Post # 1
Hi Bees! I’ve got a question about my professional photographer. We’re on a tight budget, and she’s been very willing to work with us so we only booked her for two hours to do official portraits, the ceremony and the start of the reception.
If she were staying the whole night, I would provide a meal and a seat for her during dinner. But since she’ll be officially done shooting right as dinner starts, should I still invite her to stay and dine with us? I’m happy to do so, she’s very pleasant. I just don’t want her to feel obligated to stay if she’d rather not, but I also don’t want her to decide to keep shooting if she sticks around because we really can’t afford to go over budget. I don’t think she would do that, but I want to avoid it just in case.
Should I just explain that she’s more than welcome to stay for dinner as a guest if she wants? She’s married and will have just had a baby (I trust her to be professional) so maybe she’d rather just go home? I don’t know… What do you all suggest?
Post # 3
I think it would be sweet to offer, I would guess that she’ll probably opt to go home to the new baby.
Post # 4
Definitely offer the option. 🙂
Post # 5
I would offer the option. And she might just stay and do extra shooting for free!
Our photographer was free to leave our reception after the first dance but stayed until 1 a.m and got so many awesome party shots! He didn’t charge us, he was just having a great time.
Post # 6
I’d extend the offer for sure.
Post # 7
@PuntaCanaBride: See, I’m worried about that! Even if she does shoot extra for free, I would feel kind of awkward not compensating her. But I really do want to ask her to stay. Hmm.
Post # 8
I would definitely ask her to stay. Give her the option and if she doesn’t want to, that’s fine.
Post # 9
Invite her and let her decide…. just make sure you mention to her to not take any more photos after dinner, and she’ll probably go home after eating.
Post # 10
I’d invite her to stay and just be upfront that you can’t afford more of her time, but you like her and want to offer her a meal before she takes off for the night. Let her know she’s welcome to eat and run but you want her to have the option of not having to work for a while and stop at BK on the way home.
Post # 11
Thanks everyone for your input! I’ll definitely tell her she’s welcome to stay.
Post # 12
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but two hours of coverage is nowhere near enough time for official portraits, the ceremony and the reception until dinner. Have you asked her how long she needs for family formals, wedding party photos, and B&G photos? Even if your ceremony is only 5 minutes long, most photographers require AT LEAST an hour and a half to accomplish all the official portraits, and then at the reception there’s the introductions, the first dances and speeches that all take place before dinner is served.
All this aside, even if you do buy her a meal but don’t seat her, she wont be served that meal until well after all your other guests, so she probably won’t want to stick around and wait for the food anyway. Nice of you to offer though! 🙂
Post # 13
If she is taking pictures during and after dinner, then go for it. Also, make sure you read your contract and ask her upfront what her policy is on that, considering the hours you have hired her for. If she will be done filming before dinner starts and she does not require a meal, then it’s really a personal decision, although it would be nice if you could offer. Be aware that she may decline.
Post # 14
I would NOT extend the offer unless you had a casual personal relationship (at least) with her before the wedding. You are conducting a business transaction, with set terms, boundaries and deliverables. You should not put yourself or the photographer in a position where you could have a misunderstanding and turn a good business relationship into a bad one. I’m not trying to sound cold. But business goes much more smoothly when it’s treated as business.
Post # 16
@PassionatePhotoLady: I understand that your professional opinion is that 2 hours isn’t enough time to cover a wedding. However, we discussed our needs, our timeline and our budget constraints with our photographer and both she and myself feel that we have allotted enough time to get what we need. Our wedding will be quite small and non-traditional, so there aren’t a lot of the typical wedding events and photo-ops that you listed.
Thank you for your input re: business relationship also. You make a good point!