Post # 1
We recently got a preview of our engagement photos and all of them are watermarked at the bottom of the photo. Soon she will be mailing us a flash drive with all photos on it. I’m wondering if all of those will be marked too.
I would be absolutely fine with the mark if it was just her name, but it’s her whole website. As in “www.websitename.com” It just seems tacky to me and not what I want all over my photos.
So would it be rude of me to email her and ask about this? If I said I was fine with her name on it, just not a website URL? Or maybe this is a common thing now..?
Post # 2
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
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 # 4
bmo88: yes, I have. The photos were a preview via FB, so I’m guessing they won’t be once I get them on the flash drive! Thanks guys!!
Post # 5
- 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 # 6
cls9q: Our teasers all had watermarks. The 400+ we got back did not.
Post # 7
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.