Are photography briefs contractually binding?
In our experience they have not formed part of the contract. They have been used as a guide, and one which professional photographers should always try to follow whenever possible. Events are very dynamic and don’t always run strictly to the program.
So a photographer may find it impossible to capture every single item listed on the photography brief at large events especially where there are multiple activations or concurrent activities being performed.
Types of photography briefs
We’ve received briefs in the form of maps, printed and handed out on arrival, links to online schedules, pdf’s, google forms and hard printed colour programs and schedules. And many times there are no photo briefs at all.
What types of shoots use briefs?
Branding photography, commercial photography, corporate photography, advertising shoots and of course for events and weddings. Particularly for the larger ones.
What is a good photo brief for small events?
A good brief will be brief and to the point. Small events only need the most basic details such as; Event name, Type of event, Date, Start and finish times and address. See example below.
What is a good photo brief for a large event?
A good brief will contain lots of detail while staying to the point. The brief will contain basic information as above and do a deep dive into most aspects of the shoot.
For multiple events either on the same day or over multiple days, the briefs can start to get fairly long. See the example brief below and it will also have the add shot list.