Monday, 28 November 2011

Thou Shalt Not Steal

Please don't nick my pictures!!

This is a very polite plea for you not to use my images on your own websites without my permission or a credit. And that includes Facebook!

Legally, the photos I take belong to me. If I sell you a picture you own that copy of the picture. You aren't (legally) allowed to copy it in any way. Similarly if I put a photo on my website, that picture belongs to me. You are not allowed to copy that picture from my site. You are definitely not allowed to save it, print it or stick it on Facebook as your own! If you do I am within my rights to claim compensation from you.

OK, that's the legal position. I'm not quite that militant in practice. If I really didn't want people to take my photos from my site I could protect them. What I actually do is watermark them in the certain knowledge that some people will put them on Facebook giving me a free advert to all their friends!

So basically what I'm saying is - if you really must pinch my images and put them on Facebook, just tell people who took them!

Ta then!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

New Studio - At Last…

So it's finally finished and open! I'm half way through my first week and it's going very well. I had a busy week last week photographing and editing and this week is just the same! The weekends are busy as well…

It's fantastic to be back in the studio at last. It's been 9 months since my last studio shoot! I was a bit worried I would have forgotten how to do it… But they have all gone really well so far. I actually think the shots I've taken this week are some of the best I've ever taken. I think having some time off has given me a chance to come up with new ideas and editing methods. Hopefully some of the parents will let me put a few up on my Facebook page… Have a look and see if they have!

Although I've only just reopened it's nearly time to stop for Christmas! To guarantee Christmas delivery the shoot needs to be done by the end of November. So in a couple of weeks it'll be all about the vouchers!

Thanks to everyone for their support so far. It has really helped get me up and running again. I won't name them - you know who you are!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

New Studio - Time to Decorate!

OK.  So I wanted to write an update on this every couple of nights with a progress report.  But I've been so busy I just haven't had time!

Over the last 2 and a half weeks me and my dad have been putting in 8 to 12 hour days 7 days a week to get it all sorted.  And we're finally nearly there!  All the building and joinery work is done and most of the painting.  Just a few bits of skirting board to finish off, a bit of wallpaper then it's just the dressing to do.

That might be the hard bit though...  I think I might rearrange my pictures and furniture a few times before I'm happy but I WILL be ready to open on Monday 7th November.  Although that's my birthday so I might leave it until Tuesday...