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Can Wedding Vendors Secretly Take Photos at Events?

Case Study (Courtesy of AVVO)

“Secret Flower-Camera.”

Question (from anonymous in Delaware):

“I am a DJ, can I be sued for uploading videos I take at wedding, children parties, etc on facebook without their permission?”

Response (from Attorney Rob Schenk):

I would not suggest that you upload these videos unless your contract with your clients contains a release allowing for such images to be utilized for commercial purposes.

Although unlikely, persons (particularly depending on who the persons are, and in what context you are posting these online) featured in these images may have misappropriation claims against you.

In short, depending on the extent of your posting, and for what purposes, it is possible that you may never be hauled into court. However, as a business practice, I would strongly advise against this.

Moral of the Story: Creepy!

Videography vs. Photography- Tie Goes to Bride

Interesting Article shaming (but not shaming) a Wedding Photographer for ruining a Videographer’s shots.

At this particular wedding, a Motivity Films videographer is set up to capture the vows with a ‘down the aisle’ view when the photographer (nice guns) enters the aisle and completely blocks the videographer’s shot. Rather than make a scene, the videographer expertly repositions and zooms. Unfortunately, the photographer finds her way into the shot again (resulting in a slew of expletives by the frustrated videographer).

So how can this be handled prior to the event?

Many times, wedding business contracts will include an ‘Uncle Bob’ provision, which allows the artist to move guests, objects, and OTHER VENDORS in order to get the best shot possible. By way of example, for the times when a clueless server passing out champagne camps out within line of sight of the Best Man’s toast, the videographer is within his/her rights under the provision to say “You’re Mamma wasn’t no glass maker. Please move.”

That is easy enough, but what happens when the videographer and photographer want to be in the same spot? Both have a contractual obligation to procure beautiful images. So, we can’t have two vendors trying to move one another out of the way WWE style.

“No longer in the same zipcode, but at least no one can jump in front of my shot from here…”

First, the photographer’s contract should affirm that he/she will make reasonable efforts not to interfere with the performance of the videographer (or other vendors), and vice versa. In other words, everyone needs to play nice and allow equal opportunity to get the requisite shots (i.e., no WWE). 99.9% of the time, the vendors working in good faith together will get 99.9% of the shots.

Second, I recommend that the Bride and Groom indicate whether their preference is for videography or for photography in the event that a particular shot is not capable of being captured by both. This decision gets notated in the contract beforehand.