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Per the recommendations of our insurance provider and the National Association of Realtors, we have created this page clarifying the rights and usage of our photos for real estate and state on our invoices that use of our services is an acknowledgment that our customers have read and accepted these terms.  

For day to day real estate photography, it's important to keep the cost down and I have chosen to assign rights for the duration of the current listing period of the home at the time it is photographed. This short term usage of the images facilitates me charging the least amount of money, while still providing the realtor/agent with use of the media for all their marketing for the listing. 


The longer the duration of rights assigned, the more the photos generally cost. This is why a seemingly simple portrait session can cost more than photographing an entire house listing. It's about the use and duration of the images that sets the price.

In the interest of serving your marketing needs in the most affordable and efficient manner, I have set forth the following industry standard real estate photography licensing of my images. To be clear, the images are not sold to you, they are licensed.  You are paying me for my time to photograph and then for the licensed usage of the images.  This allows me to lower my price dramatically for the time spent shooting and editing compared to other types of photography:

Copyright. All photos delivered to the client for real estate sales are copyrighted by Sharon Claire O'Brien-Lykins, the photographer, and licensed to be used by the realtor / agent / customer for the purpose of advertising and marketing the property during the CURRENT SALE LISTING at the time of being photographed.  This license is not transferrable to any other agent or person(s) or entity. Any usage or possession by a third party is prohibited unless approved in writing by the photographer and may be subject to additional fees (or fines if done without permission). This includes but not limited to architects, builders, stagers, designers, sellers or buyers.  My photos may not be edited by anyone other than me. Please contact me to request additional release for other uses or publication / printing than what is stated herein.

Images are not to be made available to another agent who takes over an expired or withdrawn listing unless they contact me directly and pay for the licensing. 

Payment.  Invoice is sent at the completion of the job and download links to all media is embedded in the invoice,.  Once payment is made, the links are automatically displayed.  

Shoot Duration: Depending on the size and grounds of the home and the services ordered, the shoot can take from 2.5 to 5 hours on average to complete. I work to achieve the most natural and vibrant image through a special technique I learned from masters in the luxury home photography business. This takes a little more time while on site.  Please see the PREPARATION page for more information to help your shoot go faster and look better. 


Cancellation:  I don't charge cancellation fees unless I am traveling to the shoot when the cancellation happens and I am more than 20 miles from home.  

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