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Is having a family & photography business possible? (Video)

“Is having a family and running a business really even possible? How do you handle being able to do all of it?” Well, good, I’m glad that you have come to me because I’m going to be able to help answer some of these questions.   As a mom of 5 and multiple businesses, I have you a couple tips that will help you understand that it is possible for...

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A guide to using professional photography contract template forms

A guide to using professional photography contract template forms

Contract formation is one of the most important skills a small business owner can develop.  And one of the main skills you will probably need when mastering this skill is understanding certain legal terms when you come across them. As we discovered in the article Haggling and Bickering: The Need of Concrete Service Contracts, the most important aspect of contract formation, for most businesses, is the choice of terms and conditions....

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Tax Deduction Checklist for Photographers

Tax Deduction Checklist for Photographers

Don’t wait until tax time to get your deductions in line.  These are the very items that will help give you tax benefits and keep money in your pocket, instead of giving to Uncle Sam. TheLawTog has compiled a Tax Deduction Checklist for Photographers that goes over: identifying expenses for deduction types of deductions examples for your reference Download your free checklist here  

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In-Person Sales Contracts For Protection

In-Person Sales Contracts For Protection

Whether you’re doing in-person sales, online virtual sales session or simply an online gallery – I’m sure you want to protect the sale (and that moneyyyyy!!) The goals of having different sales contracts in place are to set expectations with client inform client of all obligations protect the sale from buyers remorse, etc. legal relationship created if need to enforce It is recommended to use some or all of the...

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Hiring a Photo Editor

Hiring a Photo Editor

Hiring a photo editor can help increase your profit margin, maximize your time, and help grow your photography business.  As always here at TheLawTog, we want to help ensure that you are legally protected, so check out these tips below. First, determine their status – independent contractor versus employee. Second, provide yourself a budget line item for the photo editor. Third, use an Independent Contractor or Employee Contract bundle including: Main Services Agreement – sets expectations, outlines...

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Help! My client wants privacy!

Help! My client wants privacy!

Help! My client and I have agreed to not require their signature on model release, however the client still wants reassurances for privacy.  What do I do? Great question, friend. First, I’m proud of you for working with the client on their desires, even though this means you will no longer be able to use these photographs in marketing.  We never know their reasoning – which can range from domestic...

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Should you have friends/family sign contracts / model releases?

Should you have friends/family sign contracts / model releases?

Sure, you’ll have the images for your own memories of special people in your lives, but if it’s not people you’d really like to use up your camera clicks for, save yourself the trouble by asking them to sign one from the get go. You’ve been there before I am sure, out and about with your camera, taking photos of friends and family. What do you do when you decide you...

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3 reasons to sell your copyright

3 reasons to sell your copyright

  I read it on the internet, so it’s got to be true, right?  WRONG.  Photographers have been told over and over to never sell copyright to their photos.  But why?  Because so and so said so.  No one ever seems to actually have a good reason for refusing to sell copyright.    But, I’m about to give you three reasons why you should, or at least give you an understanding as to why a client may...

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