Small Claims Process Needed for Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement is out of control. artists and photographers are losing to businesses who bully to keep what they steal. Stealing is stealing and it is time for the law to protect small businesses.

In the past four years, this has personally happened to me at least five times that I can remember. Most of the incidents were with the photograph shown here of the model with henna on her hand. In once case, another photographer even added it to their own web portfolio as though it were their own.

See this video to better understand the issue...

Are you ready to help with this grassroots movement? You can make a difference and have your voice heard. Learn what you can do next by visiting the PPA website. It's easy to do!

-JMB

Jared M. Burns Photography

Snohomish Family Photographer & Snohomish Photographer

www.jaredmburns.com | 206.659.7468 | info@jaredmburns.com

What is the value of a photograph tomorrow?

Determining the personal value of a photograph is a complex issue. Initially, it seems like it shouldn't cost any more than the $0.13 developing fee, but consider the relative value to the one who holds the memories. People invest their wealth in lifestyle, homes, and vehicles, yet if presented with the choice to rescue only one belonging from a catastrophe, all choose their family's "Photography Memories" knowing these are the only belongings that can never be replaced.  

So what is the value of a photograph?

My wife and I on one of our first dates.

My wife and I on one of our first dates.

A Photograph is the only...

  • way to stop time
  • opportunity to the world through another's eyes
  • truly unique thing we can own
  • way we can relive a moment
  • thing that lasts after the wedding
  • evidence our memory was real
My grandfather when he was young.

My grandfather when he was young.

A Photograph is a tangible connection to...

  • our past, present, and future
  • the our life experiences that make us who we are
  • the people, places, and things we care about most
  • our heritage
  • our greatest life moments
My wife holding our newborn son.

My wife holding our newborn son.

A Photograph can...

  • never be replaced
  • say more than words
  • capture personality
  • make us remember
  • share life with others
  • show moments we may have missed
  • traverse time and space
  • bring people together
  • transcend language and culture
My sister and I a long time ago.

My sister and I a long time ago.

A Photograph has the power to...

  • communicate knowledge, ideas, understanding, and love
  • change the world or change our world view
  • remind us of what is most important
  • elicit the strongest of human emotion
  • take us places we have never been
  • show moments we may have missed
  • strengthen the bonds we share with ones we love
  • live forever
My daughter's first ride on a ferris wheel.

My daughter's first ride on a ferris wheel.

My friend and mentor, Skip Cohen of Skip Cohen University, always says, "With the exception of modern medicine, no career field has given society more than professional photography!

The strange thing about photographs is they always appreciate with age. So, what is the value of your photograph?

It's your story.

-JMB

© 2016 Jared M. Burns Photography

Snohomish Family Photographer & Snohomish Photographer

www.jaredmburns.com | 206.659.7468 | info@jaredmburns.com

 

Tour Our New Home Office

You might have heard we moved to a new place in Snohomish. If you were wondering what it is like behind the scenes at Jared M. Burns Photography, here are some views of the new home office.

Click to  enter a 360° view  of the office...

Click to enter a 360° view of the office...

Some of the features I enjoy most about the new space...

  • It is a dedicated space, of course, for photography work and creative thought
  • Everything in white eliminates color distractions and leaves room for planning and visualization
  • The server is concealed nicely in the converted wardrobe cabinet
  • Dedicate battery charging station
  • The rolling table moves around the room to be desk space, a packaging station, and a gear staging station
  • All packing materials are in easy reach and stored in vertical space
  • The sayings that keep me focused surround clock which is where I most often look when loosing focus

 

- JMB

© 2016 Jared M. Burns Photography
Snohomish Photographer
www.jaredmburns.com | 206.659.7468 | info@jaredmburns.com

Series: Top 10 things that KILL Summer Photos #1

Your life and memories deserve to be amazing! This series focuses on the 10 biggest mistakes that kill your summer family photos and how you can fix them.

MISTAKE #1 - Using Only Your Smartphone Camera

Smartphones are indeed cool and convenient, but they have a ways to come yet.  Your family summer vacations are outside the normal routine and take you on many new adventures...meaning countless complex lighting situations phone cameras cannot deal with.  Have you ever tried to use your phone to make a photo in lava tube, attempted to capture the beautiful sunset at the beach resort, or got a blurry group shot around luau table after dark? Then you know what I 'm talking about and how your smartphone just couldn't keep up.  

Taken on an iPhone in a little morning shade. Not very good.

Taken on an iPhone in a little morning shade. Not very good.

Let's take a closer look. Really bad.

Let's take a closer look. Really bad.

iPhone trying to deal with low light in a tent.

iPhone trying to deal with low light in a tent.

SOLUTION:  At the risk of stating the obvious, use your real camera instead

Like you, I have been lulled into the iDevice age.  It takes considerable effort to remember the old digital-camera-thingy. Nearly all digital cameras are still better than nearly all smartphone cameras today, even the ones that boast 40 megapixels.  We can certainly argue that phone technology is getting better...but so are high definition displays. How will your phone images look on that 4K screen you have been eyeing?  Regardless which tech wins the race, I want to give my family memories the best possible chance which will never come from a built in camera smaller than a button.  In twenty years it will be irrelevant which device we made images on...no one remembers nor cares. In that day, the quality of the memory will be determined by whether or not the image even is worth viewing.

Taken on a 12 year old camera

Taken on a 12 year old camera

Taken on a 12 year old camera

Taken on a 12 year old camera

Taken on a 10 year old camera

Taken on a 10 year old camera

Taken on a 12 year old camera

Taken on a 12 year old camera

Taken on a 3 year old camera

Taken on a 3 year old camera

Taken on a 3 year old camera

Taken on a 3 year old camera

© 2015 Jared M. Burns Photography
Snohomish Family Photographer & Seattle Wedding Photographer
www.jaredmburns.com | 206.659.7468 | info@jaredmburns.com

Series: Top 10 things that KILL Summer Photos #2

Your life and memories deserve to be amazing! This series focuses on the 10 biggest mistakes that kill your summer family photos and how you can fix them.

MISTAKE #2 - You didn't put much effort into it

We were excited to use the camera when we first got it, but remembering to always bring it soon feels like a burden.  For us, it usually goes down a little like this...

[Car is packed, kids are belted, and we just settled into our seats.]

  • [Wife]: "Did you get the camera?"
  • [Me]: "Nooo, I thought you were going to get it."
  • [Wife]: "But you're the one who takes all the pictures."
  • [Me]: "If you want me to take all the pictures, then can you go find the camera?"
  • [Wife]: "I don't want to go back and look for it."
  • [Me]: "If I have to go get it now, we are going to be late. Let's just go."
  • [Wife]: "I have my iPhone with me anyway."

Sometimes we are just camera lazy people. We don't feel motivated to be creative or intentional with the photos and opt for the path of least resistance. It results in thoughtless snapshots or absolutely no shots.

 

SOLUTION: Have a theme, make it fun

Bringing the camera is a discipline...You just have to do it. However, planing a summer photo theme is an easy way to help make it fun again. It encourages family participation toward a common photo goal. It boosts your own creative energy along the way.  Best of all, the vacation photos are much more fun to share with people when there are themes to tie everything together.

Here are some theme ideas you may steal...

  1. Take photos in a visual sequence to tell the vacation story
  2. Make at least one campfire portrait each year
  3. Hide a silly prop in shots as an Easter egg for other people to discover when they view photos later
  4. Include some fun repeating element as many photos as you can
  5. Whoever takes the funniest photo wins a prize
  6. Look for objects in your travels that are weird/quirky to build a photo collection
  7. Make a quick group shot at every landmark
  8. Spot and photograph strange signs along the way
  9. Snap a quick photo of the heritage markers then read about it in the car as you drive
  10. Make funny forced perspective pictures at all the tourist sites 
  11. Document it every time someone gets to do something new or unusual
  12. *My Favorite* Shoot with the intention to make a family vacation album each year

© 2015 Jared M. Burns Photography
Snohomish Family Photographer & Seattle Wedding Photographer
www.jaredmburns.com | 206.659.7468 | info@jaredmburns.com