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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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Dangers of self-drafting a contract when you’re not a lawyer

Danger ahead. We see it all the time. Entrepreneurs and business owners just like you, reluctant to call a lawyer for advice on contracts. After all, can’t you just do it yourself, like the other parts of your business that you’ve DIY’ed? Well, you can try, but that doesn’t mean you should. So what are...
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Top 12 tips for your photography website

You have your business license, insurance, and everything else you need to be legal. You set up your Facebook page and invited all of your friends and portfolio clients.  Now, you are wondering, ” Do I really need a website?”  Yes, yes you do!  Facebook is great for showing your favorite session photos and quickly...
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Official Goodbye Notice

8 years. 25k+ customers. 600+ educational blog posts. 45k group members. 2 CreativeLive presentations.  More appearances than I can count. And enough incredible photographer reviews to make my heart forever full. But the time has come to say goodbye … I can’t believe I’m about to do this. It’s been a long time coming. 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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Top 5 ways to be more efficient in your business

You are looking for ways to be more efficient in your business. We’re not mind-readers, even though we’re awesome. Just like you, we are looking for ways to be more efficient in your business.   Here are 5 ways you can learn to be more efficient in your photography business: 7 Ways photographers can utilize...
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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...
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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...
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Top 7 answers to the most common LLC questions

We get a lot of questions into our Facebook community, TheLawTog® – the legal resource for photographers, and email contact form about LLC’s. We wanted to pull together all of the information we’ve got to help you get started with your knowledge on LLC formation.   Here are the top 7 answers to the most common...
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Top 14 tips for photographers just setting up their business-Part 2

We see photographers just setting up their business every day. We want you to know that you are not alone. We have a wide range of resources and information to help you educate and equip yourself to establish your business on the right legal and business footing. We know sometimes legal and business topics can...
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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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Important tools for your photography business

Do you ever feel like there is a secret sorority & no one is telling you what you need to be a successful photographer & business owner? No worries, we aren’t that secret & we are definitely not a sorority. We are a community that thrives off helping others. That’s why we put together this...
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New Photographers – You got a new camera, now what?!

First let me say congratulations. Owning your first camera & starting this journey is so exciting. Having a talent & a hobby can change someones life. And documenting life is absolutely fulfilling. I’m excited to take the journey with you.  Trust me, I’ll be here when you need to learn, when you have a question...
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Does pressing the shutter grant the shutter-presser copyright?

It might seem like there should be a simple answer to the matter of copyright and pressing the camera shutter. Pushing the shutter is the last link in a chain – a chain of actions and decisions that are required to create (also referred to as authoring) an image. Let’s talk about a couple of...
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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?

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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Top photography issues you need to know

One of the best ways to prepare for the challenges you will face owning a photography business is to understand the top photography issues you need to know. Client issues will happen.  You’ve probably heard me say it a million times, but here it is again, you never have an issue until you have an...
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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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Top 10 copyright tips for protecting your photography business

We have our Top 10 copyright tips for protecting your photography business! One of the best investments of time and energy you can make as a photographer is to understand copyright and how you as the owner of a photography business can interact effectively with the law and protect your images and other intellectual property...
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5 Tips to end the year on top of your game

We are all about finishing the year strong and rolling into the new year – so we wanted to share some high impact tools and tips to end the year on top of your game. We love to break it down for you so that you can take action and make a difference in growing...
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2 Easy DIY Christmas Light Photography Tutorials

It’s that time of year again!   The lights, the glitter, the Christmas carols, and endless possibilities for photos. As a gift to you, we have put together a few tutorials to help you step up your Christmas photography game.   Here are 2 tutorials for your Christmas photography: How to shoot Christmas tree lights...
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