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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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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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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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What do I do if someone makes an illustration or painting based on my photograph?

As we know, only a copyright holder has the exclusive rights to a creative work, and only they can grant a person a license to use their image or work. So what if you believe someone has imitated or copied one of your photographic images? The short answer: If an artist makes an illustration or …

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Legalities of running a business when you are not yet 18 years old

I have a brilliant friend who started a baking business back in junior high school. She would take orders from classmates at school and bake cakes for birthdays or other special occasions. She would bring the cakes to school for her classmate to give as gifts to other students. She had a true entrepreneurial gift …

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Are your hands shaking because of a customer issue?

You see an email notification flash on your smartphone. But you can only see the first few lines. And they go something like this “Dear Photographer, I hate to write this but we are not happy…..” Right there. Your stomach plummets out of you and thuds on the ground. Something has happened, and you are praying …

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When Photography Meets Immigration – Foreign Freelance Photography Visas

Photography is an awesome, mobile career but there can be legal barriers when coming and going from your native country.  The United States attracts a lot of creative types from all over the world. Once photographers experience the creative vitality of places like Los Angeles or New York, they often want to stay. However, as most …

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Do parents have to legally come to a senior photography session?

Interacting with a senior in their custom- planned photography session is critical to a successful outcome. There is a fine line in wanting to please the senior graduate but also needing to please mom and dad. This is especially true when Mom and Dad are typically the legal clients on the contracted session. But, as …

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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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Public, Private or “Not-Sure” Property and Shooting

You usually shoot all your sessions in your studio and always use your standard contract without issue. You recently received a request for an engagement photo shoot somewhere else, maybe at a fire station where the groom works or the stadium of the couple’s favorite team, and now you have a bunch of questions swirling …

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