(Closed) Photography contract question?? Does this mean guests can't take pics?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i think it’s just saying the photographer hired takes precedence

Post # 4
1880 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would ask your photographer. However usually it just means no other professionals you’ve hired, and that if you have a guest getting in the way of a shot (like pushing aside the photog to get a shot of your first kiss), it’s not the photographer’s fault.

Post # 5
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I agree with PPs, and I would add that since it talks about “during formal session,” they really don’t want Aunt Susie to be saying “look over here” and “smile at me” while they are trying to take their pics, and so they don’t really want anyone else taking pictures during posed shots.

Post # 6
6586 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

It usually means that no other professional can be hired and shooting. 

In my contract that section also spells out that I do not allow others to be photographing during the family formals, bridal party, or bride/groom photos. It’s incredibly distracting and I end up with way too many photos of people looking at someone else’s camera. That section also covers me from liability for shots that may be ruined by guests and their cameras. They can photograph any other time, but I ask that people use discretion during the key moments and for the love of all things holy….stay in your freaking seat during the ceremony! LOL

These days, every single wedding is a sea of cell phone, iPads, and cameras ALL over the place. Held up during the ceremony, stuck out into the isle, smack in between the couple from behind as they cut their cake, and rapid-fire flashing during key moments (first dance, parent dances, cake cutting, etc). I use off camera lighting for a more dramtic look, and it’s also just a lot more flattering and adds demention during reception photos. I can’t tell you how many times sweet moments are runied by Aunt Sallys camera triggering my lights and making my shot over exposed. :/

I roll with the punches, but it’s that clause in my contract that protects me because Uncle Bob is in the background of all your cake cutting picture. 

Post # 7
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

No, this just means you can’t have other hired photographers, they aren’t responsible if hired videographers cause them to miss shots, and no one is allowed to shoot over their shoulder while they are taking formal photos. This is mostly because it NEVER fails that someone will be right behind us taking cell phone photos and someone in the photo will look at THAT camera instead of the hired camera and then we end up with no images of everyone looking where they are suppose to be looking.

Post # 8
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

For me, I also tell my couples that if guests are distracting people during the formals, I’ll ask them to stop taking photos. But I usually tell the guests on the wedding day to let me get my shot, then they can take one. It’s hard enough to get a big group of people to all look at my camera, smile, and not blink at the same time, without being distracted by someone’s iphone! And this way, everyone wins.

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