- 6 years ago
Please help me. I recently got married and had a friend/acquaintance shoot my photos. Because we know each other, she said we didn’t need a contract, no deposit required, etc. I asked her if there was anything I needed to know, and she just told me that my photos would be on a proofing site, and that I would get a usb with the high res files.
My question is this: I finally got to see my photos on the proofing site. Not only are all the photos watermarked right in the middle of each shot in black print, but it costs $10 for 1 4X6!!! and $20 to download 1 digital file!!! I am really not happy about this. I feel that she should have told me upfront that she would be watermarking every single photo for online use. I don’t want to share any of the photos on facebook or twitter, the watermark is horrendous!
It really sucks b/c I wanted to share my photos with friends all around the world that weren’t able to be a part of my special day. The photographer claims the watermark is for copyyright purposes, but if that was the case, shouldn’t she have brought it up before the shoot, contract, or no contract?
I really want to be honest with her about my feelings, and how disappointed I am. Plus, I was on a VERY tight budget, and I spent the most on her photographer fees. Now, I have to spend $20 a shot just to have unwatermarked photos to post online???
Please share your thoughts and experiences. Am I right? Or is she right? How should I handle this? When I originally asked about the watermark issue, she didn’t even get back to me until I wrote her again telling her how much I dislike watermarks. Since then, her correspondence has gone from friendly to professional. While she did say all the online shots would be watermarked, at least the high res files are not watermarked, thank god.
I’m also kicking myself b/c I planned for a sunset shoot, but there are no shots of the sunset, b/c my shoot ended 10 minutes before the actual sunset. I just assumed the sky would already be changing colors. It looks like it is 9am in my shots, it is so bright. 🙁
Sorry for the long vent, just had to get this off my chest. I learned my lesson the hard way! Never hire someone who is a “friend”, it just makes things more complicated.