(Closed) Contract with Videographer

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I understand where you’re coming from but I think you’ll find this is pretty standard. Videographers and photographers alike get their business from other people seeing their work. Asking them not to use your video as part of their portfolio is a completely unfair ask. Although it’s your wedding and faces they are shooting, it’s their shooting and editing skills that are going into those videos and images. If it’s good work that they are proud of, they have every right to use that to promote themselves. 

Honestly, you’re probably never going to see any of that promotional stuff or ads anyway. You’ll find most of it will just live on their website and be shared on their social channels. Maybe even promoted social ads. It’s not like you’re going to see it up on a billboard or on tv. I’m sure it wouldn’t even register on a google search with your names. 

Post # 5
7050 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

nowthisistaken :  Well the contract is pretty standard. If you have concerns about it, contact him. You said he verbally agreed to it, and let him know before proceeding forward you need an adjustment made to the contract to reflect that.

Here’s the thing, it’s VERY rare for a photographer or videographer to relinquish copyright or model release without an additional fee – and that fee is pretty high. As an example, my fee for releasing copying is $5,000 in addition to the package price. Yes that sounds excessive but not being able to show my most current work can directly prohibit my ability to obtain future bookings and thus must be compenstated for it. It’s easy to say “well it’s just one wedding” but those policies are in place because if everyone came forward with that kind of thought we’d never have a portfolio to show. Plus it NEVER fails…the weddings we can’t show end up always being the most amazing ones. :/

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