Post # 1
I am asking this on behalf of my sister who is a wedding photographer. She is very talented, I say that truthfully, and she is newer to the industry, about 2 years. She has been incredibly professional and successful since starting her business.
She recently photographed a wedding and has now had 2 problems with the bride editing her photos. In the contract, it states that the bride or anyone else CAN NOT edit wedding photos in any way, for it can make her look bad if the person does a bad editing job. This bride edited the very first picture she posted that my sister had taken, and she edited th lighting and color. Now today, she posted a photo with a crappy photoshop job making her look about 30 pounds thinner. You can very much tell that the photos have been edited. My sister is pissed.
She told the bride the first time that she had to take the photo down and that she was in breach of contract to edit photos and post them on social media, clearly stating that she crossed the line and can’t do it again. Now, my sister is trying to decide what to do as far as moving forward with the bride after the second, more blatant photo edit.
What is fair? My sister edits 500 photos, and gives about 1500 more photos with the understanding that she can edit any additional photos that the bride would like edited. What should she say to this bride? She thinks she should tell the bride she will not edit any more of the photos, meaning that the bride would have to edit them herself and not be allowed to post any of them to social media. She obviously doesn’t want to sue over this, and she won’t, but she’s on uncommon ground.
Thanks for any help.
Post # 2
I’d have her hire a lawyer to draft a cease and desist letter. Sometimes it’s effective in “scaring” people out of an activity without having to go to court over the behavior.
Post # 3
edepp2010: Hmmm…no real advice. But say your sister refuses to edit anymore and gives them to the bride. What’s to stop the bride from blocking your sister from all social networking and then editing the photos the way she wants to and posting them anyway?
Post # 4
beeintraining: I was thinking the same thing. I think she wants to stay away from any legal action, but the bride obviously doesn’t realize that what she is doing can directly effect the success of my sister’s business. “Scaring” her might be necessary.
sillysillybee: VERY good point. Thank you!
Post # 5
beeintraining: Very good idea. I work as a legal assistant and a big part of a lawyer’s job is to send semi threatening letters out to people. Lol. It would probably work in this case.
Post # 6
Without legal assistance, your sister can do nothing. “Now, don’t do it again!” clearly won’t work, and telling the bride she’ll have to edit her own photos (Which she already has, so this will not be a threat) and telling her to not post them… well she clearly didn’t listen to your sister the first time, she won’t listen the second time. Asking her clearly is not working, so your sister has to take more serious action if she is really and truly upset by this. Her next step will be a cease and desist letter. Does your sister not want to take legal action because she doesn’t have a lawyer? Every time you have a business where you sign a contract, you need a lawyer.
Post # 7
I would 100% have a lawyer send a very seriously worded letter. Like PP said that is usually enough to scare somebody.
Post # 8
Hmm. this is a toughie.
Your sister can send a letter to the client requesting it again and explaining further. However, consequences comes along with that. The client could easily post and spread the word out of how ‘unreasonable’ the photographer is, for not allowing her to edit her own wedding pictures and even threaten her. (keep in mind people would tend to exaggerate things to make it sound they are being bullied) and if the client is successful, she would potentially harm your sister’s business entirely.
How about, your sister edits the photos, post it up on her site and facebook with her watermarks and tag the client on it, so people could see the ones with watermarks. And your sister sends the client pictures without watermarks. If the client choose to edit it on her own, it’s not related to your sister’s photos since people would see your sister’s photos online.