Our mission is to share what we have learned through running our photography businesses.
Helping you protect yourself, profit more, so you can focus on what you love…. photography! Capturing moments that impact people’s lives.
Why you should get a legal plan for your photography business – The most affordable way to make sure all your legal questions are covered.
Contracts are KEY! Make sure your photography contract is buttoned up and has you covered in case of the unlikely or unfortunate situations.
Why you should use an easy docu-sign and photography invoicing system like Shootproof.
Definitely get business insurance! We learned within our first year of business how important it was.
How to automate in your photography business.
hi I'm Ethan from photographer legal.com our mission is to really share what we have learned running our photography businesses helping you protect yourself profit more so you can focus on what you love photography capturing the moments that really impact people's lives today we're gonna about five things every photographer should do to protect their business and also make it more efficient quick disclaimer I'm not a lawyer neither is my wife I do the business administration side of our to photography businesses the marriage proposal calm and blush bouquet photography my wife is the talent behind the camera in both businesses and any advice that we give you today is just our advice you should get it reviewed by your own legal counsel number one have a solid contract why is this so important several reasons a contract protects your business gets you paid allows you to advertise and most importantly allows you to focus on the creative side of your business not potentially a legal issue with your business there are several important factors of a contract your payment terms making sure that you're getting paid on time and what you're actually charging for each session as well as the details of the shoot the time they're supposed to show up the location the duration of the shoot and then the other aspects that protect your business indemnification making sure that you don't get sued if somebody gets injured within your photo sessions copyright making sure that nobody edits your pictures you can even put terms in there that make sure they do not put filters on your images when people post them on Facebook or on Instagram as well as making sure that you have everything that protects your business from the unknown you want to make sure that you're protected god forbid somebody steals your equipment or your card gets damaged and the images are lost you need to have protection for this when you're starting out your business it is super super important to have a solid contract a lot of photographers don't focus on this initially they focus on just getting clients and getting images out there but making sure you have a contract that is legally reviewed and solid is really critical to starting a business you can go to photographer legal comm and actually download the contract that we use for all of our photo sessions has been removed by our legal counsel so it has all aspects in a contract that should protect your photography business please check it out number two secure professional legal advice it is really critical that you actually have a legal counsel for your business now a lot of photographers invest a lot of money in expensive equipment but they won't spend the dollars to actually get legal advice why this is really critical as many times while you may have a solid contract to begin with legal issues may come up in your business you may have somebody who want to actually change the terms of your contract we never recommend this but if you actually have a legal counsel that you can run those questions by it allows you to feel comfortable if you were to make a change in your contract to book the session now you may think well I just started out a photography business how can I actually afford a lawyer lawyers charge as much as I charge per hour in an actual session and that's true but what we actually found is something that really helped out our business it's called legal shield we actually use this for our business it's incredibly affordable you can pay as low as 39 dollars a month for their base package which is what we use for our business we really think it's enough it gives us unlimited access to a legal team a local law firm that is part of their network they've reviewed all of our contracts we can reach out to them if we have somebody who has a legal question regarding our business as well as they cover a review of permits that we actually do for locations where we shoot and many other legal advice that comes up when you are running a business so you don't have to spend the 4 or $500 an hour that many lawyers charge you can just spend $39 a month and have yourself protected you can find out the link on photographer legal calm number three get business insurance many photographers do not get business insurance when they start out they invest a lot of money and buying expensive equipment and making sure they have everything to run their business but they don't protect that equipment order themselves there's several reasons why you want to get business insurance one many actual locations require that you get a permit or require that you have business insurance to actually shoot their particular if you're doing weddings or you're doing any type of shooting at venues many of them require that you have a specific amount of coverage for that property itself the other aspect of business insurances protects the equipment and the actual sessions that you do these lenses this camera cost a lot of money so god forbid somebody stole it or it got damaged you would actually have the coverage to support yourself we actually had a really unfortunate thing happen after one of our sessions our equipment got stolen all of our equipment was almost in one bag two cameras three lenses and the worst part was the SD card that we had just done a proposal shoot for was actually lost if we did not have business insurance we would have had to pay all of that out of pocket as well as they covered the damage that we had in terms of actually having to refund the money to our client and provide that client with another free session to try and make up for the loss that occurred so having business insurance is really critical please take our advice on this we know firsthand how important it is to have business insurance for your business we have links to some of the business insurance companies that we recommend on photographer legal owner number four use an online document and invoicing system now we're going to talk less about protecting your business I'm going to talk more about making your business more efficient so one of the things that is really critical to a business is being able to get clients coming in so what you should do as a business owner as a photographer is make it as simple as possible for your clients to sign their contract and pay their invoice so the system that we actually use is shoot proof and the reason why we chose shoot proof is because of that fact it's not only a gallery delivery system and its really easy to use just from a user interface perspective but more importantly it allows you to actually upload a custom templated contract actually multiple contracts depending on the sessions that you are doing and then automatically email them to your client they can sign them online so without having to print them out and at the same time they can pay you with a credit card through their invoice processing system they charge a modest fee for this but what we find is that clients really love it this enables us to quickly get a contract signed when somebody says yes send me the paperwork it's really important that that time does not lapse after somebody says send me the paperwork if you were sending them a PDF and they have to print it out and scan it and send it back to you that is an annoyance to your client you want to make it as simple as possible for your client to commit to doing business with you that is why we use shoot proof and you can actually check out the link through photographer legal number five automate as much as you possibly can one of the other things that we really love about shoot crew specifically is the automated email follow-ups this can follow up when telling somebody that their gallery is delivered as well as the gallery may be expiring and they really need to hurry up and buy prints as well as follow-ups when email are due this is a really nice thing because it reminds your clients that they need to pay their bill without you having to manually do that because if you're out on a shoot you can't be doing actual automated emails so it creates almost a team for you without actually you have anyone behind the scenes so automate as much as you can because time is money and time is taken away from the creative aspect of your business if you were doing it so in summary I told you about five things to make your business more efficient and how to protect your business number one get a solid contract number to secure professional legal advice number three get business insurance number four have an online document invoicing system and number five automate as much as you possibly can once again our mission is to help you protect your business profit more so you can focus on what you love photography and capturing the moments that impede impact people's lives make sure you check out photographer legal.com as well as subscribe to our channel we'll be diving into each of these subjects in greater depth with individual videos as well so stay tuned