Do I Need to Feed My Wedding Photographer?
You’ve found your perfect wedding photographer and have ticked it off your list, at some point you reach catering and tot up the number of guests that shall be there, and then think ‘Do I Need to Feed My Wedding Photographer?‘. This is a very common question that seems to crop up a lot and the answer to it can vary.
Should I feed my photographer?
The answer is entirely up to you, you don’t have too, however a lot of couples do, be it a full sit down meal at their table, or making sure a meal is provided away from everyone else. Your photographer could be working the whole day, so while everyone maybe snacking, drinking and having lunch and dinner your photographer would be capturing this all. But when would they step aside and go and get some food?
If your photographer will only be there for the ceremony and reception then food probably isn’t needed, however if they are there for the whole day, from first thing in the morning right through until the night then that is a very long day and a long time to go without any substantial food.
“Our photographer ate the same meals we did, he also sat at our table while he ate. I’m not sure why I would have fed him something “lesser.” He sat with us and got some great pics in between bites and then got up and moved around getting more pics of the dinner in progress.”
You may have spoken to your wedding photographer a lot before the big day and built up a bond and connection with your photographer, although they are there as a professional to do a job you may wish to treat them as a guest, making them and your guests more relaxed around each other which may make more natural and fun photos. Some couples like to have the photographer join them at their table for dinner allowing the photographer to grab a few shots and then moving around the other tables to get other photos.
On the other hand the photographer may wish to have a break away from it all for a moment where they can take a breather and have some food. They may also prefer this as they may not prefer to sit with guests as they may find this awkward as they don’t know anyone and would prefer some quiet time briefly.
The photographer will have been on the go working harder and longer than anyone else, from being there first thing in the morning capturing photos of the bride getting ready right through the whole day to the ceremony, reception, cutting the cake, right through to the first dance, making sure they are always capturing those moments that others would miss. Depending on the location and shots they maybe carrying heavy equipment around grounds of a stately home or remote barn to get those beautiful bride and groom shots with a stunning backdrop. It can be a long and tiring day and however feeding your photographer is not only a nice thing to do, you could also say it will help you get back much more in return.
It is a good idea to discuss this with your photographer and give them the option, they may love to join everyone for dinner or just prefer to sit in their car with their pre-prepared sandwiches, so do find out what works best for them.
So did you offer your wedding photographer a meal?
If you are a wedding photographer what is you take and experience regarding this?
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