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Pregnant and Underage – Who Signs The Contract?

When mom and dad are both minors (under 18) and they have a newborn it can make for a potentially confusing situation when it comes to who signs contracts and model releases for a newborn session. One important legal reality to note is that having a baby does not mean minor is automatically emancipated. This...
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Can I write off my family vacation if I do paid sessions at my vacation destination?

Heading to some fabulous destination and wondering if you can write off your vacation? Watched other photographers travel the globe and wonder if they are writing off these travels? So can you write off your family vacation if you do paid sessions at your vacation destination? The answer is Yes, but…. If you follow the...
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Senior Photo Sessions & Underage Clients

Senior Sessions: Client was under 18 at the time of session but is now over 18. Commercial client wants to purchase usage rights of images of the senior. Is a new model release required? The answer to the questions of whether a new model release is required with a client who was under 18, but...
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Free photography contract

Want to download a free photography contract that works for your business? Instant download. Lawyer-drafted. Go here.
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Are oral agreements for second shooters legit?

Do you make oral agreements for second shooters? Second shooters can be of great help to event photographers, particularly wedding photographers; they can help you capture parts of the event that you just wouldn’t get to otherwise. They are also the place many photographers begin if they are interested in specializing in wedding or event...
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To Pay or Not To Pay: That is the (Internship) Question

In the last few years, internships have been growing in popularity… and so have the number of unpaid-intern lawsuits. Last month, fashion designers and actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen settled a lawsuit for over $180,000. The problem? The twins refused to pay interns at their fashion label, The Row. Former interns claimed that they had...
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Outsourcing Editing & Other Legal Considerations

When considering outsourcing your editing or offering photo editing services to other photographers there are some legal issues to consider and things you may want to think about before you enter into a contract involved outsourced editing services. Let’s start with some questions to help frame our discussion and provoke you as you consider, reflect,...
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Slander by a client – and what you can do!

Slander is the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation. Strictly speaking, unless a statement is spoken, then such false statements – say a social media post, or a tweet or a website review — are defamation. Defamation is the communication of a false statement that harms the...
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The legal status of web check boxes on a contract

As more online contract delivery and electronic signature services are developed, so it seems more questions about what constitutes a legally signed contract arise. In particular, what is the legal status of check boxes on electronic copies of contracts. Are they sufficient? Sufficient for what? Sufficient to provide evidence that at least one of the...
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Website legalities & your photography website

Having an online presence in this technology-driven age is crucial to the success of your photography business.  Sure, there are people who are making it without one. There are some who never blog but have a plethora of clients.  This isn’t always the norm. A website/blog is your virtual business card to be used to...
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Photographers, stop talking smack about your clients online

This article is a long time coming.  There’s not one event that spurred it.  It is a culmination of myself and the team seeing it in Facebook groups.  From getting frantic calls at the firm that a photographer needs help because there is a client upset.   Bottom line. If we didn’t talk sh*t about...
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Get your clients to write your website for you

This article is from one of our affiliates, Jenika McDavitt, from Psychology for Photographers.   Have you ever sat down to write a website (or Facebook post, or any marketing piece) – and had no idea where to start?  You’re not sure what to say that will attract attention.  And maybe you dislike the feeling...
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If your website doesn’t do this, you’re probably losing visitors

This article is from one of our affiliates, Jenika McDavitt, from Psychology for Photographers.    Let’s talk about cookies for a second. I’ve been on a quest for the perfect sugar cookie recipe for years now.  Recipes that differ only slightly can produce dramatically different results, so knowing which recipe to try next out of...
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Reasons Why We Don’t Recommend LegalZoom, IncFile & Others…

Going to one of these “get your legal stuff done quick” websites probably sounds great, huh?  We truly believe that when you invest in something people want “quick, cheap and easy” but you can’t really get all three and it be worth anything…especially for legal.    #1 Disclaims Responsibility Many of these sites disclaim responsibility for...
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Relocating Your Photography Business

Ahh relocation – it’s so stressful, exciting, stressful, new, stressful….if you can’t’s stressful! I have done it twice since May and I anticipate doing it again here this next May due to military moves.  There’s no tried and true way to successfully moving your business except to be committed to making it work and...
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How to choose a good photography website host

When photographers look into building a website, I recommend a few specific requirements. You see, not all hosting is equal. Many times the big companies who have those Super Bowl Ads have so many customers that they need to take shortcuts. And a majority of the time, their servers are a low quality which will...
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What do I do if there is no written photography contract?

Maybe you put a post on social media indicating a mini sessions day or availability for a photo shoot and you make an agreement for a shoot time and cost via email or text message (or even social media message). There is no written contract. Then the “client” doesn’t show for a shoot time, or they...
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How To: Commercial Licensing to Wedding Vendors

It can be as simple as a wedding vendor giving you their business card at a wedding and asking you to email them a couple of images of their flowers, or cake, or the getting ready photos with the makeup artist or hairdresser’s work on display. All of a sudden, you find that you need...
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How to transfer copyright to another party

So, you’ve got a great series of images or even just one fabulous image that you are really proud of, and someone comes along and asks to use that image to advertise their business or wants to print it on a T-shirt, and they offer you a deal you just can’t refuse. What do you...
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Hoping To Market Your Videography Business By Recording Your Child’s School Play…Think Again

  You are so excited. Your daughter was just cast as the lead in her school drama club’s musical.  Since you are a successful videographer and photographer, her drama instructor asks you if you would mind taping the show so that she can study the tapes with her students after the fact and provide some...
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You don’t have to do this.

I get to do this. I get to run in 10-degree weather. I get to deal with business taxes. You’re probably thinking I’ve had one too many craft beers with that last sentence, huh? Well this past week we got some snow, like a lot of the Eastern seaboard and Midwest received.  Well, if you’ve...
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