How Does Your Process Work?

First, I’ll ask you if you’d like an Exclusive License or a Nonexclusive License for your photographs. The only difference between the two is that one allows me to use your photographs for my website, portfolio, advertising, and any other commercial purpose.

If you don’t want me to be able to use your photographs for my own commercial purposes, you’ll want to sign the Exclusive License contract.

If you do want to allow your photographs for my commercial purposes, you’ll want to sign the Nonexclusive License.

After consulting with one another via phone or e-mail about what you want for your photoshoot, I will send you an estimate.

Then, I will ask you how you’d like your photographs delivered to you; would you like your photographs on a CD mailed to your house? Or would you prefer an informal route? (Such as my taking your USB for a couple of days and returning it with your photographs?) There is no cost difference.

Once we’re happy with the pricing, we’ll take your pictures and edit them. You don’t have to sign anything until I hand over the final product. You may have a copy of the license, editing log, and charges for your record keeping.

This is an example of a blank Nonexclusive License and Editing Log.

So, what am I getting exactly?

On your CD or USB, you’ll find a copy of your license and a folder with your photographs.

In the photographs folder, you’ll find two more folders – Web and Print.

The Web folder contains pictures that are best for uploading to your social media or website. They’re at the highest resolution a computer can muster, but compressed so that they load quickly.

The Print folder contains pictures that are at their maximum resolution, which is what makes them so great for printing. These files are massive. They will be organized according to which dimensions they’re best printed in, just like the image below.

An example of how your photographs will be organized by dimension. The smaller dimension is where the photographs max out on DPI (you may print smaller than this dimension if you wish, just know that the resolution won’t get any better) and the bigger dimension is where the DPI begins to degrade (it is recommended that you do not print beyond these dimensions.)

You’ll also get a super nerdy document about the science of DPI and image resolution so that you have the ultimate guide to printing your pictures and they’ll look their best on display. 🙂

You can read this document in my super nerdy post here.

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