Post # 32
Yes – you need to feed them (espcially if you want to keep them happy and excited about giving you their best stuff) but not necessarily the same food as the rest of the guests are getting. It’s not unusual for vendors to be fed “boxed dinners” of just the main course and an area to eat the food away from all the guests (i.e. back room, kitchen, etc.).
Post # 33
You should feed them, regardless of the terms in your contract or not, out of courtesy.
Here’s my equation with vendors:
Happy vendors = happy things such as pictures, etc. = happy couple.
Besides, for us, we love all our vendors, they’ve become our friends and wouldn’t you want to feed your friends if you had them come over for a party?
Post # 34
Ditto to so many of these posts! Eight hours of photography is physically and mentally demanding; I honestly would be scared to try to go without food (I’d be worried I’d pass out!).
And beware the vendor meals! First, they can be anything from what your guests are served to an inedible half-frozen sandwich (I’ve been lucky, but I’ve heard some real horror stories from other photographers).
Second, they are typically served in a separate room, *after* the guests are served. The absolute best time to eat is when guests are eating. And SarahBrown is right: the absolute *worst* time for photography is when people are eating. Guests look silly, get annoyed or self-conscious, and there is half-eaten food everywhere. Then, when guests finish and the party starts again, your photographer disappears into another room to eat. I much prefer to stay in the same room so that I can watch and jump up if something good happens; *and* so that I could eat at the best possible time–when you’d get the worst pictures.