Should you feed your wedding photographer?



A wedding typically lasts 10 to 12 hours. If am photographing 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 literally 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 do 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 that’s been sitting in the car all day. Although it can be what everyone else is eating, I don’t have to have a plated meal as long as something is provided. Many venues offer vendor meals that you can get, so inquire about that when you have the chance.

Finally, it is important 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 makes it hard to focus the rest of the day because you’re 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 your clear with the communication with your vendors. I am not offended when not offered a meal at a wedding, but 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 us know arrangements ahead of time so we know the plan. Thank you!

About The Wedding Photographer

Mike Elford
Mike Elford | The Windsor Wedding Photographer first photographed his first wedding back in 2004. Over the next 17 years, Mike would go on to really key in on what his Bride and Groom clients truly desired. Originally, he thought they came to him after seeing some of the amazing wedding images he photographed. But what he quickly realized is that Mike's clients choose him because of how immediately comfortable they felt upon meeting him. They knew right away having Mike photograph their wedding was the right choice. Along with great images, it just felt right to be photographed by Mike. Doing things just a little bit different, or a little better than the other wedding photographers is just the beginning when you choose Mike. It truly is The Ultimate Wedding Photography Experience!
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