Authorities Halt the Ban on Commercial Portraits Following a Photographer’s Lawsuit

Apr 17, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Authorities Halt the Ban on Commercial Portraits Following a Photographer’s Lawsuit

Apr 17, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Back in February we reported that Josephine Havlak, a commercial photographer from St. Louis, sued the village of Twin Oaks over its decision to ban commercial photography in the local park.

Following her lawsuit, the village’s board of trustees has decided to refrain from enforcing the ban for at least 45 days, while the village negotiates with Havlak’s attorney.

The lawsuit, filed against the village itself as well as the village clerk and St. Louis County Police, seems to have made an immediate impact as there have been no reports of photographers being stopped by the authorities in the two and a half months since it was filed.

While there has been no confirmation of the unofficial policy to let photographs work in the park, yesterday’s announcement by the board of trustees made it clear and known to all.

The trustees confirmed that this decision, as well as the clarification of a previous ordinance limiting the number of people allowed at an organized event in the park to 50, was related to the photographer’s suit.

Havlak is seeking a declaratory judgment that the village’s law against commercial photography in the park is unconstitutional, and she will receive a response from a federal court, to which her case has recently been moved.

[via St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Lead Image: RustyClark]

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2 responses to “Authorities Halt the Ban on Commercial Portraits Following a Photographer’s Lawsuit”

  1. Stephen Fink Avatar
    Stephen Fink

    A public arboretum here in Dayton has taken to charging a fee for commercial photographers to use the arboretum for shoots.

  2. Jeff Soto Avatar
    Jeff Soto

    I live up the road from this place. Can’t imagine why anyone would fuss over shooting there. It’s nothing impressive. But freedom is freedom.