(Closed) How important is it to have the rights to your pictures?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

It really depends. For me, it was VERY important to have the rights to my photos, but we aren’t ordering any prints from our photographer. We are doing them ourselves. If you are ordering prints from your photog and you don’t think you’ll want more in the future, then you’re probably okay without it.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

Depends. Will you want to make blurb books or albums for your parents/grandparents/other family? Will you want to send other family some pics? Post on facebook? Post on flickr? Get copies to keep in a safe deposit box?

I mean, for me personally, it is important… my ILs and parents want copies, and they’re already paying enough for the wedding!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

To me it was really important. I wanted full ownership of the pics. You never know what you will do with them in the future and they are your wedding photos. In the modern era of digital photography you can have all of your pics on a digital file and will have them forever!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ngolden1….I believe it’s important to have full rights to your pics.  It’s cheaper to recopy any pics you want should you have family members/friends/guests who want to order pics.  Someday down the road, you may want to make a picture album (like on Walgreens.com, shutterfly.com, snapfish.com, etc.) on your own so having full rights to your pics allows you to reprint them at a cheaper rate than ordering it from the photographer.  Also, if you have your own disk w/ all your photos, you will have it forever.  If you dont’ have full rights, the photographer keeps it w/ him/her.  What happens if your photographer disappears and you want to order more photos?  It’ll be more hassle looking for him/her just to order more pics.

Just a suggestion.  Hope that helps.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

For me, it’s VERY important, because we want to be able to print them ourselves.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

For me, it’s really important because I want to be able to pick and choose which ones I print off and this way I can build extra albums if I want to.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

It really depends on what you want from your photos. If buying a few formal photos and an album is about the extent of what you will want, then I don’t think it is necessary. You will be fine spending the money to get really nice pictures printed by your photographer. If, however, you think lots of family will want photos of themselves or you or whatever, it really helps to have the rights.

I am doing a photobooth, so there will be lots of fun pictures of my guests. Therefore, it is important to me to be able to print those pictures relatively innexpensively. You aren’t going to spend $25 for that picture. My father is also REALLY into digitalizing all of our memories (he has even converted our old home movies to digital format, scans antique photos, etc.) so he will like having the rights.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

For us it was really important since we may want more photos down the road that we can’t afford to order through the photog now. Ours is throwing in the rights for free (almost immediately, which is unusual). I know a lot of other photogs in our area give you the rights to your photos a year after the wedding. Maybe you can negotiate to get the rights in a year for free?

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

For me it was the deciding factor in choosing a photographer.  I want a digital copy of every photo that he takes.  I will be buying them for $200 after the wedding.

I am also doing a photo booth and having disposables on the table… I am really obsessed with photos.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

For me it’s hugely important because we want to be able to upload the photos to Flickr and post them on our wedding website so that family who aren’t able to come to the wedding will be able to look through them. Also we’re planning on printing out loads at home and want to use one of the images for our thank you cards.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

To start with, I am photographer (side business mostly children and families)and if a client asked for full rights to their photos, I would say no. If they wanted printing rights, they of course can purchase that from me. This was the same way with my wedding photographer, we bought printing rights from her, but she legally owns her own work so we can’t submit our wedding pics to a bridal magazine without her permission.

Just thought I would clarify that point for brides.

To answer your question, yes, printing rights were very important to me. I will like having the CD of images for future printing and being able to create other projects from the pictures.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

I had the rights to my pictures – that way even though my albums came from the photographer, I could put them all on Shutterfly (which I did) and then friends and family could order copies through there at .16 for a 4×6 instead of $20.  I was also able to print pictures for myself to scrapbook and hang up around the house at a fractional cost.  I let my photographers know that I wanted to submit my wedding to magazines or places online and they were totally fine with it, the cd of all the images were included in the package I chose.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My FSIL’s wedding was five years ago . . . and they STILL use pictures from the wedding!  She’s used them in all sorts of gifts for friends and family.  Depending on your plans, it might be more affordable in the long run to buy the rights, too.  It’s cheaper to print photos yourself than have the photog print them. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My brother and SIL got married 8 years ago, and their photographer shot in film. This past weekend my SIL said that she really wishes that they had digital copies of their pictures. Printing rights were a must when we were picking our photog.

You mentioned that your photographer includes a lot of stuff in his package – if you decide that digital copies are more important to you than some of the other items in the package, it’s worth asking if he would be willing to swap $400 worth of package items for digital copies. 

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