(Closed) Photographer Contract Dilemma – NO Guest Photos?! What to do?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We are not allowed to have anyone else taking photographs or videos for money. It is also understood that our guests do not get in our photographers way. We are also not allowed to use any guest/other professional photos for our wedding at all.

We had 2 engagement shoots and we were not allowed to use photographer #1’s photo on our STD’s because we had since then signed a contract with photographer #2.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@alotlikelove:  That’s bogus. Your photog can’t tell you that no one is is allowe to take pictures of your wedding.

 

Alter the contract.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

First, I would see if that’s negotiable if you really want that photographer. For me personally there are way too many photographers in the NJ/NYC area for me to accept that! It’s your day and you are paying the photographer. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I specifically asked my photographer about this, and she said that she’s very accustomed to working around guests taking pictures, and that for posed shots, she lets the guests take pictures, and then takes her own when they are done. (this is the same thing the professional photographers I work with at my day job do as well).

I guess your options are to go with that photographer, or find another one.  I found that other thread very enlightening, and plan on asking my guests to refrain from taking pictures during the reception until the professional photographer leaves (9:30pm)

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’d simply find another photographer.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@alotlikelove: 

 —- will allow guests to take snapshots during the processional and recessional, during candid events at the church, and at the altar during the time —- equipment is being packed up.”   

 so no guest photos of formal session, but rest of the time there will be photo ops for guests but not with pro equipment?

Post # 9
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Honey bee

@alotlikelove:  Hmm…it’s a little more intense than most photography contracts (at least in my area), but he does allow photos to be taken during the processional/recessional and at the altar. I can understand because guests leaning in to take photos while you are walking down the aisle, etc can be really intrusive/annoying. Also, I can see why he doesn’t want guests taking photos during the wedding party/family photos part. You don’t want people looking at different cameras at different times

Can guests take photos whenever they want during the reception?

You can always word it politely and may offer to do professional prints (if you are given the rights to the photos) for any guests that request them. You can get 4x6s and 5×7 for cheap printed online. Or you can provide a link to the online gallery for them to order themselves.

If this really bothers you, I guess you can look into another photographer…

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@SeaSalt: you mean of you? or they cant take any pictures of themselves eg a posed shot in couples?

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would just contact them and find out how strict they are about it. Chances are they just don’t want a random uncle dragging in his tripod and being in the way while they’re trying to take their pro photos.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

@newname_99:  They can take all the pictures of themselves that they like.  I do not want the pictures of my first dance however to be a bunch of people standing around us with cameras in front of their faces.

Fortunately, most of my friends are of the sort that when there’s alcohol involved, the cameras stay home, so I don’t think it’ll be a big deal. Our families will know they’ll get copies of the professional pictures, and our friends don’t post their lives on facebook, so it really won’t be a big deal.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

What happens if one of your guests does take a photo? Then what? Do you have to pay a fee/fine?

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@mstellah: to me it sounds like hes threatening to walk out if it happens

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It’s normal to request that no other guests interfere with the photographer (stand in front of him/her, bump into them to take their own photo, etc.) Those guests are known as “Uncle Bob’s” in the photography world.

I don’t not believe it is normal to request that no other guests are allowed to take photos period.  Personally, i wouldn’t hire a photographer with that int he contract.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

During most of the formal photos, most guest will not be around.

If they arrive early and want to take a photo, it would be rude to tell them no.

It sounds like the photographer is being like the mall Santa.  I understand not being able to take a picture with the Santa with your own camera since they make money off the prints.  The majority of the payment to your photographer is for time and equipment, no prints/albums.

I would search around for another photographer.  This seems too stressful to worry about and your guests would find it rude. 

 

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