All Types Photographers: Family, Event, Lifestyle & Wedding
If you’re a creative, I’m assuming the LAST thing you really want to think about are the administrative and legal side to your business. You just want to create! That’s just what you do.
And you may be thinking - “I’m not sure what I do is a ‘business.’” Girl, YES it is. If you love what you do and want to protect your content that you originated (even if you’re not being paid!) you need to start thinking of your services as a business.
When YOU start taking yourself seriously, other people will too.
Think of me as your virtual attorney friend - I’m here to help jump start your business and prevent your business from any trouble!
Click on one of the links below to get started!
Legal Templates for Photographers
+ What Each DOES For Your Business
The Certificate of Formation is the document you file with the State to form a limited liability company (along with the filing fee, of course!) and is the first step in building your business legally with the State. Upon receipt of your formation document and fee, the State will process the information and add you to its businesses “allowed” to work within the State. This also registers you for state taxes (note not federally - for a step-by-step guide to setting up your EIN + more download the Business Starter Kit).
If you plan on starting a business, the most likely business entity that you'll form is the LLC. The Operating Agreement (otherwise known as a Company Agreement) is a vital part of the business formation process. This document governs how the business is managed daily as well as how long-term fundamental changes to the business are handled. If one is not put into place, your state business statutes will apply and you want to be able to make certain selections.
A photography contract is essential if you want to protect your photo rights and ensure you get paid. Depending on the type of photographer you are, you need a contract that protects your specific situation and interests. I've got all the contracts you need here on the blog - Wedding Photographer Contract, Event Photographer Contract, Blogger Photographer Contract & Family Photographer Contract. You can read more about why you need a photography contract here: Why Creatives Need an LLC + A Solid Contract.
You need a media release that covers both photo content and video content as well as a provision for a parent to release the rights to a minor child’s photo and video content. Think about it – WHO sues for their photo being on the internet without their consent? PARENTS that’s who.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed - just shoot me an email (TaylorattheExtra@gmail.com) and I’m happy to put together a custom package for you!