I'm really sorry you ran into this sort of issue. We had a similar issue a couple years back at River of time In Bay City, Mi. where a photographer genuinely didn't know he was doing a no/no. It ended in the Bay County Sheriffs department having words with him and him being asked to leave. Let me begin with saying that I am grateful you didn't get treated THAT harshly. Now onto your question. There are three main schools of thought to this.. (And then many sub schools that branch off from those three main schools) There's the "Freedom of privacy" group, who believe that just because we're 'performers' at a public event we are not to be treated as 'fair game.' Let's face it they have a valid point. People have stalkers, or people they just don't want to see, who they don't want to know "Ohh they go to THAT event." So for legal/personal reasons they feel that having their picture out there on the internet with even basic information of where/when it was taken could be a potential personal/legal security issue for them in the age of the inter-net. Then there is the "We are there for public enjoyment, thus no further permission is needed." camp Their view is equally valid, and some event's Welcome package warns them right off the bat that they are fair game to photographers. But as was covered in another forum posting, so few people actually READ the welcome packages and the rules contained there in, that it is some times a problem. Finally you have people like me who are sort of one foot in either of the other two primary camps. I have no objection to being photographed, recorded, and put out there on websites/business packets, I simply wish to see the photo that is going to be used before hand either on the spot or threw email corespondents, so I can assist the photographer with a simple yes or no. I mean lets face it some photographers some times take a picture that to them looks perfectly innocent (A young reenactor having a pizza break in uniform for example) and they genuinely don't understand how negatively that might reflect on the hobby. So I personally for reasons of wanting to ensure that the hobby and my self are shown in our best possible light, would like as a courtesy from the Photographer/recorder/artist "The right of first refusal" as the subject of their art from being shown or published on a web page. It's also a matter of logistics. I'd like the opportunity to purchase any thing I'm in doing what I love. I can use it for my Work Portfolio in my acting Resume.
I hope this helped your dilemma some what and I apologize that it was so long winded.
Trooper John W. Knecht IV
Bugler/War Correspondent, Michigan Cavalry Brigade Association
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