posting your work on your website

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  1. SteffJay

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    Hey,

    I have a photography website that I'm in the middle of updating. It's my business website, and I want to put up pictures from a party that I was hired to shoot a little while back. What I'm wondering is, am I allowed to post photos that I took of kids at this party? Or would I need a consent form to do it? I'm a little unsure on the ettiquette here.

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    When it doubt about a legal matter, consult your lawyer. This is the sort of thing that should be specified in your contract...
     
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    verbal agreement. no contract. probably should start having those...
     
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    If you shot it then its your photo and as long as you aren't earning money off the photos then you can post them in your online portfolio, aka a website. If they have a problem with it they can ask you to remove them and you can if you want to be nice. I put a couple photos from many of my shoots on my website and I don't really think theres anything legal they can do about it unless you're earning money, like with stock photos, in that case you need a model release.

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    Thank you AnnMo! I thought that might be the case, but I wasn't sure.
     
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    As far as I know that is the case and my professor told me it was too...so if I'm wrong someone correct me, but I don't think I am? :)
     
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    If it wasn't written, it never happened. In my contracts it says that I'll use the images for my publicity purposes. My clients have an option to opt my placing image on the web and it is a courtesy that I extent to them as they booked me to shoot their job.
     
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    If only it were that simple.

    From Dan Heller's - A Digital Photographer's Guide to Model Releases: Making the Best Business Decisions with Your Photos of People, Places and Things
    Dan goes on to point out that there are other factors that must also be considered:

    A bit further along Dan notes:
    If you were paid to shoot the party, you would be well advised to have properly executed model releases for any photos of people you put online, adults or children. Parents have to sign a release for their minor children.

    If you have a photography business, it is definately in your best interests to be better informed about copyright and model/property release legalities the can negatively effect the profitability of your business.
     
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    In my own case, I would never post a kids photo without specific permission from the parent. Legal or not, to me that is the right thing.

    To go one step further, I never post any photos of children on my site. Not saying this is right for everyone.

    If you business is photographing kids then you should get permission from the parents if you want to post shots of their kids.
     
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    Legal Advice on the Internetz.... like anything else one gets what they pay for [​IMG]
     
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    The issue over photos of kids has gotten so out of hand it has become laughable.
     
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    I was in a similar situation when I photographed a local Elementary School's "Father/Daughter Valentine" dance. My solution, since the school wanted individual portraits anyway, was to have each dad sign a list-formatted model release. This served two purposes, 1) it allowed me to keep the photos in order and matched to names for delivery, and 2) it allowed me the "CYA" leeway to shoot candids throughout the night during the actual dance.

    The school was happy, the photos are online and even shared via Facebook, and the parents knew upfront what would happen. Nobody had a problem with it.

    I think that's the key, as long as people are informed up front, you avoid any issues. This may not help you for THIS situation, since it's passed, but next time...hopefully the suggestion is useful.
     

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