Rose Lee Photography » Central Missouri Photographer specializing in Boudoir, Birth, Maternity, and Family!

I personally love it when my clients post their family pictures on their blogs, Facebook, myspace, twitter, instagram, live journal… etc.  It shows me and any other photographer that they truly love their images and enjoyed their session!  I want to encourage my clients to “steal” their pictures from my blog/Facebook to use on the internet. However, here are a few do’s and don’ts that you should think about when reposting your images:

1)  DO ask your photographer what their specific policy is on taking pictures off of their blogs/Facebook/twitter.  Some photographers encourage it and some do not allow it.  Personally, I don’t mind it like I said above, but I do enjoy a “heads up” beforehand though. If this is important to you, to share your images then it is something to inquire about BEFORE you hire your photographer!

2)  DO include your photographer’s name and website under the images (a link would be super nice!).  That’s just the polite thing to do. I mean, if you were the photographer wouldn’t you want your work linked or credited in some shape or form?

3)  DON’T crop out the logo.   Most photographers use their logos on their images for their blogs/facebook/myspace to advertise their work and do so as a courtesy to give their clients a sneak peek.  If a client crops out the logo then how will other people know who took the picture or how to search for them if you don’t link back to the photographer?

4)  DON’T edit/change the picture in any way.  Taking the pictures is only half of a photographers job.  The other half is editing.  If you think you can do a better job or want to edit out some of your wrinkles or use selective coloring please don’t show and/or tell your photographer.  That is super insulting.  If you don’t like your photographers editing to the point where you want to edit it yourself, then maybe you need to find another photographer next year. However, unless you have paid for the digital negatives, which most photographer’s like myself will not sell, do not alter the files in anyway and this includes but is not limited too filters or editing apps from instagram, switch pic, photo bucket, or any phone apps; etc.

5)  DON’T try to print from the files on the blog/Facebook/twitter, etc.  For me specifically I know that the files I upload to my blog/Facebook/twitter are too small to be printed in a 4×6 size.  It’s not cool to invest in a family session and then print the images off of the advertisment sites and not pay for prints. Make sure you know how much the prints cost before the session to avoid sticker shock.  Same goes for scanning prints that you already bought. Not cool! Some of my family members are guilty of printing images off of my blog and it makes me cringe when I see them FRAMED in their homes with my logo still on there!

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Will I own the copyright to my photos?
I have been asked this question time and time again and the answer is No, you won’t. Rose Lee Photography owns all copyrights to all images taken at your session. Then I get asked well, how will I print my images? The answer to that is I will give to you a print release form to do just that. Copyright release and Print release are two totally different forms all together. Below is a great explanation of what a copyright is and why you don’t own copyrights to your images from your session.

What is Copyright?
“Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including “pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works.” The owner of copyright in a work has the exclusive right to make copies, to prepare derivative works, to sell or distribute copies, and to display the work publicly. Anyone else wishing to use the work in these ways must have the permission of the author or someone who has derived rights through the author.”

Copyright Protection is Automatic.
“Under the present copyright law which became effective January 1, 1978, a work is automatically protected by copyright when it is created. A work is created when it is “fixed” in a copy or phonorecord for the first time. Neither registration in the Copyright Office nor publication is required to secure copyright under the present law.”

The Copyright Notice.
“For works first published on and after March 1, 1989, use of the copyright notice is optional though highly recommended. Before March 1, 1989, the use of the notice was mandatory on all published works, and any work first published before that date must bear a notice or risk loss of copyright protection.”

 

With that being said nothing of mine should EVER be altered, stolen, claimed as your own, or redistributed without my written consent.

 

Info credit goes to: http://www.artistresource.org/copyrite.htm

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These are just a FEW reasons why choosing a PHOTOGRAPHER is better than using a CHAIN STUDIO like, JC Penny, Picture Me(Wal-mart), Picture People, Sears, Target, etc…

1.) A PHOTOGRAPHER will give you a more personalized experience. They spend one on one time with you before, during, and sometimes after your session getting to know what you WANT and EXPECT out of your session! Chains are just trying to get as many people through their doors as possible and could care less what type of angles, what style you are going for, or anything else!

2.) A PHOTOGRAPHER does and will spend countless hours AFTER your session to go through a process known as culling and editing your photos. They spend time cropping, color correcting, applying fun textures and tints to your photos & removing things such as those embarrassing blemishes! {eek!}

3.) PHOTOGRAPHERS usually have the versatility to do outdoor as well as indoor shoots. This way you get beautiful NATURAL backgrounds and lighting in your photos, rather than those cheesy {incredibly fake} backdrops every single time with the same seven poses!

There are many other reasons to use a photographer rather than a chain, but these are some of the bigger ones! So, in conclusion {haha I feel like I am writing a college paper!}, use a photographer and come out of the experience happier! = )

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pricing banner2General Portrait Collection | $200

-up to three hours
-online Gallery {option for mobile app}
-location of your choice: studio or outdoor
-minimum of 30 edited images
-up to five people {additional $5 per person}
-$50 print credit
-high resolution personalized CD
-custom designed Facebook Timeline Cover
-print release form

A General Portrait Session would apply to Couples, Maternity, Family, Cake Smash, and Children.  All General Portrait Collections require a $100 non-refundable retainer fee upon booking your session that applies to the final investment of your session.  All investments for General Portrait sessions covers my time, talent, and equipment only.  Please be aware that all prices are subject to change at any time, with or without notice, and that all art and wall décor can purchased separately.

The day of your session, is when your final investment is due.  We will then devote anywhere from 1-3 hours to your session.  Most of my outdoor Portrait sessions are scheduled at the “golden hour” for best lighting, which is 2 hours after sunrise or 2 hours before sunset.  After the session, you can expect to view your 30 fully touched up, styled, and perfected images in an online proofing gallery where you will receive a $50 print credit approximately 2-8 weeks from the date of your session.


Specialty Documentary Collection | $400

-up to four hours
-password protected online Gallery {option for mobile app}
-location of your choice: studio or outdoor
-minimum of 40 edited images
-$100 print credit
-personalized 12 panel accordion mini album
-high resolution personalized CD
-custom designed Facebook Timeline Cover
-print release form

A Specialty Documentary Collection would apply to Births + Fresh 48, Bridal, High School Seniors and some Events.  All Specialty Documentary Collections require a $100 non-refundable retainer fee upon booking your session that applies to the final investment of your session.  All investments for Specialty Documentary sessions covers my time, talent, and equipment only.  Please be aware that all prices are subject to change at any time, with or without notice, and that all art and wall décor can purchased separately.

Your final investment is due one week prior to the date of your session.  The day of your session we will devote anywhere from 2-4 hours, so be sure to have nothing scheduled that day.  Births are full coverage of your baby’s in-home or hospital story. I am on call as your Birth photographer and will usually arrive when you are around 5-6cm dilated.  Fresh 48 is candid coverage of your baby while in the hospital typically done within 24 hours after Birth. After the session, you can expect to view your 40 fully touched up, styled, and perfected images in an online proofing gallery where you will receive a $100 print credit approximately 2-8 weeks from the date of your session.


pricing banner3Mini Collection | $100

-45 minute session
-10 edited images {downloadable}
-online Gallery {option for mobile app}
-location of your choice: studio or outdoor
-up to five people {additional $5 per person}
-print release form

A Mini Collection is a smaller option to a General Portrait Collection, but excludes cake smash sessions at the moment. A Mini Collection is applicable once per client, per year.  All Mini Collections are required to be paid in full upon booking your session. All investments for a Mini Collection covers my times, talent, and equipment only.  Please be aware that all prices are subject to change, at any time, with or without notice, and that all art and wall décor can purchased separately.

On the day of your mini session, 45 minutes will be devoted, at your location of choice.  Most of my outdoor mini sessions are scheduled at the “golden hour” for best lighting, which is 2 hours after sunrise or 2 hours before sunset.  You will receive 10 beautifully retouched high-resolution, fully processed digital image downloads from your session for personal use.  Approximately 2-8weeks after your mini session, you can expect to view your 10 fully touched up, styled, and perfected images in an online proofing gallery where they will be downloadable.  A high resolution CD can be purchased for an additional charge.

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  • Morgan Kerr-Totten - I would love to book a session!ReplyCancel

    • Rose Lee - Hello Miss Morgan, I would love to work with you. Can you please use the INQUIRE option to send me an email so I can chat with you more about the type of session you’re interested in. Thank you. Or you can email roselee_photos@yahoo.com, directly with subject line Portrait Inquiry. God Bless.ReplyCancel