Should I Let My DOC Publish My Wedding Photos?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Member
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Will you actually own the rights to your photographs or will she need to also get permission from your photographer?  I would recommend talking to her about it.  Maybe she will agree to not using them at all or if she won’t agree to that, maybe she will agree to use photos that do not show faces or names in order to preserve your privacy.  She could use detail shots of the centerpieces or cake table easily without showing your name or face.

Post # 5
Member
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Overjoyed:  Make sure that whatever your agreement ends up being that it all makes it into writing in the final contract and all unnecessary language from the old contract is stricken so she can’t try to pull a fast one later on.  Most DOCs want to use pictures from their events to advertise how awesome they are, so I can understand where she is coming form too.

Post # 6
Member
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Overjoyed:  I feel exactly the same way as you do. My wedding photos are for us (and family), not for anyone to see. I know a lot of bees are flattered when they are blogged and/or their pictures are posted online or in marketing material. I wouldn’t be. I am not allowing any clauses that allow my images to be shared either.

Post # 8
Member
395 posts
Helper bee

Normally when coordinator use my images it’s mostly decor shots. Very few actually use photos of my clients. It’s a little awkward that shes making you the middle man though. Any coordinators I’ve ever had ask have come straight to me 

Post # 9
Member
631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Overjoyed:  I think having her just use decor images would be fine. Planners use images for social media and blogs to show that they are busy and to reach a target audience. Same for photographers. I don’t ever release copyright of images I take because being able to show my work is my livelihood. A planner is a little different but they still love the attention and social media they get from showing images of events they coordinated.

Post # 10
Member
3637 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I honestly don’t think politely asking if you can get rid of that clause will be a problem. I’m sure clients in the part has asked for the same thing.

Logically she can’t use the photos of EVERY wedding she’s done so it’s not like she needs them. This is why I don’t think it will be a big deal to ask for that to be changed.

 

Post # 11
Member
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I think asking for the clause to be struck from the contract isn’t unreasonable. I’ve done that with nearly every vendor we’ve chosen (all for the same thing which is not the same as yours) and if they were unwilling then we chose to work with someone who was.

Best of luck!

Post # 12
Member
995 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@mariematt:  +1. I think asking a planner not to use photos of the couple isn’t a big deal, because they mostly market the details from the event anyway. I’m sure she’ll be happy with a compromise.

However, I would tread lightly with the photographer when broaching this issue. We have NEVER signed away our right to use our images for our promotional purposes. At heart, a lot of us are artists, and every wedding is another opportunity to take that award winning photograph. If you take that opportunity away, first we lose some of our motivation to really push ourselves (knowing these photos will never see the light of day), and second we have to charge extra to compensate for the lost revenue/marketing.

I would suggest a compromise! I actually JUST booked a couple who was NOT comfortable with me selling their images for commercial use (not that I usually do anyway) or submitting them to blogs/magazines without their permission (I do do this sometimes), and I basically told them “as long as I can use them for MY Portfolio and Blog I am happy.” I have had enough press/publication over the years I really don’t need any more and don’t tend to get much from it, but as an artist I need to be able to share my work. This compromise worked for me and I didn’t charge them extra for it 🙂

However, if you want to be a stickler and tell them the photos are JUST for YOU entirely, you’re going to get a defensive response and most likely a huge price increase, depending on the photographer.

Post # 14
Member
995 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Overjoyed:  I agree with the first part; it’s absolutely not right for photographers to be any less inspired or try any less hard for you because they can’t show your photos, but at the end of the day, I’d be lying if I told you it didn’t happen 🙁 I’m really trying to help you by sharing this info, because even though I don’t believe it to be a conscious thing that some of us do it, I think in the back of our heads it just happens.

As for the second part, I disagree. Showing and promoting our newest and best work is how we book more clients and make money. Did you not hire your photographer based off the images of OTHER weddings you were able to view on their site? Being able to share our work benefits our business immensely, so if you take that benefit/potential profit away, yes, I think we are 100% entitled to charge more for the loss.

Again, this isn’t everyone and some photographers don’t care about not being able to share, but I also feel that many of those photographers have already lost their passion and treat every wedding as more of a paycheck than an opportunity to create amazing new art, which negatively affects their work and customer service. Don’t shoot the messenger 😛

ETA, whatever you do absolutely DON’T just cross out that clause in your photographers contract and send it back like that. That could really destroy your relationship with them before its even begun. We are very sensitive about people doing that type of thing to our contracts, and I’ve gone so far as to tell a client I no longer wanted to work with them over it. You want to email or call this photographer with your concerns and come to an agreement before touching the contract, then you can make any agreed upon changes. How you approach it definitely matters! 🙂

 

 

Post # 16
Member
51 posts
Worker bee

I would recommend talking to her about it.

Leave a comment


Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors