Post # 1
I located a photographer whose photos I love. Well, because I am an avid researcher I still searched around and suprise, suprise, some of the best shots are also on another photographer’s website. I am confused. Because of the location, I guess this photographer could have two separate operations. However, the photographer with website A let me view a few weddings and has the complete wedding of the couple whose photos I love. The second photographer from website B let me view only 1 wedding from last year (she is 30 minutes away, but works in the area). Website B’s photos were not as great. I still live website A.
How do I ask the photographer about this? Is it common for a photographer to have 2 separate websites? Do photographers sale their best photos as stock?
And the most important question, should I be concerned about hiring photographer #1?
Oh, and I forgot to add that photographer from website B is not available on my wedding day in October 2009, but the other one is available. Also, website B’s shots were not as great (wrong angles, eyes closed in shots, etc), but a few sort of resembled the style of the other photographer (shooting bride & groom on beach at a certain angle, etc.). Coincidence?
Post # 3
Some photographers and I hate to say this…"steal" other photographers images…I’ve heard of it happening which I think is SHADY…
The other thing that could’ve happened is one photographer was used as the second shooter for the other’s wedding gig. Some times when a photography studio is trying to establish themselves, they hire on second photographers for certain gigs in which it is needed.
I hope this clarifies it for you. If you not you just might want to ask.
Post # 4
Ask the photog that had the whole wedding album if there was a second shooter because you’ve seen the images on another website.
If the other photo did steal them images, the photog should know.
Post # 5
i would definetly bring it up to the other photographer but i honestly think that it could be the work of a second photographer or the assistant of the main photographer. especially if you think ones work looks a little different than the others. i know plenty of brides who have hired two photogs and plenty of photogs who hire assistants to shoot around.
Post # 6
I agree with both of Joannathan’s thoughts either stolen or 2nd shooter. maybe you can also ask the photographer for client references and they can provide you with a few brides they worked with for you to speak to.
Post # 7
I had a similar thing happen to me with our videographer. I found someone who I thought was great – but then I realized I’d seen something from his portfolio before… sure enough, he’d stolen someone else’s work and posted it as his own. Apparently this is very common in the industry for both photographers and videographers.
Post # 8
could you please provide us with the websites? I am a photographer myself and I’d like to offer my honest opinion. Thanks
Post # 9
It can’t hurt to ask either or both for an explanation. If they are the EXACT same photos, then likely one photographer was contracted by the other one. Usually in this case the photos will be tagged something like "Photo by John Smith for Sally Jones Studio."
If they are SIMILAR photos of the same client, then it’s likely that it is simply a second photographer at the same wedding.
But… there’s always the possibility that even though they were both at the same wedding, they may have been there separately and unbenownst to each other. Perhaps one was a new photographer attending his cousin’s wedding and is trying to build a portfolio. You never know! But it can’t hurt to mention to both that you noticed the same/similar photos and see what they say.
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Post # 10
Almost certainly a 2nd shooter thing. Probably nothing to worry about. There’s a good chance the photo may be edited different on each site, according to each photographer’s style.
I just shot as a 2nd photog in Memphis for wedding on New Years day. I’ve posted several of my favorite shots on my own website. There’s a chance the company I shot for could post some of my photos on their website, but they will be edited differently. Some photographers will post photos which their 2nd shooter shot, and some wont. I don’t post my 2nd shooter photos, although it would be fine to do so, as that does represent what a client gets when they hire me.
So….it’s probably nothing to worry about.
Post # 11
No photographer should be posting another photographers images on their blog or website (2nd shooter or not) unless proper credit is given via watermark or text. That just isn’t right….PERIOD!
Post # 12
@USER876: +1 I don’t care if it’s legal or not (and I know it is in fact legal in some cases where a contract was signed) but I would never post a second shooter’s work in my portfolio. Since I don’t have a full-time second shooter that works every wedding with me (barring husband/wife teams very few people do) I feel it is a misrepresentation of what the client could get by hiring me, and just plain dishonest. I do however post one or two second shooter shots on the blog, usually groom getting ready photos, just to give the B&G a full glimpse of their day and credit the 2nd photographer at the bottom of the blog.
However, if it looks fishy, I would ask the photog with the full collection if he had a second just to be sure the images arent stolen. Couldn’t hurt to be sure, it does happen often.