Giving me photo credit on social media
Updated: Jan 25, 2018
This is the dreaded topic that no one really likes to talk about, right? Even talking about pricing and contracts can be conversations we don't like to have, but this is business after all. So...lets talk about social media and posting photos. There's no easy way for me to ask this of you...
Please, please, please with a cherry on top give me photo credit if you share any of my photos online. I LOVE when clients share my photos online with family and friends. I do not watermark my images, and I don't want to have to end up doing that either. It can be as simple as tagging or mentioning me. You can use my personal account/name or my photography (Camille Lydia Photography). However, I would prefer my photography account to make it easier for interested clients to find what they are looking for. I solely rely on social media and word of mouth to gain new business.
I don't want to have to get into legal stuff, but you can find more about it here. This girl has worded everything perfectly and is simple to understand (Sarah Lindsay Photography).
One word = copyright.
I own every single one of these images from the moment my shutter snapped the photo on my camera. Yes, you are paying for these photos that I am giving you, but ultimately I own them for now and forever. (dun dun dunnnnn).
I honestly don't really care too much about the legal stuff, because that can be quite the headache. I care more about my clients satisfaction and future business. As stated before, I rely on social media to gain new clients. I WANT you to post my photos on Facebook and Instagram. I want you to post the heck out of them, make it your new profile pic or cover photo, whatever you would like to do! Not only does it make me feel AWESOME and giddy inside, but the power of social media is crazy and getting my name out there is how I survive in this industry. You remember your reaction when I gave you your final photos? I get that same reaction when I see you share my photos online. This also includes adding filters, cropping (aside from cover/profile photos), etc. I know no one does it on purpose. It's probably because I just delivered you your photos and you were beyond excited to share them online with your friends and family and it slipped your brain.
It's also courteous to mention other vendors. If I'm photographing your wedding, you should also mention your venue, florist, videographer, baker, hair stylist, make up artist, DJ, caterer, etc. out of courtesy. If I'm posting a photo of you next to your cake, it is my duty to mention your baker. If I'm posting a photo of you holding your bouquet of flowers, it is my duty to mention your florist. But, it is also your duty to give credit to all of your vendors as well! In this type of industry, word of mouth and social media are huge! You get the idea now? On a side note, please send me a list of your vendors! This will help me when it comes time for my time to post.
If you have any questions or concerns about what you can and can't do, please don't hesitate to ask!