Who Owns It?

I had an interesting conversation this week with a couple of professional photographers.  As kitchen and bath design professionals, you may or may not be aware of the [potential] complexity of copyright rules and your rights to use professionally shot photographs – so a couple of “rules of thumb”… And I encourage any and all professional photographers to add to the discussion.

  1. Typically, photographers retain ownership of the photographs they shoot. 
  2. When you pay for them, you are licensing the images for your own marketing and self-promotion.
  3. Talk to your photographer about how you intend to use your photographs to be sure your intentions do not infringe on copyright laws.
  4. If a third party (cabinet manufacturer, trade association, supplier) wants to use your design, and therefore photography for marketing their product, DO NOT supply it – put the third party in touch with the photographer, as they will likely have to compensate the photographer.
  5. Professional photographers are professionals… like you.  Support them by providing credit on your marketing materials, including links to their website from yours.
  6. Professional photography is the “life blood” of kitchen and bath marketing – from Facebook to YouTube to your brochures and beyond!

Are you in need of a professional photographer for your architectural designs?  I can recommend these –

Steven Paul Whitsitt Photography – http://www.whitsittphoto.com/

Chipper Hatter Photography – http://www.hatterphotographics.com/

Ray Strawbridge Photography – http://www.strawbridgephoto.com/


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