Post # 1
We just had our E-pics taken out of town at our Destination wedding location ..our photographer will also be doing our Wedding pics… .. She charged us a sesion fee for taking the e-pics and now has put them on her website for us to buy. Well I purchased some and I’m waiting for them in the mail..CANT wait! But for our Wedding she is charging me a set price and giving me the digital disk and the copyrights for me to print off. Orginally I was happy with that..but now I’m starting to wish I could do the same with the e-pics..but I’m scared to ask for the copyrights…would that be Rude? I would LOVE to be able to post my e-pics online and email them to friends and family..but I know thats against copyright for me to scan and send from computer unless I have the copyrights… I’m sure she makes more money with me having to buy all the pics seperately but what would be the best way to handle this situation? Just come out and ask her how much it would be for copyrights? Any suggestions?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
@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
I don’t see why you wouldn’t at least ask.
Post # 10
Thanks Bee’s I Wrote an email to the photographer and I’m waiting my reply!!!! 🙂
Post # 11
@LB : thats because i am a bride and a pro photographer 🙂 im multitasking, lol.