My photography contract nightmare… I was ALMOST SUED



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24 thoughts on “My photography contract nightmare… I was ALMOST SUED

  • December 30, 2020 at 20:05
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    Who made it to the part when I screamed? 😂 Anyone else have horror stories when I comes to contracts???

  • December 30, 2020 at 20:05
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    Hey Chris, Do you have a contract template or example? I think the copyrighting part of the contract is the hardest part for me.

  • December 30, 2020 at 20:05
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    The moment you told me that there was a "Do not compete clause… that they didn't send you…" I just felt so cheated. How is this professional when they are supposed to fully disclose everything in an agreement.

  • December 30, 2020 at 20:05
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    So the part you never explained was, if Company C did peruse legal action, could their case actually hold water if they never gave you the clause to review and sign? It seems like its invalidated by not providing it prior to the your signature.

  • December 30, 2020 at 20:05
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    Hi Chris. Great video with great information BUT, it's only 50% of the larger issue. If you HAD been aware that company C wanted to restrict you from EVER doing business with Company A or B directly, how would you have navigated the issue? Very few photographers would have the clout to have such a clause removed. Had you made an issue of the non-compete, the likely outcome would have been that company C would have found another photographer.

    Awareness of the legal pitfalls is one thing. But I'm guessing in the end, most photographers would have taken the work regardless of the non-compete, and wold have been right back in the situation you were when Company A/B came to you directly. Would you have done things differently? Or would it have simply been an informed decision at that point?

  • December 30, 2020 at 20:05
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    Man this was great! People need to know these things and for most artists its a little overwhelming. And YES – Get a Lawyer and or an Agent to help ya if you can!

  • December 30, 2020 at 20:05
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    You got lucky with that one. Even legal disputes are nicer in Canada! In the U.S., many companies would file a suit just to prove a point and make you sweat hard before letting it go. And, many would try to get some money out of you first even if it costs them more than the few thousand bucks they would get from you.

  • December 30, 2020 at 20:05
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    Im stoned off my ass on some good BUD I got here in the Springs. I am so like who are the lenses.?.. whooooooa

  • December 30, 2020 at 20:05
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    I "almost" had a similar situation – "There is a non compete clause in the contract!!!!" – "OK – please send me your complete client list and all of your prospects and I'll make sure not to engage with them." – "errrmmmm – It's OK – don't worry about it".

  • December 30, 2020 at 20:05
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    Loved this .. first time tuning in. Great energy buddy and the style is sick. Thanks for creating this awesome checklist. I am creating online classes at the moment with a company and this is exactly what I needed to see.

  • December 30, 2020 at 20:05
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    Ur a beastttt. ALSO everybody it would mean a lot of you subscribed to my channel.. I’ve been uploading recently 👏🏻

  • December 30, 2020 at 20:05
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    Good video, vewry important stuff. Getting the worst anxiety of your life with one legal threat is funny for me, try to be a architect or a contractor this is happening ALL THE TIME! Also they can't really sue you if they didn't give you a copy of the agreement…

  • December 30, 2020 at 20:05
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    I am a 31-year pro commercial photog and former 8-year college photo instructor that also taught the business of photography. Been watching your videos for a year or so. Your quality of work is well above being a third-tier photographer for commercial work. I get it that sometimes work can be difficult to find you, but with a good marketing campaign and charging your worth you can easily bypass the middle tier money grabs. Many corporate marketing departments are well aware they are paying markups on agency found creatives and will gladly pay your worth. That amount will be lower than the agency recommended visual creatives and you can work less and make more profit. It is all your mindset. Of course, stay on course with your marketing plan. Let the big guys know you exist. The rest will come! BTW, I – generally – paid within 14 days, but never more than 30 days. I spell it out in the contract. Being upfront about payment is the same as being upfront with image delivery. Don't be shy about business practices. It will make you more professional in eyes of the client.

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