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Can I play music during a photo shoot?

Can I play music during a photo shoot?

Whether inside or outside, sometimes you just want to help your clients relax and allow their personalities to shine. One way some photographers do this is to play some music before or during the photoshoot. It makes sense, music has a wonderful ability to evoke positive emotions and to encourage people to drop some of […]

What do you do when a client asks you to edit photos from another photographer?

What do you do when a client asks you to edit photos from another photographer?

For many photographers the knee jerk answer to a client asking you to edit photographs taken by another photographer is no, or no way. But, no might not always need be your answer. Now, just hang with us for a couple of minutes while I explain: Let’s talk first about the questions you need to […]

Legalities of birth and maternity photography with surrogates and adoptive parents

Legalities of birth and maternity photography with surrogates and adoptive parents

Navigating the relationships of clients can be one of the most challenging parts of a photographer’s work. If you are a birth, newborn, or maternity photographer, working with surrogates, first families and adoptive parents, you may have some additional opportunities to develop sound policies and ensure you are covering yourself legally. Let’s start with some […]

Photography Business Decisions and Human Rights

Photography Business Decisions and Human Rights

The oft-repeated standard that business owners are able to refuse service to anyone for any reason is not as clear cut as many photographers might desire. Social, political, and personal values can complicate your business relationships, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important. The key questions are: When does impingement on your rights or even […]

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Review: FotoStrap

This review is on Fotostrap’s personalized camera strap.  This is not a paid advertisement, however, they did send me the strap to test out.  My review is fully honest and is not swayed by the receipt of this item, as you’ll see below.     From the product description section on the FotoStrap website:  Vintage […]

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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 […]

Should you sign your contract before sending to a client for their signature?

Should you sign your contract before sending to a client for their signature?

Let’s cut to the chase on the question of whether you should sign your contract BEFORE sending to a client for their signature? Legally it does not matter who signs the contract first as long as both parties agree to it. Practically speaking, it might be better to sign second. One reason for why it […]

Pregnant and Underage - Who Signs The Contract? TheLawTog

Pregnant and Underage – Who Signs The Contract?

When mom and dad are both minors (under 18) and they have a newborn it can make for a potentially confusing situation when it comes to who signs contracts and model releases for a newborn session. One important legal reality to note is that having a baby does not mean minor is automatically emancipated. This […]

Can I write off my family vacation if I do paid sessions at my vacation destination?

Can I write off my family vacation if I do paid sessions at my vacation destination?

Heading to some fabulous destination and wondering if you can write off your vacation? Watched other photographers travel the globe and wonder if they are writing off these travels? So can you write off your family vacation if you do paid sessions at your vacation destination? The answer is Yes, but…. If you follow the […]

Senior Photo Sessions & Underage Clients

Senior Photo Sessions & Underage Clients

Senior Sessions: Client was under 18 at the time of session but is now over 18. Commercial client wants to purchase usage rights of images of the senior. Is a new model release required? The answer to the questions of whether a new model release is required with a client who was under 18, but […]