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Give Credit Where Credit Is Due (Especially with images)

This topic right here…I just have to be completely honest. This is a topic that I have found myself discussing more than I actually want to. The reality is…we need to be informed. We need to know what is acceptable and what is not when it comes to giving credit.

As creators, there are some things that we need to start taking into consideration. To some of you, what I will be sharing in today’s post may not apply to you. But for those of you who are aspiring creators and bloggers please continue reading.

When it comes to creating content (taking photos) you can:

  1. Take your own photos
  2. Hire a photographer to take pictures for you
  3. Purchase stock photos
  4. Use royalty-free stock photos
  5. Share other people’s amazing photos via social media (from public accounts)

Now, for number one it is pretty straightforward. You take the photo, you own the rights to the photo. We will get into some details on number two later in the post. numbers three and four are also pretty straightforward.

Number five is where we are going to start.

Sharing other people’s amazing images via social media (public profiles)

Now before you start to stress I want you to know that it is perfectly fine to use someone else’s social media images on your social media platforms, as long as you are giving credit to the original source. If you are wanting to share an image from an account that is “private” you would need to ask that person for permission to share it.

Here are some ways that I give credit on the images that I post and share:

  1. Included “PC” which stands for “Photo Credit” with the photographer’s personal or business page. In most of my images, you will see the following: PC: @angiegarciaphoto
  2. I will use the camera icon with the Instagram username. By using this format, it will help save you character space which gives you more room to be creative with your words.
  3. Lastly, I always make sure to tag the photographer “on the photo” its great to give credit to the photographer in the caption of your post. I just love going the extra mile to give credit where credit is due.

I can’t begin to tell you how so many creatives have this process all wrong. If your blogger friend takes your photo for FREE the best way to say thank you, is to give the credit for taking the photo for you. I call it mutual respect but more importantly community over competition. Why? Because, by sharing who took your photo with your audience, that helps your friend connect with new people. We can all grow together.

Tag the people who take your photos for FREE.

Just because they are your “friend” and they do it for “free” doesn’t mean that they are ok with you not giving them credit for taking the photo. Can we agree to do better in the area? Ok. Good.

Now we are going to briefly discuss number two.

You hire a photographer to take pictures for you. Having a photographer take pictures for you is the best thing since sliced bread. Seriously. It saves so much time and it allows you to create a ton of content in a short amount of time. When it comes to hiring a photographer there are some things that you need to know.

If the “photographer” is your friend and offers to take your pictures for free, you need to know that there will be strings attached. Not in a bad way. For example: Let’s say your photographer friend takes your pictures for free, and you decide to use the images in your blog post. Not just any blog post, but a sponsored blog post. (you were paid for the post) You would still have to give photo credit to the photographer in that post for those images.

Free or Hired. It doesn’t matter.

I have seen situations where a photographer has taken pictures and a brand uses the photos on all of their social media to promote a product or service. Guess what? The brand failed to credit the photographer because the brand was unaware that the FREE photographer friend took the photos. This is not cool and it happens a lot.

We as content creators and bloggers need to be respectful of people and their craft. Everyone wants credit for their hard work. Free or not. Most importantly, if you do not have a contract and the licensing rights to use the image then you may be playing with fire. (i.e. LAWSUIT)

Just do the right thing.

I will get more into contracts and licensing rights in a later post. I myself use a contract when I hire a photographer to shoot my images. I also have a contract for “friends” who take my images for “free”. It is the easiest way to protect myself and my friends who are helping me grow my brand. I know it may seem crazy, but sadly it is something that I feel like I have to do. Honestly, this is one reason why I recently stopped working with a photographer and I started taking my own pictures with a tripod and a remote.

What are your thoughts on giving credit on images?

Does it matter if it is free or paid? I would love to get your feedback on the topic!






October 9, 2018 0 comment
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Natural Hair In The Workplace

I know we’ve all been there as naturalistas,  as natural chicks, and the corporate woman. We’re working in the workforce, we’re going to work every day dealing with Corporate America the best way we know how. There are times we want to rock our natural curls, we want to wear our Bantu knots, and we want to wear our braids. But a lot of times, we almost second guess doing that.

We always second guess that it’s almost like, should we wear our hair this way? Should I be natural? What if my boss says something to me about it? What if a co-worker says something to me about it? That’s a conversation we’re going to be having today and it is all around…

Three responses to handle unprofessional comments about your natural hair in the workplace.

I decided to talk about this because I think it is a very big deal. I think a lot of times we place judgment on whether or not we wear our hair curly or straight depending on the situation at work. Because recently, I attended a meeting for my job and a co-worker walked up to me after I spoke to her.

She was like oh I didn’t recognize you. Your hair is different it’s. Bigger or something…

 I’m sorry, what?

At the time my hair was naturally curly. If you follow me on Instagram or you tag along on the blog. You see I wear my hair curly, straight, twist. I mean it just really depends on my mood. I was taken aback by this statement that she made to me. It made me realize that more often than not this happens. It may be those comments like that that really triggers that, girl… What did she just say? What does that suppose to mean? Especially when you may be the only minority in the room. It really, really stands out.

3 Ways To Handle Comments About Your Hair In The Workplace-Tiffany D. Brown


Number one: Only react when necessary.

So in my case for example, when she made the statement to me about my hair, I was like, oh, no I didn’t change it.

You know it is maybe a wild hair day for me. But deep down inside it bothered me. It bothered me so much so that when I rode all the way back home two hours away, I couldn’t stop thinking about the fact that she said that to me. Now, why does it bother me so much because I felt that she was out of line and I felt that she was unprofessional at that point? So only react when necessary because a lot of times you just want to be out to be an angry mad black woman you know your job would be that minority that always gets an attitude when a statement is made. You always have to remain professionally tact at all times and you have to treat it as such.

Number Two: Do not go into ATTACK mode.


Y’all know how we can get, we can go into a straight attack mode. We don’t want to do that here. Especially in a setting if it’s a meeting of is a public place. If it is during lunch or you know during one of those corporate outings. We don’t want to go into attack mode because at the end of the day it’s going to look bad on us and nine times out of ten for some of those people who make those statements they really may not know that they’re saying something to you that gets your feathers ruffled so you definitely want to tread lightly, you don’t want don’t want to jump off a cliff and just go into full attack mode because you just really never know they’re understanding or if they’re statement was made purposely to hurt you or to offend you so you definitely don’t want to go into attack mode. I know how bad we want to sometimes, but sometimes we have to take a step back and reserve ourselves from doing that.

Number Three: Don’t confront your insulter via e-mail.


If I don’t know anything else in this lifetime, my momma taught me one thing is for sure, be careful what you put in writing because it may just come back to bite you. Unless of course you’re telling a good story or are writing a book purposely for that but be careful in Corporate America and in the workspace what you said via e-mail. So you try to come in and attack that person via e-mail and say you made me feel this way you should have never made that statement. You don’t want that to be out there floating around for it to come back and potentially I don’t know, get escalated to up to HR or whatever the case may be so you definitely don’t want to do that.

Speaking from my experience on these three points, because I am going to elaborate more into this in another segment. I’m not going to get into it today. When it was over for me, I had to eventually pull my manager aside and let him know that it bothered me and it bothered me so bad, that I had to bring it to his attention. Because I didn’t want to seem like I was the one with an attitude, the reason why I don’t want to talk to that person.

If he ever asked me to work with her, I would probably have that side eyebrow, like, I ain’t working with her.

I didn’t want it to seem that way so I brought it directly to his attention soon after that meeting was over. I told him, I don’t need you to rectify the situation for me. What I need you to do is be aware because if anything ever comes up in regards to what has been said or something that she says to me. I want you to know the history of this.


To blatantly not speak to me, or to avoid me at all cost, I felt some kind of way. So the next time my manager hosts a meeting, and this behavior happens again. That’s not going to be on me because I already made him aware.

So I just want to encourage you to rock your natural hair. Do the styles that you love but always keep it professional. Even when people make those statements about you. Just be very calm, poised, and professional at all times because at the end of the day they’re always watching to see how we’re going to react to those statements.

3 Ways To Handle Comments About Your Hair In The Workplace-Tiffany D. Brown

Have you encountered unprofessional statements being made about your natural hair in the workplace? How did you handle it?


3 Ways To Handle Comments About Your Hair In The Workplace-Tiffany D. Brown

You can watch the informational video here or click on the image above.

Do me a favor, if you know a naturalista that’s in the corporate world. And this may benefit them, definitely hit that share button, and share this with them so they too can become a little bit more knowledgeable when it comes to dealing with people in the workplace.

Natural Hair In The Workplace-Tiffany D. Brown

August 1, 2018 0 comment
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