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Ellen Boughn-Owner E©B

With over 40 years experience in the photography licensing industry and many years as an expert witness in matters relating to licensing of the reproduction rights to images, Boughn provides unparalleled support relating to the licensing value of images involved in unauthorized use or to the value of future licensing income.

Ellen Boughn has been a member of the Copyright Society, the Northwest College of Art and Design Advisory Board, DMLA (Digital Media Licensing Association), ASPP (American Society of Picture Professionals), and APAG (American Photographic Archives Group). She has attended the Congress of European Picture Agencies (CEPIC) over a dozen times. She is USPAP compliant. (Current through 2020).  Ellen has been retained by law firms both small and large, on both coasts and in between, as well as for European and Canadian Plaintiffs and Defendants as well as appraisal clients across the U.S. She is based on Bainbridge Island, WA.

Ellen Boughn | ©Keith Brofsky

Ellen Boughn | ©Keith Brofsky


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Qualified Experience Highlights


Expert Witness


e©b litigation support & testimony

Since 1990 Boughn has been involved as an expert witness offering expert report writing, litigation support and testimony at deposition and trial drawing on her decades of experience in licensing the rights to photographs.


Key Clients



Photo Agency Background


licensing experience

Ellen Boughn’s career in photography began in Los Angeles as founder of the creative photo agency, After-Image. She was responsible for all legal and contract matters with both photographers and licensees as well as being the creative head of the agency. She sold the company to the U.K. business, Tony Stone Images (now part of Getty Images), becoming president of Tony Stone/LA and member of the Board of Directors, London.

Leaving Stone after three years, she successfully marketed and sold the digital rights of the Horace Bristol Archive to Corbis Images now part of Getty Images. Corbis hired her as its first Executive Editor responsible for advertising and commercial images. She also served as Interim Director of Sales (Licensing). Subsequent to the Corbis experience, Ellen built three more collections for different licensing companies, twice from inception, responsible for all contracts and licensing documents in addition to recruitment and writing requirements for the company websites.

Boughn has experience across all licensing models: rights managed, traditional royalty free, and microstock. She has been responsible for creating thousands and thousands of licenses for use of photography and continues to do so today in her consulting practice.


Key Achievements


Dreamstime, LLC. Bucharest | Seattle | Nashville Director of Content and Business Strategy.

Superstock. Jacksonville FL. Senior Vice President Visual Content & Manager Staff Attorney for Copyright Enforcement.

UpperCut Images. Bainbridge Island WA | Madison WI. Vice-President.

Workbook Stock. Los Angeles. Direct New Product Development.

Artville // The Image Bank // Kodak // Getty Images. Madison WI | Dallas TX . Vice President.

Corbis Images. Seattle. Executive Editor. Interim Director of Sales.

The Workbook. Los Angeles. Director of Web Development and Marketing.

Tony Stone Images. Los Angeles | London. President.

TSI Los Angeles. Member Board of Directors.

After-Image. Los Angeles. President and Founder.



Valuing Collection Licensing Revenue


USPAP Compliant

Ellen Boughn was first engaged as an appraiser decades ago when she was retained to provide the appraisal of the value of the copyrights owned by the Estate of Hollywood photographer, George Hurrell. She has taken subsequent courses such as “Practicing Before the IRS”, “Valuing Intellectual Property”, and every two years since 2008, the USPAP course and test. She is USPAP compliant having been tested and passed multiple times.


Key Achievements



Writing & Lectures


Published Author and lecturer

Ellen Boughn’s writing has been published in many magazines and journals related to the photography business. She is the author of Microstock Money Shots-Turning Downloads into Dollars, published by a division of Random House. Boughn has spoken about her experiences in licensing photography in multiple venues.



American Society of Media Photographers. “Strictly Business” Blog:

American Society of Picture Professionals. “The Picture Professional Magazine”:

Weekly corporate blog presented to over 50,000 professional, semi-professional and amateur photographers and 1.5 million buyers of photography. www.dreamstime.com


What’s it Worth? Appraising Prints and Copyrights.” Speaker. 4th Annual APAG  (American Photographic Archives Group) Seminar. NYC.

“What’s It’s All Worth? Valuing and preserving the value of (the copyrights) of photographic collections.” American Society of Picture Professionals. Seattle.

“Patent Trolling in the Photography Business”. Panel Member. PACA Conference. NYC. Educator. ASMP. Strictly Business Seminars. Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago.

“The Future”. New Media Conference. Panel Moderator. CEPIC. Dublin, Ireland.

“New Tools for Photographers” Panel Moderator Seminar. Photo Expo. NYC.

“Being an Expert Witness” Panel Member. PACA. NYC.

“Microstock-The New Business Model” Panel Moderator. PhotoExpo. NYC.

“Stock Photography” Panel. PhotoExpo. NYC.

“Rights Managed Photography” Panel. PhotoExpo. NYC.


Microstock Money Shots-Turning Downloads into Dollars. Watson Guptill. Crown Publishing/A Division of Random House.