Photo release clause in wedding planner contract- question!

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Would you/have you signed a contract with a photo release clause?
    No, seems a little sketchy and don't want my face all over the internets. : (23 votes)
    49 %
    This is standard and totally normal. : (11 votes)
    23 %
    YES, I want everyone to see my awesome wedding. : (4 votes)
    9 %
    I heart snow days. : (9 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    That seems pretty excessive to me!

    I think you’re right, though–If your photog isn’t giving you full rights to the photos, I don’t think she’s allowed to edit them!

    But overall, unless you’re having a wedding worthy of veing in a magazine or SMP or something (that requires exclusive use of your images), I wouldn’t mind signing something like that!

    Post # 4
    357 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @HoyaTerpDC:  If you are in public, you have no expectation of privacy and the wedding planner can take, alter, and publish any pictures of you she chooses. If a wedding is considered public would depend on several factors…location, mostly, I think.

    She cannot use your photographer’s photos without your photographer turning over copyright to her, which your photographer will not do, so she shouldn’t be trying for that.

    If she takes her own pictures during the event, I’d let her use them – if that’s all she means. She owns the copyright to those and can do as she pleases. I’d also be somewhat concerned that she was too worried about getting good pics for her blogs/website that actually taking care of things the day of…

    Clarification is definitely in order!

    Post # 5
    3845 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @HoyaTerpDC:   Please read your photographer’s contract carefully and speak with your photographer before signing the planner’s contract.  I would guess the planner would have to ask the photographer directly for use of his/her photos for promotion – and the planner might well not get to use the images.   In my contract the vendors have to request usage rights from the photographer directly. 

    edited to add – I re-read your original post and I wonder if the planner will be taking her own photos?  If so she can use them as she likes.  You’d be signing a model release which is pretty standard practice – at least for stock photos of people.  

    Post # 6
    631 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @HoyaTerpDC:  No way. This is not standard at all and I would ask that it be removed. This will violate any photographer’s terms and is just, frankly, ridiculous to ask of a client. 

    As a photographer I can tell you this will pose an issue no matter what – either they ask for/use/alter your photographer’s images OR they will be spending precious time during your wedding day taking their OWN pictures with their own cameras of their work/”vision” and that is not what you have hired them to do. I have seen this issue come up at a few weddings I’ve shot and the planners were getting in the way of me doing the job I was hired to do to get their own photos. They need to go through proper channels by contacting the professional photographer and abiding by their terms of usage. This is not a styled magazine shoot, it’s your wedding, and their job is to make sure it is executed well. It’s your photographer’s job to make sure it is documented well (for YOU, the client, not a planner’s blog). 

    ::end rant:: Smile 

    Post # 8
    1802 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I would ask the planner for clarification. Ask her if she would be taking her own pictures, or if she would expect to use your photographer’s work. Tell her that you haven’t found a photographer yet, but all of the ones you have researched will not allow her to use their photography, but if you are okay with it she can take a few pictures of her own to use if she decides to.

    Post # 9
    584 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I feel like most wedding planners do this regardless of whether there’s a clause– they would post them on their website and blog as samples, or send them into other blogs or magazines for publication.

    However I think in these situations the couple is usually on board! I’d be happy for my wedding to be submitted to a wedding blog or magazine, but I’d like to have some say over it.

    Post # 10
    395 posts
    Helper bee

    In general that’s not a right you can assign to them. If your photographer has any clues theywill  hold the publication rights to the photos and while they may let the planner use the images they won’t give them rights to edit and alter them. Over the top! I wouldn’t. 

    Post # 11
    395 posts
    Helper bee

    @HoyaTerpDC:  normally vendors come for me for images from weddings and my model release already clears me to be able to release your likeness. It’s already built in my contract. 

    Post # 12
    49 posts
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Many photographers will also have a clause about other professionals taking photos at your event too. It usually directly refers to other photographers and sometimes videographers, but you might want to keep that in mind as well.

    Post # 13
    1315 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    This would not sit well with any photographer.

    Post # 14
    652 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @HoyaTerpDC:  I hired a DOC that had a separate photo release clause. I told her I wasn’t comfortable signing it, but would love to hire her. She was fine with that, and did a great job. 

    Post # 15
    995 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    @Jbbee:  +1. This is NOT a right you, as the bride, can legally assign to another vendor. My friend had a hairdresser situation similar to this. After the wedding the hairdresser contacted the photographer saying, “my clients signed a contract saying I could use this couple’s wedding photos for my website/self promotion, so cough them up. I need photos of this, this and this.”

    Commercial use of images is something photographers charge mucho dollars for… and other vendors know this, which is why they sometimes try to pull this crap. My photographer friend responded to this obnoxious email with something like the following: “Sure, I will get you those images straight away! Just so you know, my contract stipulated that I receive free haircuts from you for life, so when can I schedule an appointment for a trim?”

    Honestly, this wedding planner is sleezy and cheap (if she had good relationships with other vendors, they’d be happy to share a few images with her complimentary, where she wouldn’t need to be so desperate to try to get them without paying). She clearly doesn’t play well with others and you don’t want her causing drama on your day. I wouldn’t even consider hiring her for my wedding, but if you do, that clause is illegal and it absolutely has to be removed. Good for you for reading your contract.

    Post # 16
    4750 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @HoyaTerpDC:  Absolutely not. I would be finding a new wedding planner, because anyone who would even put that in their contract is not someone I would want to work with. In my business, I provide all vendors with images from their part of the day depending on what they do. They are under the same guidlines as the client (no editing, cropping etc). I handle all submissions for publication as well, and every major publication I submit to also has that stipulation for any vendor wanting to submit (they tell them to please have the event photographer do it).

    I have NO problem with vendors wanting to use my work on their website to showcase what they do. However, I would NEVER relinqish rights to that vendor. Never.

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