Who owns the copyright of your wedding photos?
Let’s breakdown the law and figure out who owns what! By default the copyright of a photograph belong to whoever took the photo, except for in some rare cases, but the exceptions won’t apply to your wedding. A photograph can be taken of (almost) any person in any non-private area, think of it like this; if you couldn’t change your clothes where you’re stood then anyone can take your photo.
Something that couples don’t usually realise (and why would they?) is that you can’t just give away copyright.
Hang on…who owns your wedding photos then?? Well that depends on your contract with your wedding photographer and what they decide. The most common method is for the photographer to give you permission to do anything you want with your photos whilst also retaining copyright themselves. Otherwise it can get all legally grey when it comes to backing-up your photos or showing your work in a portfolio.
You need to ask your photographer what is in place for your images. If they say ‘I give you copyright’ then they may need to be reminded of the law, tonnes of photographers make this mistake so don’t worry if yours does too, but it’s important, you don’t want to end up in small claims court for printing your own wedding photos