(Closed) can I do this?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Hostess
18654 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

The pictures he sent to you in an email are going to be too small to print up and have them look nice.  I don’t understand why he can’t give your printing rights to your pictures now, that doesn’t take away his rights.

Post # 4
Member
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yes you can do it from the flash drive. Idk about CVS but I know you can for walmart meijer and rite aid

Post # 6
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440 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Find out how big the files are. If they’re like 2 MB then they’ll be fine to print yourself. If they’re like 100 KB then they’re too small.

That is really weird.. is you photographer a professional?

Post # 7
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

CVS or Walmart will probably ask for the copyright release, though.

if you have a decent printer, use photo paper and print them yourself. It’ll tide you over probably. I think it’s weird he makes you wait an entire freakin’ year for the photo rights though.

Eh we’ve only been married a year and we only have 2 professional wedding photos up. They’re in 5×7 frames. =]

Post # 8
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160 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I work as a photographer (in a studio) and I know that a lot of photographers do that – make you wait – and you are right its so you buy them from him now.  That is why I made sure I found a photographer who will give me the rights in a few weeks!  You can’t bring it to CVS or Walmart or anywhere because it is illegal.  You don’t own the copyright to his artwork only he does for now.  Some photographers have an option that you can purchase the CD earlier (for a lot of money but it could be worth it!)  When you do get the CD use mpix.com and you can print out prints cheap cheap cheap!!

Post # 9
Hostess
18654 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would really be careful because they should ask you if you have the rights to print it legally.  My photographer gave me the photos about a month after the wedding.  I think the policy of not letting you have it or charging you a huge fee for it is ridiculous.

Post # 10
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1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I think this is more of an issue that he never informed you of this until he sent you an email after the wedding. That is ridiculous and so unprofessional.

Post # 11
Member
962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

What did your contract say?  If he didnt say he was going to hold onto your photos on CD for a year in the contract, I would question his practice.  Don’t be afraid to be firm with him.  Technically, if you don’t have rights for reproduction in your contract you cannot print them yourself.  However, if the files are big enough for reproduction in your email – you could “get around” the proof of rights that Walmart and others will require you to provide by printing them through an online printer, like shutterfly.

Post # 13
Member
1221 posts
Bumble bee

i was able to upload mine to walgreens.com… then just went and picked them up.

YOu can do it from your computer. They didn’t ask me for my copyright agreement. I have one but they didnt ask for anything just handed over the pictures but i only got regular 4×6 prints

Post # 14
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962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Do you not have a copy of your contract still?  Assuming your contract says this and confirming it are two different things.  The whole thing makes business sense to me, though – from the eye of the photographer, as it continues to generate money for him for the year after the wedding.  Double check your contract!

Post # 15
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162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - The 19th Century Club

If you don’t still have a copy of the signed contract, request a copy from him (not just a sample contract, but a scanned version of the one you signed). He should still have it. Double check what is says – I’ve never heard of a photographer holding your disc for that long.

Post # 16
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1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

bloodgo, unless your photog is naive, he didn’t send you any files that were large enough to print 🙁 And TXN is right, even if he did, it is illegal for you to print them until he signs off on them. I have heard of photographers having a “waiting period” of up to one year for the DVD of images with the option to “rush” by paying extra. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do outside of paying more to have it rushed if he allows that, waiting the year, or buying prints from him. I know it’s not ideal, but at least you do EVENTUALLY get the DVD, and now other brides here will learn from your mistake to not only ask IF they get the DVD and the print rights, but WHEN they get them.

That being said, a lot of people primarily share their photos via Facebook or Myspace anyway (and I would definitely credit the photog when you do this) but maybe after a while you won’t even notice you don’t have prints then before you know it the year is up!

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