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Roger Baumgarten of*Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania,*became a freelance photographer in*2009*when he*founded*Roger That Photography,*a company whose clients have included the American Lung Association, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, and the National Federation of Independent Business. Business has been good for Baumgarten. He enjoys the flexibility of independent contracting and the freedom to*choose his own clients. The money isn’t bad, either. Regulators at both the federal and state levels want to change this. They claim that Baumgarten and others like him are being exploited by their clients*and,*to remedy that,*aim to place these workers in traditional employment —*an arrangement Baumgarten left years ago*and has no desire to return to. Baumgarten is worried that*proposals*such as the federal*PRO Act*and other state legislative efforts*designed to eliminate*most forms of*independent contracting*will destroy the business*he’s worked so hard to create. A photographer’s foray into freelancing Baumgarten first noticed he had a knack for photography in 2005 when he began snapping shots of his kids’ youth league sports games. Dissatisfied with his point-and-shoot camera — “I was getting very wonderful pictures of grass,” Baumgarten jokes, “and the little dot in the distance was my kid” — he purchased a higher quality digital camera to capture the action in greater detail. […]

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