(Closed) Do Wedding Photographers Charge During the Dinner Hour?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It does count as one of the hours they are there.  They’ll be taking pictures of other things while people are eating.  People eat at different times and speeds anyways at a wedding.  There will always be something going on for photographers to shoot. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yes, this isn’t really an hour off for them. They still have to be on location, for one. And they often use this time to photograph details around the reception. Often, they’ll take photos during the speeches, as well.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

But they do take a break to eat, right? Not necessarily, although it’s considered appreciative and thoughtful to offer them food.  And that counts as part of the time they are paid? Generally, the “hour” package includes the hours they are with you, beginning to end. It generally includes travel time between ceremony and reception, too. There may be exceptions to this situation, but that’s something you need to work out with the photographer individually.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Yes they do.  We had a dinner reception but what our photographer did was order food she could easily take bites of in between taking pictures (she ordered a salad so her soup wouldn’t get cold and ordered the shellfish over grits so she could just take spoonfuls and wouldn’t have to cut a piece of chicken or beef).  

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Yes, we charge during the dinner hour. Will we be shooting? Depends. Sometimes this is a good time to grab the rings and set up a few shots. If speeches are made, we will photograph them. Most people don’t like their photo taken while they’re eating. It’s a good idea to offer your wedding photographer a meal if they’re working 6+ hours. It is always appreciated.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes you pay them for the dinner hour, they wont take an hour break & they cant exactly leave. They take pics of other details too & the speeches.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We don’t take even close to an hour to eat! At least all photogs I know. Usually around 10 to 15 mins for me. The best time to feed your photog is when everyone else is eating because you’re not going to get great shots of people eating anyways so you’re not really “losing” any time.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

My wedding photo required a meal for her and her assistant. It’s in our contract. She is billing for her time eating and traveling between locations. I don’t expect her to take a lot of pictures during dinner, but I would like some of speeches, toasts, etc. I trust my photog to get some pics in during that hour. It doesn’t sound like it, but photography is really strenuous at a wedding. They are always moving around and constantly capturing something, which doesn’t allow for down time. It’s kind of like a real job- if you work 8 hours you get a paid lunch hour. Or if you work over 4, you get a paid break.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Mrs. Meowerson: Our photographer took pictures during the beginning of dinner. Once the main part of dinner got underway, she ate dinner with our day of coordinator and dj out in the breezeway where cocktail hour/buffet was.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

We provided our photographer with dinner, but I couldn’t imagine not paying her… She scarfed down her meal and got right back to work. She came up to us and got our rings to take pictures of rings while we were eating, got some pictures of the food setup and took a few pictures of the guests mingling over dinner.

If it bothers you that much, you could see if it could take out 10 minutes, because that’s probably how long it will take… but all the jobs I’ve had I was paid for lunch, so I don’t know why your photographer shouldn’t? She’s doing more work during her meal than I do at mine.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have a “Proper care & feeding of your Photographers” clause in our contract. If I’m shooting for 7 hours, yes I need a break to sit down and eat something. But, this takes no one where an hour to do. I try to eat while the bride and groom are eating (who wants photos of themselves chewing anyway?)

 

Set up vendor meals ahead of time, and try to serve the photographers before all the guests so they can eat while you eat. Better for everyone this way. 🙂

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

Yes, you pay your band too, and they take breaks.  You pay your photographer for every hr they are there, including to eat.

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