A hungry photographer took to reddit to explain that he is actually a full time dog groomer that was approached by his friend to take pictures at their wedding so that they could save on costs. “It’s my thing if that makes sense,” he said
The anonymous photographer revealed how he followed the bride around all day with no time to eat or drink and when it came time for the wedding party to sit down, there was no spot for him, no bar, and he was not allowed to leave to get food.
“A friend of mine got married a few days ago and wanting to save money, asked me if I’d shoot it for them. I told him it’s not really my forte but he convinced me by saying he didn’t care if they were perfect: they were on a shoestring budget and I agreed to shoot it for $250, which is nothing for a 10 hour event. On the day of the wedding, I’m driving around following the bride as she goes from appointment to appointment before the ceremony itself, and during the reception I’m shooting speeches and people mingling.”
“I started around 11am and was due to finish around 7:30pm. Around 5pm, the food is being served and I was told I cannot stop to eat because I need to be a photographer, in fact they didn’t save me a spot at any table. I’m getting tired and at this point kinda regretting doing this for next to nothing. It’s also unbelievably hot: the venue is in an old veteran’s legion and it’s like 110F and there’s no AC”
“I told the groom I need to take off for 20mins to get something to eat and drink. There’s no open bar or anything, I can’t even get water and my two water bottles are long empty. He tells me I need to either be a photographer or leave without pay. With the heat, being hungry, being generally annoyed at the circumstances, I asked if he was sure, and he said yes, so I deleted all the photos I took in front of him and took off saying I’m not his photographer anymore. If I was to be paid $250, honestly at that point I would have paid $250 just for a glass of cold water and somewhere to sit for 5mins.”