Happy Dirty Thirty to this amazing, gorgeous, talented lawyer. Had a great time traipsing around New Orleans with you!
Should you choose to purchase a usage license to any of your image theses are important things you NEED to know.
(see full article here)
Who owns the photo?
Photos and images are intellectual property. As such, photo ownership starts and almost always stays with the photographer.
“Hiring” a photographer doesn’t change the ownership.
So, what if you hire a photographer? Won’t this mean the photos belong to you?
Actually, no. Even when hiring a photographer for a dedicated photo shoot, the employment is typically a contractor relationship. Therefore the photographer will still be the owner of the resulting photos. The photographer may grant you an unlimited license for these photos, but legal ownership stays with the photographer.
Only if a staffer takes photos on the job, using your equipment, and on paid company time, will you, the employer, be considered the owner of the photos.
Your photo license is for you (not your contractors or the media).
So, as we mentioned earlier, professional photographers never sell a photo. Rather, they grant you permission (license) to use it. When licensing a photo, you do not own it.
You also do not have the right to give the photo to a third party to use. This is a very common misunderstanding. Say you’re an architect, and you paid a photographer to shoot your latest custom home, and you received a very open license to use those photos. A magazine calls and asks if they can use your photos in a story they’re running about you. The answer is a big NO. While you could use those photos in a print ad in said magazine, the magazine becomes the user of the photo when they are using it for their own editorial. So they should be negotiating their own license with the photographer. In the same example, if the builder who constructed your beautiful custom home asks for copies of those photos for his portfolio, the answer is also NO. The photo license is for you and you only.
How you use the photo often affects the price.
By purchasing a license, you are paying to use a photo in a very specific way. The photo’s permissions detail exactly how you can (and can’t) use the photo. Some permissions are very restrictive and are tied to a particular medium (i.e.: one regional magazine ad, one direct mail piece, one video, one television commercial, or a billboard at a single address), a particular time frame, or based on a number of views. Some permissions are for editorial use only (not advertisements for printed marquees). Or, permission may be more general (giving you free rein to use the photo on your website and in any emails you send).
The photo isn’t exclusively yours to use (unless you pay extra).
In most cases, when buying an image from a stock agency, you will be granted non-exclusive rights for that photo. This means that this photo may be legally found on many other sites, billboard, direct mail pieces, or newspaper ads. Some agencies will offer to sell you exclusive rights, or semi-exclusive rights (often based on a geographic region). You definitely pay more for this type of exclusivity.
Hey guys! I committed to myself to blog more regularly in 2018 and clearly that is not happening. What can I say? As a working mom life sometimes happens. Now that March Madness is here I wanted to take a moment to update everyone on what is happening with Green Tangerine Photography this spring!
Just a reminder that the 2018 Spring Mentoring Workshop is happening next month! I still have seats available and would love to have you if you are interesting in learning about photography and want to jumpstart your learning.
Date: April 21, 2018
Pretty much everyone needs a professional head shot. Especially if you are a budding entrepreneur, artist, writer or philanthropist. This year I have met some amazing people who were ready to take their professional image to another level. Don't put it off any longer!
With summer around the corner I know it seems early to start booking fall sessions but I want to encourage everyone to at least secure your date for the fall. Saturdays book up first always, so if you need a weekend then please reach out now to get on the calendar. You can email me here to inquire about availability. Fall is my FAVORITE!
Happy New Year guys! Finally a chance to sit down to blog. The year has started with some much needed R&R. Super grateful for the downtime, but now it's back to the grind.
Last year I had the pleasure of capturing over 250 individual portrait sessions. WOW!
Thank you to all of my new and returning clients. I hope to see you all this year.
2018 seniors! This is your time to shine! If you haven't already, please take a moment to book your senior portraits. If you're sending out invitations mid-march should be your deadline for portraits.
Please see the list of dates below and click here to place your deposit. Leave the desired date in the notes section. The green highlighted dates are what I have available.
Excited to announce my fourth edition of the Aspiring Photographers Mentorship Course is now available for booking.
Full disclosure on any and all questions related to photography, marketing, business, studio building, work/life balance, sales, and more!
I will offer honest, objective and specific feedback; Identify weaknesses and priority areas that need adjustment while offering a number of solutions and options for improvement.
All mentees have access to my PhotoTherapy Facebook Group for continued learning and question asking. There is a weekly inspiration thread where you can post your favorite new work and get critique (or not) on recent projects.
With limited dates available, now is the time to book your spring family portraits.
Please put the date desired in the comment section.
Dates available for the spring are:
March: 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
April: 9, 11, 16, 23, 25, 27, 30
I had this sweet, precious girl as a newborn and she came all the way back from Denver to see me for her first birthday! What a dream Happy Birthday Princess!
Happy Birthday Maverick...or Mavi as his family endearingly calls him. He is absolutely as soft and sweet as he looks. Initially we were going to do a basketball themed session but this actually fit so much better. Maverick was a joy and a perfect happy baby to capture.
Happy Birthday Virgo Baby!
I had sweet Harper when she was just 6 months old. She was sweet and lively then and now she has even more personality!
Happy birthday sweet Harper! Thanks for coming by!
Happy Summer guys!
It's been sooooo busy! I have tons to share and I will do all of that in my mid-summer re-cap on the next blog. For now I will leave you with this adorable couple who celebrated their very first wedding anniversary this month!! Congrats guys!!
MUA: Courtney Foulds
Pretty in pink! Ava was really a skeptic her entire session. She warmed up for parts of it but gah! That face and those eyes! I just could not get enough! I am so so so happy mom and auntie and grandma brought her by, she truly is loved. Happy Birthday Ava!
Hey guys! It's been a while and So so so much is happening right now but I HAD to pop in to show you guys these perfect images from Brandi & Josh's stylized wedding session. Sooooo perfect.
They are already married and wanted something sweet and organic. So we headed out to Kenwtood, LA (home of Brittany Spears, lol) on what seemed like the most perfect day and captured their love.
Good morning all! Happy Monday to you. I actually really love Mondays. I didn't used to but they have clearly worked their way to becoming my favorite day of the week. I can always get so much work done on Mondays and it is a fresh start to the week!
This week is especially exciting because I get to spend some time with Justin of JM Smith Design + Branding, answering questions about entrepreneurship and sharing my journey getting here. This is an intimate networking event for young entrepreneurs to be ignited, encouraged, and inspired by others who have fought through fear to pursue BOLDNESS in business.
I'll be sharing lots of information about the steps I took when I left my 9-5 and transitioned into successfully owning my own photography studio. Complete truth & transparency of what it takes and what it looks like to be an entrepreneur.
If you'd like to attend you can purchase a ticket here:
Also coming up in May I have my annual Photography 101 course. Seats went on sale last week and currently there are 5 seats left. This class is perfect for aspiring photographers and those who have been shooting for a little while.
Saturday, May 20
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Baton Rouge, LA
Only 5 slots available
Refreshments & Lunch will be provided
Camera & laptop not required but would be helpful
Exact Location will be revealed upon booking
Reserve your seat here
Marquita and her boys are awaiting the arrival of their sweet little girl I love everything about this session. Perfect color and tone and sunlight. can't wait to meet the little one!
Thanks for coming out Marquita!
Happy Birthday to this sweet, sweet girl! She was so wonderful and full of joy for her session! Glittered down in pink & gold we really had such a great time creating this cake smash.
Cake by : Kecia Cakes
Thanks for coming by the studio Nyeli! -Sasha
I cannot believe how time has flown. I took this sweet girls newborn pictures and now she is two! She has so much personality for such a tiny human.
Happy Birthday little love!
When you hire a photographer it is because you see something in their work that you love. Something about the quality of their imagery that captures your attention. This quality takes time to perfect. Lots of time, years & years. We spend countless hours perfecting our craft. We take pride in our work. We enjoy seeing our work shared and liked and favorited across the web, it truly is an honor, but....please stop adding filters to our work.
I love Instagram as much as the next person. Many of you found my work through hashtags on Instagram. IG is a great marketing tool and aren't we all lucky for this amazing free service. But I wish they would have never created these god awful filters. They have become such a sore spot for photographers everywhere.
Have you ever painted your home? You go to the store, pick out the paint, have it mixed and it is perfect! You love it. You spend hours of labor painting, layer after layer until you get it right. Then imagine someone coming to your house and painting over your beautiful paint job. They did not do a good job at all, and you hate it, it doesn't reflect all your hard work. This is how we feel. It is heartbreaking. And it happens way too often.
Creative Market posted a really great blog about things photographers cringe at and this was on the list.
In my contract it states that adding any filter of any kind is against my terms. I know you may think "But the photos are of me, why can't I do what I want?" At the end of the day we, artists own our intellectual property and when you agree to a contract you are agreeing that you will not alter the images in any way and that often includes adding filters and cropping the image. Going forward I will not work with anyone who violates these terms, whether you are an established client or not. I will refer you to another photographer who will likely not want to work with you either.
Guys, it really comes down to common courtesy, and respect. We work really hard. We obsess over our work. we spend tons of money on software and equipment JUST for you. We want to please you, we want you to be happy with our quality of work & in return we only ask that you value our work by not defacing our pictures.
Be thoughtful, be respectful.
The Smith family came to see me for the 6th time last year! By far my most frequented clients and I am so thankful! I absolutely adore this family. They have become more like family. Can't wait to see Lily-Grace for her 1st Birthday Portraits this year!
Thanks for coming by Smith Family!
1. If you struggle with something, then you struggle with it. You are not weak or inadequate for struggling with things others don’t find challenging.
2. Everything should add value to your life. Everything. If you can't justify its purpose it has to go. This includes people.
3. If you’re trying to convince someone to be with you, you're eventually gonna be trying to convince them to stay.
4. Stop opening your doors for toxic people under the guise of seeking closure. Closure is the gift you give yourself when you've been brave enough to close a door that needed to be closed.
5. It is not your job to keep everyone else happy.
It is not your job to keep everyone else happy.
It is not your job to keep everyone else happy.
6. It is not a sign of loyalty to endure abuse or cruelty or one-sided relationships/friendships.
7. It's taken most of us 20+ years to reconcile who we are. You shouldn't have to heavily craft a version of yourself for people to like or fall in love with you.
8. It's totally heathy to miss things and not want them back.
9. Don't accept someone's emotional unavailability as a challenge. If you can't meet them where they're at then send them off with love.
10. No one has it all the way together, no one.Take solace in that. There is no value in comparing. We're all working on our very best selves.
11. You don't get to choose the version of people you love best. Folks are who they are. Either love them or leave them where they're at.
12. You can't break yourself open for folks who won't stick around long enough to see you whole again.
13. Its okay to have seasons. You dont have to be blooming all the time.
14. What worked for you before may not work anymore. Be open & flexible to shifting what is no longer serving you.
15. We all need to give ourselves permission to be wherever we are when we’re there, whoever we are in this moment & claim the right to evolve at our own pace.
16. Creativity requires courage.
17. The wrong person will have you convinced that you're asking for too much. You're not.
18. Let this be the year that we stop telling people they aren't deserving of love unless they love themselves. Everyone is deserving of love, even if they're in repair.
19. You'll love someone so intentionally and they'll change into the person you always knew they could be...for someone else. It's a very hard truth.
20. It is not overreacting to ask for what you want & need. How many times have you suffered because you didn't ask for what you wanted or needed? Transparency can be uncomfortable & scary & make you feel vulnerable & anxious but speaking your truth & asking for what you need is power.
21.Surrender to timing. Know that what's for you will be yours when the time is right and not sooner. Show up as you are in this moment & let that be enough.
Hey everyone! It has been a while! Between mommy duties, business duties, and capturing back to back sessions of my amazing clients everything has been super busy! I hope everyone had a great Holiday season!
A few updates for the New Year!
Did you know that you can now book your holiday portrait session in advance? Last Year was such an amazingly busy year with holiday sessions booking up by August. If you know you want holiday or family portrait sessions take advantage of early booking offered to current clients.
I am currently booking for 2017. January and February are almost booked up completely. I encourage everyone to at least place their deposit for a spring date. Summer is hectic for me with traveling. I am always booking for next holiday season ahead of schedule as well.
A few other things, I am still booking mentoring sessions for those interested. All of the information you need can be found here
This is for seasoned photographers as well as those who got a camera as a gift for Christmas.
Valentines Day is around the corner! Bring your sweet kiddos in for a LOVE themes portrait session!
Email for booking information.
Happy birthday to the most beautiful, special munchkin! Hailey was a miracle baby and miracle she is! So happy and full of joy! Thanks for stopping by the studio sweet girl!
Caky by A Tasty Affair Cakes