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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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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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How to close your business

How to close your business

Deciding to close your business can be a stressful but needed choice. Here is a high-level checklist to help you walk step-by-step to wrapping up your business affairs.   Protect the intellectual property Make sure to transfer all intellectual property from entity to yourself personally – this includes photographs, logos, etc.  – Use this document and keep on file    Dissolve with your jurisdiction If you created a corporation, limited liability...

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3 keys to owning your photography brand

3 keys to owning your photography brand

Getting into business to make money off a craft you love is exhilarating, fun..but also overwhelming.  There is no getting around the legal tools needed to help protect you, your photography and your clients.   While setting up a legal photography business has many moving parts – primarily in three major phases. The Legal Triad – liability protection to protect yourself personally A Legal Photo Client Timeline – the chronological and...

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When should I set up a legal photography business?

When should I set up a legal photography business?

You’ve caught the photography bug. You have come to realize that you’re really good at it. Friends start liking all your posts and asking you to their photographs Money (maybe) starts heading your way in exchange for your talent. So, what now? You know you want to stay out of trouble with the law, especially the IRS. Good! But it is still confusing on when and how to set-up your...

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Business licenses – the when and how to get it

Business licenses – the when and how to get it

It’s time to make this photography thing serious. You log onto social media groups and see the potential for client issues and liability. You feel it in your bones. You don’t want to have to deal with doing things wrong and the government coming after you. You also truly want to avoid issues with clients and protect yourself. The groups tell you – “Go get your business license! You just...

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How to write a photography contract

How to write a 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 without some written documentation to help guide the relationship. I am happy to have convinced you that you need a contract.  At a minimum, you need a services contract, model release and print release. I’m going to walk you through a checklist process of...

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