(Closed) Keeping Photos Offline – Not Wanting To Be Blogged, Etc

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Just ask them. My friend recently got married and she was the same way (for different reasons). Her photographer does so many weddings that not putting one up didn’t make a world of difference.

Post # 4
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Just be upfront. Several of our guests work in sensitive positions and are not allowed to hve their images online. We talked with our photog about it, and she was sure to not include them in any posted photos. Honestly, our photog didn’t seem the least bit put off by our special requests. Heck, at one point I went bride crazy and asked if I could preview my images before she posted them. She even agreed to that, although I came down off the ledge and did not ultimately preview a thing.

Post # 5
2759 posts
Sugar bee

I think most professional photos would be able to understand and comply with your wishes. It might be best to get it in writing, though, just in case.

Post # 6
1562 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My H and I were in the same boat… we didn’t want our photographer to have the right to do anything and everything with our photos, for personal and professional reasons.

When we booked our photographer, we had it built into our contract that the rights to our photos belonged to us and us alone.  However, you should expect some pushback from photographers on this, as showing off their work is the biggest part of their business.  It ended up being OK for us because the photog we booked does so many weddings that it didn’t matter.  

Post # 8
2320 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve had clients do this, in the form of not signing a model release.

When you meet with them I would just ask what their normal process is for posting photos online and then explain to them that your privacy is important to you and you don’t want images of the wedding posted online. You can even ask that it be put in the wording of your contract if you’d like. 

Post # 9
7 posts

It has always irked me that photographers who are paid to take photos of a wedding feel that these photos belong to them and therefore they can do whatever they want with them whenever.  Yes, you took the photos, but they are of my life at a private event so I should get to say how and when they are used (particularly because I paid for it!).  A wedding is personal and I really don’t want it to be used as a billboard for the entire world to see.  The key here is to remember that you are paying for a service–just like the other services you are paying for at your wedding–and that means you have the ability to negotiate the contract. I had it written into the contract that photos of my wedding could not be used by the photographer online.  Make sure you get it in writing!  Verbal or handshake agreements are not sufficient.  If the photographer refuses to budge on this point, then that’s not the photographer for you.

Post # 10
24 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

@mauve:  Actually legally the images DO belong to thephotographer. That being said, if you prenegotiate that no images are posted online or used for advertising and the photographer is not ok with that, just find another photographer who is more reasonable about it. 

Post # 11
7 posts

@MrsTrue:  Actually its not. See the US government’s copyright page:


What is a work made for hire?
Although the general rule is that the person who creates the work is its author, there is an exception to that principle; the exception is a work made for hire, which is a work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment; or a work specially ordered or commissioned in certain specified circumstances. When a work qualifies as a work made for hire, the employer, or commissioning party, is considered to be the author. See Circular 9, Work-Made-For-Hire Under the 1976 Copyright Act.



Post # 12
4109 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Completely understand! I don’t want mine blogged either. Ilet our photog know this upfront though… as long as they are aware, they won’t count on your photos for advertising purposes.

Post # 13
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Legally, a wedding really isn’t a work for hire situation, so I do keep all copyright.

I won’t take a wedding where I can’t blog *something* from it..but we can usually reach a compromise and I can just blog detail shots of the reception, centerpieces, the bride and groom walking away from the back, not using your names, that sort of thing. Would that be agreeable to you?

Post # 14
7 posts

@kwynn:  Can you explain why you think it is not a work for hire situation?

Post # 15
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@kwynn:  It’s not?

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