Post # 1
Alright, so I’m still moving forward with my event planning company..yay! I’ve already planned fundraisers and business events, but have not yet planned a wedding other than my own.
I’m currently designing a website right now, and would like to use photos from my own wedding. The only problem is, I had a Day of Coordinator who has about three photos from my wedding up on her website.
Since she was a DOC, she really didn’t do much except run the show the day of the event. Of course, I wouldn’t use the same photos she has up… but do you think its sketchy for me to do this? I did check the contract and it doesn’t say anything about this, but still, I”m just not sure.
I really hate having to contact her and ask her…I can’t imagine she’d be too thrilled to know one of her clients has decided to become an Event Planner too.
What do you think?
Post # 3
Honestly and unfortunately, i think you’re going to have to talk to the DOC about it. You don’t want to get into the business with a bad reputation by posting another planner’s pictures (even though they are yours). Just explain to her that you want to post pictures of the details that you put together etc. and see what she says. She may be willing to take your pictures off of her website.
Good luck with your business!
Post # 4
The pictures are yours. Your DOC should have asked you for permission to display your photos. When you display your pictures, you should give credit to the photographer. You should also not take credit for the set up, unless you were the one that set up whatever the picture is of. Your DOC is probably taking credit for what she did, but not the pictures.
Post # 5
No, my DOC didn’t ask for permission, she just posted the photos. In terms of the set up, I know it was my florist that did most of the setup, though she helped with a couple last minute things.
Wow, two totally different points of view. I guess I’ll have to think about it for a while yet! Thanks!
Oh, maybe I’ll add a pool.
Post # 6
As a former event coordinator I can TOTALLY see both sides to this however noritake22 is TOTALLY right unless it’s in her contract that she has a right to use those pictures then technically you could be the one who’s in the right to ask her to take them down. However, the event world is very big but just like the real world its also pretty small. I think you do have to talk to her for this reason only. She was NOT your planner she was only your DOC and that should be specified on her site. Did you possibly take any pictures of the set up process? I have pics from my events of things going up, the bones of it if you will, maybe you could use some pictures of that, or some design pictures (did you use any drawing programs to show how you wanted things set up) focus on those then maybe show a before and after type thing but give her credit (Ya know with a DOC by . . )? Maybe she would agree to give you a planning credit on her pictures? It could end up being a you scratch my back I scratch yours kind of thing. It might also piss her off so you have to feel the whole thing out. Again if you just do it what happens if she uses the best rental place in town and you want to start using them and get a professional discount but she decides to start telling people what happened? Who needs that when they’re just starting off, it’s such a competative business as it is, give it a good thought and you’ll figure out how best to address it with her but it’s probably best to address it in some way.
Post # 7
Ditto Cricket. I am actually “hiring” my own company (I own a boutique event design company) to be the DOC of my wedding so that the pictures will be mine exclusively. There is a clause in my contract that says that all pictures will be used for my portfolio. If someone asked to take it out I would probably have a problem removing it because just because you hired a florist etc, it doesn’t mean I don’t tweak and change things etc to suit your vision, But honestly if I had nothing to do with the design I probably would only post a picture of the happy couple not the decor.
Post # 8
I’m a photographer, and the big thing I see a LOT of… which irks me to no end, is guests at weddings using those images they took as a guest for portfolio work to get wedding business. It makes the bride assume you have been trusted and hired by X couples who in fact, did NOT trust you with their day… they trusted me… and especially when I have brides in Ads and what not… it’s confusing to see the same bride on some other person’s site. Doing this is not OK and not ethical business practices as it is misleading to potential clients.
That being said, I think YOU are ok. If you planned all the details, I see no problem in you putting your wedding out there. I say blog it and be honest. This is MY wedding which I planned. I’m so grateful to_____ of __ events for being my day of coordinator to help orchestrate all the hard work I put into these details so I could focus on being a bride.
* I don’t care if a photographer is upfront and honest and show the wedding images in a client meeting, i.e. As a guest I took these images… but putting in an online portfolio is very misleading.
Post # 9
I totally agree with KLP2010! Very well said!
Post # 10
@crebre80 I’m with ya girl! just cuz there are flowers on a table does not an event make . . believe me, as I’m sure you well know there are so many details to event planning it’s all encompassing! Anyway fabulouslyengaged could you clairfy something, is your DOC using your pictures as examples of weddings she’s planned or done DOC for?