Post # 1
I have been doing some research on owning the rights to our wedding photos, yet am still confused over copyright rules. I don’t mind if the photographer uses the photos again, but I want to be able to have access to all my photos to save and print as I like. Is that a big ask? What are the normal copyright rules when it comes to wedding photography and how can I not spend an arm and a leg making sure I get access to my photos?
Any advice is more than welcomed!
Post # 2
Most photographers provide you with a print release so you can print/use your photos as you see fit. Transferring copyrights is a legal issue and rarely done with wedding photos. You don’t “own” the rights to the photo because they’re protected by copyright, but you are authorized to print and use them. Does that make sense?
Honestly, just clarify with your photographer about what they provide. It should also be in your contract.
Post # 3
Our photographer isn’t doing any of the prints for us. Once he has completed his edits and touch ups to the photos, we are getting all of them on a thumb drive with the rights to print them as we see fit. And he told us the first thing that we should do with that thumb drive is to make a few copies of it in case anything happens to it!
Post # 4
According to my contract, we can’t edit the photos with the exception of cropping for use as a profile picture because that cant be helped… we get 12 prints and then we get a usb of 300+ edited photos without the watermark that we can print, distrubute to family etc we just aren’t allowed to sell them.
I sat down with my photographer and she explained all of the contract before we signed with her. I’d suggest when you find someone whos work you like, have a consultation with them and they should go over this with you. I’m sure they’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.