Can I use my newspaper photos in my portfolio?

I am a salaried newspaper photographer. May I include photographs that I took for that paper in my portfolio?

Anonymous on February 2, 2012

Yes, you could probably use the photos in a portfolio under “fair use,” particularly since they pertain to you and your career.

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Reply by Anonymous

October 21, 2014

Can I use a picture taken of me at one company for use on my own company website?

Reply by Andrew Hudson, PhotoSecrets

November 3, 2014


Technically this is illegal. Copyright of the photo belongs to the photographer, or the company that hired the photographer, but not with you. You could ask for permission to use the photo. But a better idea would be to have a new photo taken. Ask around, maybe you know someone who is, or who knows, a photographer. A headshot might not cost too much, and if you pay for it, you can use it however you like, now and in the future.

Best wishes,


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