Collaborative Photo Sessions Information

To hopefully answer some questions that may come up regarding collaborative shoots with me, the following gives a summary of my normal collaborative shoot arrangements. Of course, as with everything else in life, these things are open to discussion, but this is how I normally work on collaborative shoots.

As far as I am concerned, photo shoots are a collaborative venture. That means that I am always happy for models to input ideas and suggestions into shoots rather than just me dictating the theme, content and progress of a shoot.

Most of my photoshoots are themed with book covers in mind but I will always ensure that we capture the images that you want as well. As part of our pre-shoot communication I will need to have an idea of your style/limits which I guarantee I will keep within during our shoot and will at no time try to persuade you to do something that you are in any way uncomfortable. During our shoot I will check regularly that you are comfortable with poses, etc but at any point, you are uncomfortable in any way, please let me know.

The number of selected images will vary from shoot to shoot and will depend on the amount of time we spend actually shooting (taking into account location changes, outfit changes, disruptions, etc) and, obviously, how the shoot itself progresses.

After a shoot I will go through the images we got and do a review to delete the duplicates and ones that didn’t come right. I will do an initial edit on these images and then upload them to a password-protected gallery on my website. Only you and I will have the access code to that gallery and you select which images you would like. The ones you select I will do a full edit and retouch. I don’t set a limit on the number you select. I will send the low resolution versions (1060px on the long edge, that suits Facebook and Instagram portfolios) by email and high resolution versions you could print from via Dropbox.

Copyright – there always seems to be some confusion about this. To be absolutely clear – the photographer owns the copyright to an image irrespective of who or what is in that image. The only exception to this is if the photographer was employed to takes the photos and in this cases I am not being employed to take photographs, so I own copyright to ALL of my images.
I will only agree to a collaborative shoot on the basis that you sign a Model Release, a copy of which is attached below.

I will provide you with an Image license granting you rights to use the images I give you for your portfolio and promotional purposes, etc. A copy of the Image License I use is also attached below.

I never, without exception, I provide all images from a shoot. I reject a large proportion of images from a shoot for any number of reasons including exposure, focusing, composition, or even if I don’t like them.
I also do not provide un-edited images from the shoot so you or someone else can edit them for you. If you don’t like how I have edited your shots then please let me know, but you do not have my permission to re-edit or re-crop the finished images yourself or ask someone else to. A major element of my style of photography is how I edit and post-process images. If you don’t like my image processing and editing style then maybe I am not the right photographer for you to work with.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this. I hope that these notes and guidance information are helpful.
Best regards,
Cicero Castro.