Things to Include in Your Photography Invoice Template
Your contract with your customer or client determines what goes into your photography invoice template, though you always want to separate your contract price –which is the amount the client pays for your work – from any goods and services tax (GST) and harmonized sales tax (HST) and Quebec sales tax (QST) you must collect. Learn more about sales taxes here.
Imagine you’re a wedding photographer and you have a contract with a couple that wants studio portraits shot the week before their wedding, as well as coverage of the wedding ceremony and reception. You don’t charge an initial consultation fee, but under your standard agreement, clients pay 50% of the contract price up front. When you complete the final photo session, your clients pay the remaining 50% plus tax and additional costs. The price includes a package of two large framed portraits, two 8x10s, two 5x7s, eight wallet-size photos and a large wedding photo book with 15 photos of their choice. The clients can also purchase additional custom photo packages or single photographs.
Now that your clients are happily married, it’s time to collect your balance. Your photo invoice template should show:
- The contract price for the studio, wedding, and reception sessions and package ($5,000)
- A brief description of the work location and your scope of work
- The dates you started and finished the work
- Credit for the 50% initial payment you received ($2,500) and the date you received it
- The amount of GST/HST/QST you must collect
- The balance owed ($2,500 plus GST/HST/QST) and the due date
Your photography invoice should also include to whom the payment should be made, acceptable payment forms, and the names, addresses, and contact information of the invoice sender and recipient.
It is common for photographers to have an assistant’s help while on the job. In this case, a photo assistant invoice will also be necessary. A photo assistant invoice can be structured the same as the main photographer’s invoice, but it should include the specific details that the assistant was responsible for.