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Contracts

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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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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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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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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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: Reframe Success + Rachel Brenke – The Importance of Protecting Your Business

Christine Tremoulet invited Rachel on her new podcast to talk about contracts and copyrights. Get a pen and paper ready! This episode was chock-full of information you will want to have.   Key things to listen for: Why we need contractsHow to use contracts to increase buyer confidenceThe importance of understanding the contracts you are...
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How do I write a wedding photography contract?

Having written agreements with your clients creates legal protection for both parties, outlines expectations and provides customer service. You should never go into any photography session, especially a wedding, without some written documentation.  While we recommend use of an attorney and/or TheLawTog’s “already done for you” contract template forms, you are the owner of your...
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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 4 tools your photography business needs

  Strengthen & secure. Protect your biz + set expectations with clients using the Essentials Contract Bundle (click here)   Have you protected your images? Copyright registration is a very inexpensive yet super valuable protection for your images, blogs and other intellectual property.  Without registration, copyright protection is greatly lacking. (click here)   Be prepared. You need to...
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What to do when a client enters your professional photo in a contest or submits to a magazine or newspaper

Sometimes, you have a client who is so excited and proud of the work you have created capturing them, their family, or their life, that they submit your images to a contest or to a magazine or newspaper for publication. They may not have ill intent, but nevertheless, you open a publication only to find...
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What happens to the commercial license of my images if that business is sold?

A situation that is more common than you might expect occurs when a business is bought or sold. A question that arises in this situation is as follows: If I license commercial use of my photographs to a business & the business is sold, is that commercial use license part of the business sale? Businesses...
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How does implied license and quantum meruit affect how clients use my photos?

Before you give up and go find something else to read, we need to talk about a couple of concepts that come up time and time again in the context of copyright conflicts, especially in digital media. These concepts are “implied license” and Quantum Meruit.   Implied License The “implied license” doctrine is relatively limited...
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X used my images without asking, now what?

X used my images without asking, now what? In our large, but totally awesome, Facebook community – this is the #1 question that we get repeatedly.  Why? Unfortunately, it’s because people don’t give a damn about respecting others intellectual property.  Whether it is images, logos, music..you name it.   Now yes, I understand that many simply...
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Prepared Food and Photography Sessions

Prepared Food and Photography Sessions seem to go together like sugar and spice. Whether it is Cake Smash Sessions, a tea party for a birthday girl and her friends, a styled wedding shoot, or a boudoir shoot with chocolate strawberries – many photographers offer shoots which involve food! Value adding and collaborating with other businesses...
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Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters: legal preparations

Natural disasters strike with little warning. The last year has seen hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes and that’s barely scratching the surface. Many photographers affected by natural disasters have found themselves facing challenges they never could have considered. The statistics from the Small Business Administration suggest that one-third of the business affected by natural disasters never...
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Should photography contracts be signed with your name or business name?

Running a successful business is not always easy and it requires you to have a good balance of personal touch and necessary formality. Don’t let personal relationships cause you to avoid necessary business practices. How you sign your business contracts is extremely important because you need to show your clients and the world that your...
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