(Closed) Invite my photographer to stay?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I invite my photographer to stay for dinner after she is done shooting?
    Invite her to stay for dinner : (53 votes)
    84 %
    Don't invite her to stay for dinner : (9 votes)
    14 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    5075 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
    431 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Definitely offer the option. 🙂

    Post # 5
    1920 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    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
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’d extend the offer for sure.

    Post # 8
    1370 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I would definitely ask her to stay. Give her the option and if she doesn’t want to, that’s fine.


    Post # 9
    5428 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    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 # 12
    1000 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    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
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    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
    3886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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 # 15
    1101 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would offer.

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