When a client requests not to have their photos used by the studio
We always aim to portray couples in a way that authentically represents their true selves and makes them feel confident when looking back on their special day.
We make a concerted effort to get to know our couples in order to fully capture their essence and personalities on their wedding day. Our greatest joy is seeing our couples post our photos after their wedding, encouraging all their friends and family to relive every beautiful moment.
In addition, we always love to post and spread the love of our newlyweds on our website and social media, never using their full names, just their first initials of their first names, i.e. M+K. However, very rarely, there is a unique situation when a couple is uncomfortable with us sharing their photos online. If that happens to be the case, we fully understand and will always honor our client’s point of view and wishes. In such situations, we offer full rights to our photos and enforce and a non-disclosure agreement for an additional fee to offset the loss of publicity.
Although we don’t come across this situation often, we want to explain our point of view and industry insights. Integrity is paramount to A Day of Bliss. We are extremely selective about the photos and content we produce and will always respect your requests. We view all our relationships as partnerships and want to ensure all parties are always happy and fulfilled.
Photos are considered intellectual property because they are the result of the photographer’s creativity, expertise and art. The photographer as the creator is the copyright owner unless the contract says otherwise. Photographer copyright allows photographers to add our photos to our portfolios and showcase our work online, which is imperative to our success as it’s how we get discovered, get new clients and ultimately, stay in business.
Our prices are calculated with the usage discount built in so if a client doesn’t want us sharing their photos, it naturally drives up the price. It is very unusual for photographers to give our clients exclusive copyright to our photos as it is a complicated legal process that ends up being costly for both parties, we will have to put a system in place to minimize potential leaks. Photographs pass through the hands of many outside vendors, including album companies, editors, printers and retouchers. It’s next to impossible to control this, which is why we cannot take on responsibility for third parties. Copyright infringements are a very serious matter that can result in civil and criminal fines and consequences. Not only that, but photographers will have to find alternate ways to promote their work, which is our livelihood. At the end of the day, the motivation to produce great work is to proudly display our art for the world to see.