(Closed) Being featured on a photographer's website.

posted 5 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It depends on the photographer and what is in the contract. Ask them about it.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

For my photographer, what she is and isn’t allowed to do is spelled out in our contract. If you’re worried and have already signed a contract, I would go check it now. Otherwise, write into a contract with a photographer who agrees that you don’t want any of the pictures taken of you to be publically used.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

And I would also make sure that is specified in the contracts with ALL your vendors – venue, planner, florist, etc etc. Either NO pictures from your event may be used or ONLY pictures WITHOUT PEOPLE, that have been approved by you.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@BoxerLady:  Most photographers should have it somewhere in their contract or a separate relase form…. My photog had a clause in her cotnract that we are okay with her reposting the pics for advertising, blogging, etc… but she was also very clear that we could have that clause taken out if we did not want our images shared with anyone but ourselves. I’d just be upfront and tell them you don’t want your images shared period and they should understand. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Photographers own copyrights to pictures they take. They own copyrights as soon as they click the shutter button.  Typically, a photographer posts on their site to feature a wedding to show off, and to bring in more business.  To show others that they are indeed a working photographer and booking clients.  They like to show off their work. You can speak with your photographer, i don’t think they’d have a problem with not posting pictures from your wedding.  The won’t be happy about it if they are a hardcore poster on their site and facebook, but I’m sure they’ll help you out.  I’ve had other clients that I couldn’t post their babies pictures on my site after their portraits due to adoption purposes and what not….talk to your photog.  they’ll give you a better answer than anyone on here. 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Our photogrpahy contract gives our photographer the right to use our pictures however she likes HOWEVER we did discuss this in our meetings with her, and she always asks prior to using them, and respects her client’s wishes.

This is something that should be in your contract, and something to be discussed with any potential photographer early on, given the best way for them to promote themselves is to show examples of their work, so there is a good likelihood they will feature your wedding on blogs/websites/pamphlets/etc

 

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It’s all about the contracts.  Generally speaking though, I’ve not seen photographers give out identifying information with the pictures.  Like you might see ‘Mari and Ryan’s wedding in Wisconsin’, but that’s not going to come up in a search for my name, nor is that enough to find us.  Otherwise, you can also ask that your name be removed, like in their galleries – they don’t list the names of the couples. 

If you’re getting a discount photographer, like a student or a recent grad, they will probably want to use your wedding in their portfolio.  That’s the reason you get a discount.  Otherwise, unless you’re a model and your wedding is straight out of a bridal magazine, I wouldn’t be TOO terribly concered about it.  I’m not saying that you’re not and that your wedding isn’t going to be gorgeous!  But there’s a reason the people in all the portfolios are model perfect and the weddings are straight from the pages of Brides magazine.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My Fiance feels the same way.  We actually wrote it into our contract that our photographer cannot post any pictures of him on her website or blog without his written permission.   I brought this up with my photographer FIRST though, as a condition of working with her, and she was totally willing to work with us (him) and put it into the contract.   

 

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@BoxerLady:  Read the contract you have with your photographer.  There will usually be a section that addresses them being able to use your images for their own purposes on their website and in advertisements.  If this is something you do not want them to do, then you need to discuss it and get that section of the contract changed to state that the photographer may not use any of the images they take for use in adverts or their website without your written permission.  I wouldn’t work with a photographer who refused to add this to the contract and most should be agreeable.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

You have to go over the contract together and come to agreement both you and the photog are happy with.

Never just sign one blindly thinking it’s all in order, or that you have no say in the matter. Photogs don’t automatically get this right by default (or copyright either, for that matter). But they will tend to write a “default contract” in their own favor. So be aware of what you want and what you are willing to give them. The more rights you give them and the less rights you have, the smaller the fee should be.

My wedding is definitely private and I will not be giving rights to use them in advertising for that photographer. Other people may not mind that, and they ought to negotiate a discount for that allowance 🙂

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