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Re copyrights and print releases, this is an issue where most experienced photographers have set contracts and policies in place. (eta) In general, wedding photography is not work for hire -- that is, the photographer is the artist and therefore owns the artwork. You are given permission to reproduce the photos in various formats for personal/family use. If you want them to change something in their contracts, they may or may not go for it. I am curious, though. Are none of the packages you're paying for covering editing services? I can't think of a wedding tog I've interviewed who didn't include up to X number of edited images in the pricing. (I've shot weddings with minimal/no edits and no rights restrictions before, but those cases were strictly as personal favors to friends).
If you are communicating to the photographers like you are to us it's no wonder you are having problems.Not trying to be mean, but delivery is half the game in negotiations. If everyone is turning you down either your demands are too much (which on the surface doesn't appear to be) and/or your delivery on what you want is not being properly conveyed. At some point this becomes true:Maybe it's time to either rethink your demands or how you are trying to convey them?Thanks for your input. We actually just found 3 amazing photographers and will book one of them by following everyone's advice. As someone who has never planned a wedding before or is the first of friends and family (my age) to be married it is difficult to understand what is expected out of photographers and vendors without going through it and figuring out which questions are appropriate.