Post # 1
Quick question for you all. We just got our engagement photos back, and they’re stunning! Seriously, we knew our photographer was amazing, but Fiance and I were so worried we’d be too unphotogenic and/or awkward that we intentionally planned a still-life photo with the rings in case none of the pictures with us in them turned out, and we ended up loving about thirty different photos
I’m pretty sure the files are ours to do with what we will, but would that apply to generally more personal use? Framed photos, save the dates, etc? I’d love to post the photos on our wedding website (and to show you all here, of course!) but with the ease that photos can get appropriated on the interwebs I’d hate for our photographer to not get the credit she deserves if one of her photos ends up on Pinterest or something and doesn’t link directly back to her website. I’m thinking of asking her to subtlely watermark some low-res versions of the photos that we’d use online, but I’m not sure if I’m just way over-thinking this or not. Any help would be appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
@BotticelliLove: I think you’ll be okay if you just ask your photographer if she’s okay with you posting those photos, if you add a link to her website/blog. Alternatively, if she’d like to add her watermark, I say sure do that! 🙂 It’s great that you’re thinking of your photographer before you post!
Post # 4
Link to their website. If it hits pinterest from your wedding site its still going to link to where you will have info about your photographer on your site. Dont worry. 🙂
If you have usage rights its on the photographer if they didnt watermark the net use images.
Post # 5
I would ask her. Also, if she blogged them, try sharing them from her site so at least it will go back to her. As someone who just had a bunch of my photos ripped off by a wannabe photog trying to pass them off as her own, we ALWAYS make sure clients post only watermarked images. PLUS, if you love your photog the BEST thing you can do for her is spread her work and good reviews of her. 99% of my business comes from referrals. So you would really be helping her a lot.
Post # 6
Just ask her. We used to do watermarked images, but we got tired of trying to explain to everyone why it was important to have the watermarked ones online versus non -etc. We never liked the logo on the images in the first place. The important part is that you’re not posting full resolution images online, and that you are linking back to the photographer’s website. If the images are going up on Facebook, link to the website and tag the photographer’s business page or personal page.
Post # 7
Thanks, everyone! She did just write us to tell us she posted us on her blog (http://www.emilykightphotography.com/blog/ — we’re Allison and Dave) so I think we’ll pull from that. Linking to her site and being sure to use lo-res web versions was a great idea. Thanks all!