Remember the engagement photo shoot I did with my bestie Casey and her fiance Chance?
(You can check out their wedding website here, 'cuz let's face it, stalking people you don't know and learning their story is fun!)
I wrote a big disclaimer towards the beginning of the blog post, mostly because one of my good friends has a massive problem with people who own DSLRs calling themselves "professional photographers" simply for the sake that people are willing to pay them to take photos. I'm always worried that when I take friends' photos, people will assume I'm one of those people, pretending to be better than I truly am.
Insert Casey, who told me a fantastic story that made my
She told me that when she went to get the pictures printed, she told the lady at the counter her name and waited for what seemed like a long time to grab the photos. When the lady finally came back, she informed Casey that she could not have the photos, as they had been flagged for copyright infringement. The photo printing place thought the pictures were professionally done and thus couldn't be reprinted [insert a little bit of humbleness and a whole lotta pride here]! She insisted on a release form, but Casey whipped out her smart phone and went to the blog post where I insisted I wasn't a professional photographer and the lady let her buy the prints.
When Casey went home for the weekend this past weekend, her grandma took out the prints she got at Walgreens of Casey and Chance (as they printed out a bunch for family members). Casey saw the envelope holding all the photos with the word "Copyright?" on the outside, and her grandma indicated that she too had problems getting the photos printed.
Needless to say, I never realized I would need release forms for friends to bring to photo printers to let them know it's alright. It makes my heart happy, and I love it. I'm still not calling myself a professional by any means (um, I think you have to have more than one lens to be awesome), but it definitely was a photography confidence boost.
What's been awesome for you today?