COVID-19 Legal Resource Page

Coronavirus & Your Photography Business
Below you will find constantly updated information regarding legalities and the impact COVID-19 is having on your photography business. 
  • Resources
  • Needed Contract Template Forms
  • To-Do Business Checklist
  • Reopening checklist
  • and more!
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Hey there!

I'm Rachel Brenke

Before we dig into the COVID resource page, let me introduce myself! I’m a mother of five, wife to army veteran and lover of rescue dogs. On the professional side I’m a photographer, business consultant and lawyer. 

I help photographers, like you, to legally protect yourself and run a successful photography business.  These videos are just one part of the many resources I have for you. 

Thousands in the industry trust me, for good reason. I have a proven record of winning copyright infringement suits for photographers and delivering solid legal advice. 

I’m humbled to be able to help you all during this time. Please let myself, or the team, know if you need anything,

Rachel Brenke

ATTN: TLT Purchasers

If you currently own a TLT contract template...
All contracts for TheLawTog already included needed provisions for Acts of God, sickness, circumstances beyond control, reschedules and cancellations. Our existing contracts already have a broad cancellation provision that can be applied during pandemic.
For the reasons above, we are not updating for COVID specific provisions – however we have COVID specific resources below.


Quick reopening checklist video + template and swipe copy for use in your business!

TheLawTog® head, Rachel Brenke was consulted and quoted as an expert on using liability waivers upon reopening. For more information – check out this video!

Informational Resources

Since we know it's tough right now, we want to provide some free resources of information for you. This will be updated as new information comes to light.

TheLawTog Blog post on contract provisions + insurance for your photography business protection

Business Bites Podcast Episode – 5 quick legal steps you need to take to protect your business now

Business Bites Podcast Episode -Families First Coronavirus Response Act – What You Need To Know

Business Bites Podcast Episode – 4 Financial Stability Steps During COVID


External resources:

Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to apply.

Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at:

The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. 

Coronavirus Unemployment Benefits for Photographers information. Click here to read more.

You’ve probably heard by now about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), but would you like the part that applies to photographers translated into human speak? Just like the rest of humanity, you really just need to know the part that applies to you, our friend Andrew with Big Picture CPA has you covered. 






  • Do I have to photograph even if I don’t have a contract? Maybe not, always check your local governmental directives
  • Do I have to return the non-refundable retainer? Legally – probably not, assuming you have a solid, lawyer-drafted contract that attributes that retainer to services already rendered (i.e. scheduling, consultation, etc)
  • Do I have to photograph if there is no shut down? No. There are different levels of government directives and contract defenses that may help you (See podcast above!)
  • Do I have a force majeure clause in my contract? I don’t know – do you? Don’t rely on the headings. Be sure to look for language regarding disasters, circumstances outside of your control, Acts of God, etc.
  • Does my contract let me cancel/reschedule?  It’s going to depend on the language. 

Time on your hands?

Here are some things you can do right now to keep your business trucking along!
Business Legalities:
  • Trademark business name
  • Update contracts
  • Identify insurance needs & update
  • Make a disaster plan
Marketing Ideas:
  • Connect with 5-7 local business owners
  • Draft and publish blog posts
  • Update portfolio online
  • Schedule 3 months of social media posts
If you want to invest in furthering your business - here's some stuff to help!


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