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Contracts

In-Person Sales Contracts For Protection

Whether you’re doing in-person sales, online virtual sales session or simply an online gallery – I’m sure you want to protect the sale (and that moneyyyyy!!) The goals of having different sales contracts in place are to set expectations with client inform client of all obligations protect the sale from buyers remorse, etc. legal relationship...
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Should you have friends/family sign contracts / model releases?

Sure, you’ll have the images for your own memories of special people in your lives, but if it’s not people you’d really like to use up your camera clicks for, save yourself the trouble by asking them to sign one from the get go. You’ve been there before I am sure, out and about with your...
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How to close your business

Deciding to close your business can be a stressful but needed choice. Here is a high-level checklist to help you walk step-by-step to wrapping up your business affairs.   Protect the intellectual property Make sure to transfer all intellectual property from entity to yourself personally – this includes photographs, logos, etc.  – Use this document...
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How to hire a second shooter for wedding photography

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 photography – especially when they are trying to build...
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Layers of Protection: How to set up a legal photography business

You’re busy, your business is booming, it’s rocking and rolling and hopefully, you have money coming in or else there’s a plan for that money to come in. You’re acting like you’re in business, but you get this creeping feeling that something might happen, and you will wake from this entrepreneurial dream. You don’t want...
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How to write a 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 without some written documentation to help guide the relationship. I am happy to have convinced you that you need a contract.  At a minimum, you need a services contract,...
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4 Things About Photography Contracts That Lawyers Won’t Tell You!

Photography contracts are a core piece of the legal triad. This triad works to limit liability and protect the photographer. Contracts are an essential pieces of this – but it’s not as simple as just selecting a contract and moving on. As an experienced photographer/lawyer who works every day on contracts, copyright and other legal...
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The Legal Triad – Set Up Photography Business Legally

When it comes to legalities it can be overwhelming and scary. We get it!  That’s why, here at TheLawTog, we actively work to bring you the step-by-step information you need to get your business legally protected efficiently and affordably so you can get back to doing what you love…photography! While setting up a legal photography...
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Legally Covid – Protect Yourself In Pandemic

Understanding the legalities that protect you from liability during pandemic is especially important.  In this video, I walk you through the liability legal triad (that is needed outside of pandemic as well) covid specific contracts needed tips and tricks to navigating this time and more! Snag our entire Covid-19 Legal Contract bundle here.   MUST...
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Top Covid-19 Photography Questions

General FAQs What do I need to have in my contract?  Rescheduling Cancellation Force Majeure Covid-19 Protection See all a-la carte provisions here   How can I protect myself if a client still wants to photograph? Make sure you have proper liability insurance and use a Covid-Specific Liability Waiver   Why should my waiver be separate from...
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Covid-19 Photography Contract Provision Must-Haves

Contract Provision Protections Check your current contracts to see if you have the follow provisions. If you do not, we suggest getting them integrated for the future. -Cancellation & Rescheduling – Governs cancellations of the contract.  In this situation, the client is the party requesting to amend or cancel the contract -Substitute photographer (for events, weddings) – The...
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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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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

We know how extremely overwhelming and unknown trying to run a photography business is! It’s okay. We have your back with this timeline view of the legal contracts needed in your photography business.  But before we get to this.  Understand I, Rachel Brenke (founder of TheLawTog) and the entire team are not just bringing this...
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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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