Introducing the New photosbyrb.com

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Yesterday was a “good news/bad news” kind of day. The bad, unfortunately was the apparent stomach bug that I woke up with. So, I spent the majority of the day miserably lying in bed. The good news was the release of my domain name, meaning my new website was live! Last year, I began the process of “rebranding” Photos by Rich Burkhart. For more than 12 years, I have worked as a photojournalist, winning numerous awards for my ability to capture life’s special moments. When I met my wife, Rebecca, something sparked inside of me, and I became a fan of love. Through the experiences of my own engagement and wedding, I gained a passion for documenting the love and joy of others. This new focus over the past few years inspired me to redesign a few things. Last year, an awesome graphic designer on Jekyll Island designed us a new logo, and of course we needed a new website to match. So, I am happy to introduce the new photosbyrb.com! We have gone from two separate websites and a blog to my portfolio and a blog all rolled into one website.

I plan to blog more on a broader range of topics including a “Photo Tip of the Week”, which will draw from my 20-years of experience as a photographer and a teacher. All this and more, while keeping you informed of what’s happening at Photos by Rich Burkhart and around Savannah. For those that have been following this blog please be sure to visit my new site and sign up for email up dates.

Please take a few minutes to look around my new site and let me know what you think.

 

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Best of 2012: Savannah Ga, Children and Family Photography

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Reid, Newborn Photography.

What better way to kick-off the New Year then with some of my favorite family photo sessions from 2012. Last year was special for me because I had the opportunity to photograph three babies, including two newborns. For me it is a special honor to be asked to capture a child’s first professional photos. Thank you to all the families that allowed me to share in a moment of their lives. I look forward to watching your children grow in the coming years.

 

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Talia, Infant Photography.

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Lauren, Talia, and Randy, Family Photography.

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 Talia, Infant Photography

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Reid, Newborn Photography.

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 Reid, newborn photography.

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Reid, 6-Months.

Terah and Reid, Family photography.

Terah and Reid, Family photography.

Josh, Terah, and Reid Family Photography.

Josh, Terah, and Reid Family Photography.
Marcella, 18-month Children Photography Beaufort, SC.

Marcella, 18-month Children Photography Beaufort, SC.

Marcella, 18-month Children Photography Beaufort, SC.

Marcella, 18-month Children Photography Beaufort, SC.

Marcella, 18-month Children Photography Beaufort, SC.

Marcella, 18-month Children Photography Beaufort, SC.

Emma, Troy, and Marcella Family Photography Beaufort, SC.

Emma, Troy, and Marcella Family Photography Beaufort, SC.

Eden, Newborn Photography.

Eden, Newborn Photography.

Marie and Eden, Newborn Photography.

Marie and Eden, Newborn Photography.

Eden, Newborn Photography.

Eden, Newborn Photography.

Stephans, Family Photography Jekyll Island Ga.

Stephans, Family Photography Jekyll Island Ga.
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Stephans, Family Photography Jekyll Island Ga.

Stephans, Family Photography Jekyll Island Ga.

Stephans, Family Photography Jekyll Island Ga.

Stephans, Family Photography Jekyll Island Ga.

Stephans, Family Photography Jekyll Island Ga.

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Best of 2012: Savannah GA, Wedding and Engagement Photography

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Rose Hill Plantation, Hilton Head Island SC wedding Photography.

Rose Hill Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC wedding Photography.

Yesterday I shared a few images from some of my favorite editorial assignments from 2012. Today is all about LOVE! Over the past year I had the opportunity to share in the love of several amazing couples, through engagement sessions and some wonderful and fun wedding ceremonies. I want to thank each and every couple for helping make it such a successful year. There is no higher complement that I can receive beyond a referral and I want to thank those of you who have recommended me to other brides. 2013 is already shaping up to be as joyous and exciting as 2012!

Happy New Year!

Rose Hill Plantation Hilton Head Island, SC wedding photography.

Rose Hill Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC wedding photography.

Rose Hill Plantation, hilton Head Island SC wedding photography.

Rose Hill Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC wedding photography.

Forsyth Park, Savannah GA engagement photography.

Forsyth Park, Savannah, Ga engagement photography.

Save the Date Savannah Ga, engagement photography.

Save the Date Savannah, Ga engagement photography.

Forsyth Park, Savannah, Ga wedding photography.

Forsyth Park, Savannah, Ga wedding photography.

 

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Forsyth Park, Savannah, Ga wedding photography.

Savannah Ga. engagement photography.

Savannah, Ga engagement photography.

Savannah, Ga. engagement photography.

Savannah, Ga engagement photography.

The Foundry Park Inn Athens, Ga. wedding photography.

The Foundry Park Inn, Athens, Ga wedding photography.

The Foundry Park Inn Athens, Ga. wedding photography.

The Foundry Park Inn, Athens, Ga wedding photography.

The Foundry Park Inn Athens Georgia, Wedding Photography.

The Foundry Park Inn, Athens Ga wedding photography.

Swansboro, NC engagement photography.

Swansboro, NC engagement photography.

Swansboro, NC engagement photography.

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Marshall House Savannah, Ga wedding photography.

Marshall House Savannah, Ga wedding photography.

Marshall House Savannah, Ga wedding photography.

Marshall House Savannah, Ga wedding photography.

Savannah, Ga wedding photography.

Savannah, Ga wedding photography.

Savannah, Ga wedding photography.

Savannah, Ga wedding photography.

Savannah, Ga engagement photography.

Savannah, Ga engagement photography.

Savannah, Ga engagement photography.

Savannah, Ga engagement photography.

Savannah, Ga engagement photography.

Savannah, Ga engagement photography.

River Street Savannah, Ga engagement photography.

River Street Savannah, Ga engagement photography.

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Best of 2012: Savannah Editorial Photography

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Waters Avenue, Savannah Georgia. For Step-up Savannah

 

 

2012 has been an amazing year for me in so many ways. Since it would be impossible for me to highlight everything in one blog I have decided to split things up a bit. Today I am starting with some of my favorite editorial and commercial photos from the past year. Aside from my regular work for the Savannah Morning News I was blessed to be given the opportunity to produce work for several other publications. While I enjoyed photographing assignments for organizations like the New York Times, Associated Press Images, and Washington Times I would count the work I produced for local non-profit organization Step-up Savannah as one of my favorite projects from the year.

 

Thanks to every client that helped make 2012 such a success!

Eastside Neighborhood, Savannah Georgia. For Step-up Savannah.

Eastside Neighborhood, Savannah Georgia. For Step-up Savannah.

 

Alternative Education. Photo for Associated Press Images.

Alternative Education. Photo for Associated Press Images.

Fashion Week 2012 for Tanger Outlets Hilton Head South Carolina.

Fashion Week 2012 for Tanger Outlets Hilton Head South Carolina.

 

Former Washington Redskin Len Hauss. For the Washington Times.

Former Washington Redskin Len Hauss. For the Washington Times.

 

Savannah State University  football. for The New York Times.

Savannah State University football. for The New York Times.

 

Yummy food! For Butterhead Greens, Savannah Georgia.

Yummy food! For Butterhead Greens, Savannah Georgia.

 

Lipman Produce, tomato picking St. Helena Island, South Carolina. For The News Press, Fort Meyers Florida.

Lipman Produce, tomato picking St. Helena Island, South Carolina. For The News Press, Fort Myers, Florida.

 

Lipman Produce tomato picking St. Helena Island, South Carolina. For The News Press Fort Myers, Florida.

Lipman Produce tomato picking St. Helena Island, South Carolina. For The News Press Fort Myers, Florida.

 

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New Terms of Use for Instagram

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Yesterday’s release of the new Instagram Terms of Service has revived the debate about how Social Media outlets are cashing in on user content. Sharing your thoughts and images is easier than ever. However it is also easy for others to gain access to your images. During hurricane Sandy media outlets were asking Twitter users for permission to use their images. Twitter already has a generous license agreement, which can be found in their Terms of Service:

 5. Your Rights

You retain your rights to any Content you submit, post or display on or through the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Services, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed).

 You agree that this license includes the right for Twitter to provide, promote, and improve the Services and to make Content submitted to or through the Services available to other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with Twitter for the syndication, broadcast, distribution or publication of such Content on other media and services, subject to our terms and conditions for such Content use.

 Such additional uses by Twitter, or other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with Twitter, may be made with no compensation paid to you with respect to the Content that you submit, post, transmit or otherwise make available through the Services.

So while you retain copyright you grant others the rights to repost your images. If a media out let comments on your image asking for permission and you grant it without asking for a contract or compensation your image will then likely be spread world wide on tv, the web, and newspapers, often with the media outlet receiving the credit for the image as the source. In today’s world of fast paced information gathering this can be an important part in the dissemination of information during breaking news stories such as aftermath of a major storm.

Istagram is taking this even further. Their new Terms of Use, which will take effect January 16, 2013, gives them the ability to use your photos, username, likeness, and associated information for advertising purposes.

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  1.                            Instagram does not claim ownership of any Content that you post on or through the Service. Instead, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service, except that you can control who can view certain of your Content and activities on the Service as described in the Service’s Privacy Policy, available here:http://instagram.com/legal/privacy/.
  2.                            Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you. If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata)) on your behalf.
  3.                         You acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.

 

So without you knowing it your images might be used for advertising purposes. There is no way for you to know if that next vacation photo you take of your family might just be used to help make Facebook and Instagrm more money. Children are not immune from this either. While there is a Privacy Policy regarding children in place:


6. CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

Instagram does not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register for the Service. The Service and its content are not directed at children under the age of 13. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. 

If the child is 13 or older and has an account it is assumed that they have parental consent and therefore their information can be used as well.

With so many phones now armed with quality cameras it only makes sense that media organizations and advertisers are looking to tap into the wealth of imagery that is being produced and shared around the world. Many will not care about the new Terms and will continue to use the social media outlets without concern. If however you do not wish to have your information shared then you should cancel your accounts before January 16. If you don’t mind, and many will not, then you can continue what you’re doing. As with any social media sharing I always think about my reasons for utilizing the service. If I am a business and I am sharing content in order to get more recognition then I will likely not mind if my information and images are used. Perhaps I will just be mindful of the imagery I share, avoiding photos of my family and children.

Social Media is a fun way to share your creativity with others but you should always make an effort to be aware of the current Terms of Service or Terms of Use that you are sharing under.

 

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Christmas Card Creations

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It’s Christmas time and one of the biggest issues my wife and I have had so far has been; what should we do for the Christmas card? For the past two years we have made a photo Christmas card rather than buy a box of pre-printed ones. Last year we did the popular wrapped in lights pose. I staged and composed the shot but since I was a little tied up I had a friend press the shutter for me. This year we had so much going on with the move into our new home that we didn’t have much time to decorate, let alone come up with an idea for a photo. Since 2012 was such an amazing year for us we decided to do a “highlight” card. I easily found a template online that I could adapt and pulled photos from the year to use. It was easy to produce and since we wanted to save money I uploaded it to a site and ordered a standard card that could be picked up in town. All in all we spent less than $20 for 100 cards with envelopes and were able to share our Christmas wishes with our friends and family.

 

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Happy Holidays!

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Pat & Herman: Savannah Wedding Photography

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Savannah is a beautiful destination for weddings both big and small.  On Monday I had the opportunity to photograph Pat and Herman during their wonderful ceremony at the Kehoe House.  The North Carolina couple met through and online dating service and quickly fell in love.  Herman proposed over the summer and they decided on Savannah for their elopement. Pat was all smiles throughout the ceremony, which was eloquently conducted by the Rev. Steven Schulte.

It is always a pleasure for me to share in a couple’s happiness and love on their wedding day. Congratulations Pat and Herman!

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