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7 Ways Photographers Can Utilize Online Forms For Efficiency

7 Ways Photographers Can Utilize Online Forms For Efficiency

If you’re like most photographers, you’ve long ago figured out that the best part of being a professional isn’t trying to find new clients or manage requests; it’s taking pictures. But still, you can’t be a successful photographer without dirtying your hands with the everyday operational aspects of running a business. So consider an online […]

Top 10 Tools for Your Photography Business

Top 10 Tools for Your Photography Business

I’ve searched high and low, near and far…okay…so I haven’t. I just sat down on my monthly admin day and made a list of some of my absolute favorite, must-have tools to help my business run smoothly. Besides having a (shameless plug) lawyer-drafted, photographer-approved photography contract from TheLawTog®, I recommend these for your business in […]

8 tools TheLawTog has that I bet you didn't know you need...

8 tools TheLawTog has that I bet you didn’t know you need…

Choosing what you need to protect and grow your business is overwhelming.  At TheLawTog® we have TONS Of tools from contracts to tax tools and business guides. I wanted to share with you some business tools that were created just for photographers…but many of you don’t know about.   These are items that have arisen […]

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Using Others Photos for Education Purposes

  It has probably happened to every single one of us.  You wake up one morning, open your Facebook feed or Instagram and see an amazing photograph that someone has posted. Sometimes, the photograph is a share and you can trace it back to the original source.  Other times, someone has just copied someone else’s […]

Building Business Affiliations For Your Photography Business

Building Business Affiliations For Your Photography Business

Have you ever noticed when you’re out in public that crowds tend to gather? Traffic backs up for no reason in certain spots? This is because humans are creatures who naturally want and gravitate towards companionship. To be around the group and others – even if subsconciously. If you look around the world you’ll see natural pairings and companionships […]

Should photography contracts be signed with your name or business name?

Should photography contracts be signed with your name or business name?

  The other day I was going through our nighttime routine with my daughter.  As usual, she was using every stalling technique she could find in her box of magic tricks – “I want a drink of water”…”I left something really important downstairs”…”Can you read me one more story?”  I tried to redirect her by […]

5 Reasons to NOT be a Sole Proprietorship

5 Reasons to NOT be a Sole Proprietorship

Many times people start out in the creative field part time or with great uncertainty as to whether they are going to “make it” in business.   For these reasons, many of you may be sitting on a dangerous risk pile of sole proprietorship (SP) formation.   Yes, because I will undoubtedly get emails saying […]

To use "deposit" or "retainer" in your photography contract

To use “deposit” or “retainer” in your photography contract

It is best practice as a photographer to clearly establish your deposit/retainer policy within the terms and conditions of your contract. In fact, in my opinion a deposit/retainer policy is an essential policy for a photographer to have in their contract.   Why Should I Require a “Payment”? Your time is money, literally. As a […]

Photographer's Tax Deduction Purchase Guide

Photographer’s Tax Deduction Purchase Guide

As the year end approaches all small business owners should start thinking about tax deductions!  Depending on the business structure and tax liability some income taxes may already have been paid, for others they haven’t paid a dime.   This is where your business savings and tax deductions come in!   Take a gander at […]

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5 Reasons Your Photo Biz Needs To Be an LLC

Running a photography business can be overwhelming, scary and down-right frustrating sometime. The goal here, at TheLawTog, is to help you protect yourself so you don’t have to be sucked into frightening and resource-sucking issues.  One of the biggest ways you can protect your photography business, and yourself personally, is through the formation of your […]