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A contract template to formalize terms between a model and a photographer

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Model Contract Template

A model contract is a type of service contract between a model and a photographer. It is a legally binding agreement used to formalize the agreed-upon contract terms between the two parties. A written contract is important because it spells both the expectations of the model and the photographer.


What is in the Model Template?


  • This model contract sample template is completely customizable and available at your disposal.
  • It can be edited and adjusted at any time to fit future modeling or photography ventures.
  • This model template is user-friendly and easy to edit.


Why do I need a Model Contract?


A modeling agreement is beneficial to both parties. The contract is useful for a model if they intend to provide their services to an individual or company. A modeling agreement is also helpful for a photographer who plans to hire a model for a photoshoot. It also sets clear expectations for each party. For example, if the photographer agrees to pay the model a flat fee of $1,000, but fails to pay the agreed-upon compensation. The model may pursue legal action for breach of contract to obtain the amount owed under the contract terms.


An enforceable contract is essential when providing a service or receiving a service. If the agreement is not in writing, it is often difficult to prove and leaves the parties with very limited remedies. A model contract is also a vital document because it details the scope of services. 


What Should Be Included in the Model Contract?


Modeling contracts vary based on the project. However, this modeling agreement template is easily modifiable to suit your needs. There are a few key elements that a modeling contract should include. A model agreement generally consists of the following components: 

  • The Parties
  • Effective Date
  • Duration of Project
  • Scope of Services
  • Compensation
  • Wardrobe, Supplies, and Expenses
  • Confidentiality or Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Ownership
  • Copyright and Reproduction
  • Promotional Rights and Model Release
  • Indemnification and Release
  • Governing Law
  • Legal Fees
  • Signatures
  • Personal Information may be required beyond the models name or modeling agency

The key difference between a modeling contract that makes it unique from other contracts is the wardrobe, expenses, copyrights, reproduction, and model release. For example, the contract should identify which party is responsible for providing the wardrobe. It should detail down to the shoes and other accessories. Another consideration is the expenses. It is important to answer the following questions: 

  • Will the model be responsible for travel arrangements and/or expenses?
  • Will the photographer be responsible for travel arrangements and/or expenses?

All of the tiny details should be implemented in the contract. Neither party should rely on a verbal or “gentleman’s agreement.” Any oral agreements should be memorialized in writing and signed by both parties. If later the parties need to modify the agreement, they can draft a contract amendment incorporating the new terms. A contract amendment MUST be signed and dated by both parties.


Preview of Contract:

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