License Required?

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  1. raeraespike

    raeraespike TPF Noob!

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    I am a hobbyist/part time pro photographer that has covered 137 weddings in the last 7 years. I do not use a business license because in my city it is not required unless I have a stuido set up on my property (which I don't). For the first time EVER, I am being asked to produce "proper documentation to certify that I am licensed to perfrom my skills" by a particular venue site. The owners of this venue are insisting that I must either have a Photographer's License, which does not exist, or that I must produce a business license. I WILL be happy to obtain a business license for future events but I don't have enough time to do this before the wedding. So, before I break it to my clients, is there anything I can do to pursuade the venue owners to allow me to photograph this wedding? Can they legally deny the wedding clients the right to use me? Thanks for any input!
     
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    The venue might be concerned about insurance. If your equipment like flashes catch the building on fire then they would want your liability insurance to cover it. A way you may be able to get around it is talk to another photographer in town and have the couple sign a contract with the other photographer then have that photographer hire you to cover the shoot. The other company may only charge you a small fee for being covered on their license.
     
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    That is an awesome idea, and I will remember that for the future but unfortunately this venue isn't requiring me to have liability ins. In fact, my clients are actually carrying a one day ins. rider that covers all of the service providers. The venue owners are really pushing for some type of certification. I'm not a member of anything photo related because I never cared to be, and I'm not school trained so I don't know what they want from me. That's why I'm wondering if there is anything that I or my clients can do legally to "force" them to let me do the photos. Oh well, I'm gonna apply for the license anyway and see what happens.

    Thanks again!
     

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