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Samantha + Daniel | a Plaza Lights engagement session

December 28th, 2011

Two hours before Samantha and Daniel’s engagement session it was snowing to beat the band, and the streets were soaked. We’d talked that morning about the weather and had made the difficult decision to press on – but this turned out to be one of those instances that it just worked out! We even had […]

 

Two hours before Samantha and Daniel’s engagement session it was snowing to beat the band, and the streets were soaked. We’d talked that morning about the weather and had made the difficult decision to press on – but this turned out to be one of those instances that it just worked out! We even had a sunset! 🙂 These two are SO cute together and believe it or not, given the time of year I don’t have much opportunity to shoot engagement sessions during Kansas City’s famous Plaza Lights season – I love shooting at night! With the help of FANTASTIC assistant Kelly Knetter, we got some gorgeous holiday shots of these two at the latter part of the shoot. Congratulations to these two, who are getting married in Pittsburg, KS next June!! And Happy Holidays everyone!

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SDP’s 2011 Year in Review!

December 23rd, 2011

I hope each and every one of you will enjoy my annual year-in-review slideshow. I couldn’t even begin to include all of my favorites – but my most important goal is to include each and every client. THANK YOU ALL from the bottom of my heart for making it possible for me to do what […]


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I hope each and every one of you will enjoy my annual year-in-review slideshow. I couldn’t even begin to include all of my favorites – but my most important goal is to include each and every client. THANK YOU ALL from the bottom of my heart for making it possible for me to do what I love; for without all of the wonderful people I get to work with each year, I wouldn’t have a business.

Here’s a taste of the good times, unforgettable memories and incredible images created in 2011. Everyone have a happy, safe holiday weekend and best wishes for a prosperous 2012!

Sarah

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baby Presley | newborn session

December 20th, 2011

what a COOL DEAL it is, as photographer, to shoot a client’s wedding and then on down the road do a newborn session for their first child. Such was the case with beautiful baby Presley, whom I photographed last week for proud parents Brooke and Mike. I was also excited about this session as it’s […]

 

what a COOL DEAL it is, as photographer, to shoot a client’s wedding and then on down the road do a newborn session for their first child. Such was the case with beautiful baby Presley, whom I photographed last week for proud parents Brooke and Mike. I was also excited about this session as it’s one of the first few sessions in my new studio (I do need to post some images of my new space, don’t I?), which is really well suited for newborn and baby sessions. Congratulations, Brooke and Mike, on your beautiful little girl and that awesome head of hair she has! 🙂

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CJ + Jerad | A Topeka Great Overland Station wedding

December 14th, 2011

CJ and Jerad live in Florida, but hail from Topeka – so coming “home” for a December wedding was surely a shock to the system! It was a fairly pleasant day for early winter, however, and the sun shone bright which is always a blessing this time of year (I say as I type with […]

 

CJ and Jerad live in Florida, but hail from Topeka – so coming “home” for a December wedding was surely a shock to the system! It was a fairly pleasant day for early winter, however, and the sun shone bright which is always a blessing this time of year (I say as I type with dreary gray skies and drizzle outside my window!). This couple’s wedding marked my 3rd of the year not only at the ceremony location (Christ the King Catholic Church) but also the reception site, the Great Overland Station. It was also the last wedding of the year that I worked alongside Lyn Scardina, who did the wedding planning for the couple. After the ceremony we headed to Jerad’s alma mater, Washburn University, for some fun photos in the baseball stadium. See, Jerad’s a baseball player (by profession!) so it was only fitting. We then headed to a local bar so the wedding party could watch the KU basketball game (sports run deep with this group!) before the reception. Here’s the story of their day, as told by myself and second shooter Mike Tsai. Warning: CJ and Jerad’s daughter Avenley provides some serious cute overload.

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Jerad had one request: a series of walk off shots. Here ya go! 🙂
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Great Overland Station Topeka wedding reception

Great Overland Station Topeka wedding reception

Great Overland Station Topeka wedding reception

Great Overland Station Topeka wedding reception

Great Overland Station Topeka wedding reception

Great Overland Station Topeka wedding reception

Great Overland Station Topeka wedding reception

Great Overland Station Topeka wedding reception

Great Overland Station Topeka wedding reception

Great Overland Station Topeka wedding reception

Great Overland Station Topeka wedding reception

Great Overland Station Topeka wedding reception

Great Overland Station Topeka wedding reception

Ceremony: Christ the King Church
Reception: Great Overland Station
Cake: Mad Eliza’s
DJ: Powerhouse DJs

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Print rights, copyrights, and you, the client

November 30th, 2011

With a weekend off from weddings, I don’t have a wedding to blog this week. I always make sure to do an informative post for clients on those days (check out my ways to make the most of your engagement session and ten easy (free!) ways to make your wedding day photography better from the […]

 

With a weekend off from weddings, I don’t have a wedding to blog this week. I always make sure to do an informative post for clients on those days (check out my ways to make the most of your engagement session and ten easy (free!) ways to make your wedding day photography better from the past several months!) The past few days, copyrights, stolen images and print rights have been a hot topic of discussion among local photographers. I find that few consumers truly understand copyright and print rights and when they can and cannot reproduce an image. I hope this post will educate a bit on this topic.

Most of my portrait clients purchase a disc of at least a few of the images from their sessions, and my wedding packages all include a disc of high resolution, edited images. Unless the client chooses not to, I always blog highlights from sessions where the client is going to be receiving images on disc, and allow these clients to use their “sneak peek” images on Facebook, with watermark intact, since they have purchased the full-resolution images that will be coming later on disc. I actually enjoy the excitement that comes with sharing around their preview images. The operative word here is “purchased” – the clients in this case have paid for images on disc already.

These clients receive a print release with their discs. This is NOT a copyright release and this is a term I hear bantered around by clients (and usually prospective clients when inquiring if they get a “copyright release” with their discs) incorrectly. What is the difference? A print release specifically states, in my case, that the client may print the images, design an album with their images, and share them online with friends or on personal websites. The images are NOT for commercial use. A simple way of thinking of it may be as a “shared copyright” of sorts. Why not a copyright release?

A copyright release turns over ALL rights to the images to the client. This means I no longer own any stake in the images that I took, and I have no permission to use them on my website, on prints or in albums in studio. Obviously, as photographers we gain new business by showing….our work! If we turned over copyright to our clients, we would no longer have work to show because we would not own any of our work. Purchasing full copyright to images is MUCH different than purchasing print rights to images, and would come with a pretty hefty price tag. (Think of purchasing the copyright to a song vs. rights to play it!) I hear a lot of fairly new photographers throwing around the term ‘copyright release’ as well, and I hope this post educates at least a couple of them a bit as it can put you in a pickle if you don’t watch your legalese!

Why does this matter to me, the photographer, you ask? I mean, most of my clients get the image on disc, with printing rights, so what is my concern? I have two. The first is usage of web-resolution images for printing. I realize clients get SUPER excited about getting prints on hand from their wedding or portrait session. However, the images posted to my blog are NOT optimized for printing (and are watermarked). The image quality of the final product will be subpar, and of course being an angst-ridden artist (ha!) I want my work displayed at its best. And the images of YOU displayed at their best! If you just can’t wait to get your hands on one of the images, and you’ve purchased a disc from me, just send me an email and I’d be happy to send that particular image along for your use, in full resolution with the proper print release.

The second and biggest thing that affects us as photographers concerns stealing of unpurchased images, and this is where I’m going to spend most of my time here today. As a former event (horse show) photographer, this is a huge issue and has become so widespread that many photographers have had to seek income elsewhere (such as weddings) or have closed shop altogether. Event photographers are hardly ever paid by the event to be present. When I shot shows, I had to front my gas, meals, and hotel in hopes that a lot of exhibitors would buy prints or files from me. How disheartening to spend this money, then go home and see that some of these exhibitors had either a) taken an iPhone image of the proofing screen at my ordering station at the show and posted it, or b) had done a screen capture of the image on my online proofing site. If you have not purchased an image from your photographer, and you do this, you are stealing. There’s no kinder way to put it – it’s stealing and it’s also copyright infringement. Yes, the photo is of you, or your daughter, or other family member – but the photographer was contracted to cover the event by event management, or in the case of a portrait session, hired by you to shoot – and retains copyright to the images created. We all work hard to pay our bills, right? Well, photographers choose photography as a way to earn a living, and our livelihoods depend on being compensated fairly for our work. Our long hard hours on our feet, time away from our families, and expense incurred photographing the client. Whether you were an exhibitor at a horse show, a parent at a softball game that had a photographer present, or a portrait client who had a session done but has not purchased prints or files, you MUST have purchased the image to use it online.

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an example of an unpurchased proof (from my horse show days) – NOT cool to steal and share on Facebook!


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another example with a different watermark. If the image is watermarked, ask before using. If you’ve purchased a digital file or print from the photographer, they can tell you where you can and cannot use the image (and may supply you with a low-resolution copy for Facebook use, or give you the option to purchase one at a nominal fee!).

Hopefully this helped clients understand the differences between print and copyright releases, and when it is and is not legal to print an image or share an image online. The bottom line is – if you have a question about whether you can or cannot do something with a professionally-shot image, ask. And if you’ve not purchased an image (or disc of images) but wish to share it online, most photographers will sell a web-resolution image for  a small fee for you to use on Facebook or your personal website.

With SDP’s next wedding scheduled for December 10th, you can look for next week’s Wedding Wednesday article to be the first in a winter series featuring other fantastic local wedding vendors! Stay tuned! 🙂

-Sarah

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Michele + Matt | an elegant Town Pavilion wedding

November 24th, 2011

Michele and Matt were married on an uncharacteristically warm November day – so warm, that when I left the hair/makeup prep location, my car thermometer read 77 degrees! Thanks to Mike Tsai for helping me photograph Michele and Matt’s wedding day. Gorgeous bride, not-so-shabby groom, incredible wedding party, fantastic weather, elegant traditional church ceremony and […]

 

Michele and Matt were married on an uncharacteristically warm November day – so warm, that when I left the hair/makeup prep location, my car thermometer read 77 degrees! Thanks to Mike Tsai for helping me photograph Michele and Matt’s wedding day. Gorgeous bride, not-so-shabby groom, incredible wedding party, fantastic weather, elegant traditional church ceremony and incredible party at the reception – what more could a photographer ask for? Since I’m getting these online just before my turkey dinner, travel having disrupted my usual “Wedding Wednesday” – I’ll leave the rhetoric to a minimum and let the photos do the talking! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 🙂

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a quick stop at the Peanut downtown to get some fun shots and warm up (it had become FRIGID around sunset!)
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Town Pavilion Kansas City wedding reception

Town Pavilion Kansas City wedding reception

Town Pavilion Kansas City wedding reception

Town Pavilion Kansas City wedding reception

Town Pavilion Kansas City wedding reception

Town Pavilion Kansas City wedding reception

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Town Pavilion Kansas City wedding reception

Town Pavilion Kansas City wedding reception

Town Pavilion Kansas City wedding reception

Town Pavilion Kansas City wedding reception

Town Pavilion Kansas City wedding reception

Town Pavilion Kansas City wedding reception

Ceremony: Country Club Christian Church
Reception: Town Pavilion

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It’s here! the 3rd annual SDP Holiday print sale!

November 22nd, 2011

It’s the sale that gets mentioned by nearly every one of my clients. The 3rd annual print sale starts at midnight Friday morning (THIS Friday, the 25th of November) and runs for two weeks until 11:59pm Friday, December 9th. All print products (including canvases) are 25% off in the online shopping galleries during this time. […]

 

It’s the sale that gets mentioned by nearly every one of my clients. The 3rd annual print sale starts at midnight Friday morning (THIS Friday, the 25th of November) and runs for two weeks until 11:59pm Friday, December 9th. All print products (including canvases) are 25% off in the online shopping galleries during this time. How do you order? 1. go to www.sarahdickersonphoto.com. 2. click on “client proofing” 3. find your event, shoot or wedding gallery, go shopping, and upon checkout enter the coupon code SDPHolidaySale2011. You will automatically get 25% off all orders over $25!

I’ll be sending an email to all clients later this week with the same information. The best part of this sale? Even at sales’ end, Christmas delivery is guaranteed with the Priority Mail shipment option!