This may be scary to some, but it shouldn’t be. In general, I copyright my images (they are sent to the Copyright Office and registered there). This has implications in terms of image ownership and use.
You have to remember that a photographer is no different than other visual artists with easily reproducible work, such as a choreographer, or a film maker. It is the “easily reproducible” nature of the work – especially when we talk about digital files – that is the challenge over what say other professions protected by copyright – say an author of published books – faces.
The Internet Age has added even more complexity in the use of professional photographic imagery. Although specific terms and conditions may vary with each instance, the following are generally true even in the absence of an explicit license agreement (although they can be altered by a license agreement):
If you have any questions, please ask your photographer. It is a good idea to get any potential ambiguities in use, or any foreseen “unusual” use, in writing so everyone understands and you have documented specific rights granted to you in use of the image.
These should be considered reasonable and logical terms given the nature of the profession. Also remember that licensing works both ways – it protects you as much as the image creator. When in doubt, it is best to get a written license.
Every post needs an image; this is one used on my Fine Art Card offerings. I’ve increased the number of cards to 9 in each box. These are printed on Museo card stock (not cheap), and are individually printed. They make a unique and wonderful way for you or your dancer to communicate the old fashioned way.