A. Child Safety is our absolute priority. Photographers must agree never to be on their own with a child. Should a parent try to leave you alone with a child, we require our Photographer to stop the parent from leaving, this is to protect the child and the photographer, breaking this agreement will automatically mean you will be removed as a Butterfly Photographer. Butterflies Photographers are expected to be professional at all times, any inappropriate behaviour will see you removed from the network with immediate effect. Children's safety must be paramount at all times.
A. We are looking for a strong body of work in an online portfolio showing 1) Families 2) Children 3) Indoor and Outdoor natural light. While many exceptional photographers have expertise in landscape, wedding and commercial, we are looking for photographers who have extensive experience working specifically with children and their families; a portfolio that exemplifies an engaging relationship and documents the essence of their subjects in a clean and consistent manner. Photographers must have business liability insurance and the ability to prove this through documentation.
A. We appreciate everyone that wants to help, however, the photographer affiliates for Butterfly Wishes Network are hand-selected, seasoned professionals. We have very specific reasons for this. These sessions are not for learning/amateur photographers. It is important that the photographer shooting the session be experienced enough to focus on the family and child’s needs in what may be a sensitive situation. Also, there is no room for error or reshoots. We hope you understand. If you feel that you have a body of work with photographing families other than your own and would like to show us that you are proficient enough and have the correct insurances in place, we would be happy to hear from you and will process your application as any other.
A. The Admin Team aim to return the result of your application back to you with 30 days. If you have not heard from us within that time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask if your application was received.
A. Congratulations, you have been selected. You will be assigned a Case Worker depending on which area of the country you are in and they will contact you directly to introduce themselves. For any questions you may have, please contact them or any members of the admin team. We will add you to the Facebook Approved Photographers page where lots of resources can be found and questions can be answered. We are receiving family applications each day and your case worker will contact you through either your email or Facebook account, or through the forum to put you in contact with the family and arrange the shoot.
A: YES! Do not post any images of your Butterfly Wishes Network and/or details of your Butterfly Wishes Family until the admin team has gone over the Family’s signed privacy release. BWN reserves the right to publish the photos on their own site. You are permitted to blog about the session with links back to BWN but do not use the images within the blog.
By agreeing to the terms and conditions, you are giving all copyright permissions to BWN and the family and you should not use any of the images within your own business or marketing.
The families are given an password-protected online gallery where they can download all high resolution images for themselves. We do not provide disks but you are able to offer them a disk at your own discretion.
A: We ask that you not. If you wish to donate an item to the family that would be acceptable. The BWN gallery offers prints and products at a highly reduced rate for the families with any profit being returned to BWN for production of leaflets for hospitals and hospices around the country. The families do not have to use this service and it is entirely optional.
A. We ask that you not use the Butterfly Wishes Network’s name to solicit donations on your own, rather you can support the cause by directing those who would give to our blog.
A. Unless you are an official BWN affiliate photographer you may not use the Butterfly Wishes Network name and or logo in any way.
Q. Are there any member benefits?
A. As we are not for profit we cannot offer our members anything, however The Guild of Photographers have kindly offered a discount to BWN photographers off their first years full annual membership fee providing you pay the annual fee in one go.