It was my first big boudoir client and I was set to make over $1000.
She had her heart set on a huge metal print that was so big it needed its own custom-made crate to ship it in! We had several lengthy phone conversations on getting the size just right and I even made a few cardboard templates of various dimensions she could hold above her bed to pick out the perfect size, ultimately settling on a massive 50 x 20.
We had a date set for the shoot and she’d even sent me 50% of the money up front.
Wow, this was really going to happen! I was so proud of myself for having worked so hard to get to this point and it was finally paying off.
Then just before the big day, completely out of the blue, I received an email from her telling me she was cancelling the shoot and requesting a full refund.
Wow… it felt like the rug had been pulled right out from under me and I had no recourse because…
I didn’t have a contract.
There was no written agreement on refunds, deposits, cancellations or anything.
The next day I promptly refunded her money and swore to myself that would never happen again. I learned the hard way why a contract was so important when doing business.
The good news was that I’d reached a point where I needed one.
The next day I went online and found a few photography contracts for sale but you had to buy them first to find out what was in them and I didn’t like the idea of that.
What if they didn’t contain what I needed?
I considered hiring a lawyer to write one for me but realized that would be really expensive, and besides, I couldn’t imagine a lawyer knowing the first thing about boudoir photography. I’d have to tell them everything I’d want in it and end up doing most of the work for them!
Then I thought... "Why not write one yourself?"
Could I do that?
Should I do that?
I decided to give it a try. I found every available free photography contract online from different genres and read through them and used those as a blueprint to construct my own.
I made sure it was easy to understand and written in plain English.
I then paid a lawyer from a well-established law firm in Richmond, Virginia to review it and make any changes he saw necessary. After some much improved alterations, I ended up with a customized contract that specifically addressed my needs as a boudoir photographer.
And now that I’ve been using it successfully in my own business, you finally have the opportunity to use it in yours too.
I call it My Ultimate Boudoir Photo Shoot Contract.