Why You SHOULD Feed Your Photographer – A Slightly Biased Opinion

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This is in direct response to this post on PetaPixel and the original post that it references from Brides Magazine. If you haven’t seen these posts read before you continue. If you want a really really quick summation of it Brides Magazine doesn’t think you should feed your photographer. I wholeheartedly disagree. Check out the poll on the PetaPixel post, I’m not the only one.

Umm, ‘scuse me? Anyone who has seen me work a wedding knows that I EARN that meal. I’m not just standing around snapping a few candid pictures and flipping you a memory card at the end of the day.

Feed The Photographer

Wedding photography starts MONTHS before the wedding day with consults, estimates, contracts, engagement photos, wedding products etc. Follow up consults before the big day have to happen at least once, sometimes 2-3 times. Then I come to your rehearsal and help you make sure it goes off without a hitch. This is all before the wedding.

On the day of I show up, camera in hand and start work immediately. Not only am I taking photos but I am helping clients make decisions, I’m fielding questions left and right, making sure you are eating, hydrated and that Great Aunt Millie isn’t hovering over you stressing you out because she wishes you would have worn white instead of ivory. Hiding the bride from the groom, motivating the groomsmen to get ready, helping with finishing touches on decor. (I KNOW that more than one of you has seen me setting up chairs and tables, putting out flowers, organizing desert tables, directing traffic, etc.) This is all BEFORE the first look!

Feed Your Photographer

I realize that weddings are expensive and catering can cost an arm and a leg to get what you want, but please consider how hard your photographer is working for you. Feed us what you are eating. We really appreciate it. I may still be bitter about the warm egg salad sandwich and warm water that I was ordered to eat outside in August, but I remember the plates of BBQ, roast pork, even modest sandwich bars that I have been invited to share. I have clients who are so wonderful that they have invited me to sit at the head table with them and chat while we ate.

I could go on for another three paragraphs about the fact that I routinely travel 500+ miles for weddings. That coupled with the fact that the real work starts AFTER the wedding when I go home and immediately back up 6,000 photos, make copies and back them up again (Usually getting me to bed by 4am on wedding nights) – I then spend hours and hours and hours sorting, editing and going back to remove that stress zit from Every. Stinkin’. Photo.

I think by this time we are friends, treat me like one. I’ve already seen you in your underwear, climbed halfway under your dress to fix your bustle (Where the heck did your bridesmaids go!?) Consoled a crying drunk person that I’ve never met, hefted around 30lbs of camera gear all day and taught 8 grown men how to pin a boutonniere. I am a photographer, but I am also so much more.

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If you beg and plead I will try your signature wedding shot – after I’m off the clock! (Huckleberry was so fitting for Priest Lake!)

I love my clients, you are wonderful, and save one instance you have all fed me. Pass this on to any misguided friends who take what wedding magazines say as the gospel. The “HAnger” (Hunger + Anger) is real. People perform so much better when they are satisfied and cared for.

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Kaitlin’s Amacher Park Senior Portraits – Roseburg Oregon

LaDuke Photography Locations SMLast month I had the opportunity to go down to Roseburg from Eugene for my cousin’s senior portrait session. We did a few photos at her house with her dog Oreo – I had to include that last photo because we laughed so hard over it. The rest of the photos we did down the road at Amacher Park. don’t let the photos fool you, it was cold as heck and Kaitlin was a trooper.Roseburg Senior Portraits LaDukePhoto.Com-11-5Click here to see my full senior portrait gallery including my session packages and pricing.Roseburg Senior Portraits LaDukePhoto.Com-11-4 Roseburg Senior Portraits LaDukePhoto.Com-11-3 Roseburg Senior Portraits LaDukePhoto.Com-11-2Seriously though, Oreo looks like a gremlin! Roseburg Senior Portraits LaDukePhoto.Com-11

Don’t be put off by the fact that I am based out of Eugene, I love any excuse to head south for a photo session because I get to visit my family.

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Sweet Cheeks Winery Wedding – Veneta, Oregon

LaDuke Photography Locations SMSweet Cheeks Winery in Veneta, Oregon is a beautiful wedding venue. The patio overlooks the rows and rows of wine grapes in a valley and has a California villa feel to it. I have been catching up on a lot of blogging, but I wanted to share a few quick shots from Brandy and Alan’s summer wedding at one of Oregon’s best vineyards.  Sweet Cheeks Winery Wedding LaDukePhoto.Com-6-13We did the first look just outside the front doors and were able to have a good private moment because the winery closed down early for their ceremony.

Sweet Cheeks Winery Wedding LaDukePhoto.Com-6-8The weather in June was perfect for a wedding. Warm with a slight breeze and partial cloud cover.

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Brandy’s veil went on for DAYS! The kids spent most of our session tangled up in it!

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Sweet Cheeks Winery Wedding LaDukePhoto.Com-6-12And I figured there ladies in their pretty pink dresses were a good image to end on. I have hundreds of shots from the wedding, to see them click here or visit my wedding gallery below.

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Finch Arboretum Engagement Session – Spokane, WA

LaDuke Photography Locations SMIt is engagement season so I wanted to drop by and show off photos from a session I did at Finch Arboretum in Spokane. I love the arboretum for its vast number of photogenic backdrops in such a small area. Brandi and Aaron joined me for an afternoon of exploration this fall and the results were stunning! Finch Arboretum Engagement LaDukePhoto.Com-1829Click this link to learn more about my Wedding and Engagement Packages. Finch Arboretum Engagement LaDukePhoto.Com-1723I travel between Spokane and Eugene frequently and I also offer coverage in Seattle, Idaho, Portland and the Bay Area for your wedding coverage.Finch Arboretum Engagement LaDukePhoto.Com-1802Engagement sessions are included in all of my wedding packages or available al a carte.Finch Arboretum Engagement LaDukePhoto.Com-1749 Finch Arboretum Engagement LaDukePhoto.Com-1872

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Trash the Dress Session at Priest Lake, Idaho

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I know I say it frequently, but I LOVE MY JOB! Earlier this year I grabbed a couple of my favorite assistants (Thanks Kaitlyn and Nick!) and trekked up to Priest Lake to help Melissa and Craig trash their wedding clothes. Earlier this year we met them at the same place for their wedding. It’s great that they love the lake so much that they had me up twice to capture their memories. Trash the Dress sessions are becoming more and more common as the cost of dresses becomes reasonable and as many mothers aren’t expecting their daughters to wear their dresses. No offense to my mother, but I am glad I wont be wearing her dress if I tie the knot.

Now on to the photos! You can’t tell, but it was cold and windy and it even rained on us a bit! nothing could dampen the mood though. enjoy this small sampling of photos and click here to see my couples session pricing.

 

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