Post # 1
we had our engagement photos taken a couple of weeks and already got them back and they look so great! everyone who has seen them so far has raved over them.
has anyone submitted your wedding or e-photos to a blog? there is one website that i read all the time and it has been so helpful for me in planning and they post engagement sessions a lot and for some reason, i really want to submit ours! it is very out of character for me, as i’m usually a pretty private person but the photographer did SUCH a great job i really want them out there lol (i don’t have FB etc so it just seems like a shame that they are sitting in a password protected album online). a couple of questions:
is it completely narcassistic to submit your own photos to a blog (who are the ppl that usually submit them to these blogs and websites? the couple? the photographer?) and do i need my photographer’s permission to do so? he gave us the rights to do whatever we want with them as far as printing so i’m assuming that this translates to anything else as well? it wasnt really mentioned in the contract. i would at least run it by him because that seems like the right thing to do but, how in the world do i go about asking him without sounding so full of myself? i just picture it translating as ‘hey, we look so good in our pictures we want the world to see” i know i’m over thinking it especially since the likelihood of them getting posted is pretty small. which would also be embarassing to make a big deal out of it for nothing.
argh. anxiety stuff. so, back to the point – have you submitted any of your photos? did they get published if so? what do you think about people sending their own photos in? too much?
Post # 2
I sent mine to Brides Magazine even though I doubt they will even look at them since they get pictures from like 1,000 weddings a month! You should definitely give it a shot. You should be fine if your photographer gave you rights to do so along with their signature on the pictures. Have fun! 🙂
Post # 3
mrsblueeyes: how exciting! i’m glad to hear someone else has done so! just curious – did you run it by your photographer first or just send them on in?
Post # 4
I just sent them in. She let me post them on social media, so I assumed that was okay. However, I would just ask if it’s bothering you! 🙂 Most photographers would love to get their work out there to show other people.
Post # 5
Usually couples retain personal print rights, but it’s the photographer that retains the copyright – It’s usually the photographer who submits to blogs. Perhaps mention the idea of submitting to the photographer and see if (s)he would like to do that. Nice to hear your photos are so awesome!
ETA: Another thing to consider is that photographers may prefer to decide which blog(s) to submit to to attract a certain type of wedding if they have a niche style. For example some blogs attract couples planning more traditional weddings while others may be more about boho/rustic weddings. Your internal voice wondering about running it by your photographer first is correct 🙂
Post # 6
It’s very likely submitting them to any kind of blog or publication will violate your contract. I would ask your photographer first.
Post # 7
magnoliabee: Blogs are usually very specific in their submission requirements, and unless it’s a really random publication typically only take submissions from the photographer directly. Each blog has it’s own style and type of submission they accept.
There’s a big difference between a personal print release, and copyright – unless it’s a photographer who is confused themselves (which is actually quite a few these days) photographers always retain the copyright and that actually prohibits you from doing things like submitting to publications. One of the main reasons is that publications are also VERY specific about their exclusivity clause, and will not publish something that has been published somewhere else. It’s always really important to ask your photographer before doing anything like that, because if they’ve already submitted your wedding someone else it will automatically disqualify their submission and can affect them for submitting to that particular publication in the future.
Post # 8
Definitely check with your photographer and doublecheck your contract. Our contract clearly labels what we can and cannot do with our photos. Our photographer phrased it as a joint copyright, we owned our photos and could distribute them as we saw fit privately, but are not allowed to submit publically without consultation with the photographer. On the other hand, she has free reign to publish our photos as she sees fit. While you may think your wedding photos are awesome, your photographer may not think it’s his/her best work and would rather it not be attributed to him/her.
Post # 9
Thanks for all the input. Just to update, I did run it by the photographer and he was fine with it, so i submitted them And already heard back that they will be posted! Yay!
Post # 10
magnoliabee : wow! Can you post a link? I would love to see. Thinking of submitting my wedding to a blog but not sure if it’s good enough to be accepted anywhere. But its
worth a try!