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Are oral agreements for second shooters legit?

Do you make oral agreements for second shooters? 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 …

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Outsourcing Editing & Other Legal Considerations

When considering outsourcing your editing or offering photo editing services to other photographers there are some legal issues to consider and things you may want to think about before you enter into a contract involved outsourced editing services. Let’s start with some questions to help frame our discussion and provoke you as you consider, reflect, …

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The legal status of web check boxes on a contract

As more online contract delivery and electronic signature services are developed, so it seems more questions about what constitutes a legally signed contract arise. In particular, what is the legal status of check boxes on electronic copies of contracts. Are they sufficient? Sufficient for what? Sufficient to provide evidence that at least one of the …

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Is a non-refundable deposit actually non-refundable?

Maybe not. Especially if you as the photographer breach (or terminate) the contract. A “non-refundable” fee may end up being quite “refundable.” Especially if you as the photographer breach (or terminate) the contract. A “non-refundable” fee may end up being quite “refundable.” See also the great debate on deposit/retainer here. A non-refundable deposit is likely …

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Styled Shoot Legalities 101

  Styled shoots are great ways for photographers, wedding/event planners, florists, calligraphers and other vendors to come together for networking, artistic development and creation of materials for use in promotional marketing. Unfortunately, like many other areas of business when dealing with humans, issues may arise from lack of proper communication and omission of legal protection measures. …

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Street Photography and Model Releases

Street photography uniquely captures our world in a candid and artful way. In attempting to capture an un-manipulated scene, these photographs are often taken in public places with the subject unaware of the photographer’s presence. In our litigious society who appears in professional photographs and what is done with those photographs has become increasingly important …

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How long should I keep photography contracts?

Having photography contracts is critical to relay information to clients, to set expectations, to define the relationship and for the protection of your business – but what happens when you want to clean up your office or digital workspace?    At TheLawTog®, we spend an immense amount of time teaching photographers how to use contracts, provide contract templates …

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What are the best practices for using digital photography contracts?

In this day and age with technology, there is no reason that we’re not using digital contracts to the best that we can, for the most efficiency that we can, for the best legal protection that we can get. So let’s talk about it!   Are digital contracts legal? We need to determine: are digital …

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Should my photography contract and model release be separate documents?

  Having a photography contract and model release will set the client and photographer relationship up for success.   The model release gives the proper permissions needed for commercial use and the contract outlines expectations of the transaction and governs the obligations of each party. While the photography contract and model release could be put into one …

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Is a JPEG of a Photography Contract legal?

The advancement of technology has led to more efficient, professional and paperless options for photographers to use with their clients.  With technology, however, can also come barriers and legal questions.  Capturing the signature of a client is a huge must to ensure a formal photography contract is concrete, but what if either the client or photographer …

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Who is my wedding photography client if someone else pays?

When you book a wedding it is automatically assumed the bride and groom are your client right? Wrong. Sort of.  It is important to understand who the actual [legal] client is so that your business keeps walking the straight and narrow by delivering to whom you owe a responsibility.    Hang with me through this …

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5 reasons you need written photography contract

5 Reasons You Need a Written Photography Contract

Running a photography business is typically done primarily for profit and maybe some charitable acts throughout the year to give back. In order to protect this income stream, it is important to have a written photography contract. Courts may enforce a verbal contract, and while photographers and clients may be able to happily engage in …

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Top Wedding Photography Contract Provisions

Being a wedding photographer can be amazing as you get to help plan a couple’s special day, shoot off to exotic locations on airplanes, and share once-in-a-lifetime (to that couple) shots on your website. However, weddings are considered a “white glove” type of photography event that requires a bit more experience, professionalism and attention to detail. …

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