Contracts for Architecture Photography – The Business of Architecture Photography


There are very few guarantees in life – death, taxes, and the assurance that something will go wrong in your career as an architectural photographer. It’s not a matter of if but when. That is why photographers must protect themselves (and their clients) with a strong contract. The Contracts for Architecture Photography video is part of “The Business of Architecture Photography” series featuring Mike Kelley and Matthew Anderson.

In this video, Mike and Matthew dissect Mike’s architectural photography contract line by line. Hear lessons from Matthew Anderson’s career working in a small market (Kansas City) and how his contract compares and contrasts with Mike Kelley’s contract and business practices working in a large market (Los Angeles).

You can expect to learn about the nuances of making a contract geared towards photographing the built environment. Matthew and Mike translate the legalese and help you understand the terms in a powerful contract. This helps you better understand the why behind each line item, and protects both you and your client.


Have you ever wished you could take a look at the contract your fellow architecture photographers are using? In this video, you can!

In the Contracts for Architecture Photography video, Kansas City-based architectural photographer Matthew Anderson and Los Angeles-based architectural photographer Mike Kelley discuss why it is important to use a contract, as well as the elements of a good contract. In this video, you can expect to learn about using a contract to:

  • Set expectations for deliverables
  • Explain usage & ownership
  • Ensure safety on location
  • Communicate how and when you will get paid
  • The ins and outs of arbitration
  • Amendments
  • Handling embargos
  • Dealing with requests from clients to sign their contract

Here is a short preview of the content included in this video:

What’s included?

The Contracts for Architecture Photography video is approximately one hour long and is available as an instant digital download. Within moments of your purchase, you will be sent a download link giving you access to Contracts for Architecture Photography. Please note that this download link is only for Contracts for Architecture Photography video. If you would like to purchase the Contracts for Architecture Photography video bundle that includes the APA Contract Template, you can do so here.  If you want to purchase the entire “The Business of Architectural Photography” series, you can do so here.

Who should watch this?

The Contracts for Architecture Photography video is for anyone practicing, or wanting to practice, any aspect of architectural photography. Whether you are brand new to the field and looking for the best way to set up your photography contract, or you already work with a contract, this video explains the benefits and fine print that protects both you and your client. Matthew and Mike go through Mike’s contract line by line and discuss why each section is included, and real-life examples of how these terms have come to their aid in the past.

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I don’t live in America. Is this relevant?

This video dissects a contract that is used in the United States and is based on best business practices under American Law and American copyright. That being said, many of the terms and practices discussed in this video are beneficial to protecting yourself as a photographer no matter what market you operate in, or where you live in the world.

How will the product arrive?

This video is an instant digital download. Due to the nature of the high-quality, long-format videos in The Business of Architecture Photography series, the file sizes are a large and require some patience while downloading.

Is this a tutorial?

The Business of Architecture Photography is a 7 video series in which Matthew Anderson and Mike Kelley sit down together and talk about the ins and outs of their businesses. Think of it less as a tutorial and more of a talk show, or podcast that you can watch. Don’t have time to sit and watch it? Leave it playing in the background while you edit!

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