What are Print & Copy Rights?

The photography world has changed in the past 20 years that I have been doing wedding photography! When I first started with film, I gave the negatives to my couples.  They would go to a professional lab in the local area and were taken care of professionally with print color correction, professional photo paper and received the best prints from the photographer! Most of my colleges had kept the negatives and sold prints. 

A simple story that changed how us professional are looking out for you. I had a bridal couple booked, we did their engagement session. She ordered prints on her own, a few 8x10s and then messaged me saying that she needed to talk to me.  We connected on the phone and she was not happy how the prints turned out.  I asked where she ordered from. It was Walmart. I asked the file numbers she ordered and asked to send from my lab the same images, if that was ok, and if they still did not turn out right we can talk about canceling my services. She got the prints and was blown away. This is why I encourage using the lab we have chosen to make sure you are completely happy! By the way my 8x10s cost $4.00.  We do not mark them up to price gouge you.

Digital came along and those same labs changed to digital delivering the same service as with film. However, Walmart, Walgreens, shutter-fly and other 'cheap' services came along that did not cater to professional prints but to those who are doing vacation, family, or their own personal photos.  If you prefer to use these labs and this to purchase the print release we can work out that in the package. I will waive all responsibility on how they will turn out thru those labs.

The professional world of printing took a turn and recently the professional labs have come back around with competitive pricing and awesome print quality! Photographers that value providing the best for their clients are using these labs! And some are going back to the way of not giving out a jump drive at all!

The gallery that I use has an awesome lab! The pricing is competitive  helps my business continue to grow through the print sales, and also ensures you are getting the professional prints you expect!


Copy Rights are reserved to the photographer, and it is usually never released. Why? Because doing editing have those images could go against the brand the photographer is looking to share with potential couples.  Altering the images are considered illegal to the law.  The photographer can make adjustments for you, but doing them yourself can result in legal issues. Make sure that you have that conversation with your photographer!