Real Estate Photography Terms & Conditions


Property Condition and Photo-Readiness

Appointments are typically booked “back-to-back,” and preparation prior to my arrival will ensure you get the most photographs taken during your appointment time. It is your responsibility to ensure the property is in photo ready condition. I’ll make minor adjustments to improve the shot, but I cannot move furniture or make significant changes, clean the home, etc.

Please ensure that there are no hazards to my safety and that pets are confined out of view. Each image will be edited, but I cannot retouch images to disguise known defects and/or physical structures such as wall/floor blemishes, driveway/drywall cracks, power lines, etc.



If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please give at least 24 hours notice for rescheduling. Cancellations or rescheduled appointments (other than those due to unforeseen weather conditions) with less than 24 hours may be subject to a $50 cancellation fee.



Payment is due upon booking or on the day of your shoot. Payments may be made securely online, or by check/cash on the day of the shoot. Failure to make payments voids any license granted and constitutes copyright infringement.


Copyright Notice

As the author of all photographs made pursuant to this Agreement and as provided by law, Mona Makela Photography retains the copyright in and to the photographs. The parties agree that the photographs are not works made for hire in accordance with 17 U.S.C § 101, and that Mona Makela Photography retains those exclusive rights in the photographs provided by 17 U.S.C § 106, including the rights to reproduce the copyrighted work, prepare derivative works based on the copyrighted work, distribute copies of the copyrighted work to the public, and display the work.


Usage Rights for Real Estate Sale & Marketing Purposes

The CLIENT is granted a license to use property images, for which they have paid, for the promotion of that property while CLIENT manages the listing. License expires once property has Sold, Expired or is Withdrawn. Images must not be edited/altered by anyone other than Mona Makela Photography with the exception of minor cropping and/or resizing only.

CLIENT may NOT give or sell images to anyone. This includes the property owner, other broker/agent/Realtor, builder, architect, stager or any other 3rd party. Mona Makela Photography recognizes that CLIENT does not control how images are shared by the local MLS systems and syndicated to other property listing sites (Zillow, Trulia, et al.) and CLIENT is not liable for such use beyond license expiration. Disregarding these terms will result in copyright infringement/violation and may result in legal action.


Usage Rights for Builders, Designers, Architects, Property Managers, and others

Licensing terms for commercial clients or other photography projects are defined in the contract for each particular project. Please contact Mona Makela Photography if you have any questions.