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Episode 12: You Can Be My Wingman Anytime (with Leighton DaCosta)

It might not take you very long into running your photography business until you hit the point where you are hiring other photographers to work with you.

You may be hiring assistant photographers to come with you on weddings or events or you might be subcontracting photographers to handle events or portrait sessions on their own because you’re already booked (or for some other reason).

Either way, it is VERY important to have a contract/agreement that spells out the business relationship between you and those photographers.

In this episode of the podcast, the full title of which is “You can be my wingman anytime [as long as you sign this contract]!” I speak with my friend Leighton DaCosta about a ‘Master Service Agreement’ and why you should have one if you hire other photographers to work under the auspice of your photography company.

It’s just good business.

Give the episode a listen using the player below!

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Need a ‘Master Service Agreement’ of your own? You can buy our MSA template in the store now! Just click here.

About Leighton:

Leighton DaCosta

Leighton DaCosta, or “LD” as many know him by, is a Wedding and Fine Art Portrait Photographer based in Charleston, South Carolina. He started his photography business 15 years ago while serving in the Navy. Due to the military requirements, he learned to make his studio “interstate mobile” as he has operated for extended periods in Virginia, Florida, Utah, Georgia, and now, South Carolina. He’s conducted photo assignments in exotic and remote places such as Dubai, Jamaica, and Aruba; as well as several years flying over Afghanistan.

When not creating content of his own, Leighton diligently works at educating photographers and others in the industry in not only content creation but also in business practices geared for the creative.

Leighton is a graduate of Saint Leo University and a current M.B.A. student at the University of Miami.

You can check out Leighton’s website at, and follow along with him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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