Guess what today is?
International Data Privacy Day!
I never even knew that such a thing existed!
But it made me think about privacy and how it relates to my line of work, and I decided to expand a bit on that.
As a professional photographer, I obviously quite love and enjoy what I do for a living.
Photographing babies, children, couples, families, expecting mothers…it’s all amazing to me.
It’s amazing to meet new people and get to know them while photographing them and providing them with cherished beautiful moments they can treasure forever.
So let me back track a bit.
Some time ago, I had a session that was quite amazing. The parents were awesome, the session went smoothly and when I looked at the photos I was so so excited to share with everyone!
When I had the images ready, and I was brimming with excitement, I touched base with the parents and they said no.
Inside my head I had the following conversation with myself.
“NO?? What do they mean NO??
No what?? This session is amazing!!”
“No we do not want any images of ourselves or family shared on the internet, your blog, your website, Facebook…nowhere.”
Was I disappointed?
Yep. I was. That is the truth.
But reality is that when you are proud of your work, you do want to share it.
It’s a big arrow saying, “Look at me and the great work I do!” <—–truth and everyone else can deny as much as they want, but we all know that is true.
But what’s even more important to me, is respecting my clients rights. One of their rights is to maintain their privacy.
I feel that it is my clients right to choose on whether they want their images displayed publicly or not. I will always respect that.
That is one of the aspects of the session I do discuss with my clients beforehand, to let them know, that is their right.
No I do not charge extra to not publish those images. Personally, I don’t agree with charging extra for respecting privacy.
Just as I request clients respect copyright laws and my artistry; I think it only fair that I reciprocate.
I don’t know everyone’s situation, and to be honest, I don’t really need to. Clients need to be able to know that I will always act in a professional manner and respect their wishes, no questions asked.
What I as a professional photographer do, is get hired to capture moments that clients want to cherish forever.
I get hired to make my clients happy.
THAT is my job and the job of every photographer.
So what happens if you have already signed a contract, let me publish those images and all of a sudden you are in a situation that you are no longer comfortable with having your images online?
As a great photographer told me, (yes David you!):
“Even if your client has signed a release, and then asks you to remove an image – you do it immediately and graciously.”
And that is what I do.