Bees, Can I Live with Just a CD with Copyrights for Our Wedding Photography?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3586 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

All I have from the photographer is the proofs and the CD of the images, with the rights to use the photos as I wish.  I’ve put my own album together in iPhoto, but haven’t had a chance to get it printed yet.  I don’t need a fancy album from the photographer.

Post # 4
1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@lina010:  That’s a lot of photography, IMO.

We have our one photographer booked for 4 hours (but may go 5) on the day of the wedding. We’ll get a CD with photos. I’m all for making the albums and printing out myself!


Post # 5
844 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

The prints don’t matter. You can always print them yourself at a later date for a whole lot cheaper!

Post # 6
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

We got a CD with Copyrights granted to us.  Yipee !!

(Something pre-Wedding I was certainly looking forward to)

In our case, from what I can tell, there wasn’t a lot of “editing” done to the photos… I suspect we got whatever were the best shots taken at our Ceremony.

The upside, is YES you don’t have to pay the Photographer an outrageous amount of money for prints.

And I can do with them whatever I please… albums, prints, canvas, souvenirs… etc.  And at whatever QUALITY I wish to dish out for (WalMart – A Photography Store – a Quickie Drive-Thru type PhotoLab etc)

BUT the downside is… to be honest, I’ve been married close to 6 months now… and we have not a photo printed to date.

My first marriage, and we had a traditional Photographer who withheld the Copyright, and by 6 months, I had the B&G Album, Parents’ Albums, and a ton of photos for our home.

Hope this helps,


Post # 7
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We’re getting a CD too!  I want to make my own album. The only suggestion I have is to get some professional prints.  After our engagement session, I printed a few photos at CVS and ordered a few from the photog.  The professional prints from the photog were 200% better. 

Post # 8
6450 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

When we were shopping around I only considered photographers who have me a CD. I want to print my own pictures and create my own albums so I personally think getting a CD is the best option! Also, we had almost 9 hours of photography and I would have loved more so I disagree with PP who said 8 might be too much time. It really depends on your schedule for the day.

Post # 9
1118 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

That is what we got and it was perfect.  I made my own album and one for my parents too and you can get as many prints as you want from anywhere.  It worked out great for us.

Post # 10
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@lina010: I think this sounds like a great package. For my wedding, the photographer came over at 11 a.m. and took pictures of my bridesmaids and I getting ready, and also took all the formal “girls” shots. He then went to the venue and took the formal “guys” shots. He then took pictures of the ceremony, receiving line, families, wedding party, and bride and groom shots. Then he took pictures of the reception, and stayed until 11 p.m. Some of my favourite pictures are the ones after dinner and during dancing. 

I got just a CD, no photo album, and I’m currently working on creating my own now. I like being creative and wanted ownership over the album, so I had no problem with having a CD. 

Post # 11
11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

For the record, you’re not getting copyrights, you’re getting print rights. HUGE difference.

Anyway, that’s what our package is. I love having the disc because I can print off the images as I want. I don’t want to pay $5 for a 4×6 print to $800 for a photo album. 

Post # 12
631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@vorpalette:  +1 on copyrights vs print rights. The laws in Canada are different but here it’s a significant distinction. 

Post # 13
395 posts
Helper bee

I think the funny thing about the digital negatives is that everyone thinks they are getting away like bandits not having to pay our “outrageous” print fees. I build a fee of $1500 in to my packages that compensates me for the fact that I know many clients will never order an album or prints. You could get quite a lot of goods for that money. I’d say 3/5 couples end up putting that disc in a drawer and doing nothing with it. 

Post # 14
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t display photos at home really except a couple on the fridge and none at work except my screen so I’m not getting prints. My photog is giving me all the photos on a thumbdrive and only 200 will be edited.  I have photo albums from back in the day but never pull them out, I guess the equivalent to sticking a cd in the drawer. 

Post # 15
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@solidarity:  i think that’s actually a perfect amount of time. i’m doing 11 hours, so IMO, 4/5 is too little 🙂 to each their own. i think the OP knows how much time she wants/needs, and is more focused about what else is included…

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