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Jun 13, 2014 15:22 |  #1

I shot a wedding and they're now making a fuss about having their images shared even tho at first they said ok. That's fine, I won't share them, but there are some detail shots and environmental shots from the wedding that I'd like to include in my portfolio.

Can I still post images from the day that doesn't have identifiable persons in them? I.e detail shots and photos where faces aren't distinguishable (back of peoples heads. Sure there is also the issue of having unhappy customers, but purely from a legal standpoint.


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Jun 13, 2014 15:24 |  #2

Share as in use in your portfolio or publish on social media?


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Jun 13, 2014 15:25 |  #3

as in on my website and social media.


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Jun 13, 2014 16:52 |  #4

go ahead, if they ask, take them down.

if there isnt anything tying them to the images, they probably wont make a stink.

technically its a private event, does your contract state you can post images?


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Jun 13, 2014 17:17 |  #5

It shouldn't matter. In the USA a photographer can use any photo they created in their portfolio. Customer relations in regards to what you post on social media sites is a whole other issue.


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Jun 13, 2014 20:41 |  #6

pstyle1 wrote in post #16969843 (external link)
Can I still post images from the day that doesn't have identifiable persons in them? I.e detail shots and photos where faces aren't distinguishable (back of peoples heads. Sure there is also the issue of having unhappy customers, but purely from a legal standpoint.

Assuming that you retain copyright on your images, yes. However, as you note, customer happiness may not align perfectly with what is legally allowed.


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Jun 14, 2014 07:51 |  #7

Its just dumb not to have a model release clause in your wedding contract. That puts you in a much better position to have this discussion with your clients. After all, its easy to say that they would not have been able to book you if they had not seen your portfolio of your work. Perhaps the gift of a nice framed print will help them change their mind.


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Jun 17, 2014 08:38 |  #8

My agreement basically states that I, as the photographer, retain all copyrights, and can use them for my portfolio as I see fit, so no fuss here.


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