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How to hire a second shooter for wedding photography

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 photography – especially when they are trying to build...
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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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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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Top 10 reasons to have a photography contract

I know, I know. You’re thinking that I’m just telling you to use contracts because I’m a lawyer. You partially right. and partially wrong! As a small business owner, just like you, I want to spend my time on the FUN part of business and not dealing with cleaning up messes. The good thing is,...
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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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Photographing children’s birthday parties: special legal issues

The sounds of giggling laughter, balloons, party favors and cake. Children’s birthday parties are often a swirl of activity. Photographing Children’s birthday parties can be a lucrative opportunity, especially as there is an increased likelihood of referrals from within your client base. But, photographing children’s parties often give rise to additional complicating factors that a...
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Milestone Photography Sessions

Milestone sessions are very popular as a sales tool among newborn and child photographers. But, pre-booking a series of different sessions and transactions as is often the case with milestone sessions can give rise to specific legal issues. Clear communication is key. When you meet with a client for a pre-booking consultation, be sure to...
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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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Street Photography and Model Releases

Street photography uniquely captures our world in a candid and artful way. In attempting to capture an un-manipulated scene, these photographs are often taken in public places with the subject unaware of the photographer’s presence. In our litigious society who appears in professional photographs and what is done with those photographs has become increasingly important...
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Couple signs. Dad pays. Who is my client?

Couple meets you. Loves you. Signs the contract and model release. But what happens if a third-party pays? Or wants to sign? What then? It is important to understand who the actual [legal] client is so that your business keeps walking the straight and narrow by delivering to whom you owe a responsibility. Hang with...
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A photographer’s quick guide to photography copyright law

The unauthorized use, reproduction, or amendment of photographs…copyright infringement happens all the time, simply because many don’t understand what and how copyright infringement works. Copyright infringement is the use of photographs protected by copyright laws without permission of the copyright owner. Understanding what copyright is and the registration process is important to photography business owners to...
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Do venues have claims to photographs taken on their property?

You recently shot an incredible wedding and everything went perfectly! You edited your photos and the happy couple absolutely loved them. You posted a sampling to your website and then your parade got rained on with you received an email from the manager of the wedding venue claiming that since the venue could be recognized...
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Who is my wedding photography client if someone else pays?

When you book a wedding it is automatically assumed the bride and groom are your client right? Wrong. Sort of.  It is important to understand who the actual [legal] client is so that your business keeps walking the straight and narrow by delivering to whom you owe a responsibility.    Hang with me through this...
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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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Top Wedding Photography Contract Provisions

Being a wedding photographer can be amazing as you get to help plan a couple’s special day, shoot off to exotic locations on airplanes, and share once-in-a-lifetime (to that couple) shots on your website. However, weddings are considered a “white glove” type of photography event that requires a bit more experience, professionalism and attention to detail....
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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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Present Commercial Photography Quotes Professionally

When seeking Commercial Photography jobs such as headshots, environmental marketing images, or product shots, the proposal of your pricing and details should be outside of plain old text.   Commercial licenses are often quite a bit more of an expensive investment than standard portraiture, for this reason (and others) they demand a white-glove approach.  Check...
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How to price for commercial photography

Unlike personal portrait or retail photography, commercial photography should be approached differently.  Figuring up what to charge and quote for a commercial job can be stressful and overwhelming.   This article is to guide the process for the best quote possible. Keep in mind while going through the steps that each job, market, and factors...
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Top Books To Revolutionize Your Photography Business

Many times, photographers learn the setup process and get their workflow down – then move onto improving their artistic skill.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it leaves out a very key piece to the business puzzle. Continuing education shouldn’t just be a mandated requirement for some careers.  It is really a necessity for all small business owners, especially...
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