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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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Top 10 reasons to have a photography contract

Top 10 reasons to have a photography contract

I know, I know. You’re thinking that I’m just telling you to use contracts because I’m a lawyer. You partially right. and partially wrong! As a small business owner, just like you, I want to spend my time on the FUN part of business and not dealing with cleaning up messes. The good thing is, administrative and financial investments in contracts do way more than just provide legal protection. Here are...

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Photographing children’s birthday parties: special legal issues

Photographing children’s birthday parties: special legal issues

The sounds of giggling laughter, balloons, party favors and cake. Children’s birthday parties are often a swirl of activity. Photographing Children’s birthday parties can be a lucrative opportunity, especially as there is an increased likelihood of referrals from within your client base. But, photographing children’s parties often give rise to additional complicating factors that a photographer should consider before finding themselves in a difficult (or potentially business damaging) situation. We’re...

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Are you killing it in your photography business?

Are you killing it in your photography business?

It’s such a bummer to see so many photographers killing it with camera skills, but then (bad) killing it with lack of business skills.  They are bad-killing it by falling into this “it’ll never happen to me” mentality. This sentiment is shared almost daily in our online community and through legal inquiries.  There is this rampant idea of “it will never happen to me” and many business owners end up falling victim...

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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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Public, Private or “Not-Sure” Property and Shooting

Public, Private or “Not-Sure” Property and Shooting

ou usually shoot all your sessions in your studio and always use your standard contract without issue. You recently received a request for an engagement photo shoot somewhere else, maybe at a fire station where the groom works or the stadium of the couple’s favorite team, and now you have a bunch of questions swirling in your head. Can you shoot there? What, if any, permission do you need and...

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Photography Sessions and No Show Clients

You have been emailing with a potential client, set up a photo shoot date, researched posing and theme ideas, turned down other clients, set up and paid for child care, arrive at the location and wait and wait and wait…a NO SHOW!  You set up a model call and have booked four back-to-back sessions in one day. Again, you have spent time and money on props and pose ideas, turned...

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Reproduction of Photographs: What is legal?

Do you remember in 2nd grade when Susie copied your cool new high top converse all stars and your side pony tail? Remember when your Mom said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? Well, that may be true, but don’t forget about this little thing called copyright! Here is the scenario: You take a lot of scenic photos of your area and you display them in a local gallery....

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