if a photographer is with me for 8 hours, when do they get a lunch break?

when is the best time to give them a meal?

Question Asked: 12/07/2017

Wedding Date: 9/08/2018

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Celebrations Studios

(2) · Brisbane,. Bali & Beyond

Posted: 14/07/2017

Not sure about the other photographers, but depends on whats happening and when the guests are eating, we usually know the time frame of what the bride and groom do before the day:  I dont like to take photos of people eating dinner. thats one of my rules. People dont appreciate being shot with a face full of food.

 I will usually eat  before i go to the event,  and i always carry protein bars in my kit bag. I can usually get 5 minutes to sneak away behind a corner somewhere and eat one of those and have a drink of water. Hope that helps xxx j 

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Madeleine Chiller

(11) · Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley / Dandenong Ranges

Posted: 4/12/2017

I would say the the photographer usually eats when the bridal party have a break- so its usually best to organise this at the same time.

Some couples also organise some snacks for the lcoations/portrait sessions.

The meals- in terms of reception- if you can get the venue to serve the photograher at the same time as bridal party is most helpful- just allows them to be available when needed once the couple has eaten.

Thats one mistake that venues do tend to make- they serve us when the guests have all been served but by then we are needed to photograph the next thing!

Ecspecially the sunset shoots- this is usually right when the meal arrives!

Its always lovely for you to sit and just have a moment and a bite to eat.


Thanks for asking this!

Aurora Rose Photography

(14) · Perth and Surroundings

Posted: 6/09/2017

Great question! It is full on at a wedding and often we don't even think about eating, however for us we usually have a quick bite just before we start and have snacks on hand if needed. When the bridal party are taking a break, that is usually when we stop and realize how long its been and take advantage of the time to have something as well.

If we are required to stay throughout the reception, usually the vendors are given a small meal which is offered to the couple at a discounted rate and that is enough for us to contine sharing the night and capturing the fun of the evening. If we do have a meal, we make sure it is not when we are needed and have often jumped up mid mouthful to capture something exciting. 

Thanks for considering that we are there working and also need a short break through the day like anyone on a job, although its not quite like a job if you love it. 

Naomi - Tascon Photography


(20) · Victoria

Posted: 1/09/2017

That is SO considerate and kind of you to ask! Usually we eat in the car ( between locations)

AND/OR when the bride and groom are! And I always have a big breakky + coffee before the shoot!

James Harvie Photography

(29) · Victoria

Posted: 21/07/2017

Hi there it is best to discuss this in your meeting with the photographer. The last thing you want is for someone to faint from not enough food. To work well I usually take my own lunch and just factor in some time to have it. Often I eat before I begin shooting. Hope this helps you

Manny Mendes Photography

(9) · Australia

Posted: 18/07/2017


For me its either on the drive between locations, during a quiet moment or at the same time as the Bridal party are having a snack. If it is a meal during the reception it normally makes sense to eat at the same time the Bridal party is eating, that said each wedding is different so organising the most appropriate time for a meal break will depend on your wedding plan.


I hope that helps,




(22) · Australia

Posted: 14/07/2017

That would depend on when the we start, if we start at 11am we would have eaten a full brunch and would need a meal at dinner time. If it is an early morning start with a lunch time reception we would need to eat when you and your guests are eating. :D

A Thousand Miles Photography

(21) · Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and surrounds

Posted: 14/07/2017

Depending on the timing your day, the photographer will generally grab a quick bite to eat when the guests have their main course! I have a quick sanger in the car minutes before I start shooting, then am way too busy to even think about food until the reception anyway!

Hope this helps!


A Thousand Miles Photography

Millgrove Photography

(66) · Victoria

Posted: 14/07/2017

Hi there,

As others have mentioned, the short answer to this is usually - "what lunch break"? :-)

We're usually on the go from when we get to the prep locations through until you guys sit down for some entree, at which time it's a good time to take a short break for something to eat. Speaking personally, I also have a stash of snack foods and lots of water in the car, so I can keep the energy up through the day.

And, as Niki mentioned, thanks for the thought!



Perth E Photographer

(0) · Western Australia and other parts of Australia

Posted: 14/07/2017

Thanks for asking.

We find ways in looking into our timelines during events like this where we can find to take a break and have a quick bit but there are times that there is none as we want to get the best photos of your special day.

Note that some of the celebrants do not offer food during these times so we as photographers just make sure we cover our tummys during this eventful part of our clients :)

Good luck in your search!

- Perth E Photographer

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