I think the short answer has to do with how I perceive our website here. This is not a "commercial" website - we're not trying to get you to buy anything from us - we're just trying to share our enthusiasm for a certain size of doll and share what we look upon as a certain degree of expertise regarding these dolls to help you do things like identify your doll or buy the correct size furniture or wigs. We can do that with words and we can do that with pictures. And for me, the pictures are the most important vehicle. With my photos, I'm essentially inviting you, the reader, into my house and saying "look at my special, wonderful little dolls - I'm sharing my one-of-a-kind photos with you!" What I'm not saying is "come into my house and use anything you want to further your own monetary gain."
The longer answer has to do with the fact that, tossing humility aside, I think our photos are pretty special!!! Witness the fact that some folk feel the photos that Andria and I have created for the pages showing the Tonner collection are Tonner catalog photos (i.e. taken by Tonner's professional photographer). They are not! We take all the photos ourselves (except for a few images of new dolls in blog posts where it is specifically noted that they are Tonner photos, used with permission.) Speaking for myself, I put a fair amount of work into producing "good" photos - they have to be in focus, well lit, with either a good, non-distracting background or an appropriate "fussy" background. I make sure the doll's hair is combed (and if not, I 'shop out stray hairs). I make sure Ann Estelle's glasses aren't askew on her nose.
Check out this studio photo of what was required to take the pictures for the recent birthday party blog post:
So do I think my photos are special??? Darn tooting I do!!!!!
Do I think that once I put my photos on this website, they become public domain? Well I wish that wasn't so, but in reality I do know in our day and age that this is the way of things. Who amongst us doesn't have a file of other people's photos from the 'net that we keep for inspiration? The whole concept of Pinterest "formalized" this tendency, didn't it? But there is a line crossed when something I've created is taken by someone else, without my permission, and used to help them make money ......
End of my rant for the day. R.