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The Path to Photography Success in 2021

It’s a new year (FINALLY. . . YAY!) 2020 has been brutal to the photography industry. We’ve faced more unknowns in one year than we ever imagined we’d have in our entire career. Before we dive into to creating our path for 2021, let’s all take a deep breath.  You made it to 2021!  The...
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Does the Bernie Sanders meme violate copyright law? | Copyright law for photographers

We’ve all seen the photo. Some of us even made some of these memes for personal and business use. The big question in the photography community today – does creating a meme with the Bernie Sanders sitting cut out violate copyright law? An Internet Meme is in legal terms, a derivative work, and usually copyright owner is...
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10 Legal Tools You Don’t Have to Kick 2020 Into the Past

2020 has been the most unique year of our professional careers. We learned to weather a pandemic, found creative ways to continue business, and we’ve learned to excel in the face of adversity. As we close out the year and move into 2021 – fingers crossed it’ll be better – we want to share with...
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COVID-19 Legal Timeline

Trying to navigate through the impact of COVID-19 can be overwhelming. This is where we come in to help you. We have created a timeline to help you navigate the extra steps you should be taking during COVID-19 in addition to your existing client workflow. Before we dig into the timeline, understand that this may...
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Photography Contracts 101: Business Bites® Podcast Roundup

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...
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As Seen: WordPress Photography Podcast – Pivot and Shift

The current pandemic has caught a lot of us off guard. As a result, many of us have had to adapt our ways of business.  Scott Wyden Kivowitz asked Rachel to come on the WordPress Photography Podcast to talk about some of the impacts the pandemic has had on the photography industry and in Rachel’s...
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How to legally protect & maximize your mini-session promotion!

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...
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3 Ways Not Having a Contract Can Cripple Your Business – Business Bites Podcast® Episode

    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...
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Client Requests & Legally Protecting Your Photography Business

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...
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7 Things that shouldn’t be single-deciding factors in choosing a photography contract

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...
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How spending $300 on a photography contract can save you $10,000

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...
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Why copyright transfer is recommended for commercial photography

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...
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How to: Sessions Inspired from Movies, Comicbooks, Superheroes and more!

“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...
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Photography Contract Timeline

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...
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Copyright FAQS every photographer must know

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...
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Dangers of Self-Drafting a Contract When You’re Not a Lawyer – Business Bites Podcast® Episode

    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....
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Layers of Protection – Business Bites Podcast® Episode

    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...
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3 Tricks To Get Clients to READ Your 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...
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3 photography contract hazards you are making!

TheLawTog® is the GO TO legal resource for photographers – make sure you come check us out for photography contracts, tax tools and more! …. www.thelawtog.com
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FREE QUIZ: What is your photo biz weakness?

It’s tough being a business owner…   …it’s even tougher when you have absolutely no idea why things are so hard when you’re overwhelmed.   You know the saying – you can’t see the forest for the trees. Right now, you’re sitting there completely lost int he woods and can’t see what you need to...
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Protests, Photography & Your Rights [A Compiled Resource]

With the increased Black Lives Matter protests popping up all over the United States we understand that many of you want to participate in a variety of ways. This resource, which we will aim to keep updated, will help to provide information on protest safety, your protesting rights and rights to photograph these events. Please...
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