License Fees

Creative Commons License

Photography by Mike Heller is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


Creative Commons License

With Creative Commons you are free to share, copy, distribute and transmit my photos under two conditions:

  • Attribution: Attribution to Mike Heller and must be made along with the photo (see below).
  • Non-Commercial: The photo must not be used for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Commercial use of my photos online or offline is based on the contextual use of the image.  The determination is not based on the tax-filing status of the entity using the photo or if financial transactions are involved.  Commercial use of these photos is allowed only if granted by Mike Heller and all commercial use will incur a licensing fee.  Please contact me via the form below or directly via email: if you would like to license any photo or if you are unsure if a license is required.


Commercial License

All commercial use will incur a licensing fee. My fees are based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:

  • Media type – print, web, TV, etc.
  • Distribution Size – number of copies printed, viewing audience size, exposure (regional, national, international).
  • Length of Use – 1 year, 2 years, etc.
  • Prominence of Display – Magazine (1/4 page, 1/2 page, full page, front/back cover, etc), billboard (or other advertising), digital use (website, email campaign, etc.).


Sample License Fees

Fees are not fixed and subject to review on a case by case basis.  I’m happy to negotiate a license fee based on your intended use.  The prices below are a general guideline, and are quoted in Canadian Dollars (CAD).



  • $1250 for photo printed up to 48″ on the long edge, single use.
  • $3500 for photo printed up to 120″ on the long edge, single use.  Includes website license.
  • $7500 for photo printed to any size, up to 5 printings.  Includes website license.

Publications and Public Presentation

  • $1500+ per image per publication or public presentation.

Website License

  • $1000+ one-time fee for perpetual web-only license.  Term and placement dependent.


  • $1000+ depends on size, placement, and circulation.

Individual prints (personal use, non-commercial)

  • $100+ depends on size.

* Note that I’m happy to negotiate a license fee prior to commercial use of my photos.  Illegal use of photos, if discovered, will incur full price licenses or face penalties based on the Copyright Act of Canada.


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