(Closed) Photographer posted pics on social media before sending to us??

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 31
316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

We had an engagement shoot and before we got the pics I found 2 on her instagram, I think it’s pretty normal now. You should mention it to her if your uncomfortable though, I’d say that I was shocked to find our photos up before we had them and see what she says.

Post # 32
1183 posts
Bumble bee

Votes for normal here. Remember a handful of photos is nothing compared to the 300+ you’ll be getting. The photographer is probably just doing a few for promotional things, which you signed. Though it would have been nice to be informed first.

I’m quite private and work in schools so asked our photographer to keep them offline but said that afterwards if he wanted us to select a couple that I’m happy being out there thenwe’d agree. We also wrote a lovely review. I’d recommend private people just say no to any social media things.

Post # 33
200 posts
Helper bee

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goldenbrown :  You ultimately have to check your contract in order to decide what you can do. Any professional would have made you sign a contract stating they own the images and can use them however they want. And secondly, made you sign a model release. 

You could ask them to kindly take the photos down, but she would be doing you a favour because legally, she doesn’t need to (if both parties had a contract). 

A lot of photographers develop a few good ones to post. They haven’t finished developing the entire set yet, that’s likely the reason why she hasn’t sent you all the photos yet.

IMO, I wouldn’t rush her. Would you rather wait a little longer for good photos? Or have her rush post processing and give you less-than-perfect ones? 

Post # 34
4264 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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goldenbrown :  Eek! I totally understand why you’re upset. A few sneak peeks are normal, but to post a good amount of pictures on a blog without even letting you know would bother me too! As others have said, most photographers at the very least will tag you in these posts so that you can see them, versus stumbling across them like you did. I think I’d wait until I get all of the pictures, then suggest to her that clients would probably appreciate a heads up about these kinds of posts. 

Post # 35
3090 posts
Sugar bee

I absolutely would not be okay with that. 

Post # 36
782 posts
Busy bee

my photographer sent me 3 sneak peaks the day after the wedding but also posted probably 4 onto social media before we got them all back! I personally loved seeing them on social media and sharing them with others. Inclduing one of me and my dad! I do think this has come to be the “norm” but if it’s rubbing you the wrong way, request that she stops. In my contract it says she has the right to use the pictures for promotional purposes, even though I own the copyright to them now. I even found her based off other photos she used on social media so I think it’s definitely an effective means of getting clients for them. 

Post # 37
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think it’s relatively standard to post a couple of “sneak peak” pictures soon after the wedding, however to post pretty much the entire wedding without letting you know is a different story, especially super personal ones of your dad crying or ones without the actual bride/groom/ bridal party in it.  

Post # 38
7514 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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jennmariee :  I hear people saying that’s normal, so I guess it is, but if I was interviewing photographers and one told me I absolutely had to allow them to plaster my wedding all over social media I would walk.

<div style=”overflow: hidden; color: #000000; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: left; text-decoration: none;”>That’s totally ok to feel that way, but in *most* cases, you’d need to be prepared to pay more. A photographers only ability to market themsevles is with the images they create. By them not using those photos in their portfolio….that affects their marketing ability and future income. Similar to purchasing copyright (which is VERY expensive, and you then own completely the photos….different from print rights) taking out the model release of a contract usually comes at an additional fee.</div>

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goldenbrown :  It’s totally normal, and pretty much expected, within the industry. Almost all of us post a preview or “sneak peek” ASAP after the wedding, and usually try and blog a larger amount of photos within a week or two. Normally clients are literally hounding us about when we will put a preview up – so it’s pretty rare to hear someone is upset about it.

Post # 39
154 posts
Blushing bee

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goldenbrown :  what does the contract say? My friend’s wedding photographer did the same and it upset her. He took all pictures down as she requested. In the contract it didn’t say he couldn’t post but also didn’t say he could.

Post # 40
5361 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

It would never cross my mind to be upset about this….but I was a super duper chill bride. It took over 2 months to get our pictures back and I saw a couple of them on social media before hand. I was excited…

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