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Title of Video: I Dreamed a Dream
"Dedicated To My Mother Nettie Jon Seigler-West"
Description: My Life Has Killed The Dream I Dreamed
Artist Singer: Winner of Britain Got Talent Susan Boyle
Date and Time: Sunday, February 23rd. 2020, 10:09 PM
Videography Taken and Created By: Sonja C West, Photographer

Title of Video: God's Country
Description: A Little Bit of The High Country
Artist Singer: Blake Shelton
Date & Time: Monday, March 16th. 2020 1:27 PM
Videography Taken and Created By: Sonja C West, Photographer

Title of Video: Oh! My Soul
Description: Kyle Sigmon, Associate Pastor with church band
Artist Singer: Kyle Sigmon and Band
Date & Time: Sunday, ‎March ‎29, ‎2020, ‏‎11:37:03 AM
Videography Taken and Created By: Sonja C West, Photographer

Title of Video: Islands In The Stream
Description: Remembering Memories With Mother
Artist Singer: Kenny Rodgers and Dolly Parton
Date & Time: Friday, April 17th, ‎2020, ‏‎12:39 PM
Videography Taken and Created By: Sonja C West, Photographer

Title of Video: My Morning Thoughts Of You
Written and Sung by: Henry C Lewis
Videography by: Sonja C West

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What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Yes, and I do my best to produce the best quality work that I can and if my photographs are not my best I want pass it. I am a Perfectionist and a Professional that wants the job done right.

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Be Professional and Honest about the work I am asked to do and if it is something that I am unable to do I will try and refer them to a photographer that I feel will do the best job with good quality work.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a self taught photographer, and I learned as much as I can by doing, shoot as many pictures as I possibly can and get my work critiqued from people in the know. I am a multifaceted photographer and have extensive experience in the work that I do.

How did you get started doing this type of work?
I got interested in photography when I was about in the fourth grade using one of the older model cameras than around in the 1970's I got interested in genealogy and started copying old photographs and learning how to do photo printing with a friend that went to Appalachian State and started my own photography business as a passion and profession.

What types of customers have you worked with?
I have work for many clients over the years from Weddings, Photo Copying, Historical Photography, Businesses, Portraits in Malls, Lawyers who handled murder and fire cases and more.

Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Taking photographs of children in malls or other businesses at Christmas and Easter on Santa's and Easter Bunnies Lap and watching the kids laughing having a ball. The work is a seasonal job and last during the holidays. I have had great success and quality in photographing children and happy parents.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
When you arrive in Western North Carolina, you enter a magical place created ages ago. With the southern tip of the mighty Appalachians, called the Southern Highlands, converging to one side, the Blue Ridge Mountains to another and the Great Smoky Mountains to another, you've reached an enchanted land... and area of profound beauty, history and culture. Your journey will take you through ten North Carolina counties of the Blue Ridge Mountains. All have colorful histories, magnificent mountain vistas, deep green forests and cool mountain streams. However, each is unique as well as my photographs. The legacies of these mountains are ours to share, making this a natural choice for your vacation destination. Discover for yourself and the beautiful quality of photographs I create.

What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Describe what kind of photography you want and how you want it done to produce the best quality that we can.

Friday, January 1, 2021 4:58 PM Posted by Santa Photography Services Blog

Photography Copyright Infringement

Photography Copyright Infringement is Against the Law ...

“Copyright” describes the rights given to creators for their literary and artistic works.

But we often don’t consider copyright when we look at our family photos, or go to get them copied. Even though it is so easy to copy an image—with scanners, photo-quality printers, and copy stations—it is still illegal.

Things to remember about copyright:

Copyright is a property right.
Just because you buy a print does not mean you have purchased the copyright.
Professional photographers are the smallest of small copyright holders.
Under the Federal Copyright Act of 1976, photographs are protected by copyright from the moment of creation.
Photographers have the exclusive right to reproduce their photographs (right to control the making of copies).
Unless you have permission from the photographer, you can’t copy, distribute (no scanning and sending them to others), publicly display (no putting them online), or create derivative works from photographs.
A photographer can easily create over 20,000 separate pieces of intellectual property annually.
Professional photographers are dependent on their ability to control the reproduction of the photographs they create.
It affects their income and the livelihood of their families.
Even small levels of infringement—copying a photo without permission—can have a devastating impact on a photographer’s ability to make a living.
Copyright infringements—reproducing photos without permission—can result in civil and criminal penalties.

Put copyright in perspective:

65% of PPA photographers are self-employed photographers relying exclusively on photography as their primary source of income.
47% of member studios rely on reprints as a profitable source of income.

How to get legal copies of professional photographs:

Contact the photographer/copyright owner. Photographers are happy to discuss options for reproducing photos with you.
Check both the front and back of a print for a copyright notice. If it is a school, sports or similar type photo, you may want to contact the institution where the photo was made.
Contact PPA’s Service Center for help finding photographers to obtain photo-copying permission. Use the Photographer Registry Web site to locate a photographer/copyright owner at, so you can obtain reproductions or permission. With a few pieces of information about a photographer (i.e., they did portraits in Anytown, USA in 200X), a search can be conducted to find the copyright owner.