What is a copyright?
A copyright protects your work and stops others from using it without permission. In the UK, copyright protection is automatic.

You automatically get copyright protection for the following:

  • original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work including photography and illustrations.
  • original non-literary written work, such as software, databases and web content
  • music and sound recordings
  • film & TV recordings
  • layout of published written, musical and dramatic works
  • broadcasts

Copyright for photographs

Photographs are protected by copyright as artistic works. This means that permission from the copyright owner is usually needed to use the images. These images are: digital photos taken on mobile phones and digital cameras, diagrams and illustrations and images taken on film cameras including digital versions of said images.

Who owns the photographs?

The person who created the picture is the owner of the copyright.
There are some instances where the photographer is not the owner of the copyright; 1. The employee working for a business or individual and create images while still employed does not own the copyright of the pictures he/she took. 2. The Queen owns the copyright of  works created by officers or servants of the Crown, including those by civil servants.

So, unless otherwise stated in a contract, the copyright belongs to the photographer and not the commissioning party.

Moral Rights

The creator of the work has certain moral rights over his work regardless of the copyright having been assigned to new owner. These include : the right to be identified as the author of the work and the right to object to derogatory treatment of the work.

Moral Rights cannot be assigned, but they can be waived by contract and they can be transferred on the death of the right holder by will.


Legal action may be taken by bringing a claim in court which often result to the infringing user of the image paying the cost to use the photo, plus the legal costs and the copyright owner and possibly financial compensation for the copyright infringement, the total may be more than the cost of a license to use the image. The infringing user will also be asked to take down and permanently remove all copies of the image from websites and other mediums unless they have permission from the copyright owner.

Deliberate infringement of copyright on a commercial scale may also lead to criminal prosecution.

About the images on this website

Copyright of all images taken by Ghene Snowdon Photography belongs to Ghene Snowdon. As stated in our booking agreement, images from private and domestic commissions (family sessions and weddings) will not be used for promotion or published online without the permission of the client* (please see Privacy and Deliverables page.)

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