Post # 1
We have booked a weekend wedding, our photographers, are a married couple who are schedule to shoot Family Saturday evening BBQ & bonfire and on Sunday for our wedding. We booked our photographer last May as our wedding is this upcoming Sept.
Our photographers are staying on site, provided by us for the weekend. Recently they’ve had a child who will be around seven months old in Sept. They have RSVP to include their child; I am wondering how they will both work eight to ten hours on our wedding day as well as take care of their baby.
Our photographer said” I was hoping that we could bring the baby up and that him being so young, he wouldn’t interfere with anything and we would be able to do our duties . . .”
I am crazy to think that this is not ok?
Post # 3
Yeah, because babies pretty much take care of themselves:/ I would be mad too! I wouldn’t allow them to bring their baby. I think your concerns are right on the money.
Post # 4
That seems odd to me… my photographer and her husband (the 2nd shooter) are looking to adopt.. soon, which I am so excited for them because she is also a good co-worker of mine. But she has already expressed to me that if they were to have the adoption by our wedding, both sets of their parents are close by so it would be easy baby-sitting!
I would not want my photographer paying more attention to their child than my photos (which sounds terrible, because I love kids, but I am paying a good amount!!), when they are getting paid professionally.
Post # 5
@jj02ss: Oh my goodness, they’ve really put you in an awkward position. It will be impossible for them to concentrate on your photos. I’m shocked actually, that they think this is a good idea. I would be concerned about liability — what if they WERE concentrating on your photos and something happened to the baby?
Post # 6
ugh. It is not cool for them to bring a baby to the job but then agin if she breast feeds but if you’re paying for them to be there the whole weekend then no. Not sure what you should do.
Post # 7
Not ok! I would tell them to bring a sitter on their dime.
Post # 8
Ummmmm this is so not cool. You can’t just bring your kid to work! There’s no way they would be able to do a proper job if it was there.
Post # 9
Unprofessional! My first photographer wanted me to pay for her, her husband (second shooter), and her daughter to fly to my Destination Wedding. Not cool!
There is no way they can work properly with the baby there. There is so much they would miss, not to mention it just is not professional.
Post # 10
@jj02ss: that doesnt sound particularly professional to me.
i could maybe see it if they advertise as one main shooter,one assistant (rather than 2 main shooters) so they could pass the parcel (or rather baby)so one cares for baby a bit while the other works
if they charged a low price i could see it more maybe?
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Very unprofessional! Did you pay for two photographers or is it a bonus deal? Is this a real professional or friendor? I would have a meeting ASAP to discuss logistics and issues such as how they plan to handle a fussy/crying baby and diaper changes. I feel they would end up neglecting your wedding or their baby. Ick.
Post # 13
Yikes, I would kindly deny the offer to bring the baby. They can’t neglect it and it would certainly be a distraction to their ability to work. Maybe they could find a babysitter? Would you be able to get a refund and find another photographer if worst comes to worst?
Post # 14
This is very unprofessional! I do not think you are wrong at all to think so. A seven month old baby requires a lot of care and attention, and what if it starts to cry/fuss just as a special moment is happening during your wedding? My opinion is that the vast majority of people cannot bring their baby to work, so why should they be able to? Sit down and express your concerns- they should be able to find a babysitter for the day. Good luck!
Post # 15
They are not friends, they are professionals we hired. Our contract is two shooters not one with an assistant. I am just unsure of how a professional can assume an infant is welcome, also with the assumption they can have the baby with them all day and it wouldnt pose a distraction. Especially since our guest are not bringing any infants or children either.
Post # 16
I have a 16 month old boy and he has always required a lot of attention since day 1! I couldn’t imagine trying to work with him around- I just don’t think it’s possible.