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Giving credit where credit is due | Proper ways of crediting vendors in social media

October 9, 2015

Giving credit where credit is due Giving credit where credit is due on social media

Okay okay I know, this is a touchy subject and I may have a few people that disagree or do it differently but I feel like I really need to put this out there. Just this week two HUGE brands used two of my images and got thousands of “likes” on Facebook and Instagram and guess what, they didn’t mention my business anywhere!!  One of the most important and frequently overlooked aspects of giving credit is to the creator of the images. I make it a point to do link backs to the other vendors I work with as well as tagging them on Instagram and Facebook. They are artists and creators and without their artistry I would not be able to produce the look of the images that I create.

So lets get the lingo right….

Copyright: describes the rights given to creators for their literary and artistic works. Guess what, if my fancy clicking box {AKA camera} photographed something with me behind the lens I am automatically the copyright owner and holder of those images. I NEVER release copyright to any of my images unless the client chooses to do a buyout.  For example this is when I photograph commercial work for a big company and the company would buy the copyright to their images allowing them to use the images in any way they please per our buyout agreement.

Copyright release: This document releases the copyright from the photographer to the client.  At the moment of transfer the copyright no longer belongs to the Photographer, he/she no longer owns the photograph.   In fact, in these cases the Photographer can technically never use the photographs without permission of client. Here is a great article from the PPA about copyright.

Print release: It allows you to print for personal use at home while preserving the rights of the photographer or artist.This is what is most commonly given to clients for weddings, portrait sessions etc. Here is an article from The Lawtog about the difference between copyright and print release.

And now onto crediting on social media…So heres the deal, we are artists and the work that we produce is how we earn a living. Same goes for makeup artists, hair stylists, painters, writers etc, you get the picture. When we photograph a wedding or a inspiration shoot there is an entire team of people that pull together to produce this amazing event.  Lets give them a round of applause and lets help them build their business in turn building our community up! LET’S GIVE THEM CREDIT!

 Here are the ways we love being credited on social media

Facebook: Tagging of my business name as well as tagging me personally if possible.

Instagram: Tagging my business as well as listing me in the credits. For example if a planner was to credit us we would love: We had so much fun planning and designing  John and Suzie’s wedding, thank you to @AmalieOrrangePhotography for the image or Photo by: @AmalieOrrangePhotography. Both work and both give us image credit.

Blog : ALWAYS and yes I said ALWAYS give link backs to a vendors website, not only are you giving them credit but you are helping build their SEO which is critical in this day and age of everyone Googling everything! This is also a way to connect your business name to theirs and if you loved working with them their potential clients will be looking them up and finding you. Win win!

Happy sharing!!


  1. Exactly!!!!! Thank you for putting this into words! I’m gonna share…WITH CREDIT 😉

  2. Preach Sister! There is way to many talent out there to not get credit. Just not cool!

  3. Shawn says:

    Love this…I always make sure credit is given where due!!!!

  4. Maria says:

    Crediting all vendors is a MUST, and it helps us all help each other! Great post.

  5. Chad Heller says:

    Thank you so much, you hit the nail on the head!

  6. Tamara Budz says:

    This is a fantastic resource and offers great tips for using the work of others. Thanks for compiling this!

  7. Rachel says:

    Well said! Do you have any tips on how to keep track of vendors at weddings? I always want to credit them, but sometimes I lose business cards or never know who they are at all.

    • Rachel, I sure do! We actually send out a pretty detailed questionairre about a month before the wedding asking who all of our couples vendors are from hair and makeup, dress designer, bridal shop, Dj etc. this also makes it a breeze to add the vendors when we send in for publication too. I can send you a copy of our questionnaire if you like, just shoot me an email at amalie@amalieorrangephotography.com

  8. Jen Meadows says:

    Yes, yes and yes!!! Link back to the website!!!

  9. This is some great information! Do you mind if I share this on my page?

  10. Ashley says:

    Wonderful explanation and great recommendations for social media credits!

  11. Great reminders for everyone out there. If we all worth WITH each other, it just makes everything easier!

  12. Yes!! Couldn’t agree with you more. Thank you for breaking it down so clearly and providing resources for each point.

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