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Tips for Clients — How to Talk About Privacy // Emily Wenzel Photography

I know that planning a wedding is a crazy experience. You’re expected to flawlessly throw the largest, most complicated party of your lives, while not knowing anything about the inner workings of weddings before the day you got engaged. I started this series because I wanted to provide a way for brides and grooms to navigate the system with ease and clarity. A way to answer some of those questions you’re dying to ask, but don’t know how to ask them. Got a topic you’d like me to talk about? Post a comment on any Tips for Clients post, and I’ll add it to my list! xoxo, E.

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Cataldo Mission Wedding // Emily Wenzel Photography

It feels like everyone is on the internet, and all over the internet. My grandma has a Facebook page (she never posts anything), and my friend’s dog has his own Instagram (he’s quite the star), so how do you – politely – tell your wedding professionals that, for whatever reason, you’d like to keep your wedding off of social media, or the internet in general. Maybe you’ve had issues with someone online in the past, your job requires you to keep a low profile, or you’re just a private person.

I’ll talk about photographers the most today, because I can speak from experience here, but I imagine most of these tips and tactics will work with all your wedding providers.

A few things to remember:

  1. Be honest with your wedding professionals from the beginning. Be very clear about what you are and are not comfortable with. If you come back later with requests, there can be confusion.
  2. Read the contract! My contract has a fairly conservative model release, which says I can use your images on my website, and for my advertising, but check the contract for each provider. No one has the same contract, and you may need to ask for clarification or changes. No contract? Stay away.
  3. Be aware that, if you’re very private, you may have to say goodbye to wedding professionals you wanted to work with. Showing our real weddings (for any wedding professional) is how we book more weddings. Some wedding professionals will charge you more, in order to counter that lost revenue, some will just decide not to take you on as a client. Don’t take it personally. If you never want a single image from your wedding or engagement session to be seen on the internet, you need to be clear with all your wedding professionals.
  4. Be consistent. If your photographer isn’t supposed to post on Facebook, tell that to your venue, florist, caterer, etc, too. Nothing irks me more than respecting a client’s wishes, only to see another professional posting images in the same arenas where I was asked not to post.
  5. Know what you’re asking for. I had someone come to me once, wanting “all the copyrights” to the images. That’s something I don’t give, because I reserve the right to edit images later, and they are my art. If I gave my clients the copyright to their images, legally, I wouldn’t be allowed to even edit the images, or post them to their galleries. That’s a bit silly, isn’t it? Instead, my clients get printing rights, which means they can print their photos for personal use, and I still get to edit them and make them beautiful. By the way, the client that wanted “all the copyrights” to his images? He really just wanted to be able to print them. :)

 

Ruby Engagement Ring // Emily Wenzel Photography

First, take the time to make a plan. You need to know what you’re okay with having online, and what you’re not okay with. Maybe it’s okay that your wedding professionals use your photos on their website, but you don’t want them on social media. Maybe you’re okay with photos that don’t show your faces. Or with the photos being used, as long as they don’t have your names. Maybe you’re okay with having your photos shared, but you want to respect your guests’ privacy. It’s important to know exactly what you’re looking for, so that you can clearly talk about this with your wedding providers.

One couple I had was very private about social media. They were okay with me posting things on my website, but they didn’t want me to submit their wedding to any blogs, or to post details about their wedding on social media. The couple above asked me not to use their names or faces online. So I nicknamed them “Kate & Leo“, and we  were still able to submit both their wedding and engagement session to Apple Brides, and keep their privacy. One couple asked me to keep the photos with PDA to a minimum, as one had a very professional job.

Winthrop Wedding // Emily Wenzel Photography

As I said earlier, privacy is a huge issue for people, and I know that! I choose to put myself, my work, and my life out there, but not everyone does. My husband is an incredibly private person, and I do my best to respect that. You should have wedding professionals who respect your privacy, but you also need to remember that our portfolios are an important part of bringing in clients – that’s often how you found us!

Got a question you’d like answered? Feel free to post it below, or find me on Facebook or Instagram!

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Annie & Zach — Coeur d’Alene Lake Wedding // Coeur d’Alene Wedding Photography

When Annie walked up to me at the Bridal Show last year, I knew I liked her. And then, I got to sit down with both Annie & Zach a few days later, and I had the best time. Annie and Zach had a clear idea of what they wanted from their wedding – something small and casual – and their wedding was perfectly that. They rented a cabin on Lake Coeur d’Alene, the groom arrived by paddle boat while singing The Final Countdown, and hired Patty’s Tacos to come out and cater the dinner, which was amazing. Even when it threatened to rain, and the taco truck was late because of mechanical problems, Annie & Zach just went with it. There was no stress, just lots of friends and family and love.

Annie & Zach, thank you so much for trusting me with your wedding, for making me laugh and cry with your beautiful vows. It’s been so wonderful to get to know you both, and to meet your lovely families. <3

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January 2016 — Recap // Personal Post

For 2016, I’m hoping to do monthly recaps. To see the year in smaller chunks, and to remember what happened. I feel like my life is speeding by, faster and faster, and I’m trying to slow down. I want to remember the highlights of each month as they happen, and since I’ve given up on having the chance to journal regularly like I did as a teen, I’ve resorted to this.

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    1. My body decided to ring in the new year with a cold. Oh joy. I consumed so much lemon ginger tea, that I felt like my blood was made of the stuff.
    2. Thankfully, I got over the cold enough to do the Spokane Bridal Festival, but it wasn’t my best showing. I spent a few days afterwards recovering, and I was pretty bummed with how the show went. I wasn’t feeling 100%, and that meant that I didn’t do as well as I wanted at the show. That disappointment took a little time to get over, but I’m getting there.
    3. I spent some of my down time in January cleaning out our home. This was my second year doing the January Cure from Apartment Therapy, and I think it helps put me in a better mindset for our home.

January Recap // Emily Wenzel Photography

    1. I photographed Malain & Lucas’s gorgeous snow-filled engagement session up at Mt. Spokane! After a few weeks of time off from sessions for the show, and being sick, it felt so good to get out again.
    2. Shadow came down with pink eye, which I didn’t realize puppies could get. It slowed him down for a few days, but he bounced back with even more energy than before.
    3. We started the first project of many, giving the bathroom a quick makeover.  This was one of the rooms that was a quick project, and we finished it in a couple weekends of work. I can’t wait to share some photos with you guys next week, because earlier this month we celebrated two years in our home. I can’t believe we’ve been here that long!

January Recap // Emily Wenzel Photography

  1. I picked up this new harness for Shadow, and we’ve been working on leash training. Buddy is terrible on the leash, pulling my arms like crazy, and so we’re working on it. It’s the Freedom Harness, in case anyone else has a problem with their pup pulling.
  2. Lola has been coming downstairs more often – on her own, and when I make her – and she’s getting more bold with Shadow. She still has no interest in him, but while he was out the other day, I took some boxes to the car and left the back door open, and she escaped. TWICE. Sister has decided the puppy is here to stay, and she’s reclaiming her home.
  3. We got a new rug! While I’m sad to cover up our gorgeous wood floors, the rug really makes our living room feel more cozy. Oh, and I got new slippers because Shadow destroyed my old ones. I’m trying not to be too bummed about that, but I did love those slippers.

January Recap // Emily Wenzel Photography
And that was January! We took Shadow to puppy classes, life is started to balance out with two pets, and we enjoyed the snow…and then enjoyed that it’s gone for a bit.

 

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