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. 
  • TheLawTog Contract Template evaluation + updates
  • Resources (Free swipe copy, free provisions)
  • Contract Template Forms + FREE Store Credit
  • To-Do Legal Checklist
  • To-Do Business 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.
As always, we are complimentarily updating templates and providing additional resources on this page as well to be loaded into your account section. We will email when all of this is available.

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® specific resources:

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. 

FREE Force Majeure Clause

Use this free resources to update your existing contract! Simply copy + paste + review!

TLT Contracts already have a broad existing cancellation provision - be sure to check that this Force Majeure clause complies with your state laws.

Potentially Needed Documents

Here are some lawyer-drafted documents that may be of help during this time.
Need to cancel the entire contract?
First, look to your contract governing terms to see how to cancel. If it’s vague or silent, use this template to cancel the agreement.
Plan to continue photographing?
If you continue to photograph, have consulted insurance and government directives but decide to move forward here is a release of liability waiver to add onto your existing contract.
TheLawTog does not promote continued services against governmental directives, use at your own risk.
Need to reschedule your session/event?

Need to reschedule a photography event or session? Be sure to do it legally with a lawyer-drafted addendum. Simply fill it out, execute with client and attach to your original contract!

Comes with 2 addendum documents – 1 for portrait 1 for weddings

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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