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1. I regret to say that when you are employed by someone and produce content, then the copyright in the content belongs to your employer, even though you might be the author and producer of the photos and the content. You cannot essentially withdraw content subsequently which you produced for your employer whilst you were employed there. This is a rule of employment law and whilst you are the content creator, the copyright belongs to your employer when you produce content during the course of your employment. I appreciate that in your situation there was no written contract of employment or no written contract that dealt with the copyright. However, this does not vary the common law rules that copyright in an item produced during an employment relationship belongs to the employer. You would have needed to have been an independent contractor for you to have the ability to withdraw the content once you left the working relationship for your employer.
2. If there is no formal employment relationship and you have been working as an independent contractor, then you have the ability to withdraw your content when you leave as you hold the copyright and the other party only holds a licence to use it, which can be revoked by you. In your question, you are not clear as to whether you were in a formal employment situation or whether you were working on a project by project basis and getting paid for each job being done.
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