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Publication, inspiration and plagiarism: A Guide to online etiquette

There has been great hub-bub the last few months about publications that have leaned on inspiration so much that it borders (or hurdles) the line of plagiarism – or has been outright plagiarism.  On top of that, I receive emails on a regular basis about websites who snag photographs from photography websites and use them …

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Facebook contest changes & what they mean to you as a photographer

Changes, changes, changes.  Happens in all businesses.  Used to be businesses pretty much had the run of advertising on Facebook…but then things changed – they were so restrictive.  And you know what?  For the most part, Facebook is a free service so who are we to complain?  Okay, okay so we can grumble just a …

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2 Strategies to using your photography contract for creative marketing

Your contract can not only protect you legally but it can also be used to make more money.  Hallelujah! We’re not talking about adding hidden fees in the teeny, tiny print, either.  That would be highly uncool. What you include in your contract sets the stage for more wedding leads and maximum profits for your …

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I was sexually harassed as the wedding photographer!

In a lot of the information I share with photographers – I assure them that I have literally been through it all, good and bad.  I’m so fortunate that throughout my 10-year career there have been great moments like working with celebrity clients, photographing an exclusive wedding at the top of the Philadelphia Art Museum …

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Setting up and running a legit website for your photography business

If you’re reading this, you cannot ignore the fact that the Internet is where IT is at. It is where EVERYONE is at. Seriously. If you have just settled for any ol’ website but it doesn’t have functionality, exudes your branding, or is bringing in clients…then what is the point?!  To be able to obtain …

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Understanding Pinterest's terms and policies

Understanding Pinterest’s terms and policies

Pinterest is now the third most popular social network in the US in terms of traffic, making it difficult for business owners to ignore.  Photographers and other artists have a great deal to benefit from using the site to market their art, especially considering the most popular boards are “home décor”, “art”, and “design”. Pinterest …

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5 Legal things every wedding photographer needs

5 Legal things every wedding photographer needs

Weddings are full of something old, something new, and something blue…at least in the bride’s mind.  As a creative industry professional, photographer or videographer, it is your responsibility to fill the legal gaps that may not be necessarily apparent to the client to ensure their day goes off without a hitch. Events such as weddings …

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Photography contracts what they are all about

Photography contracts & what they are all about

Ah, so contracts – what exactly are they all about?  We’re going to dig right in, but first, let’s see what a contract actually is.  A contract is an agreement or a promise that has legally binding rights and obligations which the courts can enforce. Contracts can be created orally, written communications, or drafting of …

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Did Instagram really update their TOS like they said they would

Did Instagram really update their TOS like they said they would?

Several weeks ago, Instagram ignited a firestorm of controversy with announced changes to its privacy policy and terms of use. After unprecedented publicity and after enduring quite a bit of outrage from its users, Instagram announced that they would be changing their terms of service and privacy policy.  See the initial blog post here. So …

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7 Business resources for photographers

#1  Contracts for Photographers by Rachel Brenke These forms and releases are specially created with photographers in mind.  All legal forms are fully customizable for easy insertion of branding elements, allow for text to be lifted to be used in client guides, websites, contracts apps, etc. The forms, contracts and releases are standard policies and procedures so …

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Stop messing up my art

Stop messing up my art! That’s violating copyright! | Legal tips for photographers

Stand by our copyright laws. We hear about it happening. A lot. This week alone I found photos of mine on some random site that allowed people to download full-resolution files, forum posts about how big box store employees are being requested to not ask customers for a print release, and clients print-screen copying photographs …

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Stop Bothering Me What to do if you are being defamed or harassed

Stop bothering me! What to do if you are being defamed or harassed

OH MY GOODNESS!! Person X is talking bad about me.   Person X won’t stop harassing me! Person X keeps tagging my page and saying mean things!   Person X keeps spamming my business page! WHAT CAN I DO? Figuring out your legal rights as a photographer against clients, photographers and vendors can be tricky …

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Why should I get a model release form

Why should I get a model release form?

There’s so much to think about legally when running a photography business.  Getting legit, forms needed, copyright vs model release.  Right of privacy is a big legal issue and should be adhered to and understood as much as possible by business owners, especially photographers. Understand a model release form, educate yourself and your client.  You’ll …

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Requesting permission to shoot on private property

Once you know your rights as a photographer, where you can and where you can’t shoot, you are pretty much almost there!  Keep in mind you can shoot on public property unless there are certain permits required – always do a quick google search for your predetermined location – some places are instituting a photography …

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pubilc places private places photography oh my legal tips for photographers

Public places, private places, photography, oh my! Legal tips for photographers

So you have a contract.  You have a model release. Now to figure out where to shoot, what your legal rights are, and to get a property use agreement! Public places have become overcrowded by photographers as many private locations require fees or obtaining special permission.  Below outlines where you can shoot without permission, tips for …

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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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Contracts 101 Overview of photography contracts

Contracts 101: Overview of photography contracts

A contract should be utilized with every client your studio elects to serve.  A good contract is the backbone on which a good photographer/client relationship rests. It should expressly state the duties and obligations of each party to the contract, outlining the expectations of both parties. However, in order to create a good contract, a …

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