Originally Posted by jason_kraft
Generally you will want to obtain specific written permission (e.g. by email) before posting a picture of someone on your web site, including the name and contact info of the person giving permission, and if the subject is someone else, the name of the subject and relationship to the authorizing party. Also, in some cases the copyright for the picture may be held by the photo studio and not the subject of the photo.
I just went through this with someone yesterday and we looked it up...Unless the person who's buying the pictures has an agreement that they have the right to the image itself, they don't hold the copyright on it. They pay the photogrpaher for the service of having the picture made, but the studio owns the rights to the pictures themselves since it's their intellectual property. That's why it's illegal to go to the copy center and make copies of professional portraits. Unless the studio says that they give the rights to reproduce or use the picture to the client, the client doesn't have permission to give it to someone else to use.
When I get brides who send me professional photos of their weddings, I email the photogapher to ask if it's okay to use the pictures. Depending on the contract they have with the bride they may or may not have given her the rights to the images, and I figure it's better to ask.