Friday, October 5, 2012

The Ugly Truth

Copyright Infringement….

In response to a situation that has unfortunately, come up several times in the last month for me here at NAP, I'm going to make this a public service announcement.

Folks, I would like to remind EVERYONE out there in the ocean of social media usage...... Snagging/Taking photos that have been shared publicly and cropping out a logo and using without permission from the author is THEFT. Plain and simple.

When a photographer {whether it's ME or any other photographer out there-} who is generous enough to share digital files with you personally or in the form of a sneak-peek on social media... you need to give credit where credit is due. Do not assume it is OK to copy/save/print/crop/alter in any way. That is why there is a share and tag feature on FB. That gives credit and track-back to the author of the photo/photos.

There is a reason why those images shared on-line have been reduced in size and watermarked.... when you attempt to use those images the quality is significantly reduced, resulting in a less than desirable result. It won’t give you a clean crisp photo that says “I care enough to hire a professional”. 

Trust me on this- on every level it is better to have hired the photographer and been granted usage of photos of yourself. (and yes- I did say USAGE- the photographer owns the image of created artwork.) And having obtained permission to use the images protects you- as the end user and the creator of the photos.


Is it legal to download works from peer-to-peer networks and if not, what is the penalty for doing so?

Uploading or downloading works protected by copyright without the authority of the copyright owner is an infringement of the copyright owner's exclusive rights of reproduction and/or distribution. Anyone found to have infringed a copyrighted work may be liable for statutory damages up to $30,000 for each work infringed and, if willful infringement is proven by the copyright owner, that amount may be increased up to $150,000 for each work infringed. In addition, an infringer of a work may also be liable for the attorney's fees incurred by the copyright owner to enforce his or her rights.

Whether or not a particular work is being made available under the authority of the copyright owner is a question of fact. But since any original work of authorship fixed in a tangible medium (including a computer file) is protected by federal copyright law upon creation, in the absence of clear information to the contrary, most works may be assumed to be protected by federal copyright law.

Since the files distributed over peer-to-peer networks are primarily copyrighted works, there is a risk of liability for downloading material from these networks. To avoid these risks, there are currently many "authorized" services on the Internet that allow consumers to purchase copyrighted works online, whether music, ebooks, or motion pictures. By purchasing works through authorized services, consumers can avoid the risks of infringement liability and can limit their exposure to other potential risks, e.g., viruses, unexpected material, or spyware.

Let me highlight that for you- It can carry a fine of up to $150,000.00 dollars for EACH work infringed if the author chooses to pursue action!!!!

The moral of the story is … DON’T DO IT.

Thank you- that is all.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Senior Madness....

It's September... and back to school and Senior portrait time!!!!!
Here's a quick glimpse of some of the gorgeous High School Seniors I've had the privilege of shooting.

Life's a Beach...

.....And aren't we glad it's a pretty one?
I just love Jetty Island!  And it was made even sweeter with the presence of one of my favorite little girls! 
Little Adi is turning three- and all of her grandparents were in town to help her celebrate, so we decided to go to the beach for some calm, peaceful, restful, classic beach photos......

What we failed to plan on was how amazingly WINDY it was- and that the 3 year old was so completely taken with the beach that the rest of us barely existed... so any hopes of some moderately composed shots... sort of vaporized...

That said- the magic that is little kids and sand- compounded with a toddler who is surrounded by the most incredible halo of love made for the sweetest way to spend an afternoon.

Aannnndddd..... She's going to have a new brother or sister soon- so there will be even more gorgeous in this family..... I am giddy with excitement!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The new kid on the block...

Meet Scotty.... He's new in town.  This handsome, tiny little man had a newborn appointment tentatively set with me for this week- but decided to come a few weeks early so I popped over to their place instead to meet him and his gorgeous big sister Lizzie. 

Lizzie was a great tour guide but she was very busy, so I mostly hung out with Scotty.... who slept like a rock the entire session- which is so rare and it made for sweet snugly images.

I feel so lucky and honored to be a part of my client family's lives....  and to help them book mark their lives.

Thanks for having me over guys! xoxo Didi V.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Meet Lauren....
I was supposed to meet baby Lauren and her beautiful parents for belly pix... but she decided to come a month early to meet me in person! 

{I loved that this family was all about the natural beauty of skin and not a lot of fluff- just sweet and natural}

So without further a-do... I'll let this little show stopper speak for her Diva self.....
in a word.... Perfection.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Fi & the Fam

Sunshine and Seattle....
It's rare- but when these two things collide... it's magic!

Now add a dash of sass and a pinch of adorable and you have the recipe for the perfect day!

I met with Fiona and her folks at Gas Works Park in Seattle for a late day pic-nic.

Her parents wanted to chronicle Fi turning 18 months and it was so fun to chase this VERY busy little girl around...  We had a grand time!
{Her Super Hero name should be "The Blur" because she is super duper fast!!!}

I can't help but run fast forward in my head, thinking about how precious a bird's eye photo session like this will be to these kids that I photograph with their families when they are adults... to see how  adored they are- and who their parents were when they were little..... good stuff.

Thanks for asking me to play guys!
xoxo Didi v.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

G-Fam Fun

I met up a couple of weeks ago with the G-fam- and fell in love.
What a gorgeous group- laid back, wholesome goodness- and each with heart-stopping eyes and a few perfectly placed freckles.... {love}
And I love that we played with an urban setting for family photos-
something fun and different.

Didi V.

New Season- New Look

Hey kids- the sun is shining-which means a couple of things- besides the obvious and obligatory watering and mowing of the yard.
It means that it's time to start scheduling your summer and fall photos!!!
Whether you need a new head shot, family photos, milestone events and birthdays or you have a senior who will be graduating Spring 2013- NOW is the time to book your sessions.

The NAP calendar is filling up fast- get your spot now!
{and you all know who you are..... you need a new head shot
'cause I've seen your profile photo on social media.}
Jus' sayin.....


Didi V.

Geepers-Creepers.... where'd you get those peepers......
Wowsers!  Look at those eyes....
 Lil' Miss Stella came to see me for her big girl photos since she's just turning ONE!
What a sweet girl!  I did photos for her big sissy Karla a couple of years ago- and it's a crazy resemblance!

I love being able to follow families and journal their every changing faces....
Good Stuff!
Didi V.