Sign the contract for your photography session and pay the retainer fee below! Let me know if you have any questions! :)

Names of Parents *
Names of Parents
Child's Name
Child's Name
If you know it yet!
Due Date
Due Date
Shipping Address *
Shipping Address
Telephone of Client *
Telephone of Client
Delivered Products *
Client agrees to what is included in the custom package discussed with photographer via email or phone.
Non-Refundable Retainer Amount *
$75 due at booking
Session Fee *
$250 per session — retainer fee is applied toward this balance.
After Session *
After the session and viewing of gallery, photographer is to be paid in full for final files before any final files will be delivered. Payment for any print products must be made before orders for such products will be placed.
TERMS + CONDITIONS *
This is a legally binding contract between Melissa Nocks, Mel Nocks Photography, LLC, DBA Dear Lissie Photography and the client stated above. It supersedes all previous agreements (verbal or written) between parties. The only way to add or change this agreement is to do so in writing, signed by all parties. If any parties waive or alter part of this agreement, the rest of the agreement remains intact.
Scheduling *
Clients are to notify photographer of birth within 48 hours of birth in order to ensure schedule availability within the preferred 2 week window for photographing newborns. If not notified within 48 hours, no guarantees can be made that the newborn session can be scheduled within the first 2 weeks. In this case and if the newborn is scheduled beyond the first 2 weeks, no guarantees can be made about acheiving images reflective of the look and style that exists in the portfolio on the Dear Lissie Website, although every effort will be made on the behalf of the photographer. Newborns are photographed before 2 weeks in order to acheive the sweet, sleepy, womb-like poses and to preserve the earliest details of the baby before that fleeting time period is over.
Cancellations *
If the session is cancelled or postponed by the client with more than 30 days prior to the session, the nonrefundable retainer payment will not be returned, it being the agreed loss suffered by the photographer due to cancellation. If the session is cancelled within 30 days of the wedding, the full amount will still require payment and will be non-refundable. In the unlikely event the photographer determines that she is unable to complete the coverage due to unforeseen circumstances, all money (including the deposit) will be returned to the client. In the unlikely event that the photographer is too ill to complete the session or some other emergency should arise and if unable to reschedule, she will arrange for a new photographer of equal caliber and quality or will return all monies at the discretion of the client.
Limit of Liability *
In the unlikely event of a total photographic failure or cancellation of this contract by either party or in any circumstance, the liability of one party to the other shall be limited to the total value of the contract. Neither party shall be liable for indirect or consequential loss. Any legal matters will be held in the photographer’s home state, any legal fees incurred by the photographer as a result of a client prosecution will be paid by the client.
Copyright, Reproduction, and Model Release *
The copyright of the photographs is retained by the photographer at all times throughout the world. Where a disc of photographs has been included for the clients as part of the session collection, these photographs will include a print release and may be printed, and or displayed online, for personal use. Commercial uses must be expressly approved in written form by the photographer and include citation. The photographer retains the right to use the photographs for the purposes of advertising or otherwise promoting her work. Client agrees not to sell any of the files or prints without written permission from the photographer. The client agrees to have themselves and others in their photographs pictured in such a way. The client agrees that they are signing a model release to allow the use of their photographs (of themselves or their child) for the photographer’s business purposes.
Social Media *
This clause applies to all social media, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram and blogs. When published online it is required that citation of photographer be made. The client agrees that they will under no circumstances alter the photographer’s photographs that are placed in public on the internet. As a photographer, I need photographs that are placed online to be accurate representations of my work so that future clients have a good understanding of the type of photographs that they’ll receive. The client agrees to be responsible for any family member or friend who posts my photographs online and agrees that they cannot be cropped (with the exception of the forced cropping for Facebook’s Timeline), altered in color, or edited in any way.
Retention and Protection of Final Files *
No images or products shall be provided before payment is made in full. Once the JPEG files are delivered to the client, it is the client’s sole responsibility to protect and retain their images for the future. It is highly recommended that DVDs or USB drives be duplicated and stored in multiple locations that are cool and dry. (Technology can be fickle; one of the best ways to ensure the client’s images will last for generations is for the client to print them.) If client requires old files to be duplicated by the photographer, and they are still within the photographer’s possession, a restocking fee may be applied.
Satisfaction + Accuracy *
While the photographer will allow creative input from the client (ie. color/style incorporation), the photographer reserves the right to uphold her style and creative integrity. If at any point the desire of a client threatens the safety of a child, the photographer reserves the right to cease photographing. The client agrees that the work delivered will be of a similar style and caliber to those photographs on our website and blog, and that the photographer will have complete creative control during the session and in post-processing. The images will be delivered in JPEG format with a mix of color and black and white images (unless the client specifically requests otherwise and the photographer agrees), and deemed appropriate by the photographer. No re-editing will be done after the final edited copies are presented to the client without additional fees and agreement from both parties. The client agrees that the photographer can only capture the situation that happens; weather, location, schedule complications, time restraints and subject’s ability to cooperate, are all factors in the quality of the photographs. The photographer will not edit for physical size, hair, nor any other physical appearance issue other than blemishes, unless an additional request, approval and payment has been made.
Interference/Obstruction *
No clients, family members or guests may impede the photographer when she is shooting or performing her duties; failure to comply with this may result in missed moments or fewer delivered images. The responsibility of this will fall on the client to ensure all are in compliance. Use of cell phone photography is prohibited without consent from photographer (ie. I don't mind if you want to grab a few behind the scenes shots but if they go on social media, be sure to tag my business!) No other professional photographers will be hired by the client or located on site photographing the client unless otherwise approved by Melissa Nocks of Dear Lissie Photography.
The undersigned have read and understood the above contract and agree to the terms and conditions in their entirety. *
The undersigned have read and understood the above contract and agree to the terms and conditions in their entirety.
Your name, typed below, serves as your signature of agreement to this contract.
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