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Should you Feed your
Wedding Photographer?

A wedding typically lasts 10 to 12 hours. If I photograph getting ready shots and am there all day, I’ll try to eat a big breakfast before arriving there, but that only lasts so long. Often I am running around like crazy all day trying to cover the every detail within the wedding, and don’t have time to snack or take a break. I’ve been known to run to 7-11 anytime I’m photographing at Jackson Park. Just to get re-hydrated during the drive to the reception hall

All that said, it is important that I get a small break to eat during the day. This is preferably done during the reception when everyone else is eating, which works out because nobody wants to have photos of themselves eating, anyway.

I prefer if you provide a meal for us so we don’t have to leave and find a local food place, or worry about spoiled food sitting in the car all day. Although it can be what everyone eats, I don’t have to have a plated meal as long as something is provided. Many venues offer vendor meals you can get, so inquire about that when you can.

Finally, I feel it is essential to feed your photographer because it is hard to stay creative on an empty stomach. Think about if you didn’t get a lunch break at work—it would be hard to focus the rest of the day because you’d be so hungry. You also don’t want your photographer passing out during your reception.

Of course, sometimes the seating chart or budget doesn’t allow for a planned meal. That, too, is OK as long as you are clear with your communication with your vendors. I am not offended when not offered a meal at a wedding. With the advanced knowledge, at least I can make arrangements otherwise. Don’t be embarrassed. There are a ton of reasons why a meal can not be offered to your wedding photographer—just let me know.

So please let your vendors know of the arrangements ahead of time so we know the plan. Thank you!


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