(Closed) Did your photographer retain copyrights to your photos?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Did your photographer keep the copyrights to your photos after the event?
    Yes : (22 votes)
    71 %
    No : (8 votes)
    26 %
    Other (Please explain below) : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    2819 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    We’re having my FH’s aunt shoot our wedding, so I expect that we will have a bit of a unique situation. Kind of like a joint copyright?

    Post # 4
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    4371 posts
    Honey bee

    To my knowledge, most pro photographers I know retain their copyrights, as they are the artist and the photo is their art. The client usually gets the right to reprint for personal use.

    Post # 6
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    526 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    It’s pretty standard for a photographer to retain the copyrights.  They will usually give you print rights, so you can print your own photos whenever you want, but they retain the right to use your photos in advertising and such.  If you really have a problem with this you can try to buy the copyrights from them, but generally the only people who care about that are celebrities or politicians who don’t want the photos sold to the media.

    Post # 7
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    11419 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    All of the professional photographers with whom I’ve ever worked have retained the copyrights to the photos that they take. 

    Post # 9
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    284 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Yes, our photographer retains copyright and gives us usage rights (so we can get photos printed, etc.) which seemed to be standard when we shopped around.

    To put some perspective on it, she explained that without copyright, a photographer couldn’t even use the photos on their website. 

    Post # 10
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    7295 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    my photographer kept the rights to the images, but i have printing rights.  And so anytime that an image is used, i have to make sure her name is credited.  For example, my Destination Wedding travel agent and my resort wedding coordinator both wanted to use my wedding photos on their company websites to promote their own businesses, and my photog agreed as long her name was attached to them.  i even credited her on facebook just to be safe.

    Post # 11
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    2819 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Some good points being made that “usage rights” are not the same as “copyright”.

    If you are really concerned about your photos being used without your permission, you could include a clause in your contract regarding that (i.e. photog can only use certain pics, cannot list your personal information, etc.).

    Post # 12
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    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    I am a (male) photographer (we are not all ladies here!) and it is customary for the photographer to maintain copyright.  In fact, if they don’t, they are either not a true professional or don’t know what they are doing.  Typically the photographer gives the clients a usage license, either to use the photos for commercial purpose, or more commonly in wedding photography, a release that allows the client to make print reproductions, post on social networking sites,etc,etc.

    The case your mom is referring to is a rare occurence.  If you insist on copyright, you will have to find a photographer willing to sell it to you (this will be very costly) or find someone that just doesn’t know what they are doing and is desperate for work

    Post # 13
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    228 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I voted yes, my photographer will keep the rights to my photos and he explained it this way…

    He said that in the past his brides that he’s shot have taken the photos and entered them into contests which have won cash prizes (or trips) without his permission.  He stated this happened on two occasions..the first one…  the bride entered a pic of her and her bridesmaids to an RW & Co. contest b/c she had purchased all of her BM’s dresses there.  She ended up winning and the pic was plastered all over everything and the photographer didn’t get credit.  The second time he took a pic of a landscape (in his spare time) and a local magazine got a hold of it and entered it into a photography competition for a local calendar so his picture ended up in this calendar without his permission.

    He told me I would get all of the digital files for my pics but that he would have the “rights” to the pictures.  In this case I understand.

    Post # 14
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    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    @Aisling10:  Also, if you had the rights, he would have no usage of the images for his portfolio, blog, or website, or samples to show any future clients.  It’s business suicide.

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