Photo/Video Vendor Questions

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsSparkle:  I would say 95% of professional photographers and videographers in the US do not turn over COPYRIGHTS to their images/video. You may get printing/sharing rights and that is all you need. I’m not sure what you mean by “master copies” though. Can you clarify?

Post # 4
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

If you’ve hired a professional you should expect to have some sort of usage agreement, but you will likely never own the copyright to the work created at your wedding unless you pay a premium for it.  There is literally no reason for you to need to own the copyright unless you are trying to sell the material for profit or are in the witness protection program.  Master copies isn’t a term used in the industry, so I’d also want clarificaiton of that.  Most photographers are going to release edited JPEGs with a high enough resolution for prints up to 8×12.  Not everyone releases that actual full resolution files, but some do – you just need to clarify it with whomever you are hiring.  Video is a different animal altogether, and since I don’t offer it I probably am not the best to offer much advice there.

Post # 5
3835 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You will probably get a disc of high resolution images.  If any of your vendors – or anyone, really – wants to use those images for their own promotion, they will need to contact the photographer for permission.  In other words you can’t distribute the images – they are for your personal use.  Check your contract as I am sure it varies….

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