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‍ Acme LLC.

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Date: March 8th 2023



Acme LLC.

Corporation Corp.

This Contract is between Client (the "Client") and Acme LLC, a California limited liability company (the "Coach").

The Contract is dated January 23, 2023.


1.1 Project. The Client is hiring the Coach to develop a coaching relationship between the Client and Coach in order to cultivate the Client's personal, professional, or business goals and create a plan to achieve those goals through stimulating and creative interactions with the ultimate result of maximizing the Client's personal or professional potential.

1.2 Schedule. The Coach will begin work on February 1, 2023 and will continue until the work is completed. This Contract can be ended by either Client or Coach at any time, pursuant to the terms of Section 4, Term and Termination.

The Coach and Client will meet by video conference, 4 days per month for 2 hours.

1.3 Payment. The Client will pay the Coach an hourly rate of $150. Of this, the Client will pay the Coach $500.00 (USD) before work begins.

1.4 Expenses. The Client will reimburse the Coach's expenses. Expenses do not need to be pre-approved by the Client.

1.5 Invoices. The Coach will invoice the Client in accordance with the milestones in Section 1.3. The Client agrees to pay the amount owed within 15 days of receiving the invoice. Payment after that date will incur a late fee of 1.0% per month on the outstanding amount.

1.6 Support. The Coach will not be available by telephone, or email in between scheduled sessions.


- A coaching relationship is a partnership between two or more individuals or entities, like a teacher-student or coach-athlete relationship. Both the Client and Coach must uphold their obligations for the relationship to be successful.

- The Coach agrees to maintain the ethics and standards of behavior established by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

- The Client acknowledges and agrees that coaching is a comprehensive process that may explore different areas of the Client's life, including work, finances, health, and relationships.

- The Client is responsible for implementing the insights and techniques learned from the Coach.


3.1 Overview. This section contains important promises between the parties.

3.2 Authority To Sign. Each party promises to the other party that it has the authority to enter into this Contract and to perform all of its obligations under this Contract.

3.3 Coach Has Right To Give Client Work Product. The Coach promises that it owns the work product, that the Coach is able to give the work product to the Client, and that no other party will claim that it owns the work product. If the Coach uses employees or subcontractors, the Coach also promises that these employees and subcontractors have signed contracts with the Coach giving the Coach any rights that the employees or subcontractors have related to the Coach's background IP and work product.

3.4 Coach Will Comply With Laws. The Coach promises that the manner it does this job, its work product, and any background IP it uses comply with applicable U.S. and foreign laws and regulations.

3.5 Work Product Does Not Infringe. The Coach promises that its work product does not and will not infringe on someone else's intellectual property rights, that the Coach has the right to let the Client use the background IP, and that this Contract does not and will not violate any contract that the Coach has entered into or will enter into with someone else.

3.7 Client-Supplied Material Does Not Infringe. If the Client provides the Coach with material to incorporate into the work product, the Client promises that this material does not infringe on someone else's intellectual property rights.


This Contract is ongoing until it expires or the work is completed. Either party may end this Contract for any reason by sending an email or letter to the other party, informing the recipient that the sender is ending the Contract and that the Contract will end in 7 days. The Contract officially ends once that time has passed. The party that is ending the Contract must provide notice by taking the steps explained in Section 9.4. The Coach must immediately stop working as soon as it receives this notice unless the notice says otherwise.

If either party ends this Contract before the Contract automatically ends, the Client will pay the Contractor for the work done up until when the Contract ends. The following sections don't end even after the Contract ends: 3 (Representations); 6 (Confidential Information); 7 (Limitation of Liability); 8 (Indemnity); and 9 (General).


The Client is hiring the Coach as an independent contractor. The following statements accurately reflect their relationship:

- The Coach will use its own equipment, tools, and material to do the work.

- The Client will not control how the job is performed on a day-to-day basis. Rather, the Coach is responsible for determining when, where, and how it will carry out the work.

- The Client will not provide the Coach with any training.

- The Client and the Coach do not have a partnership or employer-employee relationship.

- The Coach cannot enter into contracts, make promises, or act on behalf of the Client.

- The Coach is not entitled to the Client's benefits (e.g., group insurance, retirement benefits, retirement plans, vacation days).

- The Coach is responsible for its own taxes.

- The Client will not withhold social security and Medicare taxes or make payments for disability insurance, unemployment insurance, or workers compensation for the Coach or any of the Coach's employees or subcontractors.


6.1 Overview. This Contract imposes special restrictions on how the Client and the Coach must handle confidential information. These obligations are explained in this section.

6.2 The Client's Confidential Information. While working for the Client, the Coach may come across, or be given, Client information that is confidential. This is information like customer lists, business strategies, research & development notes, statistics about a website, and other information that is private. The Coach promises to treat this information as if it is the Coach's own confidential information. The Coach may use this information to do its job under this Contract, but not for anything else. For example, if the Client lets the Coach use a customer list to send out a newsletter, the Coach cannot use those email addresses for any other purpose. The one exception to this is if the Client gives the Coach written permission to use the information for another purpose, the Coach may use the information for that purpose, as well. When this Contract ends, the Coach must give back or destroy all confidential information, and confirm that it has done so. The Coach promises that it will not share confidential information with a third party, unless the Client gives the Coach written permission first. The Coach must continue to follow these obligations, even after the Contract ends. The Coach's responsibilities only stop if the Coach can show any of the following: (i) that the information was already public when the Coach came across it; (ii) the information became public after the Coach came across it, but not because of anything the Coach did or didn't do; (iii) the Coach already knew the information when the Coach came across it and the Coach didn't have any obligation to keep it secret; (iv) a third party provided the Coach with the information without requiring that the Coach keep it a secret; or (v) the Coach created the information on its own, without using anything belonging to the Client.

6.3 Third-Party Confidential Information. It's possible the Client and the Coach each have access to confidential information that belongs to third parties. The Client and the Coach each promise that it will not share with the other party confidential information that belongs to third parties, unless it is allowed to do so. If the Client or the Coach is allowed to share confidential information with the other party and does so, the sharing party promises to tell the other party in writing of any special restrictions regarding that information.


Neither party is liable for breach-of-contract damages that the breaching party could not reasonably have foreseen when it entered this Contract.


8.1 Overview. This section transfers certain risks between the parties if a third party sues or goes after the Client or the Coach or both. For example, if the Client gets sued for something that the Coach did, then the Coach may promise to come to the Client's defense or to reimburse the Client for any losses.

8.2 Client Indemnity. In this Contract, the Coach agrees to indemnify the Client (and its affiliates and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against all liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of: (i) the work the Coach has done under this Contract; (ii) a breach by the Coach of its obligations under this Contract; or (iii) a breach by the Coach of the promises it is making in Section 3 (Representations).

8.3 Coach Indemnity. In this Contract, the Client agrees to indemnify the Coach (and its affiliates and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of a breach by the Client of its obligations under this Contract.


9.1 Assignment​. This Contract applies only to the Client and the Coach. Neither the Client nor the Coach can assign its rights or delegate its obligations under this Contract to a third-party (other than by will or intestate), without first receiving the other's written permission.

9.2 Arbitration. As the exclusive means of initiating adversarial proceedings to resolve any dispute arising under this Contract, a party may demand that the dispute be resolved by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its commercial arbitration rules.

9.3 Modification; Waiver. To change anything in this Contract, the Client and the Coach must agree to that change in writing and sign a document showing their contract. Neither party can waive its rights under this Contract or release the other party from its obligations under this Contract, unless the waiving party acknowledges it is doing so in writing and signs a document that says so.

9.4. Noticies.

(a) Over the course of this Contract, one party may need to send a notice to the other party. For the notice to be valid, it must be in writing and delivered in one of the following ways: personal delivery, email, or certified or registered mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested). The notice must be delivered to the party's address listed at the end of this Contract or to another address that the party has provided in writing as an appropriate address to receive notice.

(b) The timing of when a notice is received can be very important. To avoid confusion, a valid notice is considered received as follows: (i) if delivered personally, it is considered received immediately; (ii) if delivered by email, it is considered received upon acknowledgement of receipt; (iii) if delivered by registered or certified mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested), it is considered received upon receipt as indicated by the date on the signed receipt. If a party refuses to accept notice or if notice cannot be delivered because of a change in address for which no notice was given, then it is considered received when the notice is rejected or unable to be delivered. If the notice is received after 5:00pm on a business day at the location specified in the address for that party, or on a day that is not a business day, then the notice is considered received at 9:00am on the next business day.

9.5 Severability. This section deals with what happens if a portion of the Contract is found to be unenforceable. If that's the case, the unenforceable portion will be changed to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable, unless that change is not permitted by law, in which case the portion will be disregarded. If any portion of the Contract is changed or disregarded because it is unenforceable, the rest of the Contract is still enforceable.

9.6 Signatures. The Client and the Coach must sign this document using Bonsai's e-signing system. These electronic signatures count as originals for all purposes.

9.7 Governing Law. The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this document shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America.

9.8 Entire Contract. This Contract represents the parties' final and complete understanding of this job and the subject matter discussed in this Contract. This Contract supersedes all other contracts (both written and oral) between the parties.



Acme LLC.

Corporation Corp.
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What Is a Photography Contract?

A photography contract is a legally binding written agreement between a photographer and an employer. It outlines everything from the job responsibilities, the payment terms and schedule, copyright ownership, cancellation policy, and much more.

Depending on your area of expertise and your photography business, you may need a specific contract to cover all your requirements. This could be a wedding photography contract, an event photography contract, a portrait photography contract, or even a photography contracts bundle should you offer more than one service to a client.

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Why Is a Photography Contract Important?

A photography contract in general is going to keep your business relationship with a client formal and your agreements legally protected. We’ve all heard of clients taking advantage of a photographer, either by ghosting them or refusing to pay. A contract is your safeguard against this kind of behavior.

Below, we’ll cover the three main reasons why a photography contract is important and how it’s going to help you.

Clarifies roles and expectations

No one wants to take on a job not knowing exactly what is expected of you. For photographers, there are many different services you can provide a client, so by having a written agreement you’ll make sure your responsibilities are clear and avoid any miscommunication.

This section should be one of the first things you discuss with the client. If the services you offer don’t align with the client’s expectations, then you won’t have wasted too much time when you decline their proposal.

Protects both parties

One big advantage of a photography contract is that it’s going to protect the interests of both parties.

Whether it’s an unforeseen circumstance, a dispute over services provided, or issues with payment details, a contract is going to make sure everything you agreed to is in writing and understood by each party.

Sets out payment conditions and work hours

A photography contract is also going to set out your payment terms, including your rates and the dates you will be paid.

You should outline your working hours as well, stating your start and end date, when in the day you’ll begin, and when you’ll have your breaks. This is a good opportunity to agree to any overtime charges.

Who Is This Contract Template For?

A photography contract template is for any photographer who knows they’ll be getting more clients in the future and wants to steamroll through the negotiation stages (without the risk of missing out on something important).

Creating your own photography contract template can take a lot of time, effort, and legal advice (and fees) to make sure it’s a legally binding document. You can make this process a lot easier on yourself by using one of Bonsai’s free photography contract templates. They’re all vetted by legal experts and hundreds of freelancers like yourself, so you can have some peace of mind that your interests will be protected when you and your client come to an agreement.

What Should Photography Contracts Include?

Whether you're a wedding photographer, a portrait photographer, or a commercial photographer, all photography contracts will need to include certain essential elements.

While only you can know everything you specifically need for your own photography contract, below are some of the key elements to include (with further explanations):

  • Contact details of both parties
  • Deliverables and their costs
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  • Date and times of service
  • Cancellation policy
  • Force majeure and liability
  • Copyright
  • Travel and expenses
  • Termination of the contract
  • Other elements to consider

Contact details of both parties

Contact details of both parties should include your names (including company names if required), the job description, and the preferred method of contact. You may also want to include a physical address for shipment or invoicing reasons.

Deliverables and their costs

For every service you offer, you should have a certain cost assigned to it. This is so the client can pick and choose everything they want from you and know what the cost is going to be.

Date and times of service

Remember to include your start date, end date, and any breaks you’ll take throughout the session. Some photographers also offer touch-up and editing services post-session, which should be outlined here too.

Cancelation policy

Unforeseen circumstances can lead to an event being canceled or postponed. For this reason, you should have a cancelation policy and a non-refundable deposit in place.

Force majeure and liability

Meaning ‘Force Superior’ in French, this term is based on the fact that there are unavoidable events that can stop you from delivering the work. By including this in your photography contract, you can waive liability should anything like this occur which stops you from completing the job.


Include any copyright clauses that you need to, which can include the transfer of ownership and permissions given.

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Travel and expenses

Offering photography services almost always means you’re traveling somewhere and even staying overnight in another town. It’s important to include any expenses that you are likely to accumulate and how the client will reimburse you.

Termination of contract

Every signed contract should include reasons for terminating the contract. This could be when you hand over the photos, the final payment, or for any reasons that both parties agree to.

Other elements to consider


You may want an agreement around being the only photographer at an event. You can also include details on any second shooter contracts.

Faulty equipment

Sometimes, faulty equipment can affect even the most experienced and professional photographers. It’s a good idea to outline who is liable in these situations.

Printing errors

Sometimes you’ll be requested to print pictures or to use a Polaroid camera during your session. Include who’s liable should any printing errors occur.

Post-production limitations

This can occur when there’s bad lighting or color which affects the quality of an image. Outline your responsibility should this happen.

A suitable replacement photographer

You can’t be everywhere at once! Photographers can overbook themselves, so include an agreement around hiring a replacement photographer.

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Photographer costs

In 2020, the average cost of a photographer throughout the U.S was almost $20 per hour or $41,280 annually. Of course, whatever you charge now will depend on what type of photography you offer, your experience, what state or city you’re based in, and even the individual you’re dealing with.

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Do photographers need contracts?

Yes, of course! Photography is a well-known business and is very important for companies and private events. To have some peace of mind about security, and to show professionalism, a legally binding contract is always a good idea.

Can I write my own photography contract?

You can, but you’ll need to put a lot of time, effort, and resources into making it a professional and legally binding document—this means hiring a lawyer to write it for you.

At Bonsai, we make it a whole lot easier for you by offering a bundle of vetted and free contract templates. Whether you’re a wedding photographer, a commercial photographer, or just getting started—one of our free photography contract templates will work for you.

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Questions about this template.

How do I write a photography contract?

Writing a photography contract has been made easy by Bonsai. With their photography contract template, all you need to do is edit the details to your specifications.

Can I write my own photography contract?

You don't need to sit down with a lawyer to write a photography contract. Bonsai has already done the leg work for you with all the proper legal agreement provisions you need. Simply download the templated and edit.

What are the types of photography contracts?

There are multiple types of photography contracts. To name are the following: Model release contracts, Photo session agreements, Rights to photos, Property release, Wedding photography, Gallery sales, and Equipment rental.