Photos and images are intellectual property.
As such, photo ownership starts and almost always stays with the photographer.
“Hiring” a photographer doesn't change the ownership. ...
The photographer may grant you an unlimited license for these photos, but legal ownership stays with the photographer.
Copyright is a property right. Under the Federal Copyright Act of 1976, photographs are protected by copyright from the moment of creation. According to the U.S. Copyright Office, the owner of the “work” is generally the photographer or, in certain situations, the employer of the photographer.
Raw Images VS. Jpeg or Original Images
RAW is a file format that captures all image data recorded by the sensor when you take a photo. ... Because no information is compressed with RAW you're able to produce higher quality images, as well as correct problem images that would be unrecoverable if shot in the JPEG format.
As a client you will NEVER receive a raw image from me. All images are adjusted, such as correct lighting and blemish removal, and will come as a jpeg images to a online gallery.