Wedding Photography: Non-Social Media Clients
There are many circumstances in which a person may not want his/her photograph on-line. Boudior photography, elopements, identity theft problems and/or privacy issues.
Engagements & Elopement Photography
As an engagement and elopement photographer, a couple may prefer to tell their friends about the engagement and/or elopement in person - rather than risk the photograph being seen on social media. The same goes for many other intimate wedding ceremonies.
One couple I spoke with was already recently married in Canada. Their wedding celebration was going to take place in China. They had the idea of having photographs taken of themselves in front of Lake Louise and other key spots in the Banff area so that they could display the beautiful mountain vistas in the lobby of the restaurant where the marriage celebration was going to take place. Obviously, this couple would've been opposed to having their photos displayed on social media prior to the celebration.
Some couples prefer to live off the grid. I have the greatest respect for this type of life-style, even as I write this though, I'm laughing to myself. About fifteen years ago, I limited my computer and television time. The reality of wedding photography means we must manage our time on social media, particularly on Instagram as social media is a type of marketing. Luckily, there are planning apps for this purpose but still some people become obsessed with the number of followers (I'm not sure that the number of followers translates to more sales but maybe it does. It can translate to awareness, for sure.) However, getting back to what I was painfully trying to say - living off the grid means there are couples that collect phones prior to hosting dinner. There are people who don't own cell phones. There are people who do not want their life history on social media. There are those who have taken note of the advice from Edward Snowden and carefully considered the latest Facebook information-collection scandal.
Then there are the other people who think, "So what? So what if they collect the info?" Those people might document every little thing on social media, although I'm finding that craze has subsided somewhat.
Copyright in Canada
The current Canadian copyright gives the photographer ownership over the pictures he/she has taken. Basically, the Copyright Law of Canada assigns the copyright of the images to the Photographer, and all images shall remain the sole property of Photographer. The Photographer retains for life, the right to display any photograph covered by this Contract and to generally promote the business in advertising, brochures, magazine articles, websites, sample albums and prints, venue and other vendor samples, and other such material, providing that the images used are used lawfully and without damage to the Client.
Although this is the current law in Canada, if you don't want your photo displayed on social media - this is something you need to discuss with your photographer. Some photographers will not be interested in these types of jobs because of the marketing limitations. Some photographers, such as myself, understand that some people desire privacy whether it be for a limited time or forever.
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