Will (winter_in_asia) wrote in weddingplans,
Will
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Pictures from your Professional Photographer

A word of warning to all the brides out there who have been posting pictures from their professional photographer.

Please please *please* make sure you have written permission from your photographer saying it's ok to use the photos in the way you are using them. As soon as a professional photographer presses the shutter release on their camera, they own the copyright on the image created. More than likely, this copyright information is stated in your contract with the photographer. By using the images without permission, you may be breaking your contract. By breaking your contract, you leave the photographer open to keeping your deposit and not delivering any product included or not covering your event. Worse yet, you could be charged for your use of the images which can can run in the hundreds of dollars per image.

There are two major ways I've seen this happen in the community:

- Downloading and re-posting images to weddingplans or a personal journal
- Editing photos and using them for icons, banners, etc.

Please be careful about doing this, especially with engagement photos. I saw one bride re-post photos on here that she had not been able to download, so she made screen captures and cropped the screen capture. Not be be the bearer of bad news, but if the photographer doesn't make it easy for you, you can pretty much count on it not being ok. This also includes editing out a watermark or frame with the photographer's name on it.

If you do have permission, make sure that you post the images with the photographer's watermark or frame. This not only creates some advertising buzz for the photographer, it gives them a way to prove that the image is theirs if someone takes it and reuses it inappropriately.

The pictures are great, girls! Keep finding those good photographers out there.

ETA: Some of you are stating that you have purchased "rights" from your photographer. Please check the written release to make sure it says it is a "full-rights" release. If it does not, you may or may not have permission to do what you're doing. Many photographers only release images for printing, in which case distribution is still illegal.
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