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Disclaimer: This article is designed to provide information regarding the misconception between copyright and printing right, and help my customers understand the difference between the two.


“Do I get the copyrights to my wedding pictures?”


The term copyright is often misunderstood. I have realized that when most couples ask if they will receive the copyrights to their wedding images, they actually mean printing rights. As a bride, I know that I would like to be able to print my wedding pictures anytime and anywhere (of course, I would encourage you to invest in HIGH quality prints since you have already invested in HIGH quality photography, but more on that another time). As a photographer, I strongly believe in printing your images and keeping them as a legacy to show your children and grandchildren down the road. So, the answer is YES!, we always give our couples a print release form, that allows them to print their pictures, post them on social media and share them with family and friends, but they do not get the copyright to the images.

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When it comes to choosing their wedding collection, many couples can’t decide whether or not they would like to include a wedding album. The decision is particularly hard to make since we live in a digital age, and they get a cute little USB with all their wedding images anyway. But the question is — How often do you go back to that USB to look though pictures? Not too often. More often than not, it will be forgotten in a drawer somewhere gathering dust. View full post »

What I love most about the ending of one year and the beginning of another, is counting all the blessings that the past year has held and all the new and exciting things that await. Every year has its challenges. We try to focus on so many things throughout the year, and start so many projects, that it becomes nearly impossible to carry them all on, and that’s okay. It is alright to feel overwhelmed at times, but what really matters is your determination to finish what you started. I am here to help you stay organized and keep your priorities in-check.

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Many photographers struggle with accurate focus, resulting in images not being consistently sharp. This is why a great deal of images are being deleted during the culling process. If this is happening to you, I am about to give you some hard-earned advice that will help you achieve accurate focus every.single.time! View full post »

This week felt like Christmas to me. Not only did we put up our Christmas tree (I know, I know it’s not even December yet) but I also got a bunch of photography related goodies in the mail. Two days in a row! My favorite, I have to admit, was the new camera bag I’ve been wanting for a while. View full post »

From the “YES” being all caps in the title of this post, it is fairly obvious what my opinion is on this topic. I think, especially as a photographer, that every bride should at least consider doing an unplugged wedding. View full post »

Dearest Bride-To-Be,

I am always trying to find new ways to show you how excited and honored I am that you have chosen me to be part of your wedding day. After much research, I have found the perfect gift to welcome you into the Alina Thomas Photography family.  View full post »

Today I am going to let you take a peek into how I work with couples, and how I direct them into poses that don’t look cheesy or staged. Engagement sessions are really important to me, as they allow me to know the likes and dislikes of the couples I get to photograph. I always offer a complimentary engagement session with my wedding collections. This is extremely important to me, as it helps me better understand my clients’ personalities and how to better prepare for their wedding day. View full post »

If you are anything like me, you probably spend a lot of time researching before purchasing an important piece of equipment for your photography. However, when I discovered these macro filters that I am about to introduce you to, I didn’t even blink before I purchased them online. View full post »

Whether you are a professional photographer, or just an ambitious individual with a point-and-shoot camera, it is important to take good care of your digital files. Most people are under the misconception that the chances of something happening to their digital images is slim-to-none, when in reality, they are just as likely as anybody else’s. View full post »