This is often misunderstood, but really, it is quite simple.
Every image I capture, I own.
I can sell it to you as a print or digital image.
BUT, it's a very important … I still own it
It is not permissible for you to give it away, copy it, provide it for free use to your sponsor, breed society, feed merchant, or supply it to a newspaper or magazine, use it on your business or personal websites, social media, without paying me for a licence for the commercial gain that such an ‘advertising image' might provide your business or your sponsors business.
And depending on the format will depend on the value.
Check Gettyimages.com if you're not sure how it can vary for commercial images.
BUT, each usage or single usage has a value, if you use it multiple times or indeed over multiple media it works, right ?? So therefore it is a valuable image.
If you think my image will promote your business or brand or product, please pay to use it!
How Professional Photographers make their money;
1. Commissioned work being PAID. Being PAID for a private shoot where full image access can be afforded
2. Photo sales – print or digital for personal use
No-one is ever going to make a living chasing a single image sale.
3. Third Party sales
This includes sales to Sponsors / Advertisers / Venues / Event Organisers / Press / Manufacturers / Organisations / Breed Societies.
4. Magazines and post event media outlets
I am very grateful to the numerous print publications that regularly use and pay me for my work, it helps keep me out there and I appreciate it very much.
This is how I pay for my living expenses, travel, buy and maintain my equipment and pay for countless hours editing images. That's why being paid, even for a Facebook cover or profile image is important.
I hope you will support me by purchasing my work, whether it be for personal or commercial use, because even a small purchase will help me be at your next event.
Thank you very much.