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In our contract we have to provide our photog with food (makes sense; she'll be there a long time!). Has anyone done this? Is it the same meal as you feed your guests (and same cost)? Or do offer a less elaborate meal? I understand the need to eat, but at the same time she needs to be taking pictures, not sitting down to a three course meal, so I'm not sure how that works. And WHERE does she eat? Do I make sure she has a seat at the table? Thanks!!

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I bought my photographer the same meal as everyone else. He also sat with the guests. But he didn't stay seated he was up and about taking pictures while he was eating. I know some resorts offer a photographer meal. And you can also set up seating for him and his assistant (if he has one)

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Hi Jamie, I just replied on the dreams thread but thought I'd reply here as well..Dreams has a vendor meal and I don't think they sit with the guests but I'm not positive on that

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I will give you my perspective as a photographer.

Number one, thanks for feeding us! :) No, really... that's needed!

Number two, any meal will typically do. some venues offer vendor meals, some kids meals... anything.

 

As far as seating, I prefer to be near the front and on an aisle. That way I can easily take pictures near my seat and get up and move about without disturbing others. However I like to be seated very near the couple (but to the side) because if something sneaks up I can quickly grab my camera and sneak a quick shot.

 

BUT, that's just my opinion.

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Thanks so much for the info it's very helpful.

 

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I will give you my perspective as a photographer.

Number one, thanks for feeding us! :) No, really... that's needed!

Number two, any meal will typically do. some venues offer vendor meals, some kids meals... anything.

 

As far as seating, I prefer to be near the front and on an aisle. That way I can easily take pictures near my seat and get up and move about without disturbing others. However I like to be seated very near the couple (but to the side) because if something sneaks up I can quickly grab my camera and sneak a quick shot.

 

BUT, that's just my opinion.

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Thanks for the insight!!

 

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Originally Posted by Tlseege View Post
I will give you my perspective as a photographer.

Number one, thanks for feeding us! :) No, really... that's needed!

Number two, any meal will typically do. some venues offer vendor meals, some kids meals... anything.

 

As far as seating, I prefer to be near the front and on an aisle. That way I can easily take pictures near my seat and get up and move about without disturbing others. However I like to be seated very near the couple (but to the side) because if something sneaks up I can quickly grab my camera and sneak a quick shot.

 

BUT, that's just my opinion.

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Feed them! wink.gif we had a table set up for our photogs that was sort of to side of where everyone was sitting, that way they didn't have to sit with the guests and sort of have a place to sneak away and have a quick bite!

 

I will say, I was at a wedding last weekend and the bride was talking about how they didn't purchase vendor meals for their DJ and photographers... wtf.gif IMO, I thought it was super tacky to not feed the vendors! I mean they had been there all day!

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As your photographer will be working hard all day, they will get hungry, and will want to grab a quick bite when your guests are eating. Speaking from experience, it's nice to have a real meal (preferably hot, but this is not required) and not have to eat a protein bar for dinner. :) And, it is common practice to provide a meal for your vendors. As far as the type of meal, it's best to speak with your caterer and find out how much more (if any) it would be to provide the same meal as your guests will receive. If it would be kinda pricey to provide the same meal, they should be able to provide a less expensive option. If you are having a buffet, the caterer or hotel probably wouldn't charge much more (if any) to include your photographer.

 

It's best to make sure they are seated in an area where they can keep an eye out on what's happening so as not to miss anything if they need to get up quickly to capture a moment.

 

Your photographer will definitely appreciate the fact that you fed them. :)

 

Hope this helps.

 

Best wishes,

Tod

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