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Can I charge my client for not signing a model release?

Can I charge my client for not signing a model release?

Engaging a client for a photography session is awesome as you’re able to execute your skills, create some art, provide images and make some money in the process.   However, something else comes out of sessions that is arguably as important as the money made from the transaction: the use of images for marketing and …

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Legalities of using quotations from published works that are in public domain

Legalities of using quotations from published works that are in the public domain

Oh, you really want to use that cute quote to accompany one of your photographs? Or you’re looking to create a product for your studio or your e-commerce store? But can you just use any quote you like? Is it okay if you make sure you attribute the quote to the person who said it …

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Best Business Practices from Start to Finish with Iris Works

Starting and running a photography business will always be challenging. But having a strong foundation of smoothly operating practices for yourself can make it much easier. By having a standard set for every aspect of your business – from getting clients to keeping them – you’ll be setting yourself up for growth and success.   …

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What do you do when a client asks you to edit photos from another photographer?

What do you do when a client asks you to edit photos from another photographer?

For many photographers the knee jerk answer to a client asking you to edit photographs taken by another photographer is no, or no way. But, no might not always need be your answer. Now, just hang with us for a couple of minutes while I explain.  Let’s talk first about the questions you need to …

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Legalities of birth and maternity photography with surrogates and adoptive parents

Legalities of birth and maternity photography with surrogates and adoptive parents

Navigating the relationships of clients can be one of the most challenging parts of a photographer’s work. If you are a birth, newborn, or maternity photographer, working with surrogates, first families and adoptive parents, you may have some additional opportunities to develop sound policies and ensure you are covering yourself legally.   Let’s start with …

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Photography Business Decisions and Human Rights

The oft-repeated standard that business owners are able to refuse service to anyone for any reason is not as clear cut as many photographers might desire. Social, political, and personal values can complicate your business relationships, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important. The key questions are: When does impingement on your rights or even …

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Review: FotoStrap

This review is on Fotostrap’s personalized camera strap.  This is not a paid advertisement, however, they did send me the strap to test out.  My review is fully honest and is not swayed by the receipt of this item, as you’ll see below.     From the product description section on the FotoStrap website:  Vintage …

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Are you killing it in your photography business?

It’s such a bummer to see so many photographers killing it with camera skills, but then (bad) killing it with lack of business skills.  They are bad-killing it by falling into this “it’ll never happen to me” mentality. This sentiment is shared almost daily in our online community and through legal inquiries.  There is this …

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Should you sign contract before sending to client for signature

Should you sign your contract before sending to a client for their signature?

Let’s cut to the chase on the question of whether you should sign your contract BEFORE sending to a client for their signature? Legally it does not matter who signs the contract first as long as both parties agree to it. Practically speaking, it might be better to sign second. One reason for why it …

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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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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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