What would you do? (picture CD)

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What would you do? (picture CD)

Okay, so I shot my friend's newborn for free (baby shower gift, no sitting fee) well, I just got a text message and it's her asking me if I can put them on a CD for her. I don't put my photos on a CD because I feel that my clients should have to go through me to print them, and I know tht if they're ona CD that they could edit/crop them and print them at home even though they're watermarked, and that makes me mad! I think she feels because she's my friend I should treat her differently, and my husband says to put them on a CD because I did the shoot as a gift (that's not what it was, the SITTING FEE was free for her, not the photos) Should I put them on a CD with a big watermark across the photo, low res pics or what? I just need major advice on this! TIA!

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Did she know up front that she would have to pay for any prints and what they would cost? Do you have a contract?

For me....if it's a gift, it's all a gift, not just the sitting fee. My most recent shoot was a shower gift for a friend and she will be getting all of the photos on disk. I'm going to recommend to her that anything bigger than a 8x10 she has printed through me..but she will only pay what it costs me to get the images printed.

If it's not completely a gift, I write up a contract and state exactly what each person is getting in the contract so there are no misunderstandings or mis-communications.

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"AmberBella" wrote:

Did she know up front that she would have to pay for any prints and what they would cost? Do you have a contract?

Yeah she knew that she would have to pay for prints. No, I don't have a contract, I've wanted to write one up but I don't know where to begin! Maybe I should just go ahead and give her the photos on a cd since she didn't sign a contract.

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"kisses_278" wrote:

Yeah she knew that she would have to pay for prints. No, I don't have a contract, I've wanted to write one up but I don't know where to begin! Maybe I should just go ahead and give her the photos on a cd since she didn't sign a contract.

If you had a verbal contract...and you're sure she understood, then I wouldn't make the cd if you're not comfortable doing so. If she made the agreement, she should buy the prints through you.

Contracts just help avoid these conflicts...they don't need to be too complicated. I'd be happy to pm mine to you as an example if you want. I don't care if you use it word for word or change whatever you want to suit your needs.

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I did baby photos as a gift for a friend, too. I actually did them for about 3 friends now. I just do the session, gift them one or two large mounted prints, some wallets and that's it. One friend I actually gave a few images on CD, but only low-res images that she wanted to email to overseas family and friends etc. I wouldn't give more than that.

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"AmberBella" wrote:

Contracts just help avoid these conflicts...they don't need to be too complicated. I'd be happy to pm mine to you as an example if you want. I don't care if you use it word for word or change whatever you want to suit your needs.

Sure! It will give me somewhere to start from! Smile Thanks!!

ETA I think I"m going to give her low resolution photos on a CD that way she can have them but they won't be easily printed other than through me. What resolution would you put it at?

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"kisses_278" wrote:

Sure! It will give me somewhere to start from! Smile Thanks!!

ETA I think I"m going to give her low resolution photos on a CD that way she can have them but they won't be easily printed other than through me. What resolution would you put it at?

I *believe* the typical web res. is 72 dpi.

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Make sure you tell her that they will look terrible if she tries to print them.

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"AmberBella" wrote:

Make sure you tell her that they will look terrible if she tries to print them.

I will.