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As Seen: Mistakes Make Magic Podcast + Rachel Brenke - How to Avoid Strategic Leaks and Legal Potholes

As Seen: Mistakes Make Magic Podcast + Rachel Brenke – How to Avoid Strategic Leaks and Legal Potholes

Last November, Catherine Guidry from Mistakes Make Magic invited Rachel to talk about legal issues in our businesses that we need to be aware of.     Key points to listen for: Rachel’s entrepreneurial path She says it all the time: “You never have an issue until you have an issue!” Rachel explains what she …

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TheLawTog attorney prevails against AirBnB in copyright infringement negotiations

Recently, Rachel Brenke, head of TheLawTog® and owner at Connors and Brenke, took on corporate giant, Airbnb, and obtained a very favorable settlement in a large copyright infringement dispute on behalf of international photographer Jiayi Wang.  Not only is this a win for Wang, but this is a win against corporations who believe they can …

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How do I write a wedding photography contract?

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 …

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3 Risks every photographer faces on the job: How photography insurance can work for you

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 …

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Understanding Model Releases: What They Are and Why You Need to Use Them

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 …

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TheLawTog® on The Beginner Photography Podcast

TheLawTog® on The Beginner Photography Podcast

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 …

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Top 7 tax and accounting tips for your photography business

Top 7 Tax and Accounting Tips for your Photography Business

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 …

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Top 14 tips for photographers just setting up their business-Part 1

Top 14 tips for photographers just setting up their business-Part 1

Calling all Photographers just setting up their business: So you’re ready to take your photography business to the next level? You’re ready to start your photography business?! This is such an exciting time. We are happy for you and we want you to be educated and equipped to establish your business on the right legal …

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What is Fair Use of images and when does it apply to my images?

What is Fair Use of images and when does it apply to my images?

You may have heard that fair use is a defense to copyright infringement, but you’re not sure what that is. That’s completely okay. Fair use can be complicated, even for lawyers. Seriously. But we love making sure that you have the information you need to understand this concept and how it might impact your business. …

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Do I need to do background checks on contractors hired for photo shoots?

Do I need to do background checks on contractors hired for photo shoots?

Whether it is getting a photo with the Easter bunny, a character from a national holiday, a special magical photo with a favorite princess, or sitting up on Santa’s knee, photos with characters are something many photographers report their clients asking for all year round. Sometimes we have questions in our group of photographers that …

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4 Preventative measures you can take to legally protect your photography business

4 Preventative measures you can take to legally protect your photography business

We’re talking preventative measures to legally protect your photography business!  An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Someone said that. We think they are onto something. Your business is important to you. It might even be your livelihood and help you put food on the table and a roof over your …

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