(Closed) Did you feed your photographer?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 46
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

 

Our photographer and her assistant got the same meals as the guests and we sat them at one of the guest tables.

Post # 47
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Most photographers have it in their contract as to what their policies are regarding meals. Why anyone would expect people to work a full day without being fed is beyond me, but I guess since threads like this exist it’s not an automatic thing for people. First if the photographer doesn’t require being fed the same as the guests, please inquire with your caterer what the vendor meal actually is. I’ve had quite a few sandwiches from high end caterers that were inedible. Second the photographers should be on the same meal schedule as the bride and groom. Caterers always try to feed us last and they do not care if we have 2 minutes to eat. And finally it’s in your interest to seat the photographers and other vendors within visual and auditory range of the main room just in case something happens that needs to be covered.

Post # 48
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

BWLE:  I’m not sure if anyone else has said this or not as I just skimmed the responses but definitely check your contract. It states in my contract that they require meals after so many hours of shooting time (not that I would deny them a meal after being with us all day long). 

Post # 49
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

BWLE:   We’re including our photographers in the seating chart.  We have a number of similar age/interest guests and I think they will enjoy meeting one another.

Post # 51
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Our photographers will be at our venue for 8 hours after driving 1.5 hours to get to our location, so yeah I’m gonna be feeding them.

Post # 52
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Yes we are but that’s because our photographer is a close friend who does wedding photography as a business and he offered to photograph our entire wedding for free as a gift.  Figured a really good meal was the least we could do.

Post # 53
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

yes

Post # 54
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

BWLE:  I understand you are not trying to be rude and do plan to feed your photographers, which is good! I just wanted to point out that there is a difference between the meal you buy for yourself every day at work and photographers options at weddings. You can bring your food and keep it refrigerated in your office if you want; you also get a break (usually a half hour or an hour as is required by law) where you can leave your office and obtain a meal of your choosing. You will pay normal prices for said meal. Photographers who bring their own food are forced to leave it in a hot car for several hours, they can’t leave your venue to obtain their own meal because they don’t get an actual break. I shoot in the mountains and the nearest place to venues that serve food are usually a half hour each way. I don’t have the option of purchasing a meal for myself from most venues and even if I could I’d be paying $100 for a meal not of my choosing. Vendor meals 90% of the time are dry turkey sandwiches, often with no cheese lettuce or tomato, and a bag of chips. Often this entire sandwich, bread and all, has been assembled and refrigerated as such days in advance, making it soggy or inedible. I have an eating disorder where I can’t eat turkey so I have it in my contract that I receive the same meal the guests are eating. I tell my brides to factor this into the cost of my services and if the $100 is going to put them over they can either not hire me or I stipulate that I be allowed to leave the venue for one hour to obtain a hot meal. I don’t think it’s that unreasonable all things considered.

Post # 55
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We offered a meal but he didn’t eat it. He didn’t eat all day (from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.). Crazy man said he didn’t want to miss anything. We did offer multiple times, though.

Post # 56
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

ETA for those of you purchasing vendor meals, I would at least ask your venue what the “vendor meal” is and ask to see one. Often they call these inedible turkey sandwiches “turkey clubs” to make them sound better, but often its something worse than you’d be comfortable feeding your dog. Vendors don’t expect to be treated like rockstara but even the most tolerant of us will get bitter being treated worse than dogs.

Post # 57
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

BWLE:  Yes, we are feeding both the photographers that will be present at the wedding. They are seated with our coordinators. Although it was stated that we contractually had to feed them it seems particularly rude not to if they are working through the dinner hour for you.

Post # 58
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

BWLE:  Yes, we had vendor meals for our photographers and the DJ, since they were both there for so long.  We did not provide a meal for our photoshoot guys bc they were only there for 4 hours.  Talk to your caterer about pricing.  The price of our vendor meals were 1/2 the price of the normal per person rate…so that definitely helped!

Post # 59
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Newbee

Wanted to follow thread…

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