A Brief Guide to Professional Photo Restrictions

People often ask about copyright and and altering of images, mainly just out of interest because it can be a confusing area for some.  So here's a few little guidelines.

The photos that a photographer hands over to you are part of their life’s work. It has their name or branding 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.

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. 

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

Colour 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 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. We greatly appreciate your loyalty and cooperation in this matter.

So as you can see it's not just buy a flash camera, point and shoot, job done all in half and hour. Lots of time, love and skill goes into creating images for a client because it's such a passion.

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.”

Love Sophia x