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We’re not done yet! The price is right and their personality is bright, but hold on tight, you might not have the rights to your photos after tonight!

Make sure you know exactly what you are getting before you sign the photo contract.  Here are some key discussion points to remember:

- Discuss your rights over your photos, do you have unlimited rights to do as you wish with your pictures?

- Who can print and post the photos? Typically photographers will only give you permission to post photos if they are water marked or give credit to them. In some cases the only way you can print your photos is by ordering them through your photographer or their company.

Rights - Future Photo Usage

Just because they are your photos and photos of you, does not necessarily mean you use them. Not big on the idea of anyone being able to view your photos? Have it stated in the contract that the images are only for a private shopping cart. The photographer can still own the copyright, but they will have the ability to post the photos so your family can view and purchase them. Unlimited usage is typically more convenient to you as a client. Unlimited usage means you’re not in charge of getting the photos out to Aunt Wilma in Nebraska. Most couples want the pictures online for family to order. If you own the copyright, the photo studio doesn’t have the right to put them on the shopping cart to show or sell online.

UNLIMITED usage is key!

True Photography made sure to mention that “What is most important is that you have unlimited usage of the images. This gives you the freedom to print the images, share them, give them away, etc…”. Basically, you can do whatever you want except sell your photos for profit.

Lastly, you’ll want to know how long it will take to receive them. While some photographers have assistants that can edit your photos on the spot and post them instantly, it may take another individual months to get your photos back to you. Turnaround time largely depends on your package, how many pictures you are expecting and what pictures need retouching. We know your wedding is the most important one on their to-do list. But be patient, there may be other happy couples also awaiting their photos because you all picked an amazing photographer.

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*Impressed and interested with our wedding photos here at Twin Oaks Golf Course? We are more than happy to share our vendors with you and discuss your wedding ideas!*

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Photo Rights, Part 6 of Lights, Camera, Action!

We’re not done yet! The price is right and their personality is bright, but hold on tight, you might not have the rights to your photos after tonight!

Make sure you know exactly what you are getting before you sign the photo contract.  Here are some key discussion points to remember:

– Discuss your rights over your photos, do you have unlimited rights to do as you wish with your pictures?

– Who can print and post the photos? Typically photographers will only give you permission to post photos if they are water marked or give credit to them. In some cases the only way you can print your photos is by ordering them through your photographer or their company.

Rights – Future Photo Usage

Just because they are your photos and photos of you, does not necessarily mean you use them. Not big on the idea of anyone being able to view your photos? Have it stated in the contract that the images are only for a private shopping cart. The photographer can still own the copyright, but they will have the ability to post the photos so your family can view and purchase them. Unlimited usage is typically more convenient to you as a client. Unlimited usage means you’re not in charge of getting the photos out to Aunt Wilma in Nebraska. Most couples want the pictures online for family to order. If you own the copyright, the photo studio doesn’t have the right to put them on the shopping cart to show or sell online.

UNLIMITED usage is key!

True Photography made sure to mention that “What is most important is that you have unlimited usage of the images. This gives you the freedom to print the images, share them, give them away, etc…”. Basically, you can do whatever you want except sell your photos for profit.

Lastly, you’ll want to know how long it will take to receive them. While some photographers have assistants that can edit your photos on the spot and post them instantly, it may take another individual months to get your photos back to you. Turnaround time largely depends on your package, how many pictures you are expecting and what pictures need retouching. We know your wedding is the most important one on their to-do list. But be patient, there may be other happy couples also awaiting their photos because you all picked an amazing photographer.

029Michelle_George (1)

*Impressed and interested with our wedding photos here at Twin Oaks Golf Course? We are more than happy to share our vendors with you and discuss your wedding ideas!*

Find the Right Photographer for You – Lights, Camera, Action!

Once you’ve had time to shop around and look into various photographers or photo companies you’ll want to sit down and really review the photographers work or brand consistency, and personality before you consider them for the job. Then once you’ve settled on a photographer or company start reviewing the packages and specific details.

While we all have that one filter that makes our makeup pop just the way we like it, it’s just a trend, please try to stay away from trending styles. Remember how popular glamor shots were back in the 90’s and now we shutter when we walk past them in the hall way? I speculate that one day we will feel the same way about those cheesy SnapChat filters.

So, what exactly makes the best shot?

Timeless with an Edge

Timeless with an Edge

Glad you asked! The best shot has to start with technical precision. The photo has to be shot with proper exposure, framing, and lighting, if not – then it’s just a good try.  Once the technique is established, then finding creativity or emotion within the image is important. Having all of these ingredients is what is going to produce a professional picture. Keep that inmind when looking at galleries from potential photographers, take note and try to avoid super trends like overly faded images, overly saturated colors that make people orange or neon. Basically stay away from current trends as they become dated quickly. True Photography mentions, “Keep it clean, classy, true to the moment, with beautiful color and contrast. We love images that are timeless with an edge, we feel that those will look amazing in 30 years”.

Photographer vs. Company

There are benefits with hiring an individual photographer as well as a larger studio with a handful of photographers. Hiring an individual photographer guarantees you that everything will be done by that one person. It is smaller and intimate. When hiring a larger company you are going more for the overall brand. With a solid brand and company it can bring great consistency and a very streamlined process. The big advantage of hiring within a solid company or brand, is that if one photographer gets a fever or breaks their leg the day before your wedding, there will be another photographer of equal caliber and training in the studio that has the same talent and approach. This almost give you a built in insurance policy. The key when viewing either an individual or larger studio is to view many galleries to see that consistency.

It is important to make sure that you like the studio/ photographers overall vibe and personality. But the final determining factor should be because you LOVE the work. It’s about finding the style and look that you really connect with.  It is important that your photographer is pleasant. But more importantly, it’s that they have the talent to produce amazing images, because that’s all that is left after the wedding day. The photographer is there for a blink of time (my parents don’t even remember their photographer’s name), but those images will always be there.  Basically, I suggest that you don’t get distracted by choosing someone who is really cool or because they remind you of your best friend from college. Consider that a bonus. Make sure that they are offering the end product that matches your vision.

When to say “Yes”

Do you love the work? Do you love many galleries? Does the company have amazing reviews in the industry or on Yelp? If you have said yes to all of these questions, then you my friend have found the right fit! Time to sit down and discuss the details:

-Costs of Packages

-Special effects (black and white, retouches, etc.)

– Number of images that you receive

-Hours and travel expense