Obtaining negatives from Elegante Wedding Photography, former Kodak franchise
Back in 2002, before I was a serious photographer, I got married and used Elegante Wedding Photography (a Kodak franchise, I gather) to shoot our wedding.
When we ordered, they said they keep the negatives 'forever'. To be fair, we ordered the prints two years after we got married. In fairness, the pictures were fantastic. Anyway, they went bust in 2006 - I gather they were considered to be a bit of a plague in the wedding photography industry.
Anyway, my wife and I want to have one of the prints enlarged, nearly 10 years later!
Though the print looks great, and is a 10" x 8", knowing what I know now, I'd rather have an enlargement done from the negative.
Does anyone know if the negatives of weddings shot by Elegante Wedding Photography will still be available today? If so, from whom?
Hold the phone!
I called Kodak Head Office on 01442 261122 and they were familiar with the issue and put me through to a very helpful chap called Chris Mayo at Kodak Ltd, Boundary Way, Hemel hempstead, HP2 7YU (01442 846674). They have all the negatives from Elegante Wedding Photography and for a £25 admin fee, they will retrieve the negatives from their massive archive and sign them over to me so I can have my own prints produced from my own lab whenever I want!
Fantastic and very unexpected news. I thought I'd post this for anyone else who seeks their old negatives if they were photographed by that particular Kodak franchise.
That is good news. Unfortunate abbreviation of this thread's title in the forum, though: "Obtaining negatives from the now bust Kodak"
That is great news indeed. If only life were that easy for everything else.
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Amazing. That's what you call a "thinking ahead customer oriented policy" Great news.
Possibly moderators could change the thread title to "Obtaining negatives from Elegante Wedding Photography (former Kodak franchisee, now out of business)"
Originally Posted by edp
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I can't honestly believe that is the title I used! I don't doubt it, but blimey. My apologies Kodak! Didn't mean to phrase it like that.
Good news. Certainly more than I would have expected in the situation! Sometimes people surprise me...
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Have just Googled the term again, and this thread now ranks 5th. So good news for any potential customers of the franchise. This is a thread I wish I had found when I was enquiring initially.
Incidentally, Google also shows the previous title, which was "Obtaining negatives from the now bust Kodak franchise, Elegante Wedding Photography". Not "Obtaining negatives from the now bust Kodak". So the rephrased title, whilst better, is not so far removed from what I put originally, which was not that mis-leading in my opinion. I did wonder...