(Closed) Did You Invite Your Photographer's Family?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Would you invite your photographer's wife and 2 young kids?
    yes : (3 votes)
    5 %
    no : (55 votes)
    95 %
    maybe : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    No. Not normal. 

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    The only way I would invite them is if they were personal friends of mine. I have met my Photographer’s husband and daughter, they will not be invited. 

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    not that I know of. our photog is a husband/wife team, but we are most certainly not inviting any children of theirs!

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    No.  Although, I was at a wedding where the photographer’s wife was invited, but that was because the photographer was a friend of the bride and groom.

    Post # 7
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    4194 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    NO- your photographer is there as a paid employee, not a guest. Your officiant’s spouse should be invited, but other vendors don’t get dates. 

    The only exception I can see is if it’s a friend, but even then, your photographer is one of your busiest vendors that day. Or-possibly if it’s a Destination Wedding, but in that case your photographer might bring their other half as their assistant/second shooter, anyway.

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    Yeah, unless your photographer’s family are your friends, you do not and should not invite them.  They are professionals!

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Nope!  And don’t feel bad about not inviting them unless it’s in the contract.  You’re hiring a photographer, not inviting them as a guest.

    Post # 11
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    735 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I invited my PASTOR’s wife – but not the families of the other vendors.

    The pastor is “working” during the ceremony, and we’ve asked him to say a blessing before the meal starts.  He doesn’t know most of the guests.  It makes sense for him to bring his wife. (And she’s a very pleasant woman, and she helps him out with set up & carry things etc.)

    The photographer (and DJ if we had one, or the members or the band) are working through the party part of the wedding (and potentially the ceremony too) – so it’s not common to invite their families.  My photographer is bringing an assistant, who I think is a distant relative of hers (at no additional charge, the girl is still in training) – but our photographer asked – before we agreed to a contract – if it would be ok with us.  (Sure thing, an extra camera for the price of feeding her? Sounds like we’re getting a sweet deal – even if only a few of the trainee’s shots are top notch, it’s much more budget friendly than hiring another photog for 5 hours!)  But a working family member is a little different than inviting infants.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    No, I really wouldn’t want him to be distracted by his family.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Yes, but only in cases like mine where the photographer was kind of family.  My photographer is my husband’s brother’s wife’s sister.  I think that sort of makes her my sister in law.  We invited her husband who acted as her assistant and her son who was under a year old because she was still breast feeding.  Neither of them interfered with with her photographer duties in any way.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    God no.

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    No.  Your photographer is there to work, not to socialize.  Don’t invite his family.

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