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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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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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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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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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Video: Reopening Your Photography Business After COVID-19 Shutdown

TheLawTog® presents a quick COVID checklist with legal and business tips to help limit your liability + inspire confidence in your photography clients. View the entire COVID-19 Specific landing page at : www.thelawtog.com/covid/
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Quick tips to protecting your studio from violence during riots

Is your small biz in an area with violence and riots? As a small biz attorney, rec to my clients. ⭐️ Don’t try to defend your business with violence -don’t care about justifiable defense of property or self. Remove yourself. Life > property #thread— Rachel Brenke, Biz Strategist & IP Lawyer (@RachelBrenke) May 31, 2020
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We Support Black Lives Matter.

At TheLawTog® we believe that Black Lives Matter and we still be working to provide resources for photography businesses to help amplify black voices and stand up for racial injustice in the United States. Check our blog and social media for resources.
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As Seen: Rachel Brenke quoted in Forbes on wedding contracts

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, small businesses have been greatly impacted. This especially includes wedding vendors such as florists, caterers, cake designers and photographers.  Forbes reached out to Rachel Brenke for legal advisement to vendors facing cancellations of weddings and the associated legal contracts.  This quote isn’t the full analysis or discussion but gives a...
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What is a force majeure provision in a photography contract?

Force Majeure clause is a provision in a contract that excuses a party from not performing its contractual obligations that becomes impossible or impracticable, due to an event or effect that the parties could not have anticipated or controlled. View our a la carte force majeure provision here.
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As Seen: The Photo Opp Podcast + Rachel Brenke – Ensuring Stability in Your Photography Business

Megan Breukelman recently invited Rachel on her podcast, The Photo Opp Podcast. They talked about issues photographers face in their businesses and especially are facing now amid the COVID-19 crisis.   “The number one problem in legal issues that photographers face is lack of communication or miscommunication with clients.” Rachel Brenke   Key points to...
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COVID-19 and Your Photography Business

FOR A MORE IN-DEPTH LOOK PLEASE LISTEN TO MY PODCAST HERE. With all the news today about the coronavirus (COVID-19), more and more questions are arising about how it will affect our photography businesses and how we can contractually protect ourselves. This article, which we will strive to keep updated as circumstances change, evaluates how...
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As Seen: The Profitable Photographer + Rachel Brenke – Contracts and Legalities

Recently, Luci Dumas from The Profitable Photographer invited Rachel to her podcast to talk about the legal aspects of photography businesses.  This episode was packed full of good information, so get your pen and paper ready and be prepared to take lots of notes!   Key things to listen for: importance of protecting your name...
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The Ultimate Black Friday List for 2019 Photography Deals

What’s more exciting than pumpkin pie & mac n’ cheese?!  A good ol’ Black Friday sale that HELPS you in business!   This year we have 15% off EVERYTHING in the store! That’s everything in our store that will help you this new year such as: contracts, copyright infringement kit, education courses and so much...
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3 Ways to Fix How You’re Doing Instagram

I think you know this, right? Likes & Followers on Instagram? They don’t equal sales. 10,000 followers is not the same as $10,000 in cash. Matter of fact, there are many people on Instagram with 10,000 followers who are not making any money at all. Some people are even paying for the privelege of being...
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How a Studio Management System Can Change Your Life

Running a photography business is hard. There are so many moving parts and so many balls to juggle at any given time. And at the end of the day, most of us just love taking photos. It’s no secret that creative rock stars are often challenged by the discipline required to make sure that all...
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The Mean Green Viral Legal Machine

So, we’ve seen it go viral in the photography industry. The cute Christmas photographs with the mean green guy. Super cute photos? Sure. Super cute cease and desist received? Not so much. There is major upheaval in the photography community the last few weeks about legal issues surrounding these photographs, the legal rights and what...
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