Nancy Dowdall Photography | Copyright


We make our living by selling photographs. The photographs that we create are protected by federal copyright law. Copyright gives us the financial incentive to create these photographs by protecting them against unauthorized use, such as by making reprints without permission.

As professional photographers, we spend a great deal of time, effort and money in making these photographs. We must learn our profession, including techniques of lighting, posing, background, developing and finishing. We consistently continue to improve skills and products through educational courses, books, videos, workshops, conventions and professional organizations. We must also hire, train and supervise our staff and recover general and administrative overhead expenses. The only way that we can do all of this is by selling finished photographs to our customers.

When one of our customers has reprints made by an infringer without our permission, our market for that photograph is destroyed. The photographs almost always has no value to anyone else. Try putting yourself in our place and image what your business would be like if you could not control the theft of your products. You would not be able to stay in business for very long. Remember, copying without permission is just another form of shoplifting. Do you want to sell your personal integrity for the cost of a photograph?

We use the highest quality film and digital equipment. Then your images are printed on a professional portrait paper. Anything else would be poor representation of you and our work and would not hold up over time. These prints will last for generations.

We also sell copyrights for limited uses including advertising and publications. Please remember to give photo credits next to each image where ever it is reproduced. We are proud of our hard work and would like to be recognized for it with your credit of approval.

All of our photographs are protected under the copyright law and may not be copied or scanned without our written permission. We will try to accommodate all reasonable requests from our customers and for a release of our exclusive rights if we cannot fulfill your needs. Please feel free to discuss our needs with us so that we may have the opportunity to serve you better.

Thank you for your understanding.