So where should the line be drawn?
Personally I believe that the show you perform at should have an in house or invited photographer one that can supply the performers with some useable images – when you have anyone & everyone taking pictures you can end up with some pretty unflattering images floating around the World Wide Web, I for one have my share of bloody awful images taken by certain ‘photographers’ at show that I would prefer to be taken down, destroyed and erased from everyone’s memory who has ever seen it!
But how do you approach someone to take down an unflattering video or photograph – people get so easily offended but it’s your image your trying to maintain – it’s such a tricky topic when really it should be so simple!
There is also another problem which I find completely mind boggling – photographers who take pictures at shows use them on their website and yet want to charge YOU to buy the images! Well this is a little ridiculous I think as you are the main subject of the photograph, unless they’ve asked to photograph your performance then this just isn’t on! & I have had this happen to friends!
so what promoters should learn from this is to make sure they have one maybe two in house photographers one’s who’s portfolios have been looked through & have worked in a similar environment before.
[the wonderful image used is by Evan Smith one of the best photographers I’ve had photograph my routines at many shows]