I recently learned something new in my fashion photography career, yes even at my stage of this business I am still learning. I won’t say the client’s name however, I am really upset and also upset with myself. Here is what happened.
I shot a very high profile person/celebrity and the shoot went great. They had their own retoucher do post. The contract covered everything so I thought. I left out one phrase. That phrase is : Photographer shall receive all digital retouched files. I didn’t include this in the contract because I have never had to. The clients always send me the retouched high res files without me even asking ! But what I learned this time was that every client is different and some don’t realize that it is common courtesy to give the photographer his retouched files. Legally the client does not have to hand those over, however it has never ever been a problem.
So long story short I have been going back and forth with the client trying to work something out. It’s not just me that needs those files, it’s my team, hair, make up, wardrobe and the models ! The bottom line is that in our business there are no set contract terms. Everything is negotiable except for the fact that the photographer owns the rights to the photos. Their reply was that I have the photos so why do I want the retouched photos ? Well you would think that is a “duh” kind of answer however, they don’t see it that way. Will I end up getting them ? I don’t know, but I sure as hell am trying.Tags: business, celebrity, clients, Cover, digital, fashion photograph, make up, model, models, photographer, photography career, Photography Lighting Techniques, retouched photos, retoucher, skin, wardrobe