A BRIEF GUIDE TO RESTRICTIONS ON PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS

Prompted by a question from a client I thought it might be useful to explain the most common restrictions that professional photographers have with their photographs.

The photos that a photographer hands over to you after your photoshoot are part of their portfolio of life’s work. They have their name, branding or style so there are a few important restrictions to note when it comes to the professional digital images that you receive.

1) Copyright. The digital images that your photographer provides you with have a copyright, which means the photographer has the option to use those photos to market their work and services anytime in the future. We are however also respectful of our clients so if there are any images that you would prefer to keep private, it’s best to let us know about it ahead of time so that we can honor your wishes.  Most photographers have a “model release consent” as part of their terms and conditions or booking form that you sign.  This explains that we may use our favourite photographs from your photoshoot for our website, business card etc.  Also there may be an explanation to inform you that the photographer grants the client a licence to use the photographs for non-commercial purposes only. This includes a right to reproduce, print and store the photographs, including digitally uploading them to websites for non-commercial use.

Portrait Photography2) Image type. We aren’t able to provide you with the original files or raw images. All images given to the client have been edited in some way. If you do require further editing then we would need to provide you with a quote for this.

3) Image altering. While we appreciate your custom and fully welcome the sharing of the photos we take for you on social media platforms, we ask that the images are not altered in any way as this is against our copyright policies.

What constitutes image altering?  Here are some examples:

  • Adding filters or editing photos in Photoshop
  • Removing our logo or studio name
  • Color correction editing or including transitions from color to black and white
  • Clipping people or objects out of the original shot

So why do we have this as a restriction? Our photos are a representation of our work so when a customer alters an image it directly impacts our name, our brand and style within the industry. When we present you with final images, they have already been through our editing process. When images are altered, the results are not always reflective of our original work and can then be mistaken for ours. We greatly appreciate your loyalty and cooperation in this matter.

We are happy to give a quote if you want images to be edited in a specific way or if you want further alterations made.

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