June 17, 2023

Let's talk photo restrictions.

Photo Tips & Tricks

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. If you do require further touch ups we would need to provide you with a quote for that work to be done.

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. I for one offer sneak peek images that are already set up for social media sharing. Not everyone does this, so ask ahead of time if you want sneak peeks to share online.

What constitutes image altering?

  • Adding filters or editing photos in any way shape or form from how they have been sent to you from the photographer
  • Removing the logo or studio name
  • Color correcting or including transitions from color to black and white or adding filters that drastically change the look of the image
  • Clipping people or objects out of the original shot

So why do we have these as restrictions?

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.

I DO understand that some social media platforms will auto crop when trying to load an image.... when this happens I simply request that you tag me in the photo and have a photo credit tag in your post caption for @JwilsonPix. Some photographers require it and some don’t. It’s important you know this info and of course it’s always just nice/ courteous to give pic credits.

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