Why should I read this page?

Loving a photographer's work and loving to work with a photographer are two very different things. Hopefully this page can answer most of your questions and give you a better idea of what to expect from me. Don't hesitate to send me an email if you'd like to know more!

What is your style?

My "bread and butter" is documentary photography, and that reflects in my style when I shoot for individual clients. I put candid photos in natural light over posed family portraits where everyone is smiling at the camera. My editing style is often film-inspired. I'm not interested in Pinterest-worthy perfection because that stuff ain't real. I want to photograph real life, with all its messy, emotional, and hilarious bits. I will never ask you to say "cheeese", put your baby in a basket, or encourage your family to wear matching outfits. I strive to give you images that are beautiful and timeless, and will not land you a feature on "Awkward family photos".

Who owns the copyright to the photos?

Under the Canadian Copyright Act photographers by default own the copyright to the photos they take. By signing a client contract you are granted a limited personal use license. What does that mean for you? The contract will enable you to share to social media, and print the photos for personal use. You can't sell the photo for profit or claim that you took it yourself. The Copyright Act also states that the author of a copyright-protected work has moral rights. Those rights allow the author to preserve the integrity of their work against any use that could be prejudicial to the author’s honour or reputation. That means that making your own edits of my photos (applying filters, effects, etc.) is illegal if you have not received specific permission to alter the image.

What is a non disclosure fee?
The only way for a photographer to advertise is to show their potential clients the work that they have done in the past. I frequently update my website and social media with recent work so it acts as a catalogue for my services. As a copyright owner I have the legal right to share my images on my blog, website, social media, or use them for editorial purposes. If a client doesn't want their photos published on the internet, I will always respect their wish but in that case a non disclosure fee will be applied to compensate for the fact that I can't use these images to showcase what I do. The fee depends on the extent on the work involved in the given project and will be stated in the contract that the client signs ahead of the shoot. If you have any questions about how your photos may be used, by all means ask before signing the contract. I will never license or sell your images for a commercial purpose without your explicit written permission (in other words, you won't see yours or your kids' photos on a billboard in some random ad).

Can I have the RAW files?

No. I don't deliver unedited RAW files as this is an unfinished product that is not representative of the service I provide. I deliver edited images in JPEG format - this is the industry standard. The edits you receive in your client gallery are final. My clients typically receive a combination of colour and black and white photos. I assume that if you book me for a shoot, you have seen my portfolio and roughly know what the final product may look like.

Can I get all the photos from our shoot?

I don’t share every single photo taken. What you get is the cream of the crop. What I leave out are the repetitive shots, the test shots, the ones with unflattering expression or eyes shut, etc. Curating a collection of high quality images is a part of the service you pay for. Sometimes it takes me multiple attempts to get the shot - trust me, you don't want them all. Also the price of my services is based, among other factors, on the estimate of how much work and time I put into processing your photos. If I was to process all the photos, including the outtakes, I would have to double or triple the price.

How are the photos delivered and how long do I have to wait?

You will receive an email with the link to your secure downloadable gallery within a week or two from our shoot, depending on how long our photo shoot was and many photos were taken.

Are you a legit business?

Yes! My business (Weronika Murray Photography) is registered in the Northwest Territories, and I hold a Town of Inuvik business license. I have general liability insurance. My clients include Government of Canada, Government of Northwest Territories, Town of Inuvik, Tuktoyaktuk Community Corporation, as well as a long list of small businesses and private individuals.

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