Post # 1
So my fiance will not sign the release form our photographer is requesting. His argument is that these will be our pictures, not someone elses to use for their publicity…
anyone else fill the same way and not signed release forms?
Post # 3
Good luck getting around that. As a photographer, I can say that I couldn’t do any wedding if those forms hadn’t been signed. How else are photographers supposed to havea portfolio? Maybe explain that the photographer has a business they need to run and they can’t do that unless they’re allowed to use photos they’ve taken.
Post # 4
I have to agree with photogestelle. As a photographer, we build our businesses by showing past work. This is something that is very important to us getting any work at all. Think about it.. would you have hired your current photographer had you not seen any of their work? or if their work had been tremendously outdated (aka trends from 5 years ago)?? Probably not. So essentially you are potentially costing them future business by not allowing them to update their portfolio with their work from your wedding.
Now that being said, perhaps talk to your photographer (and your fiance) and see if there is some room for compromise. Like perhaps your fiance gets to approve photos of him that are used, or only a certain number of him, or they can only be used on the website (and not for ads or printed promos)? See if you can find the specific reason that concerns him and work around it with your photographer.
Post # 5
@ndwilkerson: I kinda agree with your FI… I wouldnt want just any pictures out there. I would however be very flattered if he decided to use pictures of us. I would definately try to compromise otherwise you run the risk of your photog not really caring or being creative. Unless he is a businessman or fuure congressman then I would think its okay.
Post # 6
I’m the total opposite…I’m batting for having my pic’s used. I want to be popular amongst strangers I will never meet! =D
Post # 7
If your FI is totally against it, go with Captain13’s idea and ask the photographer if he or she will only publically display images you’re comfortable with*. He/she will no doubt still use them for private viewings with potential clients, but it’s not like your entire wedding will be on display. At the end of the day, the photographer has to make a living, something he or she can’t do if they haven’t got work to show off.
*I’m not saying this will work. I’d be offended if a client told me, a professional, which of my images I could use for MY business, but I guess you really have nothing to lose in trying.
Post # 8
I think your photographer should be willing to work with you. The photographer will still ALWAYS own the images and hold copyright, but if you don’t want them displayed publically they should be willing to accept that.
Post # 9
If he knew what it would cost to own the full copyright to your wedding images instead of just printing rights, he would not feel that way. You probably won’t be able to find a photographer who will work with you with those stipulations. They may be willing to not blog oyur photos directly, but asking them to never use them for any reason basically takes their copyright away.
Post # 10
I think MOST brides and grooms are ok with the photographer use their shots. I am! No problem! But I also understand people who don’t want their photos shown or used for commerical purposes. If you have a GOOD photographer they already have plenty of brides perfectly happy with sharing their photos. Having one bride not be ok with it shouldn’t be a big deal. I’d ask your photographer about it. Tell him you had a past stalker and you don’t want that person to find out what city you live in. Yes, a little lie, but no hurt feelings (I’m assuming, I actually have exs that are creepy out there).
Post # 11
Good luck finding a photographer who does a good job and doesn’t have that restriction! I’d ask your FI to find one…when he comes up with nothing he may change his mind.
Post # 12
And if the photographer does do a good job but doesn’t show his previous work because clients don’t want him to….how would you even see that he was doing a good job? lol
Post # 13
all photographers have these releases. good luck
Post # 14
@murmur: Very true! You should ask your FI this question, OP.
Post # 15
Yeah, that’s not going to happen. Maybe they won’t blog about it, but they can use them in other ways if they want.