The do's and do not's of posting your session photos on social media

This is a topic that I feel needs to be addressed. Not so much as it’s something I see people doing wrong, but more of people have no idea. It’s not something that typically is brought up until someone gets upset that someone did do something wrong. So I am here to help you understand which is a “do” and which is a “don’t” when it comes to social media and posting your session photos to them.

Do

  • Give your photographer a shoutout. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing you post your photos from your session all over social media! That means the WORLD to a photographer. So give them a little shoutout while you’re at it. Just tag them in the caption or even tag them in the photo. It also helps other people see who did these amazing photographs that you love so much.

  • Share them!!!! Don’t keep them to yourself! Share them everywhere. It tells us you like them. You love the photos. So what if there is a watermark on there? Post it.

  • Tell us how you feel about it when you post your photos. But let’s try to keep it positive.

  • Share them when writing reviews. This helps us so much!

Don’t

  • Crop or edit the photos. We put our heart and soul into making those photographs perfect for you, please don’t slap a filter on it or crop it. It’s really disheartening to the photographer and it says that you don’t like what they did for you.

  • Forget to tell anyone who did your photos. If people ask, let them know. I’ve seen where people won’t respond to comments of people asking who did them. It tells us that you don’t want other people to use us.

  • Do anything your contract with you and your photographer says not to do. Most photographers will have you sign a contract when doing photography services. In those contracts, there can be something about social media. If you break that contract by doing something specifically listed in there, you could be liable. That is a legal binding document and will stand up in court. I hope it would never go to that extreme, but just be courteous and read that part of your contract before posting anywhere.

Feel free to let me know if there is anything I didn’t address that you would like clarified. I will update this list for you as well. Comment below some things you want to know!!

Creative vs. Traditional/Minimalistic Editing

Back in May, I wrote a blog post titled, "Editing: What a Photographer REALLY Means." After some time I realized that I should write kind of a follow-up on that topic. What I wrote is not always true to every photographer. It is to my company. However, there are many things that editing can entail nowadays. I am here to describe the differences between two popular styles of editing: Creative and Traditional or Minimalistic editing.

These are complete polar opposite of the editing scale. There are many who can do one versus the other, a combination of both, or simply just chooses to do one. It can also depend on what the photograph is being taken for will depend on the editing style the photographer chooses to use. I will explain these in further detail in this blog post. Let's dive right in.


Traditional/Minimalistic Editing

Coming from a journalistic background, this is what I am known for.  This is when you only correct things in the photograph. Let's say your setting made the picture look like it had an orange tint or a blue tint, my editing would fix that to make it look more natural or like I saw it in person. If the photograph was too dark, I would lighten it. Little, simple things like that would be made in editing. This type of editing's main purpose is to fix errors or to slightly enhance the photograph.

You will find a lot of this type of editing in newspapers or anything journalistic. There are many rules to journalistic photographs when it comes to editing. If there is any misrepresentation because of editing, there will be consequences, which many include loosing their job.

Many small business photographers use this as well. For the most part, it is a lot faster to use this type of editing instead of creative editing. This is the 99% of the editing Kaytee Lorentzen Photography uses. I don't like to alter the way life looks to us. I attempt to capture the photographs in a way that I want the world to see it, so less editing would occur.


Creative Editing

What is creative editing you ask? You may not be able to find the exact definition when you look it up online. It is when you add things to the photograph that are not there before hand. Some examples is adding sun flare, layering, adding something new to the photograph, and so on. One way to think of it is asking yourself the question "Is this realistic?" If the answer is no, then it is creative editing.

You would most likely see these in advertisements. One example I can think of is looking at a picture with a person standing on top of the Eiffel Tower. That is obviously edited because it is unrealistic.

However, it can end up being really fun to use. In my senior year of high school, I did a really meaningful project about students who have lost a sibling one way or another. I asked each of them to either go to their gravesite or to their cross on the road and take the photographs. I also had them write a letter to their sibling as well. I took bits and pieces of that letter and put them overtop of the photographs. This changed the way the photographs were received to the audience and gave them more background.


Is Black & White Considered Creative or Traditional Editing?

Short answer: it depends. There are black and white (B&W) photographs in the news field and some are just because the whole page needs to be in B&W. However, if it is for personal use, like portraits, it can be considered creative. If this is what you are looking for in your portrait photographs, check with the photographer to see if this is something than can and will do.

I love to do black and white photographs, but I just never have the opportunity to do so.


There is really no right or wrong way when it comes to editing preferences, especially when it comes to portrait photography. There are just some photographers that prefer one to the other. Always ask and be upfront on what you want from your portrait session.

Kaytee Lorentzen
Owner & Photographer | Kaytee Lorentzen Photography