A Brief Guide to Professional Photo Restrictions
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 and are in JPEG format.
3) Image altering of portrait images. 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. This is all usually clarified in your photo release forms that you signed before the session.
What constitutes image altering?
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. That could cost the photographer business if potential clients base their decisions to hire or not on your version of their altered work. So please don't do it.
4) Non Exclusive Commercial Use License. This is specifically for personal branding, headshot, product and food pix created by JWilsonPix. While we shoot specific to the customers wants/needs occasionally images will need to have some cropping done to fit and or text/call to actions to be added on. This type of thing is allowed for these session images ONLY due to them being custom content images specific to the clients business. While JWilsonPix retains all ownership of images, this license allows the client to adjust the images slightly to fit what they need (if adjustment is needed) for their marketing.