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The images on our site must have a license for use and all of your use of images from this site must comply with the license you have been given. Violations will be pursued to the fullest extent. Fern & Essence retains copyright to all of images they produce.

If you would like to license use of an image, please contact:

© Copyright 2008-2022 Fern & Essence. All rights reserved.

We know it can be confusing – you have paid for photographs so you own them completely, right?

Well… no. When you engage my services (or the services of any other professional photographer) you are hiring my time, my expertise, my skill and a license to use a certain number of images that I have produced.

As a matter of law, in the UK, the copyright to the images created by a photographer stay with that photographer (or their estate) up to 70 years after they die. This is because the photographs we create are our intellectual property.

In the overwhelming majority of cases, the answer to this is no.

Here is a quick test:

Are you a celebrity who is concerned their images will be used by the media?
Do you plan on selling your wedding photographs for profit?
Do you plan on using your wedding photographs commercially for things such as print advertisements or website stock imagery?
Do you plan on selling copies of your wedding photographs on products such as t-shirts, keychains and novelty hats?
Do you plan on opening a wedding photography business and passing your wedding photographs off as photos you have taken?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will likely need a commercial use license. If you answered yes to questions 1 or 5, you will probably need copyright.

For everyone else – you don’t need copyright. You need a license to privately use, print and redistribute. Good news is that you will already have that when you hire us to provide you with wedding or family photography. If you have hired us for commercial photography, you will have a pre-negotiated commercial use license.

Awesome. Please get in touch at: and let us know the following and we will send you a quote if the image is available to be licensed in this way.

Your name, full address & contact details.
The image you are interested in.
The purpose you would like to use the image for (please be very specific).
The expected distribution (one time printing, worldwide, etc.)
The length of use/distribution.

The Legal Bit
The photographs contained on this website and any other sites displaying photographs by Fern & Essence, are the property of Fern & Essence and are protected by United Kingdom and International copyright laws. All copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property rights on this site, are the property of Fern & Essence.

No permission, either express or implied, is granted for the electronic transmission, storage, retrieval, or printing of the photographs contained on (and related domains) and any other sites displaying photographs by Fern & Essence, other than that which is related to the normal “caching” practices of web browsers.

No parties/individuals visiting or viewing images from and any other sites displaying photographs by Fern & Essence, may otherwise copy, modify, publish, transmit, or distribute the contents of the photographs found herein. Express written permission must be granted, on behalf of the photographer (copyright holder, Fern & Essence), in order to use these photographs for any purpose that is not outlined above.

The use of any image as the basis for another photographic concept, illustration or reproduction (digital, artist rendered or alike) is a violation of the law and is strictly prohibited.  

Reproduction rights (if and when granted) are strictly limited to the use specified on the license you receive and only once final payment has been taken in cleared funds. An agreement must be reached with Fern & Essence before the images are used for a different purpose or after the duration license has expired. Fern & Essence reserves the right to charge a penalty fee of £100 per image per use (in addition to the customary charge) if images are used for purposes other than what is shown on the license you hold.

All original digital files created by Fern & Essence remain the property of the Laura Stanley / Fern & Essence.

Your use of or viewing of this statement indicates your acceptance of these conditions.