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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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How does GDPR affect how you handle client photos?

Following our earlier articles addressing GDPR for Photographers based outside of the EU (and particularly in the USA), we received a number of questions asking what GDPR means for the storage of photographs. If you don’t know what GDPR is or you have questions how this law even applies to you because you are in...
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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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What is GDPR & how does it affect your photography business?

  General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the new data protection law that will take effect on May 25, 2018 in all 28 European Union (EU) countries. So how does this impact your photography business based in the US or elsewhere outside of the EU? These important changes may impact the services you use to...
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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 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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Top 10 Reasons To Have A Photography Contract

So you’ve set up a photography business but now what? Facebook page? Maybe. Twitter handle? Could happen. But most important, besides skill and dedication are the contracts that will safeguard your business.   Here are the top ten reasons to have a photography contract in place.     1. Outlines client expectations Clients do not run out...
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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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Are you killing it in your photography business?

It’s such a bummer to see so many photographers killing it with camera skills, but then (bad) killing it with lack of business skills.  They are bad-killing it by falling into this “it’ll never happen to me” mentality. This sentiment is shared almost daily in our online community and through legal inquiries.  There is this...
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Pregnant and Underage – Who Signs The Contract?

When mom and dad are both minors (under 18) and they have a newborn it can make for a potentially confusing situation when it comes to who signs contracts and model releases for a newborn session. One important legal reality to note is that having a baby does not mean minor is automatically emancipated. This...
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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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To Pay or Not To Pay: That is the (Internship) Question

In the last few years, internships have been growing in popularity… and so have the number of unpaid-intern lawsuits. Last month, fashion designers and actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen settled a lawsuit for over $180,000. The problem? The twins refused to pay interns at their fashion label, The Row. Former interns claimed that they had...
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Slander by a client – and what you can do!

Slander is the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation. Strictly speaking, unless a statement is spoken, then such false statements – say a social media post, or a tweet or a website review — are defamation. Defamation is the communication of a false statement that harms the...
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Website Legalities & Your Photography Website

Having an online presence in this technology-driven age is crucial to the success of your photography business.  Sure, there are people who are making it without one. There are some who never blog but have a plethora of clients.  This isn’t always the norm.   A website/blog is your virtual business card to be used...
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Hoping To Market Your Videography Business By Recording Your Child’s School Play…Think Again

  You are so excited. Your daughter was just cast as the lead in her school drama club’s musical.  Since you are a successful videographer and photographer, her drama instructor asks you if you would mind taping the show so that she can study the tapes with her students after the fact and provide some...
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The Consumer Review Fairness Act and Your Photography Business

Over the last few years, businesses have taken their awareness of the weight potential clients and customers place on reviews to codify contractually that if a customer publishes a negative review then they are subject to a penalty- anywhere on a spectrum from a small “fee,” to legal action and punitive damages. Stories like a...
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Unpaid Photographer + Event Host Conflict

Copyright is like any other property, in that all or part of the rights in a work may be transferred by the owner to another. Copyright law applies whether a photographer is paid or unpaid, professional, semi-professional or a family friend (or family member) with a camera. Copyright originates in a photographic image at the...
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