Photography Policy and Permission Document

As is the case with most churches and social organizations, the Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (OUUF) takes pictures of itself in action. We do this for several reasons: it is part of creating our recorded history, it helps to celebrate our activities, it illustrates for all of us what some of our groups do (and thus encourages participation in activities of interest), and it is an important tool for showing the “outside world” what a welcoming, interesting fellowship we are,illustrates our principles in action, and encourages them to join us.

To best achieve these goals, we use pictures in our newsletters, occasionally in program inserts, and on our various Internet-based sites. Though we may occasionally use posed shots, the majority of our photography will consist of candid pictures for the simple reason that they are farmore interesting and “real.”

Recently our use of photography has been challenged on several grounds. First, there are those who simply do not want to have their pictures taken at all for any reason. Second, there are those who do not object to internal use of photographs, but who do not want their images to appear on any online site because they can then be circulated elsewhere on the Internet out of our control. Third, there are those who do not object to being photographed, but want to be assured that thosephotographs are not “photo-shopped” to alter their appearance. Finally, and regardless of their position on being photographed themselves, there are those who find photography during services to be distracting.

In order to respect the wishes of those who either do not want to be photographed under any condition, or who want to restrict use of their photographs to non-Internet exposure, OUUF polls each member, friend, speaker, and regular attendee to determine their wishes in that regard. Because candid shots will sometimes inadvertently include personally-identifiable images of those who have not given blanket permission to being photographed, the photographer will review all pictures taken before any use (and, in any case, within a reasonable length of time) and either restrict its usage (in the case whose restriction applies only to online exposure), delete the picture entirely, crop it so as to eliminate those for whom advance permission is not on file, or seek permission from them to use it (particularly relevant in the case of those preferences are not recorded).

Our first and third Principles mandate that we accept each other as we are and affirm eachother’s inherent worth and dignity. Based on that, we are opposed to the use of post-processing of images that alters the appearance of anyone relative to how they would be perceived by someone looking at them. However, that does not apply to correcting artifacts and problems that are the result of the photography process itself. For example, cameras do not have the same dynamic brightness range as do our eyes, with the result that photographs are inherently more“contrasty” than what we perceive with our eyes. Another example is lighting – our meetingroom has “warm” lighting, for instance — which can distort the colors as recorded by a camera and that can be corrected by adjusting the color balance of the final picture. A third example that is endemic with candid photography is the presence of distracting elements (not part of any

person’s image) within the frame of the picture that can be eliminated to make the picture better portray its primary subject matter. We regard such post-processing as acceptable.

Finally, it is essential that we maintain the best possible environment during our services out of respect for our speakers and so that we may benefit as much as possible from the shared experience. In order to prevent the photography process from being a distraction, pictures should be taken in the most unobtrusive way possible, preferably from the sides or back of the room. In no case should frontal shots of the congregation be taken during a service.

Please indicate below your wishes regarding the use of photographs taken by, or on behalf of, OUUF in which you recognizably appear:

A) I have no objection to being photographed, or to the publishing of photographs in which I appear on the Fellowship’s online presence.

B) I have no objection to being photographed or to the non-online use of such photographs, but do not want any photographic image of me to appear on any Fellowship online site.

C) I do not want to be photographed under any circumstances.
Option (A, B, or C) _______________ Date _____________________

Signature______________________________________________________ Name (printed) _________________________________________________ Other family members covered by this selection (printed names, please):