I just read an article about a New Mexico-based photographer who was sued (and lost) for refusing to photograph a same-sex wedding. Something about her “belief system” (not sure how believing comes into taking photos, and not sure how systematic such beliefs are).
I hope it is needless to say that I will be more than happy to shoot anyone’s ceremonies and events, from conservative old-money weddings to leather fetish parties to same-sex ceremonies – hell, if people are having a good time I’d be delighted to photograph it:
But this case does raise an issue: when you go into business as a photographer, do realise that you are in business, and that ordinary business laws apply to you. Copyright, model releases, responsibility for damage, lawsuits such as the one above: all these are worthy of consideration.
So if you wish to do business as a photographer, my advice is to have
- Good written agreements
- Stated Dispute resolution policies
- Model releases
- Stated policies, and so on.
- And liability insurance.
Relatively small effort, and you never know when you may need them.
OK, I’ll shoot anything fun: after the break, a few more sample shots of that recent event, but first the legal Disclaimer: if you are likely to be offended by slight lack of clothing, do not proceed past this point.
And since this is a teaching blog: it was so dark there that I was shooting at f/1.4, 1600 ISO, 1/30th second. Yep you read that right, f/1.4 at 1600 ISO at 1/30th second. And I was bouncing my flash off a Honl bounce card.