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TheLawTog head, Brenke, quoted as expert on COVID-19 reopening biz with liability waivers

Money.com and journalist, Amanda Loudin, quoted our head honcho – Rachel Brenke – as an expert on small business use of liability waivers during pandemic. Read the entire article here. Are you looking for more legal resources regarding COVID-19? We’ve got you covered from everything from COVID-specific legal docs to informational resources and a handy-dandy checklist...
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Protests, Photography & Your Rights [A Compiled Resource]

With the increased Black Lives Matter protests popping up all over the United States we understand that many of you want to participate in a variety of ways. This resource, which we will aim to keep updated, will help to provide information on protest safety, your protesting rights and rights to photograph these events. Please...
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[Update] Paycheck Protection Program for Photographers

The Paycheck Protection Program is a great program under the CARES Act to help small businesses. Here is the most recent update from our recommended CPA – Andrew Jordan. PPP Forgiveness JPCA 6-4-20 from Jordan CPA Services on Vimeo.
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Video: Reopening Your Photography Business After COVID-19 Shutdown

TheLawTog® presents a quick COVID checklist with legal and business tips to help limit your liability + inspire confidence in your photography clients. View the entire COVID-19 Specific landing page at : www.thelawtog.com/covid/
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Quick tips to protecting your studio from violence during riots

Is your small biz in an area with violence and riots? As a small biz attorney, rec to my clients. ⭐️ Don’t try to defend your business with violence -don’t care about justifiable defense of property or self. Remove yourself. Life > property #thread— Rachel Brenke, Biz Strategist & IP Lawyer (@RachelBrenke) May 31, 2020
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We Support Black Lives Matter.

At TheLawTog® we believe that Black Lives Matter and we still be working to provide resources for photography businesses to help amplify black voices and stand up for racial injustice in the United States. Check our blog and social media for resources.
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As Seen: Rachel Brenke quoted in Forbes on wedding contracts

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, small businesses have been greatly impacted. This especially includes wedding vendors such as florists, caterers, cake designers and photographers.  Forbes reached out to Rachel Brenke for legal advisement to vendors facing cancellations of weddings and the associated legal contracts.  This quote isn’t the full analysis or discussion but gives a...
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What is a force majeure provision in a photography contract?

Force Majeure clause is a provision in a contract that excuses a party from not performing its contractual obligations that becomes impossible or impracticable, due to an event or effect that the parties could not have anticipated or controlled. View our a la carte force majeure provision here.
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Reasons to NOT DIY your LLC set-up

Previously aired in TheLawTog® Facebook Group– come join us! https://www.facebook.com/groups/lawtog/ -What an LLC is -How you set up -Why paying Incfile/Legal zoom or just the state to do it isn’t enough! Resources: https://thelawtog.com/top-7-answers-to…/ https://thelawtog.com/5-reasons-photo-…/ https://thelawtog.com/product/diy-llc/ https://thelawtog.com/bizrevamp-reg/ Transcript: Rachel Brenke with TheLawTog. I wanted to do a real quick video on some of the top questions...
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The Ultimate Black Friday List for 2019 Photography Deals

What’s more exciting than pumpkin pie & mac n’ cheese?!  A good ol’ Black Friday sale that HELPS you in business!   This year we have 15% off EVERYTHING in the store! That’s everything in our store that will help you this new year such as: contracts, copyright infringement kit, education courses and so much...
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The Mean Green Viral Legal Machine

So, we’ve seen it go viral in the photography industry. The cute Christmas photographs with the mean green guy. Super cute photos? Sure. Super cute cease and desist received? Not so much. There is major upheaval in the photography community the last few weeks about legal issues surrounding these photographs, the legal rights and what...
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TheLawTog attorney prevails against AirBnB in copyright infringement negotiations

Recently, Rachel Brenke, head of TheLawTog® and owner at Connors and Brenke, took on corporate giant, Airbnb, and obtained a very favorable settlement in a large copyright infringement dispute on behalf of international photographer Jiayi Wang.  Not only is this a win for Wang, but this is a win against corporations who believe they can...
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How do I write a wedding photography contract?

Having written agreements with your clients creates legal protection for both parties, outlines expectations and provides customer service. You should never go into any photography session, especially a wedding, without some written documentation.  While we recommend use of an attorney and/or TheLawTog’s “already done for you” contract template forms, you are the owner of your...
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Top 7 answers to the most common LLC questions

We get a lot of questions into our Facebook community, TheLawTog® – the legal resource for photographers, and email contact form about LLC’s. We wanted to pull together all of the information we’ve got to help you get started with your knowledge on LLC formation.   Here are the top 7 answers to the most common...
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Important tools for your photography business

Do you ever feel like there is a secret sorority & no one is telling you what you need to be a successful photographer & business owner? No worries, we aren’t that secret & we are definitely not a sorority. We are a community that thrives off helping others. That’s why we put together this...
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New Photographers – You got a new camera, now what?!

First let me say congratulations. Owning your first camera & starting this journey is so exciting. Having a talent & a hobby can change someones life. And documenting life is absolutely fulfilling. I’m excited to take the journey with you.  Trust me, I’ll be here when you need to learn, when you have a question...
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Top photography issues you need to know

One of the best ways to prepare for the challenges you will face owning a photography business is to understand the top photography issues you need to know. Client issues will happen.  You’ve probably heard me say it a million times, but here it is again, you never have an issue until you have an...
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Top 4 tools your photography business needs

  Strengthen & secure. Protect your biz + set expectations with clients using the Essentials Contract Bundle (click here)   Have you protected your images? Copyright registration is a very inexpensive yet super valuable protection for your images, blogs and other intellectual property.  Without registration, copyright protection is greatly lacking. (click here)   Be prepared. You need to...
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How to add copyright information to your images in Lightroom

Lightroom is one of my biggest loves because of the ease of use. Truly so much is at your fingertips without having to recreate the wheel each time. I wanted to take you through a quick tutorial on how to add copyright data to your images and save the preset so that on import your...
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Top 10 products from TheLawTog® for your photography business

Goodness there are so many things I need to know! – You. Yes, I know. That’s what we’re here for you. – TheLawTog Team But seriously y’all – we GET it! It’s so hard figuring what to do for legalities in business + the strategic and efficient way to invest your financial resources. Now, I...
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Top 6 tips for marketing your photography business

The goal of marketing your photography business is to attract more quality clients. So how can you do this? Better yet, how can you do this without spending money you don’t have and working more hours than there are in a day? We’ve got you covered. A crash course in marketing your photography business, √....
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