A Brief Guide to Professional Photo Etiquette & Restrictions
I love working with my clients and models before, during and after the photoshoots. After the photoshoot, I dedicate hours post-processing the photos and put in a lot of creativity and time to provide my client, models or creative team with a quality collection of images.
With that in mind, please remember that the photos that a photographer hands over to you are part of their life’s work. It has its name or branding so there are a few important etiquette and restrictions to note when it comes to the professional digital images that you will receive from me.
1) Copyright. The digital images that I provide 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. I am, however, also respectful of my clients/models so if there are any images that you would prefer to keep private, it’s best to let me know about it ahead of time so that I can honor your wishes.
2) Image type. The original digital files or raw files are my negatives and I cannot give them away. All images given to my client or model have been carefully edited for optimal results. If you do require further touch-ups I would need to provide you with a quote. Please review my fees page. If it is a collaboration or a test shoot, let's discuss further the additional retouches.
3) Image altering. While I appreciate your business and welcome the sharing of my photos on social media platforms, I ask that the images not be altered in any way as this is against my copyright policies.
What constitutes image altering?
Adding filters or editing photos in Photoshop or in any other photo editing software.
Removing my logo or studio name.
Color correcting or including transitions from color to black and white.
Clipping people or objects out of the original shot.
So why do I have this as a restriction? My photos are a representation of my work so when a customer or model alters an image it directly impacts my name and brand in the industry. When I present you with final images, they have already been through a thorough editing process and don’t require further alterations. When images are altered, the results are not always reflective of my original work and can then be mistaken for mine. I greatly appreciate your loyalty and cooperation in this matter.
I am always happy to give a quote if you want images to be edited in a specific way or if you want further alterations or derivatives made of your photos.