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

posted 12 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
1144 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2021

could you buy them after the wedding?  we get all of ours but one photog we interviewed said we could buy the rights after the fact if we didn’t have the money during wedding planning.

Post # 18
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

it was a dealbreaker for me…one reason being, I am not buying any prints from the photog.

Post # 19
717 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

It was a deal breaker for me.  I don’t know what I will want to do in the future but I feel that I should have the rights to any photo taken of me.  I don’t want to have to pay $25 bucks a pic to make a scapbook later.  See if you can swap some of the extra goodies for the rights.

Post # 20
1387 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

To me, it’s a must-have.  I want access to all our wedding pics in case I want to print them as gifts, frame them, make photobooks, etc.

Post # 21
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m with Vistagirl – can you buy them after the fact? I have security deposits for venues that I get back a couple weeks after the wedding and I am using that to pay my photog for my prints. . . . For me it is VERY stinkin important to me to be able to load my pics on my server and print them off at any time I want.

Post # 22
29 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you’re not ordering many photos, then it’s not a big deal. If the portrait prices aren’t that much, than it may not be big deal.

I, on the other hand, refused to book anyone without rights. This is a digital age and this is my wedding. I deserve the rights to my own photos.

Plus, maybe I want to share them with facebook or decide I need some in ten years for something. I will always have them.

In my opinion, $400 isn’t toooooo bad. I nixed a photographer for $1000 rights. Yeah right.

Post # 23
1837 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hi Ngolden1: You ABSOLUTELY should get the rights to your photos. If you can’t afford them now, see if they will sell them to you later & if there’s an extra fee for ordering them after. I’ve been a wedding photographer for abour 4 years now & always include rights to print the photos. You will want them & photographer’s typically charge a TON of money for reprinting. Some photographers charge $15 for a 5×7 print, you can get that done around $3-$5 at a professional photo store or probably between $1-3 at Walmart. You may want to look around for other photographers if you don’t want to go over budget. Plus, then you can post them online & such so others can see your photos. Hope this helps 🙂


Post # 24
2297 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

For us, it was more important to have the rights than to have prints or albums.  We have used the photos in everything from online wedding recaps to an album a friend made for us.  And it means that if a friend, or even a vendor, wants copies, there is no problem.

Post # 25
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Absolutely 100% extremely important.

Put it this way…you do not want your photog coming after you because you posted the images of your wedding publicly on your Facebook page.

Post # 26
1404 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think it is very important.  Otherwise you aren’t technically allowed to distribute your pictures on a disc or on online sites like facebook.  Plus, you can get so much cheaper prints when you have the rights.  Some photogs really jack up the price of prints you order through them.  I know mine charges like $8 for a 4×6 now.  Look at your photog’s print price list and then determine how much it would cost you to order some prints.  

I was really glad I had the rights to all of mine.  Maybe work out a deal with your photog and see if he will give them to you for less.

Post # 27
741 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

VERY IMPORTANT: that way you can print copies out or publish them online

Post # 28
632 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It was one of the most important things to me. For the CD and all rights it will only be $300!

Post # 29
657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We modified our package which initially came with $300 in prints to have $100 in prints and a DVD of all images and the right to print all images. We’ll get some prints initially and then we’ll be able to print more, make albums, etc. I wanted to spend all of our photography money on getting the best photographer that we could afford…and then we’ll buy more prints or make albums after the wedding is over and we’re no longer saving for it!

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