Always use written contracts - A written contract that is signed by both parties helps outline the extent of the services you will provide to your client. This will help to protect you in the case that a client sues you for not meeting their expectations. Consult a local attorney to ensure that your contract meets the necessary state requirements.
Back up your photographs and videos - Some of the most common claims against photographers and videographers stem from lost photos or videos that were guaranteed as a part of a contract and were not received due to a failed memory card or stolen camera that was not backed up. Make sure that you have a system in place to prevent this incident from happening.
Protect your equipment - Cameras are stolen often and are expensive to replace. Transport your cameras securely and store them in a safe place when they are not in use.
Listen to your clients - Whether you are working on family portraits or a wedding, your clients often have specific preferences when it comes to the photos they would like you to take. It is important to know what your clients are expecting, even though you have some artistic license.
Maintain strict deadlines - You can set valuable and realistic expectations with your clients by communicating when the photos or videos will be edited and ready. By sticking to the deadlines that you set, you can help prevent a claim from a client who believes you did not deliver the final product in a timely fashion.
Get the appropriate releases from all models - Get the required signed releases from all individuals involved in a shoot when taking photographs or video for commercial use.