A photographer is currently going viral online because of the incident that happened with her. She wrote about it saying, “A friend got married a few days ago and wanting to save money, asked 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.”
The photographer took the bride to various locations to take her before arriving at the venue. She said, “I started around 11 am and was due to finish around 7:30 pm. Around 5 pm, food is being served and I was told I cannot stop to eat because I need to be [the] photographer; in fact, they didn’t save me a spot at any table.” Later she continues, “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 110°F and there’s no AC.”
The photographer spoke about her interaction with the groom and said, “I told the groom I need to take off for 20min to get something to eat and drink,” she says. “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 [the] 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.”
This dispute has since gone viral and has got 18,000 upvotes and 2,300 comments on Reddit. Many people responded to it by supporting the photographer.
A user said, “For that price, I wouldn’t even consider it as a job, it was more like a favor.” Another person commented, “And that you were a guest that got uninvited for doing them a favor is just mind-boggling.”
A former photographer stated, “$250 is nothing for the amount of hours you worked. “Unfortunately the people who pay the least are usually the ones who want the most. When I shot weddings, I was literally forced to sit down and eat/drink by my brides/grooms, not just because it was in my contract, but because they respected me as a human being. I’m sorry you’ve been burned by this ‘friend.’ “If you’d like to save the photos, and you haven’t reformatted the card(s) they were on, you can most likely get them back by using recovery software.