Thrifty Thursday | Hallway Make Over

This post is being written because today is my parents 32nd wedding anniversary! Two years ago we threw them a combined birthday and anniversary party where I was in charge of getting pictures from over the years. I had so many but at the time I didn’t have these frames. So for some months after the photos stayed just on poster board. I decided last year that for Christmas I was going to redo our hallways photo collage as part of my Mom’s Christmas present.  I really wish I had a before pictures of the frames that were up from the late 80s/early 90s. I wish I had better photos than these iphone pictures but you’ll get the idea!

Hallway Make Over | www.amylorraineblog.com

I got these collage frames and some more set of frames to hang and my sister and I gave the hallway a fresh coat of paint!Hallway Make Over | www.amylorraineblog.com

With my dad help to hang them all evenly we got them all hung up before Christmas! 😉
Hallway Make Over | www.amylorraineblog.com

The three center frames read “We may not have it all together, but together we have it all”, “In time of test, family is best” and the center frame holds my parents birthday, their anniversary in red, and then their children’s birthdays.Hallway Make Over | www.amylorraineblog.com

I had more frames left over so I started another collage grouping going up the wall, that hopefully over the years will be added too.

The Brought Family 2012 | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

The Kids | AmyLorrainePhotography.comI can’t believe its been over a year since I’ve taken these photos. Timothy has definitely gotten much bigger than the sweet sleepy newborn in this photograph!The Broughts 2012 | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

With a little photoshopping magic, you can get a great family portrait with some head swaping!

Outtakes | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

I couldn’t resist a few outtakes. 🙂 I can’t wait to take your family pictures this summer!

Copyright VS Print Release | Amy Lorraine Photography

I wanted to write this Wisdom Wednesday post to help clarify the difference between Copyright and having a Print Release. I’ve seen “professional” photographers who offer all images from the session on CD with full copyright for $50 or less. Clearly they aren’t professionals because they wouldn’t be making enough money to actually consider it their profession and they would know you don’t just sell away your copyright, especially not for $50 or less.

Under the Federal Copyright Act of 1976, photographs are protected by copyright from the moment of creation. The photographer can edit, crop, sell, post, print, etc that image to their liking. If there are people or private property in the picture, it gets a little tricky. You don’t need permission to take anyone’s photograph, so you don’t need a model release form before hand. You don’t need a model release to post images on your blog, in a gallery, or even sell them. Most publishing companies or stock photo companies will not accept images unless you have a model release. I require them all for my portrait sessions, to cover myself in the event of legal problems and just to be considerate of peoples wishes. I understand some parent’s don’t want their childs photograph with their name on the internet. I’m always up for negotiating those requirements. It seems to be the industry standard to get a model release or property release for posting or selling those images. If a photographer sells copyright to a client, then the photographer is not allowed to use that photograph or publish it again without consent from the client. I know a photographer who sold the copyrights to her images from a wedding, she was compensated very well for her images but she can’t share those images on her blog, website, or even to her friends without permission from the client who purchased it.

Now for Print Release, most professional photographers will offer a print release with cd/usb of the images. They still should be anywhere from a couple hundred to over a thousand for all the images and the print release. This will entitle the purchaser to make prints of the images they have purchased however many times stipulated in their agreement. Some photographers will even sell limited print releases to advertising companies. Some print releases will only allow you to print with a certain printing company. So their images don’t get destroyed by Walmart or CVS printing labs. Mine do not include that requirement but I suggest using MPIX.com for higher quality and better looking images. Print release does not give you copyright. It does not give you the right to edit, alter, sell or even enter into a contest with those images. Please understand that just because you’re in the photograph, does NOT mean you have the copyrights to that image.

Please respect the artist taking your portraits. If you have any questions about what you can and cannot use the images for feel free to ask. I would like to say, I’m not a lawyer, so I can not say with 100% certainty that this is 100% true. This has, however, been my understand from my college classes and from other professionals in the industry. Please talk to a lawyer if you have any questions. The internet is full of great resources but it can also be full of fiction.