(Closed) Question about Copyrights with our E-pics!

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

You could just explain to her what you want to do with the pictures and she can let you know if you can do therefore she should be able to explain how much extra it might cost etc with out you askin her directly and if she dosen’t bring it up just mention it. I don’t think its rude.

My photographer gave us the option to buy the extra photos she took that were not in our package. They were pricey, but it was the rights to the pic as well.

Post # 4
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

I would definitely shoot her an email and ask how much it would cost to get the rights to your e-pics. I’m sure that cost was built into the price for your wedding photos, so the photog will probably already have a set fee for it, and I’m sure it’s a very common question photographers get.

Post # 5
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Most photographers won’t sign over the copyright, they will send you a CD of images with printing rights and permission to use them for personal things (no selling the images). I’m sure if you send her an email saying, “Hi, I love our e-pics and would love to post them online for our friends and family members to see, would that be okay? I’ll give you credit for all photos.”

 Most photographers will jump at this because if your friends see them and like them, it leads to more work for the photographer.

Post # 6
394 posts
Helper bee

There is nothing wrong with asking to purchase rights. You just need to be clear about which rights you are seeking. Most real professional photographers will not ever sell their “copyright” (if they do this it means that can no longer use the picture for anything, at all. this includes their portfolio/website/advertising). If for some reason they are willing to sell the copyright, expect in to be in the hundreds Per Image.

What i think you, as well as many other brides, are seeking is more along the lines of “Personal Usage Rights” or “Printing Rights”. This give you the rights to reproduce said images via print or personal web use (aka social networking), but resticts you from selling the images for profit or using them in a publication.

There shouldnt be any reason why your photographer wouldnt sell you a cd of your e session with a print release, esp. if they are willing to for the actuall wedding. All you have to do is ask and im sure they will have a price ready for you.

Post # 7
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think @atomic has it exactly right!  Your photographer will certainly not turn over their entire copyright to you, but just be sure to explain what you want to do with your photos and ask for permission.  Maybe if it was included as part of your wedding package, they may charge you a bit for that right, though.

Post # 8
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@atomic: I’m so glad to see some brides are properly educated on the Copyright issue. You have it exactly correct! Good for you!

@Tennessee2Carolina: I very highly doubt you have actual “copyrights” to your wedding photos, but instead have printing/usage rights to them. I would just ask your photographer about getting similar printing/usage rights for your epics. If it’s just for FB and online sharing, she would probably have no problem giving you a low-res DVD of watermarked images to share online for minimal or no extra cost.

Post # 9
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t see why you wouldn’t at least ask.

Post # 11
394 posts
Helper bee

@LB : thats because i am a bride and a pro photographer 🙂 im multitasking, lol. 


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