Post # 1
So, FI and I are pretty private people. We don’t post pics on facebook and we certainly wouldn’t want our wedding photos publicly available on the internet.
My question: Is it hard to find wedding photographers that will agree to keep wedding photos private (i.e., no blog posts or use in their promotional materials or website)? Is this determined by who has the rights to the photos? I’d appreciate some guidance on this!
Post # 4
@SleepyBee99: I think most photographers would be pretty open to it… maybe you could negotiate it so that they only use decoration photos?
Post # 5
I think any decent (nice/kind) photog would be okay with that request… Ours has the rights to our pics, but I think thats more to stop OTHER people using their work as promo material etc.
I would be much much more concerned about people posting guest pics on facebook etc..
Post # 6
@SleepyBee99: you can request it be in the contract.
Post # 7
You can certainly ask to have that written into your contract, and that’s not an unreasonable request. Unless you’re hiring a photographer at a discounted rate specifically so they can build their portfolio, most photographers should be fine with it. However, you should realize that photos of your wedding will very likely be on FB. Being realistic, unless you’re having a very small wedding, the odds are very good that someone will post pics. You can choose not to let yourself get tagged in them, but they’ll exist.
Post # 8
@EmeraldTiger: Yeah- we’re worried about guests and facebook. We’re having a small wedding, so we’re going to talk to people in advance about our preferences or put something in the text somewhere (wedding website?) to indicate we don’t want our pics out there. I was thinking of creating a flickr page (that I can password protect) for everyone to upload their pics to if they want to share.
Post # 9
I rarely get the request NOT to feature a wedding. Normally clients are asking for all the online shots they can get. But once a year or so I get a client who has a reasonable request for privacy. For example I have one wedding where the groom is an undercover police officer. I changed my contract in that case to allow them to approve the images that will be featured in their blog post.
Post # 10
@SleepyBee99: Yes. It will be difficult to find a photographer willing to do this. Showing weddings is our bread and butter – when we blog we include links to the venue and other vendors which helps future couples getting married there find us when they search. You may find someone willing to not use images but they will most likely be very experienced photographers who don’t necessarily need your images for their blog/portfolio or who have already shot at your venue. From a photography standpoint it’s easy to understand why we need to be able to post the images – how would you ever find a photographer without seeing their work? I would look for more experienced, established photographers if you’re really set on them not using your images anywhere.
Post # 11
Usually you have to pay extra to have a photog not use them in their blog, in future advertising, etc.
I understand being private, but I don’t understand why you’d limit this, given that nobody will really care about any one person’s wedding enough to track them down via their wedding photog.
Post # 12
My photogs are very well established and do not blog every wedding. I agree with above posters – find someone who doesn’t blog every single thing breath they take and you will probably have no problem with that kind of request. My photogs only really update their website in the off season.
Post # 13
@SleepyBee99: Ours will be private and we made sure to include it in our contract. The videographer and photographer we used had no problem with that.
Post # 14
@CaroBee: Would you mind sharing who your Raleigh photographers are? (I’m on the hunt to find mine (we’re getting married in Raleigh too)) You can PM me if you want 🙂
Post # 15
We didn’t want anything on social media sites either (although we didn’t mind any on the photographer’s blog.)- We asked all our guests (54) to not upload any pics of the wedding party to any social media site and instead provided a password protected site to do so. ALL of our guests complied without exception.
I think it’d be unfair to ask all your guests not to put any pictures at all but restricting it to non-wedding party pics would be ok.
Sorry I can’t help with the photographer blog bit- we didn’t mind this. But it can’t hurt to ask?
Post # 16
Just talk to the photographer. Ive had a couple or two that are private. They didnt want to be all over facebook but were ok with my blog or a few gallery images. Instead of blogging the whole wedding I do like a ‘teaser’ post so it limits the public photos. I dont do facebook anymore so its a non issue for couples and I. I dumped my fb page almost two years ago. It was freeing! lol