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Best Business Practices for Photographers, Third Edition, 3rd Edition by John Harrington

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Chapter 29

Contracts for Weddings and Rites of Passage

There are numerous types of rites-of-passage photography. Several of the major ones are weddings, births, deaths (yes, deaths), christenings, brises, sweet sixteen parties, bar and bat mitzvahs, senior portraits, engagement parties, honeymoon photography, anniversary parties, and school reunions. There are countless other types of photography—horse shows, dog shows, school portraits, family portraits, sports league photography, senior prom photography, and the list goes on and on. I have known many “true photographers” who disrespect their brethren for earning an excellent living doing these types of photography. Frankly, I think this disrespectful attitude is just plain wrong. What I have ...

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