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Whether you’re a new photographer or seasoned professional one of the most beneficial items you can use to protect your business is a strong, legally binding photography contract. Join Rachel in this month’s photography contract Business Bites® Podcast roundup to learn the essential photography contract tips for your business. Layers of Protection 9:55 minutes Your photography business needs layers to protect you and your business from liability.  In this episode I’ll...
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The 2021 edition of Washington D.C.’s Best Lawyers was released on September 17, 2020. Included in this year’s list was our very own Rachel Brenke! She hit the list as one of Virginia’s top intellectual property law attorneys.     You can read the full issue here: The 2021 Best Lawyers in Washington, D.C. Not only is Rachel the leading resource for legal education and tools for photographers at TheLawTog®, she...
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Mini-sessions are a great way to get client’s to dip their toes into your business or into custom photography in general! Here at TheLawTog, not only do we educate on legalities, but we’re heavy in business strategy and marketing as well. In this article we will run through the legalities, how to automate the entire on-board process, and how to maximize it!   What photography contracts do I need? It...
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    What’s in this Episode: Client relationships can be plagued with issues if you are not setting proper expectations.  Join Rachel as she covers why having a photography contracts helps you avoid issues, set expectations and create loyal clients. What you will learn:  Types of issues that can occur with clients Items to include in your photography contracts How having a contract can save you time, money and relationships Who...
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Don’t set your photography business on fire trying to bend over backwards for clients. As we have seen in the last few weeks when a gender reveal party resulted in a horrific and damaging fire in California, photographers are scared. And I get it. Events can occur, and you don’t want to be liable for your client’s actions. You’ve come to the right place! Here are some top questions related to...
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Choosing a resource, including lawyer or online site like TheLawTog®, to get your photography contracts is important.  Our goal here is to elevate the industry. Whether you purchase photography contract templates from us, or simply look at their descriptions and take to a local attorney – we are good with either.  Our largest recommendation is utilize an attorney who knows contract law, intellectual property (specifically for photographers), and has experience...
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Spending money can be fun – when….it’s on fun things. But spending money on stuff like legalities is..well..not fun. Not sexy. And downright painful sometimes. But let me tell you a story, my friend. One that is a common situation I am seeing weekly as y’all roll up to my law firm email with issues. Instead of choosing: peace of mind confidence doing the right thing spending a little cash Many...
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Commercial copyright transfer is greatly common, especially when the resulting photographs are especially specific to brand and/or photographs including people that are prominent in the brand (headshots, influencer shots, etc.) Now, before we get into this, here are some quick options that are typical in commercial photography rights management: Photographer retains copyright and simply licenses to the client Photographer transfers copyright to the client (photographer can’t use in marketing) Photographer...
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“We would love a Minnie Mouse session!” “Ohhh, can you do a Superman set?” “My daughter LOVES Barbie! Can you make her Barbie?” Creative requests from your clients are going to happen..but it is up to YOU to ensure that YOU are doing the legal thing. Understand, we are providing this information for you, because we want you to stay out of legal hot water. Wouldn’t you rather be focused...
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I, Rachel Brenke, have single-handedly been working with small business owners for over a decade.  Between TheLawTog® and my internationally-sought after law firm – I have seen the ins-and-outs of what photographers need.   That’s why there is NO reason any photographer should be scared or worried about legalities of their business.  I have done the heavy lifting through transactional and litigation matters, and I know exactly what is needed. Here...
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