25 Oct 2011
Wedding Photography Copyright Revisited
Years ago I touched on the ‘tradition’ of wedding photographers retaining copyright (and the negatives/files), prompting some discussion across a few other sites.
When it came to planning our own recent wedding, there was no way we were going to pay someone and then have them exclusively own the images of such a personal event. I thought perhaps attitudes had changed throughout the industry by now, but at a wedding fair one photographer actually laughed in my face at the idea that we’d get the files etc.
Luckily, some photographers have recognised the changing requirements & expectations of their customers. We ended up hiring Edward from Foster Hargreaves, who kindly agreed to an unusual deal involving us just receiving all of the unedited files (as we’re comfortable with photo editing).
So if you’re persistent, find the right photographer, ask the right questions, and pay a decent amount, you don’t have to go along with any restrictive nonsense. And certainly steer clear of anyone who ridicules your concerns.