Assistant Photographer: Work-for-Hire Contract

This is a contract I am using when hiring second shooters for weddings.

This agreement is between Rebecca Evans (Photographer), and Second Shooter Name(Contractor).


Contractor agrees to work for Photographer as an independent contractor, providing photography-related services on date in location.


This assignment, as well as any future assignments, is and will be contracted on a case-by-case basis only. Photographer is under no obligation to guarantee Contractor any minimum number of contracts or any minimum number of hours. All work performed by Contractor for Photographer shall be governed by the covenants of this Agreement.

Independent Contractor

Photographer specifically agree that Contractor is performing the services as an independent contractor and is not an employee of Photographer. Nothing in this Agreement should be construed as creating an employer-employee relationship. Contractor further agrees to be responsible for all of his/her own federal and state taxes, withholding, social security, insurance, and all other benefits.


Contractor shall be paid $Contract amountupon successful transfer of all digital files to Photographer.

Delivery of Images

Contractor agrees to cull images to the top choices and transfer all photos he/she took at the listed event within two weeks from the event date. Contractor is responsible for possessing his/her own memory cards and shall make those cards available to Photographer for download immediately upon completion of the event.

Copyright & Reproduction Rights

The Contractor's assignment is work for hire. As such, the copyrights of the images produced by him/her belong to Photographer. Contractor agrees not to sell any image taken during the contracted event to any person, company, group, advertising agency, or otherwise, without Photographer's express written permission. Photographer grants Contractor permission to use the images taken during the contracted event for Contractor's professional use in the following manner:

  • Print portfolio at will
  • Website (including but not limited to blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) after one (1) months from date full blog is posted to Photographer's website (

Web use shall include an accompanying "Photographed for Rejoicing Rebecca" credit line. Images posted should not be the same images posted on Photographer's website, Facebook, or Twitter accounts. Any use that exceeds this limited scope is strictly prohibited.


Contractor understands that he/she represents Photographer and not any other business while completing assignments for Photographer. While directly working for Photographer, Contractor will not advertise his/her own business, will not solicit work for him/herself, and will only distribute Photographer's business cards, name, and marketing materials. Contractor is not bound by an exclusivity agreement when not working directly for Photographer. Contractor may pursue other photographic work for him/herself or other studios, as long as it shall not directly compete with Photographer, infringe upon Photographer's client base, or solicit Photographer's clients, either directly or indirectly.


Contractor understands that all materials, price lists, contracts, financial documents, agreements, and other information or documents that are given to him/her in the scope of his/her assignments, are the exclusive property of Photographer, and are privileged, confidential information. Contractor agrees not to reveal this information to anyone, nor to use this information to the detriment of Photographer in any way.


Contractor warrants that he/she is liable for any loss or any other financial liability suffered by Photographer due to a failure to perform, other than a documented medical emergency or "Act of Nature." Photographer is not liable for any loss or damage to Contractor’s equipment under this contract.


Contractor is responsible for providing all of his/her own equipment with which to complete the assignment. Photographer will not supply memory cards to Contractor. Contractor should take pictures using the raw format provided by the digital SLR camera used.


Responsibilities of Contractor include but are not limited to the following:

  • taking pictures of events, details, and people
  • holding and/or carrying lighting and other equipment
  • directing people
  • independently capturing moments of the day
  • attending to other photography-related details


The agreement constitutes the entire agreements between the parties. Any modification of this agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties. If any provision of this agreement is declared invalid, then the remainder of the agreement will remain in force and effect.

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