Thank you for your interest in hiring me as your photographer!
I have created a quick frequently asked section that can hopefully answer all your questions. Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any additional queries.
How does this work?
I would like to offer you a professional photo session and all digital photos that are retouched and finalized free of charge.
Am I eligible for free digital photos?
Free digital photos option is only for individual clients. It is not available for commercial and corporate clients.
Free of charge? How do you make money than?
I sell the photos from the photo session as stock photography content via stock agencies worldwide.
We will sign a contract and a model and/or property release which will allow me to use and sell the photos.
What are Model release and Property release?
For an image depicting people to be used with commercial intentions, it's required that the people who appear in the image sign a legal permit expressing their agreement to have their likeness displayed and used for commercial purposes. Such legal permit is called a “model release” document.
You can see a sample of a model release here.
The same goes for private property — estates, trademark logos or product design, etc – in order to use an image including them commercially, you need the owner to sign a “property release” document stating they agree to have their property depicted and used in commercial endeavors.
What is stock photography?
Stock photos are images that anyone can license for creative use. Rather than hire a photographer, designers, marketing professionals and others (we will call them "stock clients") can search a large databases of photos (stock agencies) and quickly find one that works for their project. Some of the most popular stock photos include people, travel destinations, animals, and food. This system also allows photographers to earn a steady source of income from their work, in the form of small royalty payments.
As soon as the licence has been paid by the stock client, they're allowed to use the photos within the accepted terms.
How are stock images used?
You can use stock images for most commercial, editorial and personal purposes. Even though, the photographer doesn't have control over how the stock client uses the photos here are some of the most common use cases:
Marketing and Advertising
Commercials (TV, Web, Commercial displays and more), Printed materials, Product packaging, Film and video, Brochures, Catalogs
Business
Presentations, Branding material, Letterheads, Trade booth displays, Social Media like using Photos for Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
Promotional
Flyers, Posters, Greeting cards, Postcards
Entertainment and Editorial
Book and eBook covers, Book and eBook illustrations, Magazines and newspapers, Blogs and online publications, Broadcast, Video, Theatrical presentations, Newsletters
Design
Graphic design, Web Design themes and elements, Digital wallpapers, Decor – home, office or any public space
Personal use (not for sale)
Posters, Prints, Reproductions, Art
What are some of the use limitations for the stock clients?
The stock agencies usually have clauses that forbid the stock client to:
Portray any person depicted in Visual Content (a "Model") in a way that a reasonable person would find offensive, including but not limited to depicting a Model: a) in connection with pornography, "adult videos", adult entertainment venues, escort services, dating services, or the like; b) in connection with the advertisement or promotion of tobacco products; c) in a political context, such as the promotion, advertisement or endorsement of any party, candidate, or elected official, or in connection with any political policy or viewpoint; d) as suffering from, or medicating for, a physical or mental ailment; or e) engaging in immoral or criminal activities.
Use any Visual Content in a pornographic, defamatory, or deceptive context, or in a manner that could be considered libelous, obscene, or illegal.
Do I have control over how the images are used?
Even though, the stock agencies and the photographer do their best to restrict the illegal or improper use of the content, due to the nature of the internet, once a licence has been purchased and the photo has been downloaded by the stock client it is very easy for it to be distributed and re-used.
If you feel uncomfortable and believe that this products doesn't perfectly suit you, I am happy to discuss with you other options so you can still receive your professional photo products and services.
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