Post # 1
My husband’s brother’s wife’s sister- (yes a mouthful- is that technically my sister in law? Sister in law once removed? i dunno…)
Anyway, she is a professional photographer. Her specialty is like artsy fartsy shots of landscapes and buildings and things like that. Her work is stunning. She does not normally shoot people, but on her own time, at family functions and things like that, she will have her camera with her and take pictures of anything. (as many photographers would do).
She sent us a link to a password protected album on her professional website that is pictures from our wedding. They are really nice pictures- not the quality you get from a photographer that actually shoots weddings for a living, but definitely a huge step up from the guest pictures we have been getting. She said we can use them however we like, and we can share them, but just to credit her if we do.
My question is- if I share these photos with the obligatory “pictures by ___ ___ photography”, will our actual photographer be angry? (we are facebook friends, so she would definitely see them) We obviously did not pay sister in law to take these pictures, so I know legally/ contract wise, we won’t be in trouble, but I don’t want to ruffle any feathers. I know vendors, rightly so, get a little weird about “competition” at the same event.
Should I share them or keep them to myself to avoid conflict? If I were to share them, I would make it clear that these are NOT our official pro pics, even though they were taken by a professional.
Post # 3
I wouldn’t reference her photography business. Can’t you just say “pics from SisterInLaw”? Most pro photographers have a clause in their contracts saying that they are the only ones allowed to do professional photography at your wedding.
Post # 4
Just say inyourpostsomething like “my wonderful sister in law is a great Land scape (or whatever she calls her business ) photographer with -company name- and she shared these pictures she took of our wedding with me.Thank you -insert name-!” No one can get mad over that , it’s then a family member who did it and clearly not a another wedding photographer. Hope that helps 🙂
Post # 5
@delovely13: They’re yours to do what you want with them. If your paid (paid being the key word) vendor gets upset that’s not your problem.
Post # 6
the wedding is over; the pro photog you hired obviously knows guests were shooting and didn’t see any other professionals getting in his/her way, so i don’t think he/she will be upset. you can credit it as, “photo by ___________” by lovely sister-in-law-ish!
Post # 7
@Westwood: agreed. I would be peeved if I was your photographer and chances are it was in their contract to be the only professional photographer there. I’d say that your sister in law took them, but not her business name.
Post # 8
I’d say “Taken by my amazing sister-in-law’s sister, (her name), who also owns (photography business)!”
Post # 9
I would be STOKED for good quality guest photos and I agree with PP that say you can credit her as an individual but not as her business… If people like them that much they can contact her privately or what not 😉
Your pro photos will likely be better but take longer –
its not a crime to share guest photos!
Post # 10
Reference her by her name, but not her business. Guests always take personal photos at weddings so there is no reason for your pro photographer to be offended by that. But if her say her buisness name or reference that she is a pro then it starts to seem like competition.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
@delovely13: it’s fine. Photographers know that everyone out their with an slr thinks they are professional. As long as you make it obvious they weren’t taken by your actual wedding photographer. Landscape photographers definitely doesn’t automatically translate to good event/portrait photographers.
Post # 12
@delovely13: I was upfront with my photog about the fact that there will likely be 2 other photogs in attendance as guest. My uncle is an ex wedding photographer who now does the artsy fartsy stuff, my sister is newbie ish at photography (went to school and trained several years ago but is now getting herself up and running). If either of them take pictures that I share, i will credit them/their business – but will note the family relationship. I would also credit any friend who took a picture i shared
Post # 13
@delovely13: hmmm…what if when/if you shared them on FB, you just tagged your B’sW’sS (like that abbreviation? 🙂 ) and said something like, “Thank you so much to one of our guests, BWS, for taking these beautiful shots! This makes me excited to see all the rest of the pictures that our guests and our wonderful photographer @TAG PHOTOG took!”
Post # 14
@delovely13: Your relative was a guest at your wedding, and is offering you use of her photos as any other guest might do. I don’t think that would ruffle any professional feathers. My FI and I are both photographers, and will have more as guests at our wedding. Our wedding photographers both think that’s great!
Post # 15
What rubs wedding photographers wrong is when it is posted in such a way that others may assume the work you posted is theirs (when it doesn’t represent how they shoot). Tagging the relatives business page would also bother me a bit IF they were also a wedding/portrait photographer since I have an exclusivity clause in my contract. In this case though I wouldn’t be bothered because it would be clear when people click her photo page that she does not usually shoot weddings/people.
Post # 16
I don’t really have any advice for you, but I’m interested to see how it goes at my own wedding. My mother is a photographer. She used to professionally shoot weddings, and is actually working on getting her business back up again. I’ll have to figure out how to work out that land mine with my photographer when the time comes!