How long will I have to wait for my images?
This varies greatly. If I'm shooting close
to home then you'll probably get the proof images within
a day or two. If I'm away from home then it might
take a few days longer. Ask me when we shoot and
I'll be able to give you a better idea.
What is your process for getting my images to me?
My process involves several stages.
Firstly I’ll look briefly at all the images from
the shoot and delete any that are ‘bad’. Bad means
out of focus, blurred, or those with obviously bad
facial expressions or poses that are not fixable.
The remaining images will be resized and stamped with
“PROOF” text across. These will be made
available via link to an online gallery. The
gallery will stay online until your selection process
has been completed. If you wish to keep the PROOF
images then you should download them.
The next part of the process is down to you – you
need to choose your favourites. Prior to the shoot we
should have agreed on the number of images you can
select. Additional images above this number can be
purchased at a reasonable cost.
I need the CR2 number that is embedded on the
Normally within a week of getting your final requests
you will have your final finished images. I will provide
you with a link where you can find the high-resolution
images to download. It is very important that you save
the images in a secure place.
Why are you giving me images with “PROOF” on
The photos you are seeing at this time are not the
finished product. Due to the numbers of images taken at
most of my shoots it is not possible to process every
image to the finished quality before letting you see
them. So, you get the proof versions. These are intended
for your eyes only, and only for you to pick your
favourites. I consider quality control of my work very
important and I ask that the unprocessed images are not
put into general circulation.
Okay so I’ve got my images – how am I allowed
to use them?
Any personal use is okay. This means your printed
portfolio, business or comp cards, or your website. It
is also okay to use images on additional modelling
related websites such as OneModelPlace, ModelMayhem,
PaidModels, Net-Model. Social networking websites like
Facebook & MySpace are also acceptable.
Okay, so that's where I can use the images, what
about where I can't?
Essentially any commercial use of the images is not
allowed without additional approval by me. This excludes
your own personal businesses, but includes uses such as
sponsors advertising, giving images for free to
Can I sell prints?
Yep, you can attempt to sell printed copies (10x8’s
etc) of the images from your website to fans.
Can you sell my prints?
Yes, I do at times attempt to sell pictures from shoots.
I use the word attempt because generally only very well known
models actually sell, and even then the number of sales
is very low.
Can I add my artwork to the images?
Yes, you can add your own artwork to advertise your
website and / or business to the images. However artwork
(eg company logo etc) advertising any other business /
website may not be added without prior agreement from
Do I need to give you credit for the images?
I always appreciate any credit / links when my images
are used. Although I know this is not always possible.
You’ve given me web-sized versions with your logo on
them – why?
These are the images that I prefer get used on the
internet. As well as advertising my work and name, it
also goes some way to protect both of our rights and
hinders anyone from taking the images for other use.
Can’t I just resize the high-resolution versions and
use them instead?
Yes, technically you can, although I politely request
that you don’t unless you need to incorporate the
images into artwork (eg a title page or banner for your
I want to submit some of the images to the
magazines – can I?
Yes, Please do! I’ve had lots of tearsheets from where
the model started the process, so go for it.
I do ask though that I finalise any arrangements
directly with the publication. Why? Well, if for example
we are lucky enough to have Musclemag / American Curves
and another someone else interested… I do not like to
release any similar or identical images to other rival
publications. Basically I need to be in control of who
gets to use the images.
Can I use the images in web-based competitions?
Yes, as long as they give a credit to me and to not add
their own artwork to the images then you are perfectly
welcome and encouraged to use the images in this way.
Okay, what about magazine based competitions such as
Unfortunately my normal answer for this is no. These
kind of magazine competitions normally require the
photographer to sign over copyright or permission to the
magazine. They seem not to give credit to the
photographers. For this reason unless a model wants to
purchase copyright from me for the images then my
standard answer is no.
Who owns the photos?
I do. Unless we agree on a price and you buy copyright
of selected / all images from me, then copyright remains
I’ve just got you some business and they have
paid you, do I get anything for my work?
If you do generate me some business then I will pay you
20% of the initial sale by any new clients referred this
I just love our images and I want to share them with the
:-) Great!!! However if we are submitting to magazines
it is often in both of our best interests if we limit
use until such time as magazine submissions have been
Will you use any of our images on your website?
I always use at least one photo from each shoot on my
website – each model will get a separate page on my
site for each shoot we do. It does sometimes take me a
little while to get this page online, but it will go up.
Only the very best of my images make it to the portfolio
section of my website and generally this will only be
updated once a year (normally during the winter season).
You’ve asked me for comments on the shoot…
Yes, in your own words, give your comments on the shoot
etc… If you want me to link somewhere – to your
website / modelling profile – this is where you give
me the information.
Can you get me published?
It is always in my interest to attempt to get my models
in print. While every effort will be made to publish the
images, no guarantee can be made on possible sale or
What else do you do for me?
I will always make reasonable effort to ensure you get a
proper name credit where any images are used. I will
always keep your details confidential and will not
disclose to any third parties or make use of material or
information communicated to me in confidence.
If any of our images get picked up for future
publication how will I know?
Normally I shout this from the rooftops. I will
email you as soon as I find out the news. What I cant
offer is to provide you with a copy of the publication
– I often struggle to get a copy for myself and as
most of my work is currently published in North America.
You’ve not answered my question.
Please contact me via email.
(link will open contact page from my main website www.michaelpalmer.com)