(Closed) Release forms?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Good luck getting around that. As a photographer, I can say that I couldn’t do any wedding if those forms hadn’t been signed. How else are photographers supposed to havea portfolio? Maybe explain that the photographer has a business they need to run and they can’t do that unless they’re allowed to use photos they’ve taken.

Post # 4
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394 posts
Helper bee

I have to agree with photogestelle. As a photographer, we build our businesses by showing past work. This is something that is very important to us getting any work at all. Think about it.. would you have hired your current photographer had you not seen any of their work? or if their work had been tremendously outdated (aka trends from 5 years ago)?? Probably not. So essentially you are potentially costing them future business by not allowing them to update their portfolio with their work from your wedding.

Now that being said, perhaps talk to your photographer (and your fiance) and see if there is some room for compromise. Like perhaps your fiance gets to approve photos of him that are used, or only a certain number of him, or they can only be used on the website (and not for ads or printed promos)? See if you can find the specific reason that concerns him and work around it with your photographer. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@ndwilkerson: I kinda agree with your Fiance… I wouldnt want just any pictures out there. I would however be very flattered if he decided to use pictures of us. I would definately try to compromise otherwise you run the risk of your photog not really caring or being creative. Unless he is a businessman or fuure congressman then I would think its okay.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m the total opposite…I’m batting for having my pic’s used. I want to be popular amongst strangers I will never meet! =D 

Post # 7
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814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

If your Fiance is totally against it, go with Captain13’s idea and ask the photographer if he or she will only publically display images you’re comfortable with*. He/she will no doubt still use them for private viewings with potential clients, but it’s not like your entire wedding will be on display. At the end of the day, the photographer has to make a living, something he or she can’t do if they haven’t got work to show off.

 

*I’m not saying this will work. I’d be offended if a client told me, a professional, which of my images I could use for MY business, but I guess you really have nothing to lose in trying.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I think your photographer should be willing to work with you.  The photographer will still ALWAYS own the images and hold copyright, but if you don’t want them displayed publically they should be willing to accept that.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

If he knew what it would cost to own the full copyright to your wedding images instead of just printing rights, he would not feel that way. You probably won’t be able to find a photographer who will work with you with those stipulations. They may be willing to not blog oyur photos directly, but asking them to never use them for any reason basically takes their copyright away.

Post # 10
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376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think MOST brides and grooms are ok with the photographer use their shots. I am! No problem! But I also understand people who don’t want their photos shown or used for commerical purposes. If you have a GOOD photographer they already have plenty of brides perfectly happy with sharing their photos. Having one bride not be ok with it shouldn’t be a big deal. I’d ask your photographer about it. Tell him you had a past stalker and you don’t want that person to find out what city you live in. Yes, a little lie, but no hurt feelings (I’m assuming, I actually have exs that are creepy out there).

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Good luck finding a photographer who does a good job and doesn’t have that restriction! I’d ask your Fiance to find one…when he comes up with nothing he may change his mind.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Wonderstruck:

And if the photographer does do a good job but doesn’t show his previous work because clients don’t want him to….how would you even see that he was doing a good job? lol

Post # 13
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3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

all photographers have these releases.  good luck

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@murmur: Very true! You should ask your Fiance this question, OP.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yeah, that’s not going to happen. Maybe they won’t blog about it, but they can use them in other ways if they want.

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