fbpx

Rachel Brenke, TheLawTog

Rachel Brenke is a lawyer, photographer and business consultant for photographers. She is currently helping creative industry professionals all over the world initiate, strategize and implement strategic business and marketing plans through various mediums of consulting resources and legal direction. Disclaimer: I am a lawyer but I'm not your lawyer! View my entire disclaimer here

Top 6 podcasts for your photography business

Podcasts have taken the Internet by storm. The accessibility of creating one has lowered the barrier to who can create and publish – and with that comes a lot of podcasts that aren’t necessarily that interesting or quality to spend your precious educational time on.  I’ve done some digging and pulled up some of my favorite podcasts …

Top 6 podcasts for your photography business Read More »

Is a non-refundable deposit actually non-refundable?

Maybe not. Especially if you as the photographer breach (or terminate) the contract. A “non-refundable” fee may end up being quite “refundable.” Especially if you as the photographer breach (or terminate) the contract. A “non-refundable” fee may end up being quite “refundable.” See also the great debate on deposit/retainer here. A non-refundable deposit is likely …

Is a non-refundable deposit actually non-refundable? Read More »

Legalities of photo restoration services – Is it a copyright violation?

  Your client brought you an old, water-damaged photo of her Great-Grandma Mabel that she found in her mom’s attic.  She wants you to restore the photo.  But, is it legal?  Is it a copyright violation?  These are questions you should ask before you agree to restore any pictures. Copyright law is a confusing area …

Legalities of photo restoration services – Is it a copyright violation? Read More »

Legalities of running a business when you are not yet 18 years old

I have a brilliant friend who started a baking business back in junior high school. She would take orders from classmates at school and bake cakes for birthdays or other special occasions. She would bring the cakes to school for her classmate to give as gifts to other students. She had a true entrepreneurial gift …

Legalities of running a business when you are not yet 18 years old Read More »

How to open a business bank account for your photography LLC

Now that you’ve taken the plunge and created your photography LLC, you’ll need a place to keep all those dollar bills that will be rolling in!  It’s important that you open a bank account for your LLC separate from your personal accounts and use the new bank account solely for the business.  Setting up a …

How to open a business bank account for your photography LLC Read More »

Walking Through The Store (Why Your Business May Be Failing)

Walking through the store – all of a sudden I heard my five-year-old SCREAM.  One of those blood curdling and toe curling screams. Your heart sinks and plummets to the floor. I look over to see her tear-stained face, lip quivering.  She then says “I lost cupcake.” My jaw dropped. What? All of this over …

Walking Through The Store (Why Your Business May Be Failing) Read More »

Can I use music in a client slideshow or marketing?

Understanding copyright law and music licensing can be about as clear as mud.  When you are creating marketing materials or client products, you must have an understanding of what is proper or isn’t. Some examples include: slideshows for business promotion use of music during a sales presentation background music in a client slideshow for purchase music …

Can I use music in a client slideshow or marketing? Read More »

5 Free Marketing Ideas for Your Photography Business

  Marketing your photography business can be difficult and overwhelming when you feel like you’re slamming money and time into actions that aren’t working.  I grew my photography business from a corner of my bedroom into multiple studios and an all referral business.  I did this by bootstrapping as I didn’t have a lot of money …

5 Free Marketing Ideas for Your Photography Business Read More »

Newly Released: Floral Designer Contract

This lawyer-drafted contract is for use by floral designers when booking clients under a floral design services contract. This contract covers terms including:  position and services retainer and booking (monies) payment schedule payment method payment timeline pricing (current, estimate and changes) rentals of items tear down of items wedding day services cancellation of event rescheduling …

Newly Released: Floral Designer Contract Read More »

Styled Shoot Legalities 101

  Styled shoots are great ways for photographers, wedding/event planners, florists, calligraphers and other vendors to come together for networking, artistic development and creation of materials for use in promotional marketing. Unfortunately, like many other areas of business when dealing with humans, issues may arise from lack of proper communication and omission of legal protection measures. …

Styled Shoot Legalities 101 Read More »

NEW PRODUCT ALERT! Learn to make extra income through commercial photography.[SHOP NOW]
+ +
Scroll to Top