The photos that a photographer hands over to you are part of their life’s work as it has their name or their branding. When booking a professional photographer, it is important to read their contracts to understand the laws that protect their creative work as well as restrictions when it comes to the professional digital images that you receive.
It is important to note that you may have worked with a photographer before who was at the beginning of their career and unaware of these policies, but most professionals follow these guidelines as an industry standard.
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.
2. Image type. We aren’t able to provide you with the original files or “raw” images. All images given to the client have been cropped and have been edited. If you do require further touch ups we would need to provide you with a quote.
3. Image altering. While we appreciate your business and welcome the sharing of our photos on social media platforms, we ask that the images not be altered in any way as this is against our copyright policies.
What constitutes image altering?
- Adding filters or editing photos in Photoshop
- Removing our 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 we have this as a restriction?
Our photos are a representation of our work and an extension of our portfolios so when a customer alters an image it directly impacts our name and brand in the industry.
When we present you with final images, they have already been through our editing process and don’t require further alterations. When images are altered, the results are not always reflective of our original work and can then be mistaken for ours.
With that said, 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. We greatly appreciate your loyalty and cooperation in this matter and if you have any follow up questions, please message us below.