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We Support Black Lives Matter.

At TheLawTog® we believe that Black Lives Matter and we still be working to provide resources for photography businesses to help amplify black voices and stand up for racial injustice in the United States. Check our blog and social media for resources.

As Seen: Rachel Brenke quoted in Forbes on wedding contracts

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, small businesses have been greatly impacted. This especially includes wedding vendors such as florists, caterers, cake designers and photographers.  Forbes reached out to Rachel Brenke for legal advisement to vendors facing cancellations of weddings and the associated legal contracts.  This quote isn’t the full analysis or discussion but gives a …

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As Seen: The Photo Opp Podcast + Rachel Brenke - Ensuring Stability in Your Photography Business

As Seen: The Photo Opp Podcast + Rachel Brenke – Ensuring Stability in Your Photography Business

Megan Breukelman recently invited Rachel on her podcast, The Photo Opp Podcast. They talked about issues photographers face in their businesses and especially are facing now amid the COVID-19 crisis.   “The number one problem in legal issues that photographers face is lack of communication or miscommunication with clients.” Rachel Brenke   Key points to …

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As Seen: Reframe Success + Rachel Brenke - The Importance of Protecting Your Business

As Seen: Reframe Success + Rachel Brenke – The Importance of Protecting Your Business

Christine Tremoulet invited Rachel on her new podcast to talk about contracts and copyrights. Get a pen and paper ready! This episode was chock-full of information you will want to have.   Key things to listen for: Why we need contracts How to use contracts to increase buyer confidence The importance of understanding the contracts …

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As Seen: The Profitable Photographer + Rachel Brenke - Contracts and Legalities

As Seen: The Profitable Photographer + Rachel Brenke – Contracts and Legalities

Recently, Luci Dumas from The Profitable Photographer invited Rachel to her podcast to talk about the legal aspects of photography businesses.  This episode was packed full of good information, so get your pen and paper ready and be prepared to take lots of notes!   Key things to listen for: importance of protecting your name …

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LLC photography business

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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TheLawTog attorney prevails against AirBnB in copyright infringement negotiations

Recently, Rachel Brenke, head of TheLawTog® and owner at Connors and Brenke, took on corporate giant, Airbnb, and obtained a very favorable settlement in a large copyright infringement dispute on behalf of international photographer Jiayi Wang.  Not only is this a win for Wang, but this is a win against corporations who believe they can …

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How do I write a wedding photography contract?

How do I write a wedding photography contract?

Having written agreements with your clients creates legal protection for both parties, outlines expectations and provides customer service. You should never go into any photography session, especially a wedding, without some written documentation.  While we recommend use of an attorney and/or TheLawTog’s “already done for you” contract template forms, you are the owner of your …

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3 Risks every photographer faces on the job: How photography insurance can work for you

3 Risks every photographer faces on the job: How photography insurance can work for you

As a photographer, you have the creative freedom to capture precious moments for your clients and meet new people along the way. While you have a say on the camera equipment being used, props, and lighting, there are some things that are completely out of your control. Whether you take on short-term events or you …

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Understanding Model Releases: What They Are and Why You Need to Use Them

Running a photography business can be complex. Why would you need a model release? I mean, after all, you own the copyright to the images, that means you can do whatever you want, right? No, actually it is unlikely you have completely free rein. Let me ask you some questions: Do you use images of …

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