Terms of Service
When booking a photography session, it is important to understand the Terms of Hire along with how image licensing works. Below, you will find a list of commonly asked questions regarding the session itself, how images can be used, types of licensing and other helpful topics that are worth noting.
Bookings & Sessions
Booking a session can be done via the Contact page on my website. I would always recommend getting a quote first but for those who are familiar with my work, feel free to go right ahead and book again. In most circumstances a minimum 5 business days notice is required when booking a session for any project, however there may be an increased delay in high peak times.
Session duration depends on the type of session booked. Standard Real Estate sessions for new constructions usually take anywhere from 1-2 hours on site. These are kind of like a high standard real estate shoot which are based on the number of images requested for the listing and follow a basic concept of showing each room as light, bright spaces rather than focusing on details within the property.
Other Portfolio and Commercial sessions are time based at Half Day (approx 4 hours on site), Full Day and Twilight Only (approx 1.5-2 hours on site) sessions. Portfolio and Commercial sessions may be better suited for developers or builders who want a mix of detail shots through as well as wide-open shots to show a good mix for the property. As such there are no minimum or maximum number of images that can be taken during these shoots however, as the degree of quality is higher it does take longer to set up, create and develop each shot.
Delivery is generally around 5 business days from the date of the final session being completed. However, full and final payment for the session is required prior to the images being released.
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I'm a big believer in giving the best possible images possible for each client. As such, should the weather decide to rain or storm on the day (or smoke and dust storms as we have had in recent years), I almost always recommend postponing to another day and time. Whether postponing is an option for you is entirely your call, I know with deadlines it can be a hard choice to make and there can be a delay in rescheduling but I believe its more important to get the best quality images. Should you wish to proceed regardless of the weather, we can do so but I can not guarantee the quality of the images to the same degree as I would on a clear day.
Should a session proceed against my recommendation (I always recommend rescheduling) and you aren't happy with the images, a full new session will need to be booked at additional expense.
Image & Media Licensing
No, not in most situations anyway. Copyright is always owned by default by the photographer or content creator.
While you hire may hire a photographer, videographer or any form of media creator, a license to use the content is created for the purpose you stipulate when organising a quote or booking. A quote or invoice will always specify what type of license is provided with each session. Unless a invoice or quote provided by myself specifies a 'Full Copyright Transfer', the I retain all rights over the images or video content I have created
Image licensing provides you or any parties who are listed on the invoice rights to use the images for the listed intended purpose. For example, a session that has been booked for a builder as part of a portfolio, may not be used by a third party such as a developer or supplier for their own portfolio. However, in this same situation; if a session is booked on behalf of a builder - additional suppliers or parties may be added at the time of quoting to be included with retrieving a copy of the licensed images. Each license is an additional cost but does work out cheaper in the long run and gives everyone involved access to all delivered images.
Typical types of licensing include the following. Some restrictions may apply depending on the type or intended use of the images, however, any limitations are always made clear prior to the sessions commencing.
End User/Commercial License - Web: Allows a client/recipient of the images to use the images for any amount of online/web use to promote the work they have completed. This includes social media use and promotional use on their websites. Typically very popular for online portfolios and social media sharing.
End User/Commercial License - Print & Web: The most common and more versatile license available through Jamie Auld Photography. This license allows for use of the images for any amount of online/web use as well as any printed media marketing you may need to promote your work. This can be helpful for those wanting to market in newspapers as well as, brochures while maintaining an online portfolio.
End User/Real Estate Only: Standard Real Estate licensing can be great for some people who need high quality images but only for a short real estate campaign rather than part of their own portfolio. Unlike other license types, an "End User/Real Estate Only" license only lasts the duration of a real estate campaign, typically with a single real estate agent or agency. Once the campaign has ended, the images can no longer be used for online marketing or as part of a portfolio, except for in the case of an agent using the images as part of their 'Sold' listings. Extended Real Estate licensing is much the same, however, it allows for a vendor to provide the media to multiple real estate agents or agencies. This is very popular with developers, builders and other new constructions and can often be combined with a Commercial License.
Full Copyright Transfer: This is not actually a license, this is the most uncommon type of request that I receive when it comes to image ownership. A Full Copyright Transfer may be requested at the time of booking/quoting which means the images or media provided at the end of the session are no longer owned by myself or my company/s. Transferring of the copyright to another party results in the images being unusable for my own promotion, marketing or portfolio nor does it allow me to license images to other third party suppliers (such as tradesmen or agents who may have worked on the project). As a result, the cost of a Full Copyright Transfer is considerably higher than any license to take that into account that I and my company will be giving up any right to the images. Images are also not kept after delivery to avoid any potential infringement on copyright so it is highly recommended that all images after delivery be backed up to multiple physical or digital storage services.
Real Estate Licenses are maintained for the duration of a single agent or agency holding a listing. This is typically 60-90 days but flexibility is provided as the market can and does fluctuate. The only time to renew a license is if a new agency will be coming into a listing under the Standard Real Estate license, Extended Real Estate licenses are exempt from this renewal.
Short-Term licenses are typically renewed every 6 or 12 months depending on the client's needs. These are usually needed for short-run marketing campaigns for larger companies where a limited run of prints or advertisements are going to be made for a particular project. These can always be renewed if the images are needed again at a later date, however, in the world of Architectural photography, its not overly common.
Perpetual/On-going licenses are the most common amongst builders and architects who are wanting images to be used as part of a portfolio for a longer period of time to highlight their past works. As such, unless under a special circumstance where a Short-Term license is required, a Perpetual/On-going license is typically provided by default with Commercial Licenses. When a Perpetual/On-going license is provided, the images may be used indefinitely under the specific license (Web Only or Print & Web).
No, not in most circumstances. Once you have paid for your session, you have purchased a license for you or your company specifically to use. As such, if other companies or people would like to use the images for their own marketing they will need to purchase their own license as well.
There are two exceptions to this rule though.
If you have included additional parties in your booking to receive a license, the images may be shared amongst those who paid for the license but not anyone who hasn't. For example; if an architect and builder each purchase a license for a single project, they may each use and share the images between themselves, however may not be shared with a carpenter or supplier who worked within the project.
The other exception is under a Full Copyright Transfer where the rights to the images are transferred to the paying company, at which point they can share the images with whomever they want.
Invoices & Billing
Invoices are sent through typically after a session has been completed. In an industry which is so dependent on the weather co-operating, I don't require sessions be prepaid in full prior to the shoot commencing. However, sessions valued at over $750 will need a downpayment to hold the date and time for the shoot. Once the session is completed, a final invoice will be sent through for the remainder of the funds. All invoices request payment via Direct Deposit through your nominated bank. If however, this is not possible for you, please let me know at the time of quoting/booking to organise a different method of payment.
Images can be released for delivery only once full payment for the has been received for the session and final editing is completed. Images may take some time to edit, typically 5 business days so if the invoice is paid quicker than that, there may be a slight delay. Where ever possible, I will always keep you up-to-date on estimated delivery times.
If you are looking for a quote, simply visit the Contact page and fill in the contact form with as much detail as you can. Please include the type of shoot you require, approximately the amount of images you would like to receive, dates & times, whether you are wanting additional suppliers included in the invoice etc. The more details and accurate information you can provide, the more accurately I can quote and provide availability for the upcoming session.