Consultations, Speaking, Expert Services & Corporate Engagement

Drawing on my decades of work as a photographer, speaker, author, professor and workshop founder, I’m pleased to offer personal and corporate consultation services including expert witness services in copyright infringement cases. Consultations are also available for universities and college photography programs interested in incorporating a freelance business practice curriculum into their classes.

Photographer: Thirty years of working as a freelance photographer with many of the world’s best and most read publications including Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Politico, Vox, NBC News, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, People, Smithsonian, ESPN, National Geographic Traveler and more. Throughout three decades of assignment work, I have negotiated contracts with those referenced above related to the copyright and licensing rights to my photographs. During this time my work has been represented by three highly respected photo agencies: Black Star, Aurora Photos and Contact Press Images.

Speaker: Providing insight and stories about assignment work, long-term projects, copyright, licensing, infringement, business practices and more to professional photography organizations, universities, podcasts, radio programs and photography websites upon request. Interviews and webinars include those for B&H Photo (#1 most listened to episode of 2021), Sony, Photoshelter, National Public Radio, NPPA and ASMP among others. Reference available upon request. Available in person or via Zoom (for shorter talks).

Expert Services: Providing a range of expert services based upon extensive knowledge of industry wide licensing standards including creating valuations and market summaries for photo agencies and law firms engaged in infringement proceedings.

Workshop Founder: The Business Of Photography Workshop provides professional photography organizations and universities nationwide with information on freelance practices specifically related to copyright, infringement, licensing, archive management and contract negotiations, to name a few of the key sections of the two-day seminar. The course is based at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has been hosted by multiple ASMP chapters, NPPA Northern Short Course, San Francisco State University, University of Arizona, San Diego State University and Brooks Institute among others.

Author: The Freelance Photographer’s Guide To Success: Business Essentials” is devoted to navigating the freelance photography world. Major sections of the guidebook published by Routledge Publishing address business issues and intellectual property concerns for freelancers such as archive management, understanding copyright, battling infringement, contract analysis and licensing rights. 

Professor: As an adjunct professor of photography and photojournalism at California State University, Northridge since the late 1990s, I incorporate into various courses lectures on copyright, licensing, contract issues and additional topics necessary to create and grow a freelance career. Additional courses are taught at the University of California, Los Angeles Extension including the Business of Photography Workshop, Portraiture and Street Photography.



I offer services in a variety of areas that draws from nearly 30 years of experience as a photographer working with the world’s premier publications, foundations, corporations, agencies and non-profits. Many of the topics covered in my Business of Photography Workshop as well as in my book, The Freelance Photographer’s Guide To Success: Business Essentials, can be addressed in one-to-one sessions held in person or virtually. 

Most of the requests I received are related to contract negotiations and setting terms/fees for licensing your images. Both of these topics require care and involve many factors that will influence the final result, albeit better contractual terms or a higher licensing fee. That said, I do my best to provide advice in the shortest amount of time, but please keep in mind that the information you receive is valuable far beyond the one example necessitating your request and will be useful in future negotiations. 

  • Negotiating Specific Licensing Requests 
  • Copyright Registration
  • Image Licensing Standards
  • Photo Contract Analysis & Negotiations
  • Portfolio Analysis & Development
  • Project Consultation & Editing
  • Archive Management & DAM
  • Website Platform Considerations
  • Combating Unauthorized Use Of Your Images
  • Assignment Rate and Term Standards & Negotiations



Fee: $175 per hour with a one hour minimum. Additional time can be booked in 30 minute increments. Consultations are usually held on Thursdays or Fridays, though weekends are sometimes available. Please advise if you need another day and I’ll do my best to accommodate. 

You may inquire or book your consultation by emailing me at Info [at] ToddBigelowPhotography [dot] com your request with pertinent information including:

      • Name & Contact Information (email & phone)
      • Preferred Date and Time (in person or Zoom meeting)
      • Relevant background information for your consultation (subject matter & details).
      • If you prefer a written response to a question via email, please advise. The same minimum applies and if the question requires more than one hour to answer, I will let you know in advance so you’re assured of the fee before moving forward. 
      • Please allow at least 48 hrs advance notice for your request as I am a working photographer.
      • Please follow with an email to assure I have received your request. I will respond as soon as possible to confirm.



With social media teams and corporate employees taking on photography responsibilities, it’s imperative that they understand how to create interesting and engaging visuals that will best serve their brand, company, foundation or institution. There’s a lot at stake when it comes to putting images into social media streams and on branded content distributed throughout digital and print platforms. I am available to come in and teach your team how to elevate their skills so visuals become a central part of the communication process. Instruction is easily tailored to fit your team’s needs.

Who Can Benefit From This Instruction:

Installed a photo studio for security and human resources at a large non-profit to create employee badges. Trained employees on how to use the equipment.

  • Corporate social media or public relations team members.
  • University yearbook staffs.
  • Graphic designer firms with designers hired to create annual reports & marketing materials.
  • Real estate brokerages whose sales agents must create appealing photographs of properties.
  • Writers, researchers and producers required to shoot their own stories.
  • Security and Human Resource staff tasked with creating employee portraits.


Below Are Topics Often Covered:

  • Assessing and setting up your DSLR to best serve you.
  • Instruction in understanding the various DSLR functions.
  • Equipment Considerations & Recommendations.
  • Understanding the factors that create proper exposures.
  • Understanding when you should use programs and when to avoid them.
  • Advice in how to best photograph a variety of subjects including events, sports, portraits, news, products, scenics and lifestyle.
  • Instruction in use of natural light utilizing simple accessories like reflectors & diffusers.
  • Instruction in use of artificial lighting equipment for portraits including employee headshots, environmental portraits & more.
  • Instruction in creating an efficient workflow from camera to computer.
  • Instruction in optimizing your images & applying metadata using mainstream processing software.
  • Assistance in setting-up easily manageable storage of your images for future access & use.
  • Instruction in copyright basics to assure you maintain control of the images.

Disclaimer: The advice, insight and general knowledge that I provide here and in consultation is derived from three decades of experience navigating the freelance photography/photojournalism world. I am not a lawyer, CPA or financial analyst.

If I can be of assistance, please contact Info [at] ToddBigelowPhotography [dot] com