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What birth photographers need to know about a missed birth

One thing you MUST expect and prepare for before entering the world of birth photography is that no matter how hard you try, you may miss a birth at some point. The unpredictable nature of bringing a child into the world means that no matter how much planning goes into making it to the hospital …

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How long should my photography contract be? (Video)

What is the Ideal Length for a Photography Contract? “Your contract is too long. I’m not signing this.”   “Why do I even need to sign a contract, you’re just taking some pictures.”   These are two of the more common objections you will get when requiring potential clients to sign your contracts. The client may …

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to trade or not to trade - photography barter situations

To Trade or Not To Trade? Photography Barter Situations Broken Down

Bartering – the exchange of goods or services without money – is a long-standing tradition in many cultures and not uncommon in the modern business world.   However, it can be a hot-topic and potential messy situation if not handled correctly.   Let’s take a look at the good and the bad, and then cover …

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6 Legal sales contracts photographers need

Often times, it is believed that the photographer/client relationship is governed by either a model release on its own or a contract and a model release.  However, there are many working parts to the legal tools that photographer’s need to protect their photography business. While use of all these documents may seem overwhelming, the goal is …

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How to cancel a photography contract

Looking for the Contract Cancellation document? Click here.   By now, you know that your standard contract for photographic services should include a cancellation provision within its terms and conditions. Minus a completely separate cancellation provision, there should be language somewhere within another provision expressly outlining how the contract may be terminated by either party. …

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A guide to using professional photography contract template forms

Contract formation is one of the most important skills a small business owner can develop.  And one of the main skills you will probably need when mastering this skill is understanding certain legal terms when you come across them. As we discovered in the article Haggling and Bickering: The Need of Concrete Service Contracts, the …

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Haggling and Bickering The need of concrete service contracts

Haggling and Bickering: The need of concrete service contracts

If you do not have a contract, you risk a client who is unsatisfied with your work and the probability that you will have to “eat” the losses you incurred while attempting to perform the job. A good contract will clearly define the boundaries of the client/photographer relationship, delineating the expectations of both parties and setting …

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What if my client doesn’t want to sign a model release form?

Client sends an inquiry.  You respond excitedly. They pay the retainer/deposit. Just waiting on contract. You think all is good – then the client throws you a curveball. They are questioning the model release form. What do you do? Let’s check out what a model release is, when you need one, and how to deal with this …

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Making your business more efficient by going paperless

Making your business more efficient by going paperless

As a mother of five running multiple businesses, I have been forced to find efficiency measures (such as quicker blogging, providing tools for clients to talk about me, getting my shots as close as possible in camera, and working on the go).  Another great time and money saver was to go paperless. Here are the major tips that …

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Why sharing photography contracts is a BAD idea for your business

Why sharing photography contracts is a BAD idea for your business!

In life, there are some areas where it is OK to buy bargain bin products and other areas in which you should not. The legal aspect of your business is definitely an area where you don’t need to take any financial shortcuts. I understand it’s fun going out and buying new gear; it’s not fun …

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