I started working for a photographer in my state to gain experience. The first two I shot for free, and gave them all of the images to use. For the third one, we discussed payment for my work and the photographer sent me a contract. I read over the contract before signing but now one of the statements is coming back to bite me. Here's the statement - "As a subcontracted photographer/assistant to XYZ photography, you agree that for a period of no shorter than 5 years you will not attempt to compete with the business of XYZ photography by professionally photographing events in the cities of (names 8 local cities, that are not very close to me so I didn't think this would be an issue). You agree that you will not attempt to market your products or services to venues in these cities." I have recently started getting requests to shoot weddings on my own, and guess what?! One of them is in the city and a specific venue that this photographer shoots at often. Now what do I do? Does this contract language hold up in court, or would a judge say that a photographer cannot have an exclusive right to shoot in certain cities or at certain venues? I know this is not a place for legal advice, but I need enough opinions one way or the other to know if I should fight this with an attorney. Thanks for any help!