Here's Why You Need To Feed Your Wedding Photographer
It's hard work photographing weddings
“Do I need to provide my wedding photographer with a meal?” YES! I have the proof that wedding photographers need to take on the same calories as a Tour de France cyclist or they will faint during the speeches.
When I turned 50 a few years ago, I realised I was in a bit of trouble. The good years had been a bit too good for me and shooting 2 - 3 weddings a week had suddenly become tough. I was over-weight and out of condition. Back to back Summer weddings in the heat, with all the stress and logistical nightmares, had grown so exhausting that I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to continue into my 50’s unless I restricted my workload to one wedding a week. Unfortunately, this just wouldn’t work financially, and so I decided to get back in shape to cope with the workload. I joined the gym and went on a diet. It all went OK for the first six months but as anyone who has ever tried this will tell you - it gets really boring! On the verge of giving up I did what every professional photographer would do and bought a gadget.
The Jawbone Up is a fancy little wristband that tracks the calories you burn and links them to your food intake via an app on your phone. It even logs your sleep - not that I get much of that during the wedding season. It helped me get back on track in the gym. The smart thing is that it contains a stopwatch function so you can time various activities. So you go for a walk, time it, and the app on your phone will record how many calories you’ve burned. You can log all kinds of activities and record the results on your phone. One particularly busy weekend I decided it would be fun to track my shoots as activities and see how many calories I’d burn each day.
I shot three weddings in 3 days. The first one on Friday was a small registry office wedding and my total calorie burn that day was 3721cal. Then the next day I had a more typical 8 hour Church wedding and my calorie burn that day was 4615cal. If that wasn’t exhausting enough, I went on to a slightly longer 9 and half hour wedding on Sunday. I did quite a lot of walking that day. Total calorie burn was 5382cal. So what does that mean? Well here are my typical stats for days when I don’t shoot weddings. On a typical day when I walk to the gym and do my usual tedious workout and then walk home again, I am lucky to burn 3193 calories or on a day when I don’t go to the gym and spend a lot of time sitting in front of Lightroom then about 2426 calories is about average. The results give you some insight into how much energy goes into photographing a wedding. It is exhausting.
So if you are getting married this year and are wondering if you need to provide some food for your wedding photographer, then I’d say that not only is it a lovely thing to do and will make your photographer feel happy it will also ensure they have the energy to complete the job.