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Quick Legal Checklist: How to start a photography business- the right way!

FREE step-by-step legal biz checklist for the steps to protect yourself, your business and your photography! What is your primary type of photography? Yes - download now! NUMBER NOT REQUIRED FOR FREEBIE. If you do enter your number, you agree to receive marketing text messages from TheLawTog at the number provided, including messages sent by autodialer. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Message and data rates may apply....

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Street Photography and Model Releases

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 for professional photographers to take into account. There is widespread misinformation regarding these concerns, and...

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A photographer’s quick guide to photography copyright law

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 avoid situations like the one listed above.   What is copyright ownership? Most basically, copyright...

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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 people know, you have to obtain some paperwork authorizing you to live and work in...

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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 it out here This 17-page, fully-editable commercial proposal template wraps all business language, fee schedules,...

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How to price for commercial photography

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 will be different.   What is the job? Knowing all aspects of the job will...

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Legal Rights for Photographers (Video)

Where can I shoot from? What are my rights?   Have no fear! TheLawTog is here with quick reference video for you!   Running a photography business is very overwhelming. Knowing how to photograph is only a sliver of it. Knowing how to set up and pay your taxes and adhere to all the laws is a whole other thing.   So I want to walk you through a little...

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Arkansas Bill keeps the Shutter Open to Lawsuits

Hear that sound?  That was the sound of Photographers “shuttering” over this new Arkansas bill and what it come mean to photography as a whole.  On March 24, the Arkansas Senate passed a Bill, titled “The Personal Rights Protection Act,” to protect the Individual’s name, voice, signature, and likeness from exploitation and authorized commercial use without the individual’s consent. (See SB-79  ) SB 79 was originally proposed in response to the request from...

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