Post # 1
So I found this photographer online and we exchanged messages for awhile. I asked him to send me a contract so I can look over it before we meet.
Everything looks normal except I have a huge problem with not allowing guests to take photos.
Here’s how he has it worded:
- It is understood that —- will act as the sole and exclusive wedding photographer. Because of the fact that flashes from guest’s cameras may ruin shots taken by —-, THE CLIENT acknowledges that they are responsible for notifying all of their guests that guest photography is not permitted at any time while the professional photographer are in session. —- suggests that a separate notice be placed in the invitations. The formal photography time is for the exclusive use of —- to capture the formal wedding portraits. Because of time constraints and the need for subjects to pay full attention to the professional photographer, guest photography cannot be permitted. —- will allow guests to take snapshots during the processional and recessional, during candid events at the church, and at the altar during the time —- equipment is being packed up. In return for this consideration —- insists no other guest photography take place when or where —- is working. No other guest/photographer using professional equipment will be allowed by —- at any time during the wedding. —- reserves the right to stop any photographic services paid for and leave the function should any other person take photographs with any professional equipment – with the deposit being forfeit.
Has anyone signed a contract that includes this? I just googled it and it looks like this same wording is “normal” and on many professional photography contracts.
My family owned a photography studio years ago and my dad was the photographer. He absolutely loves taking pictures and I would not want to tell him that he can’t take pictures on the wedding day. The same goes for my uncles – they just got new DSLR cameras that they love and I’m sure they would want to take pictures as well.
Or should I just suck it up and agree to these terms? The photographer seems awesome and I did see a thread here awhile back talking about how guests taking pictures ruin photos. I don’t know… I just know that if my dad took pictures on the wedding day, they would be amazing too. The whole thing, not allowing guests to take pictures, from what I remember was already controversial on that thread.
Thoughts, suggestions, and comments are appreciated!
Post # 3
We are not allowed to have anyone else taking photographs or videos for money. It is also understood that our guests do not get in our photographers way. We are also not allowed to use any guest/other professional photos for our wedding at all.
We had 2 engagement shoots and we were not allowed to use photographer #1’s photo on our STD’s because we had since then signed a contract with photographer #2.
Post # 4
@alotlikelove: That’s bogus. Your photog can’t tell you that no one is is allowe to take pictures of your wedding.
Alter the contract.
Post # 5
First, I would see if that’s negotiable if you really want that photographer. For me personally there are way too many photographers in the NJ/NYC area for me to accept that! It’s your day and you are paying the photographer.
Post # 6
I specifically asked my photographer about this, and she said that she’s very accustomed to working around guests taking pictures, and that for posed shots, she lets the guests take pictures, and then takes her own when they are done. (this is the same thing the professional photographers I work with at my day job do as well).
I guess your options are to go with that photographer, or find another one. I found that other thread very enlightening, and plan on asking my guests to refrain from taking pictures during the reception until the professional photographer leaves (9:30pm)
Post # 7
I’d simply find another photographer.
Post # 8
“ —- will allow guests to take snapshots during the processional and recessional, during candid events at the church, and at the altar during the time —- equipment is being packed up.”
so no guest photos of formal session, but rest of the time there will be photo ops for guests but not with pro equipment?
Post # 9
@alotlikelove: Hmm…it’s a little more intense than most photography contracts (at least in my area), but he does allow photos to be taken during the processional/recessional and at the altar. I can understand because guests leaning in to take photos while you are walking down the aisle, etc can be really intrusive/annoying. Also, I can see why he doesn’t want guests taking photos during the wedding party/family photos part. You don’t want people looking at different cameras at different times
Can guests take photos whenever they want during the reception?
You can always word it politely and may offer to do professional prints (if you are given the rights to the photos) for any guests that request them. You can get 4x6s and 5×7 for cheap printed online. Or you can provide a link to the online gallery for them to order themselves.
If this really bothers you, I guess you can look into another photographer…
Post # 10
you mean of you? or they cant take any pictures of themselves eg a posed shot in couples?
Post # 11
I would just contact them and find out how strict they are about it. Chances are they just don’t want a random uncle dragging in his tripod and being in the way while they’re trying to take their pro photos.
Post # 12
They can take all the pictures of themselves that they like. I do not want the pictures of my first dance however to be a bunch of people standing around us with cameras in front of their faces.
Fortunately, most of my friends are of the sort that when there’s alcohol involved, the cameras stay home, so I don’t think it’ll be a big deal. Our families will know they’ll get copies of the professional pictures, and our friends don’t post their lives on facebook, so it really won’t be a big deal.
Post # 13
What happens if one of your guests does take a photo? Then what? Do you have to pay a fee/fine?
Post # 14
to me it sounds like hes threatening to walk out if it happens
Post # 15
It’s normal to request that no other guests interfere with the photographer (stand in front of him/her, bump into them to take their own photo, etc.) Those guests are known as “Uncle Bob’s” in the photography world.
I don’t not believe it is normal to request that no other guests are allowed to take photos period. Personally, i wouldn’t hire a photographer with that int he contract.
Post # 16
During most of the formal photos, most guest will not be around.
If they arrive early and want to take a photo, it would be rude to tell them no.
It sounds like the photographer is being like the mall Santa. I understand not being able to take a picture with the Santa with your own camera since they make money off the prints. The majority of the payment to your photographer is for time and equipment, no prints/albums.
I would search around for another photographer. This seems too stressful to worry about and your guests would find it rude.