(Closed) Our friend is our photographer.. and I don’t want him to put pictures on Flickr

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think it’s totally within reason to request that he not post the pictures in a public arena (like flikr).  I wouldn’t even go into the retouching conversation… I’d just explain I don’t want everyone to be able to see every photo.  Most couples don’t share 100s of pics with their friends and family, but rather dozens of their favorite photos from the day.  If he wants to share some of them, to show his work to others, ask if you could approve the ones that will be put up in a public forum.  Regardless of whether or not you paid him, if he’s a friend, he should understand completely.  🙂

Post # 4
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you signed a contract that says he can use them for promotional purposes, he can do whatever he wants with them. :-/

Post # 6
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I would start with a simple, “Hey, do you mind not posting the pictures on Flickr?” chances are he’ll totally understand.

If he asks, be honest with him about wanting to do additional touching up on hair, make up, etc. – he may even be willing to do some of it for you!

Post # 7
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I have always wondered how you make double chins disappear in photo shop – that is one of my biggest worries about my wedding pictures. 

Post # 8
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

my Darling Husband does photography as a hobby and has done weddings for friends.  I know he wouldn’t have any problem with having you edit them.

I think you should just as the photographer to let you have all the photos before they go on flickr.  Its a simple request.  Maybe ask him to put them only visible to friends/family?

Post # 9
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think if he took them for free then he pretty much can post them as he’d like. Undecided

Our photog did his for free and he just asked that we let him use them for promo shots. That being said I have a ton from my mom and fam (photographers as well) that I’ll get this weekend (way before he’ll get his done) so people will see the ones I photoshopped first.

You may want to ask him if you can get some copies of them or that he not post all of them so that you can show some to friends/family.

Post # 10
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Kind of touchy. Technically, he has the copyright and you editing them is a violation, unless expressed that you have that permission. Regardless of whether or not he’s building a business, they are his photos… and your friends will know if their pics are “touched up” if you’re removing double chins and such. 

These kinds of expectations are best discussed before weddings, but I would sit and have a chat and talk about how you love what he’s putting out so far, but wanted to do some extra touching up before your friends see them. Ask him to make them private or to do further retouching or at least let him know what your expectations are. 

but I still maintain, people will know their face has been retouched regardless of if they’ve seen the orig. version.. There’s going to be a lot more unflattering pictures from peoples point and shoots than your friends version… it seems rather extreme and unfair to prohibit him from posting them on his flickr… 

Post # 12
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

+1 to what KLP said. Contract or no contract, the copyrights automatically go to the “artist,” in this case your friend. He can do whatever he wants with the photos, and if all he’s doing this for is the portfolio material, then I also think it’s unfair to take that away from him by asking him not to post the pics publicly. Even if he is willing to bend for being your friend, it’s kind of taking advantage.

My other concern would be, are you sure you are skilled enough in PS to do this kind of retouching and still have it look good in print? I would be very careful, as this kind of thing done by a nonprofessional can easily look really really bad in print.

Overall, I’m very glad your situation turned out so well and you are happy with the photos! It’s not often I see brides who had friends shoot their weddings and end up so happy, so yours must be very talented. Good find!

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