(Closed) Rights to engagement pics?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
9089 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@hartmamp:  You would really need to read how it’s worded in your contract. Saying “You have the rights blah blah” is not legal jargen, so really it tells us absolutely nothing about what is actually in your contract.

The best bet, however, would be to call and ask your photographer.

Post # 4
1227 posts
Bumble bee

Generally, you are permitted to print and share, but not profit from their use.  But I agree, check with your photographer.

Post # 5
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I got a photo package with copyright rights.  I assumed that it was only for the wedding pics.  I was talking with my photographer the other day, and she told me that the rights cover the engagment pics as well.  Score!  I am having her put them on a CD for me so that I can have them all.

Post # 6
1318 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Some photographers give you printing rights, some give you digital uploading rights, some give you both, some give you none, some send out seperate files with their watermark on the photo for upload. We’d need to know exactly what your contract says. (Some don’t allow uploads because it is really easy for unprofessional and sneaky photographers to steal those photos and claim them as their own in their own portfolios).

Post # 7
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I say post it.

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

Ask the photographer for a watermarked version you can post on FB

Post # 9
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The only correct answer to this can come from your photographer and the contract you signed. Just ask 🙂

Post # 10
739 posts
Busy bee

Your photographer needs to give you want is called personal use rights. This may have been purchased already like with your wedding photos. We {and most photographers I know} include an engagement session in their packages but leave it up to the couple after if they would like to purchase prints or digital files with the printing/use rights.

Unless you have usage rights granted to you, it’s illegal for you to use them and will probably upset your photographer if they find out you used them.

I had a client a number of years ago who printed a bunch of ENG photos from her proofing gallery and hang them all over her house and use them throughout the wedding. AFTER i already explained the terms and usage rights. She just didn’t want to pay for them. Let me tell you how hard it was to not be completely pissed off the entire day from walking into her house and seeing those crappy prints displayed. 

Post # 11
4099 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I get rights to both my e-pix and wedding pix… It’s one of the reasons we chose our photog 🙂

Post # 12
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Our contract doesn’t mention the engagement photos, which come with our package, but we were given a CD of images + print rights for those.

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