It is important for me to communicate the ethical aspects of photography. I am sure you can appreciate the fact that your images are custom designed for you; therefore, a great deal of time, attention to detail, and thought goes into creating them. I work very hard to create images that reflect you and your family, while keeping in line with my artistic vision and creativity. I know you will want to share them and, so, I include a sneak-peek for that very reason. However, I ask that you simply link back to my blog/website/facebook page instead of right-clicking, saving, and sharing the image via your own page. You are also welcome to tag any photos of yourself posted on my facebook page. (You will receive a low-res, watermarked web-image for use in online sharing for every image you purchase, whether it be print or digital file.) I hope that you will respect not only my hard work, but the time, money, and dedication that I have put into training and equipment to capture these images for you. Please do not steal them.
To put it in more technical terms….
Ali Smith Photography retains all copyrights to all images created during a client’s session. A print release may be purchased with digital files to print portraits for personal use up to designated size listed on print release. The print release does not allow publication of your portraits (i.e. entering in contests), selling or altering of your images without the photographer’s written permission. It is illegal to copy, scan, download, print, share, alter, or otherwise steal any image created by Ali Smith Photography during your photo session. This applies to “sneak peek” images, images posted in an online proofing gallery, blog, Facebook, or hard copy images. If client steals images via any method listed above, or any other method, client will be invoiced for the cost of EACH digital image client has stolen, at photographer’s current price per digital file. Exception: client will receive watermarked, web-size, low-resolution image (by email or on purchased disc of images) for all ordered images (print or digital file) for use in online sharing.
You can find a copy of these laws and legal procedures online at www.copyright.gov