How long do wedding photogs keep negatives or original shots anyway? If the client got what he/she asked for, do you expect them, or another relative, to come back a month, a year, 2, 5, or 10 years later to ask for re-prints? Can anyone ask for prints and videos of the wedding? Or does it have to be the person(s) who hired the photog? My cousin got divorced 10 years later [his wife just ran off with a man to Miami]. He never shows photos and video of wedding which reminds him of the mistake he made... nevermind the $50,000 he wasted. He probably trashed all the photos anyway. Why keep a video of himself dancing with a woman who ran away with a married man? But I'd like to get prints of my grandpa's sister, who was the grandma of the groom(my cousin). And ifcourse myself and my mom in younger days. Now if the photog is still in business, and if he kept the negatives, and if he labeled the box, how much could I expect to pay for a few old prints? Why cant I offer him $25 to take all the negatives off his hands? So, he'll make $25 for 10 years of storage of a wedding. Good deal? Nope! I wouldnt keep originals more than 5 years. Just call up bride and groom(if they are still together that is) and ask if they'd like all the original materials for $100. If not, trash it all. BTW, what if photog goes out of business? What happens to the videos and photos he is claiming copyright on and was storing in hope of hearing from someone for prints?