Did your photographer watermark your photos?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Coming from a photographer, it is definitely NOT common to deliver the photos to the client watermarked. I do watermark my images when I put them on my website/blog/Facebook page, but all the photos I give to my clients via DVD are all watermark free. But this is just me, I’m not sure what your photographer does. Hope this helps! 🙂 

Post # 3
4043 posts
Honey bee

cls9q:  Not a photographer, but for our photos, they were only watermarked when she did a sneak peak on Facebook and when she posted on her website. She shared an internet gallery (and sent a CD) without any watermarks once we paid for them in full.

Have you paid her in full yet?

Post # 5
1822 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

I was given a flash drive that had two folders on it with the same photos in each. One folder was titled “web” where the photos were not full resolution and had watermarks. The other, labeled “full res,” were full reaolution with no watermark. Those were for printing. My contract stated anything I post on the internet had to be the watermarked ones.

Post # 7
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Our proofs were all watermarked, but the delivered images (which were the same images, with more intense edits to the ones we chose from the proofs) were not watermarked. I think it is pretty standard.

Post # 8
999 posts
Busy bee

From what I’ve seen, it’s not uncommon for a watermark to be a site URL. If small/tastefully done, I don’t see an issue with it. If there’s going to be a watermark anyway, the added ‘.com’ at the end isn’t an issue for me – especially if the photographer has a company name that might also yield other websites with a Google search (if others are interested in hiring him/her based on the posted photos). Photographers put a lot of time into making photos look right – if a URL helps to direct visitors to their site, I say great, share the love 🙂 Why do you have an issue with it?

Post # 9
1720 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our photographer had his watermark on the sneak peeks posted to Instagram/Facebook but the images we downloaded from our online gallery did not. I’m sure your actual photos will not have a watermark.

Post # 10
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

To my knowledge, the watermark is only there so that you don’t put all the preview photos on a CD and go print them out yourself rather than having the photographer print them out for you.

We had a watermark on our photos when we were shown the preview as well. It was kind of annoying because I WISH our photos just had a watermark at the bottom, but instead it was a huge watermark right in the middle of each photo. I hated this because it took me out of the photos a bit while we were deciding which ones were keepers. Either way, I’m more than sure you won’t have a watermark once you receive your photos. 🙂

Post # 11
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Does your contract state that you have full printing rights to the photos? Unless it does, your photographer may keep on the watermark unless you are going through them to print your pictures because technically he “owns” the photos per your contract.

Post # 12
1768 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our photographs are watermarked on our photog’s blog and FB, and when we download the smaller sized files. But when we download the full-res pictures there’s no watermark.

Post # 13
2117 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Read your contract. If you have joint rights to the photos, they shouldn’t have a watermark on them. If you don’t, it’s well within her rights to leave whatever she wants on the photos. My guess is that when you get your full-res photos, they won’t have anything on them, but again, it depends on what your contract states.

Post # 14
3096 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Was it mentioned in your contract you would have the “rights” to the photos after the wedding? If so, I wouldn’t be worried about it.

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