Photo contract questions

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@partyplanner83:  Commenting to follow.  I have some of the same kind of concerns.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

You are free to ask. Most photogs would not be ok with that unless you are willing to pay extra. Their ability to show weddings they have shot to others is how they get more jobs.

Remember that your “private event” is something that strangers won’t really be looking too closely at. Nobody cares about your wedding in the way that you do. They are commonplace and most people get married in their lives. People won’t be tracing your wedding back to you out of the hundreds of wedding portfolios they look at when trying to decide on a photographer.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m a wedding photographer and getting married myself next month.. I would suggest meeting in the middle and asking to just post a few of perhaps you as a couple. I have only had a couple ask me if they can proof the photos I post beforehand, but then later they didn’t care. It’s just crushing to shoot a wedding you love and not be able to share the work, because an online portfolio is how us photographers get an in-person meeting with potential clients so we want the best on our websites (and your wedding may become some of their best work). 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

i think the worry you’ll end up on a Huffington Post or buzz.com list is pretty unfounded. I’d have to get married riding an emu or something crazy. They don’t post normal wedding photos. Those are some pretty extreme photos. In over 200 weddings I’ve never sold a single wedding image for advertising etc. Advertisers are not interested in images from real weddings. They book models shot using their products. You certainly can ask a photog. Most will charge you extra. Unless you have a really good reason like one of you is an undercover cop or in the military in a secret unit ( I’ve had both of those and honored the request for free) I shoot 30-40 weddings a year so if I don’t log one, no big deal. People who are newer or who rely heavily on their social media as part of their brand may need it more. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I actually just changed a contract to reflect this exact request.     The groom needs no pictures of his face online ( for work reasons ) and I had no problems with this.

 

If your concerns are just over privacy, simply let your photographer know.  I bet there is about a 90% chance they will just agree not to post them .    

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Definitely talk with prospective photographers but expect that you’ll pay more, either because you’ll need to hire a seasoned pro who doesn’t need portfolio images/doesn’t rely on social media for new business, or because not posting the images may lead to revenue loss for the photographer. I definitely understand the desire not to have your images on social media, but looking at it from a photographer’s perspective, when a client asks us not to show/use images we take we have to think “I may take the best photo of my entire career at this wedding and not be able to show it”. That matters to a lot of us, especially because it is how so many photographers get continued business. Imagine if all of our clients from here on out decided they didn’t want us to use their images – we’d have nothing to show prospective clients and no online presence to help people find us. If you’re willing to pay extra I am sure you can find someone who will oblige.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

They wouldn’t post your whole wedding, just their favorite shots where you both look awesome. I wouldn’t worry about it and take it as a compliment 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@partyplanner83:  Any good photographer would get your permission before selling a photo with you in it even though its stated in their contract. The only photo I ever sold was a photo of flowers and a dress by itself photo back in my earlier days. I know a lot of photographers (300+) and don’t know any who are selling photos on stock websites if that’s your concern, they pay like .25 cents each so its not worth our time and I’d never do that to my clients. 

My couple ended up trusting me choosing the photos so we didn’t have it in the contract. Photographers are just using contracts that cover all the bases. Just express your reasoning to your photographer. Most photographers charge about an additional $1000 or so to have no photos posted at all because of the loss to their portfolio/revenue. If a photographer is printing your photo, it would be in a sample album, or canvas prints, etc. If you were to be featured on a wedding blog, you could always ask to let them choose and then proof those too. Nothing to be concerned about. 

As stated above, we only post our favourite shots. Generally 30-50 of about 500-800 photos. It will also mainly be your family looking at your blog post! A request for no photos on facebook would be more reasonable than no photos online. 

Hope you work something out! 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

As a photographer, a situation like this my couples have compromised on letting me share some images on my blog or gallery but skip any social media. Social media is more ‘out there’. I wont run any ads with their pictures either. Our blog is not as ‘out there’ as facebook, pinterest or the like. I also dont use last names and limit my couples info. Just talk to your photographer and see what you can work out. 🙂

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

You honestly have more to worry about from your guests than you do a professional photographer.  Pros MAY post a small handful most flattering/amazing photos from your event, or they may not.  Just depends on how much your wedding speaks to future clients and whether or not the photographer wants to shoot in your venue again.  Most of us rely on the internet for the vast majority of our bookings, and while we may not critically need your wedding images to promote our businesses, very few clients have any issues with it.  The rest of the pros have already sited why you can expect to pay more for your request.

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