It’s a lot of fun being married. Weddings, on the other hand, can be a bit stressful to plan. If you’re including a photographer in the proceedings, here’s an important tip: negotiate for the negatives/reprint rights.
If you don’t, you may have to go through the photographer every time you want a copy of one of your wedding pics. Or break copyright law.
Somewhere along the line, photographers should be willing to sell you the rights. After all, if you’re paying $500-1000+ for the photos, you want some benefits. Some include it in their packages. Others are willing to include it as an add-on.
If the photographer you’re interviewing won’t sell them to you, try someone else. As a businessperson, the photographer has every right not to sell you certain things. But as a consumer, you have every right not to buy from them if they won’t sell you what you want. Use your economic power and reward people whose policies you like.
We had this problem when I was younger. My dance studio had a special day where everyone could have their pictures taken in costume for whatever their role was in that season’s ballet. The annoying part was that they contracted with a guy who wouldn’t release negatives.
The studio was giving him an amazing contract. There were maybe a hundred people and he was basically their only chance for a professional photo (you couldn’t borrow the costumes). He had the monopoly. But instead of agreeing to sell people negatives or including reprint rights, he made you go through him or nothing.
Most annoying here is the time factor. Suppose I wanted a couple new copies of one of my old pictures for a scrapbook or something. I’d have to find out who the guy is, find out if he still has my negatives, etc.
Dance photos aren’t too big a deal. Wedding photos can mean an awful lot afterwards. So make sure that you know what you’re getting and you’re getting what you want. If not, look elsewhere.
This post was inspired by a WiseBread article that’s been removed/rewritten.