To Share or Not To Share? Why I Give You The Option.

If you’re the type of person who likes to hang out on Facebook or Instagram, you might notice that I often share multiple images from one session over a number of posts. I might even share images from sessions that happened many months ago.

It’s not that I don’t have a bunch of beautiful photographs on my computer. Far from it. It’s actually because some of the families I have photographed have asked me not to share them.

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All photographers have a contract and it includes a model release. This pretty much means that the photographer can use your images on their website and social media to promote their business. Many photographers don’t have an opt out of this option. However, I do.
I respect your privacy and want you to have say on whether your photographs are online or not. Yes, this does means I have one less thing to promote my business with but what you value means more to me.

There are a number of reasons why families occasionally don’t want their images shared as part of my portfolio. Sometimes it’s confidence. Other times it’s because the family wants to keep that part of their life for themselves. It can also have something to do with a parent’s occupation – not wanting to mix their professional and personal life.
A few years ago I would have said no to sharing my images online too. I lacked a lot of confidence and I kept my life very private. In fact, I didn’t have any social media accounts for a number of years. Now days it’s a little bit different. I do put myself out there and share my mug on posts, stories and the like. Note the image below… that’s me! This is because I now know what it’s like from the perspective of a business owner.

I can now see how helpful it is for businesses just like mine to share images of clients. It helps other families really feel what it is like to experience a session. They can imagine the wind in their hair as they twirl and dance, the entwining of fingers with their partner, the belly laughs of their child… it’s like you have jumped into the photograph or slipped into their shoes for a moment.

If you’re reading this and saying to yourself, “I want to help businesses by sharing my photos, but there are certain photos I don’t want shared,” I get you. I have been there and I completely understand. If that is expressed to me, I’d be asking permission from you for just a handful of images that you approve.

If you are someone who would like to keep their images private, that’s absolutely fine! I don’t mind one little bit! What I’d love for you to do instead of me sharing your images is for you to share your experience with me. Tell your family and friends or leave a review on Google or Facebook because, honestly… word of mouth is everything. There is so much more trust when the recommendation comes from a friend or loved one.

If you’re interested in booking your next photography session with me, please get in touch. I’d love to capture some beautiful memories for you.


Megan Browne is family and newborn lifestyle photographer, celebrating love and life through authentic, heartfelt photographs that capture genuine connection. Based in Doreen, Megan provides her services across Melbourne and throughout Victoria.


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