A good photography contract is designed to protect both the photographer and the client. Often it will include a clause allowing the photographer to use the images for websites, social media, printing, advertising, etc. It will also detail the way in which you can enjoy your photos without violating copyright law.
Having a contract is something every true professional will require, and is proof of their dedication not only to excellent customer service, but the laws of the land and business, as well.
I always use contracts. :)
Almost everyone wants a digital copy of their photos. Some photographers provide this up front with the session fee (I do), or as an additional option to purchase, and some none at all.
Files can be offered with or without watermarks/copyrights on them (I offer both!).
Files are delivered via direct download from your personal gallery. As part of my efforts to have a more environmentally friendly company, I offer online downloads via a transfer service at no additional charge.
Every session I shoot includes the files and a Print Permission form allowing you to have them printed for personal use.
Anything non-wedding is delivered within a week or so. Weddings usually take 2-4 weeks.
Basic retouching is always included. Extensive retouching is addressed on a case-by-case basis and a fee will be quoted.
Everyone wants to look amazing in their photos.
A few tips:
DON'T wear bright white shirts. The human eye automatically goes to the brightest part of the photo. Preferably, this should be your face, not your chest.
DO choose 3 coordinating colors, and tell everyone to construct an outfit out of those colors. Variety & texture is achieved this way, and it allows personalities to shine through, without being distracting.