Can I copy proofs from a model shoot?

I paid $350 for two looks for my daughter which included hair, makeup, and proofs. I got the proofs today. In there was a paper stating prices to get prints were $175 per picture printed! What if I don’t want the prints and just want to reproduce the proofs that I paid for?

Caroline on March 28, 2012

Unfortunately it sounds like the photographer owns the copyright to those particular images. The subject’s age is not an issue here. You can probably keep the proofs (if that was what the photographer offered) but cannot legally copy them. If you don’t want the prints, don’t buy them. This is often how studio, portrait and wedding photographers make their money and pay for the effort involved. Sorry!

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