Contracts 101

Contracts 101 - TheLawTog®

Contracts 101

Overwhelmed with all the contract legalities in running a photo biz?

Hi, I'm TheLawTog® - the photographer's go-to legal resource AND CONTRACTS.

I've boiled down all you need to know AND want to invite you to a VIP group where you can ask questions of TheLawTog team. Contracts 101 walks you through contracts, contract legalities, minimum legal requirements (and what you SHOULD have!), types of contracts and more!

It's like having a contract lawyer ready to answer questions without the hefty retainer!

Enroll now, watch videos, join the group, ask questions, stay protected!


What you will learn …

  • Are contracts required?
  • What makes a contract legal?
  • Types of contracts
  • Client signs. Someone else pays. Who is the client?
  • How to cancel a photography contract?
  • How to write a photography contract?
  • Are JPG images of contracts legal?
  • Are digital contracts legal?
  • And more!
  • Bonus: Legal Triad
  • Bonus: How to Set Up a Photography Business

On-Demand Access includes…

  • Videos from TheLawTog with 24/7 online access
  • One year of access to course
  • BONUS: Access to the exclusive TheLawTog® VIP group for one year.

Regular price $599.00 Sale price $199.00 Save $400
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From our customers

★★★★★

I just started my photography business and I needed contracts to protect my business. I wanted something that was truly going to protect me from the start. These contracts are exactly what I was looking for, I highly recommend! The freebie contracts you get from other places do not compare.

MacKenzie
★★★★★

Absolutely Fantastic!

The community really sold me on these agreements, I now have 5 or 6 of the products I need to keep my business runni mg efficiently and keep me protected! It really helps me set the expectation to my clients and makes my workflow that much easier

Tinara K.
★★★★★

The peace of mind that comes with purchasing a contract from TheLawTog is well worth the investment. Knowing that you have that layer of protection for your business and that it was written by someone who truly knows the ins and outs of the industry is invaluable.

Kimberlee Kiefer
★★★★★

I love all of LawTog's contracts that I have purchased! They are very easy to understand and paste into my client CMS, HoneyBook. I use the contracts often AND their customer service is so wonderful! Very responsive and helpful. Thank you for being such a blessing to the creative community!

Lesly Moore
★★★★★

GREAT PRODUCT, GREAT OWNER, WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE.

Can I just say how happy I am that a business like this exists? So happy. I am a new business owner and had been using templates online. I knew it wasn’t safe for me or my business if something would happen, I’d have almost no way to back myself up. I finally decided to purchase this contract bundle and then… cried when I opened them and read them. I saw how legitimate they were, I saw how I would be covered and my couples would be covered and I was so, so, so happy. It’s worth it. I promise.

Breanna G.
★★★★★

I wasn't a 100% sure that I needed the commercial contract for my passion project. I emailed Rachel and her team, and they responded very quickly. Told me if I had any questions to let them know. Of course I did! Asked my questions, got the answers I needed and was able to implement the contract! Thank you so much for all of your support and great products!

Melanie M.
★★★★★

ONE OF THE BEST INVESTMENTS I'VE MADE

When starting my business, I wanted to be sure I invested in legal protections - including sound legal contracts. After hearing about the LawTog's contracts, I researched them and invested in wedding, portrait, model call, and commercial licensing contract and model release bundles. I'm so glad I did!! When having them reviewed by a local business & contract attorney in my city, the attorney (a very experienced contract attorney in my state) only had to make minor tweaks to a couple of provisions to bring them in line with local state requirements. A couple of years later, I relocated across country to a new state. I again hired a local attorney in my new state to do a new contract review. She, too, only had to make very minor tweaks to bring the terms in line with local state laws. Its a relief to have such these contracts in place. They are one of the best investments I have made in my business.

Laura K.
★★★★★

This is exactly what I have needed to gain the peace of mind as I go about my workflow and interacting with my clients. Thank you!

Hanna B.
Los Angeles, CA
★★★★★

Super happy with the contract and support. Also really relieved that I know it will hold up if something happens.

Tricia J.

Template in .doc for easy copy-paste 

Highlighted guides and notes for easy fill-in-the-blank customization 

Access to TLT KNOWLEDGE BASE - explanations of key contractual provisions so you understand and can explain to your clients 

#1 Download instantly via email

#2 Back-up to your digital file system for use in future

#3 Fill-in-the-blank and edit based on guides in the contract

#4 Copy/paste into any online contract signing system or CRM for use!

-Why choose TheLawTog?

Headed by Rachel Brenke, TheLawTog is the only dedicated resource for photographers.  With practicing lawyers, business consultants, CPA, financial planners (and more!) you’ll get information with first-hand experience to help your photography business. 

-Can I edit the contracts?

Yes! They come as .doc files so you can fill-in-the-blank, remove or add what you need. We provide options and headings to easily allow for editing.

-Can I use these contracts if not in the US?

TheLawTog®’s contract forms are drafted on general American law-based contract principles and are applicable to many states.  Due to variations in law based on location and business policies, the contracts are editable and easily adaptable. If you are a photographer outside the US, the policies may be implemented for your business, but U.S. Federal Copyright laws and other legal theories may not apply.  For example, in the United States, unless otherwise contracted, the photographer retains copyright ownership of images. However, in other countries, the law may give the copyright ownership to the client and necessitate a provision for transfer. 

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Not going to lie, I was stunned at myself for buying over $600 in items from you. BUT after reviewing the wedding contract I purchased, right away I knew this was the best investment I could make! Thank you so much!

A contract that covers all bases makes me feel free/liberated to go and produce the art I love vs fearing the potential negative intent of some.

Very Detailed. Excellent! Thank you. :)

This portrait contract bundle is my most-used contract. I've been usingTheLawTog contracts since I first found Rachel way back in 2011/2012 when I first started out. I had no idea what all needed to be covered in a photography contract, much less how to word it right. Since Rachel is not only a practicing IP lawyer, but also a photographer & business consultant, I am the confidence & peace of mind that the contract templates cover everything photographers need in a contract in order to protect our livelihoods. Before I found TheLawTog I got one of those super-cheap contracts floating around the internet, but I've never used it because I didn't feel like those 4 or 5 paragraphs would actually protect my business. TheLawTog contracts are super easy to edit & customize to best suit my specific needs, then I have my local lawyer review it to be sure it's valid for my state/local laws and no changes need to be made.

The contract and release were exactly what i needed and will use moving forward. However, because this first event was more of a barter for services, i still have to write an addendum, or attached note with details. I don’t know exactly how to vet that part once i wrote it.

Good contracts at a good price!

Purchased these last week & modified them slightly to fit my needs. I asked my local attorney to review them, making sure that the contracts& my modifications are legal in my state. My attorney informed me it would have cost me a lot more had I hired him to write similar contracts from scratch.

Excellent resource

Love this and other templates from TLT. So simple yet precise and customizable. Makes it seem simple but helps me feel protected in my business.

Exactly what I needed!

After coming across this deal, I realized I didn't have this tool for my own reference! Immediate purchase and will be a forever used document in my client work. Thank you again Rachel!

This is well worth the cost for your business!

Everything in this bundle is exactly what I needed. I have a company operating out of Canada which made me hesitant to purchase, however I found the FAQ’s were very helpful in determining if these would work for me. They are very easy to modify and there was not much that needed to be changed. My lawyer would have charged me at least $1500-$2500 for these, so it also saved my company cost. Thank you very much Rachel for creating these for us

This is exactly what I needed to get my business started!!

So much value!

When we chose to include pet photography as one of our specialties I expected finding proper legal document coverage to be ....well, trickier! Here it all is plus extras I wouldn't have thought of. Totally a life saver!

I love how short and easy to understand it was.

Super easy and simple!

A couple reached out wanting to book a destination wedding so I searched thelawtog's website and sure enough, I found the perfect contract! I'm so grateful I was able to purchase, download, and easily fill out my contract! Thanks for everything!

As a photographer who has recently included licensing of my extensive still and video library, Rachel‘s commercial license contract was invaluable in helping me protect my assets and limit liability as well as carry-on in a professional manner with a new product line.

I don't know what I would do without this contract! It gives me a peace of mind knowing that the clients were satisfied and signed on the dotted line that they were!

The Pro Photographer's Ultimate Checklist Bundle

A major hurdle in getting a legal photography business set up is just understanding what's needed to be done. This straight-forward checklist bridges the knowledge gap for those of use that would rather be out photographing.

Super easy to use

I'm so happy that I invested in these contracts and online terms of service and privacy policy. I didn't realize how reassuring it was to finally have legal documents to help keep me and my business safe. I'd recommend these contracts to ANYONE! As an added bonus, their customer service is amazing and so very helpful!

While this is not comprehensive, it provides very good direction on how to handle clients who question the value of services given or the use of the service.

I am so happy I was finally able to purchase the General Portrait Bundle! I have been wanting to for so long, and I am loving it. This took my business to the next level with more professional contracts not only does it show that I put effort into my business and spells things out for clients but it gives me a sense of security knowing that there’s work that gets put into these to make them legal and true. This bundle has everything you really need except the covid stuff but those are must haves that I don’t mind buying separately.

the commercial contract has been awesome to use with my corporate clients. I feel confident that the terms are explained professionally and accurately. I feel more protected knowing that I am using a Rachel Brenke contract.

I needed a wedding contract

This contract is everything and more. So worth the money and covers everything to need to protect you and your client. You'll walk into a wedding day knowing you're set! I appreciate the customer service. I made an error in my purchase and thought I was going to be lost for the cash I spent. But thankfully they were able to help me rectify the situation and I was so thankful!

Adding an official Print release form to my business documents

The LawTog forms, releases, and documents are a must-have for peace of mind and safeguard.

The contract is great, I just needed a little more guidance with putting my own info in.

Stepping into commercial photography after 40 years of weddings and this is perfect! Thank you!

Super happy with the contract and support. Also really relieved that I know it will hold up if something happens.