Pet portrait shoot T&Cs

Pet portrait shoot Terms and Conditions

The very important stuff. Acceptance of a photoshoot is acceptance of these conditions.

These T&C's are designed to protect both parties and minimise 'grey' areas of understanding.

Above all, mutual respect is paramount.

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before the shoot | the day of the shoot | after the shoot | copyright & licensing | storage & archiving

Before the photoshoot

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking, and Direct Debit is the preferred method of payment of your deposit. I will forward you a tax invoice via email with all relevant banking and ABN details. Payment is required in full before the shoot commences. Balance owing paid in cash on the day is acceptable, but must be paid before the shoot commences.

You will need to sign the photoshoot contract before the shoot commences. I cannot start your photoshoot session without payment in full and a signed contract. This is for the protection and well-being of both parties.  I will email you a PDF copy for you to print, read and sign.  You can give this to me on the day of the shoot.

Session payment is non-refundable once the session time has begun. If you are unable to make your session, let me know before the shoot and we can postpone until a more favourable day and time.  If I arrive at the shoot and you then let me know you're unavailable (or I arrive and you don't turn up) then the entire session fee will still be payable in full.

You will need to prepare a space for me to work in, no smaller than 3 metres by 4 metres.  This space needs to be covered - I will not set up in the open, eg the back yard.  Inside is preferable; a shaded, covered back verandah will also suffice, but be aware that sunlight will affect the final photos, perhaps in a negative way.  If you have any concerns about the area you intend to use, simply take a photo of the area with your mobile phone's camera and send it to me in a text message.  I'll let you know if it's suitable, and if not, what can be done to make it suitable.

I will need access to a standard 10 amp power point, so please keep that in mind when choosing the work area.

The day of the photoshoot

When I arrive, you will need to hand over the signed photoshoot contract, and if any money is still owing for the shoot, you must pay in full before I set up my gear.

I will spend 20 minutes setting up the lighting and the backdrop, and some time getting acquainted with your pet.  The personality and character of each pet is different, and each will take their own time to become comfortable with me.  This is a very important step.

It is critically important that the mood of the shoot be calm and peaceful.  I will not shoot with any more than two others in the room - preferably just one other (an owner).  I will not tolerate owners shouting commands at the animal, or making constant loud noises (clapping excessively, whistling, etc).  I reserve the right to cancel the shoot without refund if these conditions cannot be met, or if my requests during the shoot go unheeded.

Any breakages to my equipment caused by unruly pets (or owners!) must be paid for in full.  This is another reason why it is important to keep your pet/s calm - they can easily knock over lighting stands and backdrops if they are over-excited.

After the photoshoot

You will receive the best of each pose, in its final edited format. You won't receive every single photo taken in a shoot (depending on the package you've chosen, you will get a set number of photos).

I will not, under any circumstances, release unedited photos.  Please do not ask.

If your package choice includes printed items, please be aware that these take time to manufacture and print.  Once the photos have been edited and are ready for your final inspection, I will post them to a secure area on my website for you to browse.  From here you will choose which photos to include on your CD, and which photo/s are to be used for print media.

Editing photos takes a lot of time and effort - usually around 6-8 hours for each hour in a photoshoot session. You should receive your log-in details to my website within three weeks of the shoot. Of course, I will keep you informed and if it's around a busy period (wedding season, for example) final photos could take up to five weeks to be completed. If you need photos quickly, please discuss with me as soon as possible and we can come to an arrangement.

Many people use Facebook and Google+ as a means of social networking and communicating. Unless indicated otherwise on the contract, I will assume that I have your permission to post samples of your final photos on my Facebook page. If I have you added as a friend, I can tag you. I will use my discretion in the photos that I post. You are welcome to share, download, copy these photos provided you give credit to Stephen Carter in every instance.  You must not alter these photos in any way.

Copyright and licensing

In all cases, copyright of all images remains with Stephen Carter. This means that unless you have arranged and paid for a licensing agreement with Stephen Carter Photography you are not permitted to use photos for commercial purposes. This includes (but is not limited to) submission to magazines, websites, stock photo companies, advertising agencies etc. You are, however, allowed to submit a photo to a magazine or website for the purposes of a competition or for "social" pages.

I place a small, unobtrusive logo in the corner of each photo you will receive on your disc.  If you would like prints of photos without this logo, you may order those through me.  I do not inflate the cost of prints, and I do only use the highest quality museum grade inks and paper (unlike budget print houses such as Big W and Harvey Norman). Please allow me ease your mind about the logo on the images - it is small and unobtrusive; it's more like the signature of an artist on a canvas painting, and does not detract from the photo at all.

There is logic behind this - as an artist, I am proud of my work!  If someone were to admire the photo, they can say "Ahh, your pet portrait looks lovely, and that's one of Stephen Carter's photos!".

Another, less-known but more valid reason is the copyright laws that all photographers work under (even if many of them aren't aware of their rights and responsibilities).  Under Australian law, copyright for a photo taken is automatically assigned to the photographer.  In years gone by, this meant that the film negatives remained in the ownership of the photographer (these days, the digital files remain with the photographer).  A contract between client and photographer can, however, state differently - for example, granting total ownership to the client, or granting a license allowing the client to have prints made at a photo booth such as found at Big W or Ted's Camera House. However, licences add (sometimes considerably) to the cost of a photo shoot.  These laws are in place to protect the professional photographer's livelihood and professional value. They also clarify where each party stands should a dispute arise.

Sadly, the 'weekend warrior' photographers have trampled all over the photography industry, offering extremely low rates (and usually low quality of service and photos) so we professionals must compete somehow.

Under no circumstances are you to alter, edit, change, adjust or modify the photos. This includes (but is not limited to) the removal of the Stephen Carter Photography logo, cropping, colour adjustment, or any "photoshopping" of any kind. You are not permitted to give images to someone to edit or alter, whether in a professional capacity or otherwise. If you need a photo adjusted, please contact me and I will gladly assist.

You are welcome to print the medium resolution images provided to you on CD for your personal use or as gifts only.

You are welcome to use the low resolution images provided to you on CD for your portfolio, your website, email, etc. provided written credit is given to Stephen Carter.

A link-back to Scart Photography on Facebook and/or the Scart Photography website is always greatly appreciated, wherever possible.

I retain the right to use, at my discretion, photos for advertising, marketing and promotional purposes. At all times I will use good judgement in the choice and use of photos.

Please contact me if you have need to licence images or wish to commission me to take photos for a particular purpose.

For more information on Australian copyright law, please visit

Storage and archiving

Please be aware that photograph in their high resolution format take up considerable storage space. Once you have received your CD of final edited images, I will keep your high resolution images on my hard disk storage facilities for no more than one year.

After one year, I will, at my discretion, delete photos to make more storage space available. I will retain some photos to use for marketing and promotional use (as per the copyright conditions).


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