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A Brief Guide to Professional Photo Restrictions

A Brief Guide to Professional Photo Restrictions

COPYRIGHT. Word cloud illustration to illustrate a blog article on professional photo restrctionsThe 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. I am however also respectful of my clients 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. I not 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 I would need to provide you with a quote.

3) Image altering. Whilst I appreciate your business and welcome the sharing of my photos on social media platforms, I so 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
  • Removing our logo or studio name
  • Colour correcting or including transitions from colour to black and white
  • Clipping people or objects out of the original shot

So why do I have this as a restriction? The photos are a representation of my work so when a customer 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 my editing process and don’t require further alterations. When images are altered, the results are not always reflective of the original work and can then be mistaken for mine. I’d greatly appreciate your loyalty and cooperation in this matter.

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

Sue Kennedy is a professional photographer who specialises in maternity, newborn, baby and child photography. She works from her professional studio at Parndon Mill in Harlow, which is easily accessible from the M11 corridor serving Hertfordshire, Essex, London and Cambridgeshire.



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