[the below info is from a blog I follow, a photographer I admire, I just wanted to pass this along as I agree with her thoughts]
I get asked a lot by both photographers and clients what my policy is on letting my clients post their images to their blogs and facebook account. I personally love it when my clients post their family pictures on their blogs, facebook, etc. It shows me that they truly love their images! I encourage my clients to “steal” their pictures from my blog to use on the internet. 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. Some photographers encourage it and some don’t allow it. If this is important to you this is something you should ask 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
3) DON’T crop out their logo. Unless you have paid for the digital negatives don’t alter the files in anyway. Most photographers use their blogs 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?
4) DON’T edit 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 enough to want to edit it yourself than maybe you need to find another photographer next year.
5) DON’T try to print from the files on the blog. For me specifically I know that the files I upload to my blog 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 blog 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. It makes me cringe when I see them FRAMED in their homes with my logo still on there! To be fair, I’m also not great at emailing them the file when they ask for it
Here are the rest of sweet baby Avery - she was just a doll.
I took her big sister Joey's newborn photos about 2-1/2 years ago. She was one of my first "paying" clients and my very first newborn. Now she is this sweet, spunky little girl who is going to be the BEST BIG Sister!
Here are the last 2 sessions from the fall [mini] session event I had on October 25.
5th Family - Reinard
This was the first time I took their pictures, and we had fun. Carson is one of Nikolai's good buddies from 1st and 2nd grade, so I think he thought it was a tad weird having his friends mom snapping pictures. But he warmed up to the idea. And look at Caitlin, isn't she just the sweetest little thing?
6th Family - Thurston
Christin is one of my best friends from oh, well, a really LOOONG time ago. I don't want to date myself :)
This is her sweet family; they made the trek out to Victoria from Woodbury, and I am glad they did!
I had my first stab at a [fall] mini session event about a week and a half ago. I had so much fun and hope to do more of these in 2010. It was a chilly Sunday, but not cold. We dodged the rain and the kids really loved the homemade chocolate chip cookies and hot cocoa. It sort-of started getting me into the holiday spirit (despite all the time I have spent behind my lens and in font of my computer screen lately).
On to the photos. I had 6 families come that day. I have 4 sessions edited and will get the last 2 done later today - promise :)
1st Family - Keller
This bunch are good friends -- Grace and Briar have been in preschool, soccer, camps and play together a lot. Jack and Nikolai have been in preschool and hockey together. Carrie and I have gotten to know each other super well too. She even convinced me to do my first duathlon (Iron Girl) this past September. I have taken their photos a number of times, seems like I see them every other month or so :)
aren't they cute?
2nd Family - Simpson
Another family we have gotten to know up at the rink. Mable (the youngest) and Briar play on the same hockey team this year and Dan (the dad) and (my husband) Brian are their coaches. Joe and Nikolai have been on the ice together a lot in the past years as well. Emma is quite the hockey star too.
I love the idea of having them bring their sticks and gloves, it's who they are!
3rd Family - Dosek
This crazy family lives up the street from us. Seriously, they are just the sweetest people, we honestly live in the best neighborhood. The kids did so well and we got some great shots.
LOVE the kissing photo :)
4th family - Olson
I took Lauren's photos this summer (she has the most beautiful brown eyes) she took awhile to warm up to me then, and again on this day, but we got some great photos. We even had some snuggles with mommy's tummy (or the baby inside). She is going to be the best big sister!
Love her coat, it was perfect for the location and the orange chair.
This is Kelly (she's a photog too, check her out here) and her family. They were so much fun! Well, at least I had fun draggin' them all around Hokins for their session. Just can't get more real that this :)
Thank you, THANK YOU to all my NEW and RETURNING clients. And, thank you for all the great referrals I have received. Referrals are truly how my business grown, and I can't even begin to express my gratitude.