Post # 1
If I use a professional photographer does that mean I automatically agree to have my wedding photos posted all over the web? I’m a private person and I wouldn’t mind any of my friends seeing them, but I don’t like the idea of them being posted all over the photographers site, wedding websites, etc. I know the photographer might want to show his work so maybe one photo would be okay, or a few in his personal studio. Can I clarify that I want exposure to my photos limited or is it pretty much, the photographer owns them he can do whatever he pleases with them sort of thing? I saw acquaintances wedding album at a bridal show and they said that they were aware the photographer might use it. I saw a friend’s wedding photo on the knot and she said she had no idea it was going to be on there. I’m a little nervous. Brides with experience on this??
Post # 3
@BriansBride: I have no idea but i think maybe if you find the right photographer they should work with you, they dont post everysingle picture they take of each event….but maybe if you say hey i would prefer not to have 100s of pics of me floating around, we would feel better if our event was kept private…
Post # 4
You can discuss to have that clause added to the contract for sure.
As a photographer myself, I just love sharing the beautiful weddings, and it helps drum up future business… if all my brides one year decided they didn’t want their photos shown, then I would have no business the year after. 🙂
I have had couples want to approve which photos to put on my site, and others who were okay with photos on my site but not other websites, some who were okay with print but not online… that is 100% completely up to you to decide, you just need to bring it up. I automatically assume that every couple is okay with it unless they tell me otherwise (since it’s fairly uncommon for a couple not want to have an early preview on my website!)
hope that helps!
Post # 5
Try to find a photographer that will you give you 100% rights to your photos – meaning they can’t post them anywhere without your permission. That sort of thing can easily be written into any contract – you just have to find a photographer that agrees to it!
Post # 6
In the United States any photographer you hire to take photos of you at your wedding legally owns the copyright to those images, and in their contract will spell out specifically what their terms of usage are. Many brides on this forum may not like or agree with it – but legally the images a hired photographer takes at your wedding never belong to you. You may find a photographer who agrees to limiting their own rights to market the photos taken at your event, but not everyone will be willing to, and those that are willing may charge additional fees to accomodate your request.
Post # 7
@continuumphotography: Yep, and most photographers I know charge quite a bit extra for non-disclosure type contracts.
Post # 8
@continuumphotography: The same applies in the UK. You can ask for your contract to specify non-disclosure but expect to pay a significant premium. I’m not prepared to assign my copyright to anyone though so I’d politely decline to cover your wedding if you wanted full rights rather than a license. Having said this, I have no problems with couples who don’t use social media and don’t want “teaser” images on Facebook but I do expect to be able to direct prospective clients to my website to see weddings I’ve covered. These online galleries will be password protected but I reserve the right to share them as necessary.
Post # 9
My photographer puts the albums online, but they are password protected. He does take one or 2 and use in his studio and has sample albums posted on his website. I believe that he does ask, but I don’t think he has to. As an artist myself, I have no problem with it and know he must show his work to get more business, but maybe on the knot is a little much. I would talk to a photographer before you sign any contract. You will probably have to pay a ton for exclusive rights to the photos if you can even find a photographer that will do it (generally in the artist world right now there is a big movement to do anything to avoid giving up your rights), but you can at least get clear what he might use them for (like a personal portfolio in his studio) and have in writing
Post # 10
Most of the extended privacy requests I get are job related. They are normally military, police etc where NOT having their identity online is a part of their job requirement. If the reason is other I normally try to ask the client the issue. If I feel it is reasonable ( ex. they have been stalked or their identity stolen etc) I will fufil the request at no charge. If it is simply that they don’t want the images used I will either negotiate to use a silhouette shots and details only or if it’s a total block then I charge a fee. This is a modification to my usage agreement, not copyright. I’ve only ever sold my copyright once and the groom was a minor Canadian hockey celebrity and had others in his wedding party. It sucked because I would have loved the publicity but he did allow me to show it in print to prospective clients ( wins some grooms cool points) and he paid twice the price of his wedding package!
Post # 11
@BriansBride: You can discuss that with your photographer – and feel free to do so.
Post # 12
You’re just going to have to check with your photographer and see what their policy is.
The best way I can describe it as a photographer is this – Our ability to continue to market ourselves and book future weddings is based almost primarily on what we show to the public. You wouldn’t hire a photographer without seeing current work right? Sure, we still have other weddings to showcase but no photographer is ever stangnant…meaning that as a photographer we all continue to grow in our skill and ability and we WANT to show that off. Because of this, weddings not shown can potentially result in lost income, which is one of the reasons photographers charge extra fees for exclusivity clauses (they want to make up for losing potential earnings from not being able to market themselves with the images they took).
The only times I ever get requests for that are with people who have high-profile or secure jobs.