fbpx

Rachel Brenke

As a US-based lawyer, photographer and business consultant for photographers, Rachel Brenke helps deliver legal and business content to help your business. These articles are for knowledge and not legal advice. Always seek local counsel!

How-To: Hiring a Photo Editor

Hiring a photo editor can help increase your profit margin, maximize your time, and help grow your photography business.  As always here at TheLawTog, we want to help ensure that you are legally protected, so check out these tips below. First, determine their status – independent contractor versus employee. Second, provide yourself a budget line …

How-To: Hiring a Photo Editor Read More »

In-Person Sales Contracts For Protection

Whether you’re doing in-person sales, online virtual sales session or simply an online gallery – I’m sure you want to protect the sale (and that moneyyyyy!!) The goals of having different sales contracts in place are to set expectations with client inform client of all obligations protect the sale from buyers remorse, etc. legal relationship …

In-Person Sales Contracts For Protection Read More »

Should you have friends/family sign contracts / model releases?

Sure, you’ll have the images for your own memories of special people in your lives, but if it’s not people you’d really like to use up your camera clicks for, save yourself the trouble by asking them to sign one from the get go. You’ve been there before I am sure, out and about with your …

Should you have friends/family sign contracts / model releases? Read More »

How to close your business

Deciding to close your business can be a stressful but needed choice. Here is a high-level checklist to help you walk step-by-step to wrapping up your business affairs.   Protect the intellectual property Make sure to transfer all intellectual property from entity to yourself personally – this includes photographs, logos, etc.  – Use this document …

How to close your business Read More »

Business Tools for Photographers

3 keys to owning your photography brand

Getting into business to make money off a craft you love is exhilarating, fun..but also overwhelming.  There is no getting around the legal tools needed to help protect you, your photography and your clients.   While setting up a legal photography business has many moving parts – primarily in three major phases. The Legal Triad – …

3 keys to owning your photography brand Read More »

How to hire a second shooter for wedding photography

Second shooters can be of great help to event photographers, particularly wedding photographers; they can help you capture parts of the event that you just wouldn’t get to otherwise. They are also the place many photographers begin if they are interested in specializing in wedding or event photography – especially when they are trying to build …

How to hire a second shooter for wedding photography Read More »

Layers of Protection: How to set up a legal photography business

You’re busy, your business is booming, it’s rocking and rolling and hopefully, you have money coming in or else there’s a plan for that money to come in. You’re acting like you’re in business, but you get this creeping feeling that something might happen, and you will wake from this entrepreneurial dream. You don’t want …

Layers of Protection: How to set up a legal photography business Read More »

How to write a 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 without some written documentation to help guide the relationship. I am happy to have convinced you that you need a contract.  At a minimum, you need a services contract, …

How to write a photography contract Read More »

Business licenses – the when and how to get it

It’s time to make this photography thing serious. You log onto social media groups and see the potential for client issues and liability. You feel it in your bones. You don’t want to have to deal with doing things wrong and the government coming after you. You also truly want to avoid issues with clients …

Business licenses – the when and how to get it Read More »

When should I set up a legal photography business?

You’ve caught the photography bug. You have come to realize that you’re really good at it. Friends start liking all your posts and asking you to their photographs Money (maybe) starts heading your way in exchange for your talent. So, what now? You know you want to stay out of trouble with the law, especially …

When should I set up a legal photography business? Read More »

4 Things About Photography Contracts That Lawyers Won’t Tell You!

Photography contracts are a core piece of the legal triad. This triad works to limit liability and protect the photographer. Contracts are an essential pieces of this – but it’s not as simple as just selecting a contract and moving on. As an experienced photographer/lawyer who works every day on contracts, copyright and other legal …

4 Things About Photography Contracts That Lawyers Won’t Tell You! Read More »

The Legal Triad – Set Up Photography Business Legally

When it comes to legalities it can be overwhelming and scary. We get it!  That’s why, here at TheLawTog, we actively work to bring you the step-by-step information you need to get your business legally protected efficiently and affordably so you can get back to doing what you love…photography! While setting up a legal photography …

The Legal Triad – Set Up Photography Business Legally Read More »

Legally Covid – Protect Yourself In Pandemic

Understanding the legalities that protect you from liability during pandemic is especially important.  In this video, I walk you through the liability legal triad (that is needed outside of pandemic as well) covid specific contracts needed tips and tricks to navigating this time and more! Snag our entire Covid-19 Legal Contract bundle here.   MUST …

Legally Covid – Protect Yourself In Pandemic Read More »

Post-Covid Photography Business Reopening Checklist

Reopening your photography business during and after this pandemic can be extremely overwhelming! We recorded this video during the middle of pandemic, as many places started phasing openings.  Please use it as a general guide to assist you in reopening your business. To snag our full Covid-19 photography contract bundle – including a reopening checklist …

Post-Covid Photography Business Reopening Checklist Read More »

Covid-19 Photography Contract Provision Must-Haves

Contract Provision Protections Check your current contracts to see if you have the follow provisions. If you do not, we suggest getting them integrated for the future. -Cancellation & Rescheduling – Governs cancellations of the contract.  In this situation, the client is the party requesting to amend or cancel the contract -Substitute photographer (for events, weddings) – The …

Covid-19 Photography Contract Provision Must-Haves Read More »

The ultimate protection for portrait photographers is here! | SHOP NOW
+ +
Scroll to Top