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Understanding Photography Liability Insurance

As a photographer, you may think that the worst thing that could happen on a photo shoot would be accidentally dropping your camera bag off of a cliff, damaging every camera body and lens you own.

For example, you’re shooting an engagement session on a beautiful point atop a mountain and your camera bag gets accidentally kicked off of the cliff by the soon-to-be bride, damaging your camera and lenses. The thought of that is gut-wrenching and could cost you thousands of dollars.

What could be even more costly, however, is being held liable for serious damages resulting from physical or emotional harm such as, using a photograph that violates a person’s right to privacy, wrongful entry, and more.

In this post, we are going to break down what general photography liability insurance is, what it protects you from, and why it’s imperative for you to have.

General Liability Insurance

General photography liability insurance can protect you from some serious claims that photographers face. People consistently take photographers to court for taking a photo of them in public without a proper photo release or permissions and then using it in advertisements or art. If you are in that position, your insurance may cover your legal fees and any damages you may have to pay for.

Another case where general liability becomes invaluable is physical harm of a client that you are photographing. If you are shooting on location and are giving instructions to your subject—for example, where to stand— you are liable for any harm that may befall your client as a result of your directions.

For example, say that a client breaks an arm because they slipped on a hill you told them to climb up. You could be held responsible for any medical expenses that come from their injury. If they need their arm to work at their job, you could be responsible for all the money that they are forfeiting by not being able to work. If they take you to court and you have to pay a defense attorney, you would be on the hook for the bills.

Products-Completed Operations Insurance

This important aspect of photography liability insurance covers you for liability arising out of your products or business operations conducted away from your premises once those operations have been completed or abandoned.

Damage to Premises Rented to You Insurance

This coverage applies to professional photographers who rent out a studio or a location in order to film videos or take photos. If you, a member of your team, or even your model damages the studio or its contents, your damage to premises rented to you coverage in your insurance policy may pick up the tab. This could save you from what could be a crippling expense.

Personal and Advertising Injury Insurance

This part of liability insurance is for coverage against claims that may have damaged a person other than physically. This is especially helpful for photographers because claims can be brought against you because of your pictures. If someone feels like you stole their idea or damaged their reputation or public image, you may need protection from lawsuits.

The following is a basic list of claims that your personal and advertising injury insurance may protect you from:

  • Libel
  • Slander
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Copyright infringement
  • Misappropriation of advertising ideas

General liability insurance includes a lot of coverage and can be a great value for the money. Full Frame Insurance offers up to two million dollars of coverage for only $59 as part of our event policy. Click below for more details and to take advantage of this affordable, comprehensive insurance.

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  • 1–3 Days Policy Options
  • General Liability
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  • Personal and Advertising Injury
 

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