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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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Business licenses – the when and how to get it

It’s time to make this photography thing serious. You log onto social media groups and see the potential for client issues and liability. You feel it in your bones. You don’t want to have to deal with doing things wrong and the government coming after you. You also truly want to avoid issues with clients …

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When should I set up a legal photography business?

You’ve caught the photography bug. You have come to realize that you’re really good at it. Friends start liking all your posts and asking you to their photographs Money (maybe) starts heading your way in exchange for your talent. So, what now? You know you want to stay out of trouble with the law, especially …

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Protests, Photography & Your Rights [A Compiled Resource]

With the increased Black Lives Matter protests popping up all over the United States we understand that many of you want to participate in a variety of ways. This resource, which we will aim to keep updated, will help to provide information on protest safety, your protesting rights and rights to photograph these events. Please …

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Reasons to NOT DIY your LLC set-up

Previously aired in TheLawTog® Facebook Group– come join us! https://www.facebook.com/groups/lawtog/ -What an LLC is -How you set up -Why paying Incfile/Legal zoom or just the state to do it isn’t enough! Resources: https://thelawtog.com/top-7-answers-to…/ https://thelawtog.com/5-reasons-photo-…/ https://thelawtog.com/product/diy-llc/ https://thelawtog.com/bizrevamp-reg/ Transcript: Rachel Brenke with TheLawTog. I wanted to do a real quick video on some of the top questions …

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As Seen: Mistakes Make Magic Podcast + Rachel Brenke - How to Avoid Strategic Leaks and Legal Potholes

As Seen: Mistakes Make Magic Podcast + Rachel Brenke – How to Avoid Strategic Leaks and Legal Potholes

Last November, Catherine Guidry from Mistakes Make Magic invited Rachel to talk about legal issues in our businesses that we need to be aware of.     Key points to listen for: Rachel’s entrepreneurial path She says it all the time: “You never have an issue until you have an issue!” Rachel explains what she …

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Do I need to do background checks on contractors hired for photo shoots?

Do I need to do background checks on contractors hired for photo shoots?

Whether it is getting a photo with the Easter bunny, a character from a national holiday, a special magical photo with a favorite princess, or sitting up on Santa’s knee, photos with characters are something many photographers report their clients asking for all year round. Sometimes we have questions in our group of photographers that …

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Piercing the corporate veil: what does it mean for photographers and how to prevent it

“The corporate veil” is the term used to describe the way that the liability of shareholders of a company is limited to their ownership in the company and does not extend to their personal assets. In one sense the “corporate veil” is a way of affirming that a corporation is a legally distinct entity, capable …

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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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What to do if someone is pretending to be an employee of your photography business

You’ve discovered that someone is pretending to be an employee of your photography business? Or that someone is pretending to represent your company? Does this sound like you: First you got mad, then you were annoyed, and then you tried to figure out how to get them to stop? So what to do if someone …

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What if I am not vaccinated as a photographer?

What if I am an unvaccinated photographer? Do I have to declare my vaccination status to clients? You may have heard about a recent news story featuring a photographer who brought their allegedly unvaccinated toddler to a newborn shoot. It sparked conversations and arguments both within the photography community and among parents and those on …

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What to know when hiring a CPA or attorney for your photography business

Outsourcing some of the more technical components of your business to another professional such as a certified public accountant or attorney can be daunting for many reasons including cost, trust, and even loss of control. For most small business owners, however, it signifies the growth and success of your business up to this point and …

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Is It Okay To Use Other Peoples Photos for Educational Purposes

Is It Okay To Use Other People’s Photos for Educational Purposes

It has probably happened to every single one of us.  You wake up one morning, open your Facebook feed or Instagram and see an amazing photograph that someone has posted. Sometimes, the photograph is a share and you can trace it back to the original source.  Other times, someone has just copied someone else’s photograph …

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Quick Legal Checklist: How to start a photography business- the right way!

Starting a photography business is exciting, but setting up business is so super important! We need to make sure you’re on the right path!   This high-level checklist is great EVERYONE.  The hobbyist considering going legal The newbie wanting a guide The advanced photographer running their yearly audit These are the steps you need to …

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Photography Business Decisions and Human Rights

The oft-repeated standard that business owners are able to refuse service to anyone for any reason is not as clear cut as many photographers might desire. Social, political, and personal values can complicate your business relationships, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important. The key questions are: When does impingement on your rights or even …

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