A wedding planner asked me to do pictures for her of a wedding at a local museum. She wanted me to take pictures of the decor for her website and facebook page. They would be watermarked Stephita Photography and she could use them. Before the event she said she was going to get a sign release from the bride so that I could take pictures of her as well, she already had a photographer so nothing major. I didn't bring my own because she said she would get it signed for me before the wedding. At the wedding her photographer didn't come to the reception, which is where I was doing the decor pictures. The wedding planner said I had full permission to take pictures of whatever I wanted. The bride allowed me to take pictures of her and her husband; first dance, garter toss, cake cut, toast, bouquet toss, and more. After I left, I worked 12 hours, I was text by the wedding planner that the bride gave a verbal okay but not a written okay. I have been pressing to get the final written permission so I can use the photos because I got some really good shoots. Now today they want a cd of all pictures to view and approve before I use because she is a plus size bride and wants to be sure the pictures used flatter her. I would never use anything that wouldn't flatter the bride because it wouldn't flatter my work. This was never a part of the agreement and I'm kicking myself for not having a more concrete signed paper permission. I refuse to give my pictures without a release but they refuse to give a release without pictures. It has escalated into more but I won't get into all of the details. So do I have permission to use pictures or not? Can I at least use pictures of the decor from the wedding planner, pictures with no people or do I need the wedding planners permission for that? This is beyond frustrating. I feel like they are trying to be use me, I did this 100% for free for good experience and exposure, and she is trying to change our verbal agreement. We agreed to decor but it turned into more. I spent the whole day there busting my butt for this when I could of been home with my babies. This is definitely a lesson well learned, all agreements in writing whether free or paid, don't go above and beyond what was agreed because it will not benefit you like originally promised. This wedding planner has definitley put a bad taste in my mouth, I was planning on using her for my wedding but not anymore. Sigh any feedback would be appreciated and be gentle I'm already beyond devastated that 450 pictures and all of those hours can't be used, I have one amazing shot that I really want to use too. On the positive side I'm using this as a learning experience and practice run for the wedding my friends asked me to do this coming weekend. Even though they are very good friends of many years and I'm doing it for free, I'm making them sign a photo release for my own well being.