I did pet portraits last weekend. They came out great and my clients love them. I made the mistake of showing up to their home without my contracts because my laptop broke down the night before and I hadn't gotten my files from my techie yet. We did the session. After the session they approached me that I wouldn't be using the photos to sell or commercially without consulting them. I simply replied saying that technically I could, but I don't currently sell my photographs to outsiders. I also told them that I wouldn't have to but if I was approached by someone who wanted to buy one of their photographs I would tell them (not ask) and share with them some of what I made. I got my files yesterday and sent them via email to the client. They replied saying that they would not sign the model release and edited the 'permission to use' saying I couldn't use them commercially or to make a profit. They also did not email me back the contract saying that THEY could not use them commercially or make a profit on them. Also, I requested that they MAIL them back to me signed but instead they scanned them in and emailed them back after signing them. I'm not comfortable with this, I really want the original copies. I want to be fair. I wouldn't go selling photographs of them without giving them a small part of it. But I feel kind of violated or.... disrespected? Like they are trying to tell me that they OWN the images even though I did the session for free and they haven't even bought their prints yet. I'm bad at confrontation but I need to find a way to say "Hey! All you did was pose. I put my heart and soul and time and energy into each and everyone of these photos. Time I could have spent doing homework or out with my friends or what-have-you." Just feels like a slap in the face. I don't know. I don't intend on anyone's advice to replace legal counsel, just wanna see what you would do. I just know that I'm PISSED and kind of don't want to sell them their photos now. layball: I mean, TECHNICALLY, if I sign this edited contract that I can't make a profit on the photos, and I do it before they purchase them, they could take me to court for them for free! I would be violating the terms of the contract by selling them to THEM!