contract.

Managing all these different types of contracts for separate clients can be a tedious and meticulous endeavor, especially for individual photographers or a small team of photographers. Digital signature platforms like DrySign can eliminate all these problem statements.

  1. Meet with the client over a video call or in person
  2. Gather the requirements and outline the expectations, roles, and responsibilities
  3. Draft the contract with the help of a contract writer
  4. Log in to DrySign
  5. Select the Group Sign option
  6. Upload the contract
  7. Sign it
  8. Send the same contract via email to your clients for signing

Done! It’s that easy.

UNIQUE BENEFITS OF USING DRYSIGN FOR PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRACTS

  • Cloud storage – All photography contracts and documents are stored safely and permanently online.
  • Cost savings – Save costs associated with manually sending and receiving contracts.
  • Safety – No risk of theft or loss of any document or photography contract due to physical damage or misplacement.
  • Audit trail access – Retrieve any photography contract from anywhere, anytime.
  • Greater flexibility and satisfaction for clients – Works on all devices and operating systems while reaching multiple signatories at a time.
  • Greater flexibility and satisfaction for photographers – Seamless integration with platforms like Salesforce, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Dropbox.
  • Workflow efficiency – Frees up a large chunk of the photographer’s time so that they focus on the main job: photography.

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