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Jun 24, 2007 14:31 |  #1

I just had a quick question for everyone. I have in my contract that I have the rights to any and all images taken for web or print use etc... and I never hesitate to put photos up on my website. I was thinking of featuring this couple on some print marketing for an upcoming bridal fair. Even though it is in my contract, should I still be asking to make sure it's okay? I was thinking that if they read the contract it would be a little redundant to ask again. what do you think?


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Jun 24, 2007 15:22 |  #2

If it's in your contract, I would say no. I had a bride tell me once, though, to let her know if I used one or some from her wedding because she would feel a little famous. lol :)


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Jun 24, 2007 20:22 |  #3

That is so cute... I was thinking it wasn't neccessary but I was just wondering what everyone else does.


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Jun 24, 2007 20:32 |  #4

I have the same clause, but I would always call a customer before using their image anywhere that would be widely distributed. The problem with that is they're likely to try to ask you not to, so if you're going to do it anyway then don't call.


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Jun 24, 2007 20:37 |  #5

I always ask. I never put photos of children without permission. For some couples, it's not a problem. For others, no way. I do ask every time.


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Jun 24, 2007 21:39 |  #6

thanks for the advice :) Suzie, do you have a clause in your contract? Do they ever express concern about what it says in the contract?

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Jun 24, 2007 21:43 |  #7
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I have a clause in my contract that covers this, and I let each couple know up front how and where their images will be used. And no one has complained thus far.



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Jun 24, 2007 21:46 |  #8

Liza, you mean at each consultation you will go over this?


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Jun 24, 2007 22:01 |  #9
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When I meet with the couple, I go over the contract with them item by item. As for usage, I tell them that their images will likely be used on the websites (any and all of them), the new blog, and possibly in print ads of some sort.



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Jun 25, 2007 01:37 |  #10

It is in my contract also but I always ask them if it's ok too. I make sure they understand exactly where I will use their photos...blog, website, ads, ect. Everyone has said it's fine so far.


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Jun 25, 2007 02:56 |  #11

good to know - it's just that sometimes people book me through email and we don't get a chance to sit down and talk so I don't always go through each detail of the contract with them (mostly destination weddings).


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Jun 25, 2007 03:55 |  #12

How many people read (and understand) Terms & Conditions? I think it is always best to actually ask a client who's images you might use in Advertising or Business Cards etc. It's one thing to use them in your personal portfolio, it's quite another for your client to see their photo on posters, flyers, cards etc.

After all, there may be a very good reason that they don't want their picture seen by anyone outside their immediate family - I think it's simply good manners to ask.

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Jun 25, 2007 15:31 |  #13

It is really unfortunate we need these signed contracts, but there has been one here in the forum started by Dave Perry and others. You can probably search for it. Several of the members made comments and made changes. There is a standard clause about posting images in the contract. I shoot a lot of children and I clients just know I never put their images on the net unless they have signed a waiver at the beginning of the year. As for weddings, I know it is not done often, but some couples have requested that nothing of theirs is put on the net for security reasons. I live in the DC area and I respect that request. :) I hope that helps you.


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Jun 25, 2007 15:42 |  #14

If someone specifically request that I do not use their image then I will do just that. Even if I have a signed release.

However, if I feel the need to use an image to advertise my skillzzzzz... I will as long as I have signed release.


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Jun 25, 2007 17:52 |  #15

I have it in my contract and on a seperate more in detail model release form. Its always optional, but never had a couple not sign it. Most like the idea that they will be used in publications and my webpage.


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