Licensed Use of Images


StraleyPhotography will take a number of images during each event or session.  The exact number cannot be determined or guaranteed in advance as the number taken is determined by the situation itself.  Following the event images with reasonable quality and minimal defects will be selected and posted for review.  StraleyPhotography may provide you with one or a combination of several licenses to its images as described below. 

In all cases StraleyPhotography retains ownership of the image and the raw image captured (the digital negative).  I do not provide raw images directly from the camera and in most cases do not provide a CD with all images.  If you need these or similar options our suggestion is that you get our agreement before we do the shoot – it is best to get this in writing.

StraleyPhotography grants the following types of licenses for use of its images.


Personal Use License

Personal Use images are the most common images for licensing. Personal use images may be used by you for many non-commercial (non-revenue generating) purposes in most cases.  Some examples of this would include: Facebook, Model Mayhem, email distributions, to print images up to 8x10 or slightly larger and in cases where you do not desire to dramatically crop the images.  They are also provided for your limited portfolio use and for your friends to share assuming they also agree to the restrictions as specified here.

There are certain restrictions on the use of Personal Use Licensed images.   You may not crop or alter these images or allow a person or program or application you use to do so for you.  This includes changing the ratio of height to width, dramatically altering the size or resolution of the image, changing the colors, making them black and white if they are in color, applying treatments to them to dramatically alter their appearance or removing our logo from them.  You may not remove persons or features from the images and may not alter or remove the background. Some applications such as facebook will slightly reduce the resolution – they are OK, others may dramatically alter the size and resolution – you are not permitted to use the images in these types of applications.

If you desire to make any of the listed alterations (or similar ones) you must contact me first and discuss it with me – in some cases I may do it for you or permit others to do it for you.  In some cases there is a reasonable charge for this work and the right to do so.  This decision and the resulting action is mine to make – not yours.  You do not own these images.  If you desire to make any of the listed alterations (or similar ones) you must contact the Company first and discuss same- in some cases the Company may do it for you or permit others to do it for you. The Model does not own these Images. If posting to Facebook or other social media site, you MUST tag the Company even where the Company’s logo is on the image. In most cases the Company expects a comment to be placed below the image with a link to the Company’s web site gallery. You may not make money using or selling or including these Images in other media or promotions. Personal use licensed Images are provided in a medium resolution format that is sized to meet Facebook posting requirements. This is between 800 and 900 kilobytes in size. 

Primary Commercial Use Images

You will have the right to crop, color, and modify the size and appearance of these images including retouching to remove blemishes, objects and other items from the images.  You may distort the image and its appearance. Your Primary Commercial license includes the right to include these images in marketing materials, on a commercial web site, in a magazine, and in other formats in which the images may be presented or sold by you or under your authority.   You may use these images on posters and bill boards and other similar promotional activities. These images will not have the StraleyPhotography logo on them unless requested.

Under certain conditions you may be granted the additional right to declare exclusive use of the Image for a period of time.  If granted, this right includes the right to inform StraleyPhotography that you will not permit the display of Primary Commercial Use Images in other websites or other venues for a specific predetermined period of time – which is usually one year from your purchase of the license. 

Please request any agreements or restrictions on the use of these images from me in advance and in writing on an image by image basis before you purchase them.  These restrictions may change the price.

The high res version of the Primary Commercial Use files will be delivered separately to you in high resolution TIF format using a reliable method of delivery to be mutually determined.  Please note that the size of each file will be extremely large – in some cases this may exceed 60 megabytes per image unless you request them to be smaller in size.

Secondary Commercial Use Images

Secondary Commercial Use Images will be provided for your general commercial use – and licensed to you for a specific one-purpose use.  These images are permitted for shared use but not exclusive use on your website and in marketing materials.  StraleyPhotography does not permit changes to these images such as cropping, color, or removal of our logo without the explicit permission from StraleyPhotography granted on an image by image basis in writing. 

Re-sale of these images is not permitted under this agreement and inclusion of these images is not permitted in materials that may be sold by you or under your authority. Each image will have the StraleyPhotography logo on them.

Secondary Commercial Use licensing is provided for a period of one year from your purchase date.  Following this period you must remove them from your marketing or similar programs or re-license them from me.  Please get any agreements from me in writing and on a specific image by image basis.

Secondary Commercial Use files will be delivered in high resolution JPG format in a reliable method of delivery to be determined with a size usually exceeding 1,000k.  For your planning purposes the size is often between 2 and 5 megabytes in size. You may downsize these images for use on Facebook and other similar uses such as email and inclusion in articles.


The Best Approach to communications with StraleyPhotography about your images

You may call me on the phone in advance to discuss your purchase at (860) 487-1081 in the US or (473) 536-8638 in Grenada. You should make any official communications or follow-up request to StraleyPhotography in writing and via email to  When referring to an image(s) it is usually easiest for both of us if to refer to it using the last four digits of the file name once we know which series of images you are discussing. 

When discussing an image that is on our web site use the file name rather than the sequence number – the sequence number can change – the file name does not! Click on the image and the file name is just below it.

When providing list of images to me it is easiest and usually most efficient if you provide the list with a comma between the numbers – this will help ensure that you will receive the images you desire quickly and with minimal delay and confusion. Here is an example:  Please provide the following images to me 0002, 0045, 0473, etc.  If you do it this way I can drop your list right into the selection program I use, get your images, and get them to you.

Please contact StraleyPhotography with any questions or concerns.