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Below you will find the most helpful articles that will blow the socks off your business knowledge.  Make sure you pin any post that you might want to come back to later (take my word for it, you’ll want to reference back).

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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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Copyright is a largely misunderstood and  important area of the law for photographers. Not only do we have protections in our logos and our own marketing assets, but we’re also selling (licensing or copyright transferring) photographs as our product. It is time we STAND up for ourselves. IF WE DON’T, WHO WILL?   Do I own my photographs? In the United States, (generally) when you create the photograph you are the...
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Are you a real estate photographer looking for business inspiration? Rachel Brenke, TheLawTog®, was recently featured on 7 Instagram Accounts Every Real Estate Photographer Should Follow.  Check it out here.   Where to find the list: Photography for Real Estate Did you know Rachel has tools to help you with real estate photography on TheLawTog®?  Find the Real Estate Contract Bundle.  
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    What’s in this Episode:  One of the biggest mistake new business owners make are DIY contracts instead of having an attorney do it for them.  Join Rachel as she discuses why self-drafting can be detrimental to your business and why photography contracts are the one area you want to invest in your business. What you will learn: What 3 things contracts must have to be considered valid Why...
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    What’s in this Episode:Your photography business needs layers to protect you and your business from liability.  In this episode Rachel will cover the legal trifecta: photography contracts, liability insurance and business formation needed to keep your business running smoothly. What you will learn: Why protecting your business in layers is pivotal The items that form the layers including contracts, liability insurance and proper business formation How often and why you...
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3 Tricks Photography Contract
Have you ever seen an agitated post in a Facebook group like this: “My client just did X, even though the photography contract says explicitly that they can’t!  Don’t people READ?” The answer to their question is – no, they really don’t.  In fact, The Guardian reported that a UK-based Wi-Fi company once snuck in a joke clause that obliged people to one thousand hours of cleaning toilets and scraping...
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