Photographer sparks debate as he deletes couple's wedding pictures after being denied food

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A photographer has sparked a debate online after deleting a couple's wedding photos when he was denied food at the event.

Sharing his story on Reddit, he wanted to know if he was the "a**hole" in the whole saga or whether the bride and groom were to blame for his actions.

He explained: "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."

His photography gig on the day of the wedding began at 11:00 AM and was due to finish at 7:30 PM.

However, when food was served at 5:00 PM, he was told he had to keep going and wasn't allowed to eat with everyone else.

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He recalled: "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 20min 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."

Due to the extreme heat, his hunger, and his feeling of irritation at the circumstances, he asked the groom whether he was sure about what he was saying - and its implications.

The Redditor continued: "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 5min."

Concluding his post, he asked: "Was I the a**hole? They went right on their honeymoon and they've all been off of social media, but a lot of people have been posting on their wall asking about photos with zero responses."

On Reddit, the verdict was unanimous - he was not the "a**hole" in this particular situation.

Here are some of their reasons:

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Over on Twitter, the opinions were a little more diverse.

One person argued that the photographer wasn't as blameless as those on Reddit were making him out to be.

They said: "Agreed, it’s horrible not to feed the photographer but I think it’s equally horrible to delete all the pictures taken. The contract was to PAY them to take pictures. Now there are no memories of someone’s wedding because they were cheap and the photographer was petty."

Another argued that while the photographer can always "eat later", the bride and groom will "never get those pictures or moments back."

What's your opinion? Let us know in the comments!

Featured image credit: Pexels

Photographer sparks debate as he deletes couple's wedding pictures after being denied food

vt-author-image

By VT

Article saved!Article saved!

A photographer has sparked a debate online after deleting a couple's wedding photos when he was denied food at the event.

Sharing his story on Reddit, he wanted to know if he was the "a**hole" in the whole saga or whether the bride and groom were to blame for his actions.

He explained: "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."

His photography gig on the day of the wedding began at 11:00 AM and was due to finish at 7:30 PM.

However, when food was served at 5:00 PM, he was told he had to keep going and wasn't allowed to eat with everyone else.

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Credit: Andrea Matone / Alamy

He recalled: "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 20min 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."

Due to the extreme heat, his hunger, and his feeling of irritation at the circumstances, he asked the groom whether he was sure about what he was saying - and its implications.

The Redditor continued: "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 5min."

Concluding his post, he asked: "Was I the a**hole? They went right on their honeymoon and they've all been off of social media, but a lot of people have been posting on their wall asking about photos with zero responses."

On Reddit, the verdict was unanimous - he was not the "a**hole" in this particular situation.

Here are some of their reasons:

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Credit: Reddit

Over on Twitter, the opinions were a little more diverse.

One person argued that the photographer wasn't as blameless as those on Reddit were making him out to be.

They said: "Agreed, it’s horrible not to feed the photographer but I think it’s equally horrible to delete all the pictures taken. The contract was to PAY them to take pictures. Now there are no memories of someone’s wedding because they were cheap and the photographer was petty."

Another argued that while the photographer can always "eat later", the bride and groom will "never get those pictures or moments back."

What's your opinion? Let us know in the comments!

Featured image credit: Pexels