I was searching for info about contracts/agreements for hiring an assistant and/or second shooter. It seems there are varying strong opinions about the need for contracts and ownership of images shot by the second. I don't care about a contract with someone who I might hire strictly as an assistant, but curious about if there's a need for a contract if I hire a second shooter or an assistant who doubles as second shooter. <p> When I've worked as a second shooter myself, it's always been with verbal agreements and I never had a problem. The photographers I've worked with were great, I gave them the images, they let me use them however I wanted. <p> My feeling is that barring some prior agreement, whoever makes the shot owns the image and can do what they want with it. As I understand it, that's the way U.S. Copyright laws work for all photography and I think it's the right thing. But it seems reasonable that someone hiring a second shooter for a wedding should be able to ask for a written agreement that they can also use the images just to make sure that they've got that detail covered as well as a few other areas.<p> I've also read things about photographers limiting the use of images by second shooters. Not sure how I feel about that. I suppose it's to keep the potential competition down. Or maybe to somewhat protect themselves from liability if the bride & groom say something about their images showing up somewhere they didn't expect. Would be interested to hear comments on that. <p> Thoughts? Experiences? Examples?