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Setting Up Your Photography Business

with Craig Heidemann

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About The Class

Most aspiring photographers focus on developing their skills behind the camera, but it’s equally important to establish a strong legal foundation to support your work. Join Craig Heidemann to learn how and why you need to set up your photography business as an LLC or corporation. Craig will cover how to get a tax ID number, how to use contracts to manage client expectations, and the difference between employees and independent contractors. After this workshop, you’ll understand how to license the rights to your images, the truth about model and property releases, and everything you need to know about copyrights in order to start your photography business successfully. 

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Setting Up Your Photography Business

    1:26:47
  2. 02

    Bonus Video: 3 Ways to Keep the Government Off Your Back

    04:41

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Craig Heidemann

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 ... read more

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  • Creativelive Student

    July 2014

    This course was awesome! There is a wealth of information shared from both a photographic and legal sense, covering all bases of the need-to-know for your photography business, both for new start-up and the duration of your day-to-day business needs. Federal and state regulations, contracts and legal implications are discussed in an easily digestible way. I learned a great deal from this course and hope Craig entertains the idea of teaching more Creative Live courses in the future.

  • Joseph Thomas

    Joseph Thomas

    April 2018

    Such a wealth of information. I only wish it was longer so I could soak up more information lol. Great course.

  • Steven Erat

    Steven Erat

    November 2013

    Excellent course. Craig is very well spoken and provides comprehensive yet easily understandable material. Very relevant and up to date. Near the end of the session Craig discusses an optional DVD with 25 business contracts that he wrote which can be bought online if desired. I immediately purchased the DVD extra because I know I want Craig to be the one that crosses all the Ts and dots all the Is in for my contracts.

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