Baby G ~ West Lafayette, Indiana Lifestyle Photographer

Friday, March 22, 2013

I find as I do more sessions, that my style is more of a candid in the moment feel rather then posing everyone and that even happens with babies.  I know we all see those adorable posts all over pinterest of those cute babies ALL posed perfectly.  I've tried to copy it, but that is not me and I feel comfortable in my candid style.  At first this was frustrating for me, but I have come to accept and embrace that I am more of a lifestyle photographer.

Baby G is the first baby that I have done in a while (besides my own) and I was a little nervous.  She is 1 week old and wanted to watch everything going on around her.  Her mom fed her and rocked her, but she just wanted to keep her eyes wide open! Maybe that has to do with the fact that she has 2 older brothers running around who LOVE her SO MUCH and are super excited to have her as part of their family now.  Check out these adorable pictures of this beautiful baby!











Understanding Copyright & Print Releases

Monday, March 18, 2013

Let's start off with a story; imagine you painted this beautiful painting for a friend.


(Used with permission from Brooke Sadler, brookesadler.blogspot.com)

You as the artist put so much time and effort into this painting. You love it and you can't wait to see it hanging up in your friend's house.  You go visit your friend one day and see this hanging on their wall....

What the heck happened?  They cut out most of the painting and even changed the colors a little. 

How does that make you feel?  Like they ruined your artwork, undervalued, sad, and so many more emotions.

I use a painting/drawing to illustrate this example because in general people would not mess up a painting like that (unless it is their own art piece). Now think of it from a photographers point of view.  This is how we feel when we see this beautiful image we have worked so hard on cropped and reedited.  Not cool.  If you want the picture reedited and cropped differently just talk to the photographer he/she would probably be more than willing to work something out for you! I am writing about this because I see copyright violations happen all the time and I feel sad for the original photographer (I have had it happen and I've seen it happen to lots of other photographers).

I think that I am like most people that when it comes to my family pictures I want digital copies because I want to be able to print as many as I want and post them on facebook or my blog. I hear you saying you want that too. That is why I do this in my business. Every session gets a CD of edited high-resolution images from me.  I also give out a print release to my clients.  A print release is NOT a copyright release. I own all the copyrights for all my images.  When you sign your contract for our session you are acknowledging that you understand that I have full copyright ownership.  If you want the copyright release, I do offer that as an additional fee. You may be in the picture and paid me to take the pictures, but the photographer is the original artist.

So what is the difference?
Print releases DO:
  • Allow you to get prints where ever you want (some places may require you to provide the written print release from the photographer).
  • Make digital scrapbooks (ex. Shutterfly.com)
  • Share on social media websites WITH a tag or link saying that the picture was taken by Heidi Jensen Photography.
Print releases DO NOT:
  •  Allow you to edit the images - including editing color and cropping
  • DO NOT crop out watermarks when sharing or making your profile picture - this is a violation of copyright law
  • Claim as your own work
  • Sell images
  • Copy images - this includes taking screenshots and downloading with a right click
  • If it seems dishonest than it probably is not something you should be doing
 Copyright release:
  • Gives you sole ownership over the images and you can edit and sell them
  • Original Photographer needs written permission to use pictures in any way

 If you would like to read more, Rachel from The Law Tog has a great article on Copyright Laws. I hope
 that I have helped educate someone a little more when it comes to print releases and copyrights.

So after all that the basic take home message is that if you don't have copyright ownership of the images DO NOT crop, edit, download or sell images as your own because that is copyright infringement and you can be sued!

Now go spread the word and help stop copyright infringement!


Texas Mini Session ~ Indiana Photographer

Friday, March 1, 2013


I have been building up the anticipation for several people for my announcement and so here it is.......

I am coming to Texas in June and I will be doing some mini sessions!!!

When: Saturday, June 15th, 2013
Session Times
7:00am  8:00am   9:00am
7:30am  8:30am   9:30am
 I will add more times as needed.

Where: Sylvan Beach Park, La Porte, TX

How much: Cost is $45.*Payment will need to be paid through paypal at time of booking to reserve your time. If you need to cancel please do so at least 24 hours in advance for a refund, after that your money is non-refundable. If there is bad weather that morning, I can reschedule your pictures for later in the day, but if the weather does not cooperate with us and I have to cancel, then I will give you a full refund.* Paypal button is below to purchase and please email me your top two time preferences.

Info: Session will be 25 minutes and you will receive an edited cd in the mail of the pictures from our session.



I can't leave my Indiana friends just hanging, so I am going to be doing a Spring mini session too!

When: Saturday, May 11th, 2013
Session Times
7:00am  8:00am   9:00am
7:30am  8:30am   9:30am
 I will add more times as needed.

Where: Tippecanoe Battlefield, Battleground, IN

How much: Cost is $45.*Payment will need to be paid through paypal at time of booking to reserve your time. If you need to cancel please do so at least 24 hours in advance for a refund, after that your money is non-refundable. If there is bad weather that morning, we can do your session on another day that is convenient for you.* Paypal button is below to purchase and please email me your top two time preferences.

Info: Session will be 25 minutes and you will receive an edited cd in the mail of the pictures from our session.



Mini Session