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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 business…so you should have the knowledge of what goes into it. No matter what. We...
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3 Risks every photographer faces on the job: How photography insurance can work for you
As a photographer, you have the creative freedom to capture precious moments for your clients and meet new people along the way. While you have a say on the camera equipment being used, props, and lighting, there are some things that are completely out of your control. Whether you take on short-term events or you are jet setting across the country for several photo shoots, photography insurance is essential for...
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Danger ahead. We see it all the time. Entrepreneurs and business owners just like you, reluctant to call a lawyer for advice on contracts. After all, can’t you just do it yourself, like the other parts of your business that you’ve DIY’ed? Well, you can try, but that doesn’t mean you should. So what are the dangers of self-drafting a contract when you’re not a lawyer. Let’s be clear:  the...
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You have your business license, insurance, and everything else you need to be legal. You set up your Facebook page and invited all of your friends and portfolio clients.  Now, you are wondering, ” Do I really need a website?”  Yes, yes you do!  Facebook is great for showing your favorite session photos and quickly reaching people, but it is really only a snapshot of what you and your business...
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8 years. 25k+ customers. 600+ educational blog posts. 45k group members. 2 CreativeLive presentations.  More appearances than I can count. And enough incredible photographer reviews to make my heart forever full. But the time has come to say goodbye … I can’t believe I’m about to do this. It’s been a long time coming. You may have even heard some people talking about it … speculating … assuming it was...
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Running a photography business can be complex. Why would you need a model release? I mean, after all, you own the copyright to the images, that means you can do whatever you want, right? No, actually it is unlikely you have completely free rein. Let me ask you some questions: Do you use images of clients or otherwise identifiable individuals in your marketing and advertising? Did those clients or individuals...
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You are looking for ways to be more efficient in your business. We’re not mind-readers, even though we’re awesome. Just like you, we are looking for ways to be more efficient in your business.   Here are 5 ways you can learn to be more efficient in your photography business: 7 Ways photographers can utilize online forms for efficiency 3 Productivity hacks for photographers How outsourcing can benefit your photography...
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Check out Rachel, the owner of TheLawTog, who recently appeared on The Beginner Photography Podcast. Do you love listening to podcasts while learning business at the same time?  We do! This interview contains answers to many common questions about photography legalities.   In The Episode You’ll Learn: How Rachel got started with Law and photography What is a photography contract Where to get a free portrait photography contract When do...
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Taxes and accounting can be daunting. But, we’ve got your back! Here are our top 7 tax and accounting tips for your photography business. Disclaimer: Tax laws frequently change. Please check with a CPA before implementing anything that can affect your tax contributions or deductions.    Here are the top 7 articles on tax and accounting for your photography business: Where is photography sales tax charged? What is the difference...
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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 LLC Questions here at TheLawTog. Should my photography business be an LLC? You’ve got mad...
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