As a nationally recognized lawyer and professional photographer, Craig Heidemann brings a unique perspective to his fresh and engaging educational seminars. Craig Heidemann owns and manages a Springfield Missouri based boutique photo studio that specializes in upscale weddings, commercial work and artistic portraiture. Craig personally photographs 25 – 30 regional and destination weddings annually. Throughout 20 years of professional photography, Craig has developed an “essential legal workflow” which marries business organization, client contracts, employee/independent contractor management, copyright registration and necessary insurance to yield a result which protects his personal and business assets alike, while at the same time managing client expectations.
Three years ago, Craig recognized a void in photographic education which he hopes to fill to the brim. According to Craig, “I noticed there were dozens of seminars teaching us how to excel at photography and marketing but no one was teaching us how to get our businesses legally set up and how to keep them legal compliant in the years after. I also noticed that in an era of giving away digital rights, no one was teaching us how to protect our most important assets – our copyrights and intellectual property. Simple things like how and when to collect sales tax and who owns the copyright to a photo made by a second shooter were not being discussed but photographers were thirsting for accurate information on these critical issues.” Craig blends personal experience, with a phenomenal grasp of current legal issues facing professional photographers to create a fun and engaging presentation that will instill essential knowledge and business confidence in everyone that attends. Each year, Craig speaks nationally to photographers from coast to coast.