This video services agreement  is between , an individuala(n) (the "Videographer") and , an individual a(n) (the "Hiring Party").

The Hiring Party wishes to engage the Videographer as an independent contractor for the Hiring Party for the purpose of shooting videos (the "Videos") at the Hiring Party's event on in (the "Event").

The Videographer wishes to shoot the Videos and provide the Services (as defined below) at the Event in accordance with this agreement.

The parties therefore agree as follows:


  • (a) Engagement. The Hiring Party retains the Videographer to provide and the Videographer shall provide the videography services described in subsection (b) (the "Services").
  • (b) Services. The Videographer shall:
    • (i) devote as much productive time, energy, and ability to the performance of its duties under this agreement as may be necessary to provide the required Services in a timely and productive manner;
    • (ii) perform the Services in a safe, good, and workmanlike manner by fully trained, skilled, competent, and experienced personnel using at all times adequate equipment in good working order. The Videographer may delegate incidental responsibilities to the Videographer's staff, but primary responsibility for fulfilling the Services remains with the Videographer;
    • (iii) provide at least individuals to shoot footage at the Event, including the Videographer;
    • (iv) shoot video at the Event for hours;
    • (v) provide all equipment and supplies required to perform the Services; and
    • (vi) consult with the Hiring Party about specific footage or individuals to be shot at the Event.
  • (c) Hiring Party's Obligations. The Hiring Party shall: 
    • (i) make timely payments of amounts earned by the Videographer under this agreement;
    • (ii) obtain permits and necessary permission for all locations at which the Videographer will be providing Services; and
    • (iii) provide a meal for the Videographer (and any of its assistants) at the Event; and
    • (iii)(iv) provide relevant information to assist the Videographer with the performance of the Services.


  • (a) Fee. As full compensation for the Services, the Hiring Party shall pay the Videographer the sum of $ (the "Fee"), to be paid as follows:
    • (i) $ when this agreement is signed (the "Deposit"); and
    • (ii) the balance  days before the Event.
  • (b) No Payments in Certain Circumstances. No payment will be payable to the Videographer under any of the following circumstances:
    • (i) if prohibited under applicable government law, regulation, or policy; or
    • (ii) if the Videographer did not directly perform or complete the Services;
  • (c) No Other Compensation. The compensation set out above will be the Videographer's sole compensation under this agreement.
  • (d) Expenses. Any ordinary and necessary expenses incurred by the Videographer or its staff in the performance of this agreement, including travel expenses to the Event, will be the Videographer'sHiring Party's responsibility.
  • (e) Taxes. The Videographer is solely responsible for the payment of all income, social security, employment-related, or other taxes incurred as a result of the performance of the Services by the Videographer under this agreement, and for all obligations, reports, and timely notifications relating to those taxes. The Hiring Party has no obligation to pay or withhold any sums for those taxes.
  • (f) Other Benefits. The Videographer has no claim against the Hiring Party under this agreement or otherwise for vacation pay, sick leave, retirement benefits, social security, worker's compensation, health or disability benefits, unemployment insurance benefits, or employee benefits of any kind.


  • (a) Schedule. The Hiring Party shall confirm the schedule of activities at the Event at least one week before the Event.
  • (b) Venue and Location Limitations. The Videographer is limited by the rules and guidelines of the location and site management at the Event. Negotiation with the officials for moderation of any guidelines is the Hiring Party's responsibility; the Videographer may offer technical recommendations but is not responsible for negotiation.
  • (c) Limitation of Liability. The Videographer will endeavor to produce and deliver Videos of the Event, but is not responsible for requested videos not shot or missed, lack of coverage resulting from weather conditions, behavior of subjects, lack of available light, location restrictions, other videos, photographers, or flashes, or other conditions beyond the control of the Videographer.


The Videographer shall deliver the Video as follows: 

  • (a) Initial cut no later than ; and
  • (b) Final cut no later than .


The Hiring Party acknowledges that any change to the time, date, or location of the Event (each a "Material Event Change") made after the effective date of this agreement may (a) cause the Videographer to become unable or unavailable to provide the Services, (b) impact the quality of the Services, or (c) result in a need for the provision of services in addition to the Services. The Videographer shall make reasonable efforts to accommodate a Material Event Change. If the Videographer cannot accommodate a Material Event Change, the Videographer may, at its sole option, terminate this agreement on provision of written notice to the Hiring Party. If the Videographer can accommodate a Material Event Change, but only by providing services in addition to the Services, these additional services and any associated costs will be determined and agreed to by the parties at the time of that Material Event Change.


If the Hiring Party asks to supplement the Services with the purchase of additional services offered by the Videographer, and the Videographer agrees and can fulfill that request, the Videographer will bill those additional services to the Hiring Party at then agreed-on rates. 


The Videographer will be the only professional videography service provider retained by the Hiring Party at the Event. Guests of the Hiring Party may take informal videos during the Event for noncommercial purposes, provided those individuals do not interfere with the Videographer's duties. If in the Videographer's opinion, those individuals are interfering with the Videographer's provision of its Services, the Hiring Party shall require those individuals interfering with the Videographer to stop all further shooting. The Hiring Party may use a photographer at the Event, which will not violate this agreement.


  • (a) Ownership Rights. The Videographer will be the sole and exclusive owner of the Videos and all rights with respect to those Videos (collectively, "Rights"), including all rights in and to the Videos created by the Videographer, in all media and all forms of exploitation whether now known or hereafter devised, including all allied and subsidiary rights, such as merchandising rights, noninteractive and interactive electronic publication rights, multimedia rights, publication rights including for publicity and advertising purposes.
  • (b) Creative Rights. The Videographer may edit the Videos in its discretion, and may not offer all footage shot to the Hiring Party. The Videographer reserves the right to edit and release only that Video deemed creditable as professional in quality and within the Videographer's artistic standards.
  • (c) License. The Videographer grants the Hiring Party a nonexclusive, nontransferable license to use the Videos for unlimited personal use only. 


The Hiring Party hereby grants the Videographer the limited perpetual right to use, publish, and exhibit, on the internet and in other publications, any videos of the Hiring Party taken at the Event and details of the Event, solely to promote the Videographer's business.


  • (a) Term. This agreement will become effective as described in section . Unless it is terminated earlier in accordance with subsection (b), this agreement will continue until the Services have been satisfactorily completed and the Videographer has been paid in full for those Services (the "Term").
  • (b) Termination. This agreement may be terminated: 
    • (i) by either party on provision of  days' written notice to the other party, with or without cause;
    • (ii) by either party for a material breach of any provision of this agreement by the other party, if the other party's material breach is not cured within days of receipt of written notice of the breach; or
    • (iii) by the Hiring Party at any time and without prior notice, if the Videographer  is convicted of any crime or offense, fails or refuses to comply with the written policies or reasonable directives of the Hiring Party, or is guilty of serious misconduct in connection with performance under this agreement;
    • (iv) by the Videographer, immediately on written notice, if the Videographer cannot accommodate a Material Event Change (as defined in section  above);  or
    • (v) by the Videographer, on provision of 5 days' written notice to the Hiring Party, if the Hiring Party does not pay the Deposit or the remainder of the Fee.; or
    • (vi) automatically, on the death of the Videographer.
  • (c) Effect of Termination.
    • (i) After the termination of this agreement for any reason, the Hiring Party shall promptly pay the Videographer for Services rendered before the effective date of the termination. However, the Hiring Party will not pay the Videographer if (A) prohibited under applicable government law, regulation, or policy, or (B) if the Videographer is guilty of serious misconduct in connection with performance under this agreement.
    • (ii) Except as otherwise provided, following the termination of this agreement, the Videographer shall promptly refund to the Hiring Party any payments, excluding the Deposit, already made by the Hiring Party for any Services that have not been rendered before the effective date of the termination.
    • (iii) If the Hiring Party terminates the agreement under subsection (b)(i) fewer than days before the Event, except if the Hiring Party cancels the Event or the delay or failure to perform results from a Force Majeure Event (as defined in section  below), the Hiring Party will forfeit any payments, including the Deposit, already made to the Videographer and shall immediately pay any remaining balance of the Fee to the Videographer.
    • (iv) If this agreement is terminated pursuant to subsection (b)(iv), the Videographer will be released from its obligations and liabilities under this agreement.
    • (v) No other compensation, of any nature or type, will be payable after the termination of this agreement.


  • (a) Of Hiring Party by Videographer. At all times after the effective date of this agreement, the Videographer shall indemnify the Hiring Party against any award, charge, claim, compensatory damages, cost, damages, exemplary damages, diminution in value, expense, fee, fine, interest, judgment, liability, settlement payment, penalty, or other loss (a "Loss") or any attorney's or other professional's fee and disbursement, court filing fee, court cost, arbitration fee, arbitration cost, witness fee, and each other fee and cost of investigating and defending or asserting a claim for indemnification (a "Litigation Expense") arising out of:
    • (i) the Videographer's negligence or willful misconduct arising from the Videographer's carrying out of its obligations under this agreement; or
    • (ii) the Videographer's breach of any of its obligations or representations under this agreement.
  • (b) Of Videographer by Hiring Party. The Hiring Party shall at all times indemnify the Videographer against a Loss or Litigation Expense caused by any breach of any of the representations or agreements made by the Hiring Party under this agreement.


A party will not be considered in breach or in default because of, and will not be liable to the other party for, any delay or failure to perform its obligations under this agreement by reason of fire, earthquake, flood, explosion, strike, riot, war, terrorism, or similar event beyond that party's reasonable control (each a "Force Majeure Event"). However, if a Force Majeure Event occurs, the affected party shall, as soon as practicable:

  • (a) notify the other party of the Force Majeure Event and its impact on performance under this agreement; and
  • (b) use reasonable efforts to resolve any issues resulting from the Force Majeure Event and perform its obligations under this agreement.


  • (a) Choice of Law. The laws of the state of  govern this agreement (without giving effect to its conflicts of law principles).
  • (b) Choice of Forum. Both parties consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts in County, .


No amendment to this agreement will be effective unless it is in writing and signed by both parties.


  • (a) No Assignment. Neither party may assign any of its rights under this agreement, except with the prior written consent of the other party. All voluntary assignments of rights are limited by this subsection.
  • (b) No Delegation. Neither party may delegate any performance under this agreement, except with the prior written consent of the Hiring Party.
  • (c) Enforceability of an Assignment or Delegation. If a purported assignment or purported delegation is made, or if both are made, in violation of this section, it is void and they are void.


  • (a) Counterparts. The parties may execute this agreement in any number of counterparts, each of which is an original but all of which constitute one and the same instrument.
  • (b) Electronic Signatures. This agreement, agreements ancillary to this agreement, and related documents entered into in connection with this agreement are signed when a party's signature is delivered by facsimile, email, or other electronic medium. These signatures must be treated in all respects as having the same force and effect as original signatures.


If any provision in this agreement is, for any reason, held to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable in any respect, that invalidity, illegality, or unenforceability will not affect any other provisions of this agreement, but this agreement will be construed as if the invalid, illegal, or unenforceable provisions had never been contained in this agreement, unless the deletion of those provisions would result in such a material change that would cause completion of the transactions contemplated by this agreement to be unreasonable.


  • (a) Writing; Permitted Delivery Methods. Each party giving or making any notice, request, demand, or other communication required or permitted by this agreement shall give that notice in writing and use one of the following types of delivery, each of which is a writing for purposes of this agreement: personal delivery, mail (registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, return-receipt requested), nationally recognized overnight courier (fees prepaid), facsimile, or email.
  • (b) Addresses. A party shall address notices under this section to a party at the following addresses:
  • If to the Videographer: 
  • If to the Hiring Party: 
  • (c) Effectiveness. A notice is effective only if the party giving notice complies with subsections (a) and (b) and if the recipient receives the notice.


No waiver of a breach, failure of any condition, or any right or remedy contained in or granted by the provisions of this agreement will be effective unless it is in writing and signed by the party waiving the breach, failure, right, or remedy. No waiver of any breach, failure, right, or remedy will be deemed a waiver of any other breach, failure, right, or remedy, whether or not similar, and no waiver will constitute a continuing waiver, unless the writing so specifies.


This agreement constitutes the final agreement of the parties. It is the complete and exclusive expression of the parties' agreement with respect to the subject matter of this agreement. All prior and contemporaneous communications, negotiations, and agreements between the parties relating to the subject matter of this agreement are expressly merged into and superseded by this agreement. The provisions of this agreement may not be explained, supplemented, or qualified by evidence of trade usage or a prior course of dealings. Neither party was induced to enter this agreement by, and neither party is relying on, any statement, representation, warranty, or agreement of the other party except those set forth expressly in this agreement. Except as set forth expressly in this agreement, there are no conditions precedent to this agreement's effectiveness.


The descriptive headings of the sections and subsections of this agreement are for convenience only, and do not affect this agreement's construction or interpretation.


This agreement will become effective when all parties have signed it. The date this agreement is signed by the last party to sign it (as indicated by the date associated with that party's signature) will be deemed the date of this agreement.


Each party shall use all reasonable efforts to take, or cause to be taken, all actions necessary or desirable to consummate and make effective the transactions this agreement contemplates or to evidence or carry out the intent and purposes of this agreement.


Each party is signing this agreement on the date stated opposite that party's signature. 

Date: _________________


Date: _________________


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What's a videography services agreement?

Whether you want to document something special like a wedding, important like legal proceedings, or just want to create compelling marketing materials, you might need to hire a videographer. A videography services agreement outlines what's expected during shooting and when the final footage gets delivered.

Here's the information you'll need to have handy to complete your videography services agreement:
- Who the videographer is : Have their name and contact information ready.
- Who's hiring the videographer : Have their name and contact information ready.
- Where the event is : Know the location.
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