I was referred here by a friend who is a photographer, although I am not one myself. I am getting married in September and I have been searching for the photographer for the wedding.
I met with one today that I was very pleased with and after reviewing things with my fiancee, we felt she was the best option and a great value.
She sent us her contract to review and my fiancee was a bit uneasy with some of the verbiage in it. So I wanted to ask all of you wedding photographers exactly what this means and whether it is normal for wedding photography. The verbiage is:
"MODEL RELEASE: The CLIENT hereby assigns the COMPANY the irrevocable and unrestricted right to use and publish photographs of the CLIENT or in which the CLIENT may be included, for editorial, trade, advertising, educational and any other purpose and in any manner and medium; to alter the same without restriction; and to copyright the same without restriction. The CLIENT releases all claim to profits that may arise from use of images."
My fiancee initially took notice to the portion about being unable to claim profits that may arise from use of images. Is this normal to see in wedding contracts? Should we look at this as the photographer sells her images to all kinds of places to make extra money, or is this just a case or, the photographer reserves the right to use images from our wedding for her own promotion - say on her website, social media page or other promotional materials?
My fiancee took this as "If we died in a plane crash tomorrow, the photographer could sell our images to the newspapers for profit", or some example like that.
So I guess I'm just wondering if that kind of verbiage is normal, or if that is an odd addition we should be alarmed by? Is there anything else here that brings up a red flag?
Thanks in advance for your help!