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Photographer Deletes Couple’s Wedding Photos After They Refuse To Feed Her Or Give Her Water

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Photography taken by Mario Gutiérrez.

It’s understandable to try and cut corners when planning your wedding.

Weddings are very expensive, so if there’s a way to save even a few cents, it’s hard not to say no.

Unfortunately, when people decide to go the cheap route, they realize why certain things are as expensive as they are, as the payoff to saving money is often very low.

Friends of Redditor Icy-Reserve6995 decided to use their services as a cost-cutting measure for their wedding.

The original poster (OP) had their doubts about this, as it wasn’t something they’d ever done on a professional level.

When the big day arrived, however, it became abundantly clear that the OP had made a mistake in saying yes.

Concerned they didn’t handle the situation as well as they could have, the OP took to the subReddit “Am I The A**hole” (AITA), where they asked fellow Redditors:

“AITA for deleting my friend’s wedding photos in front of them?”

The OP explained how after providing a service for their friends on a “friend’s rate”, the way they were treated was anything but friendly.

“I’m not really a photographer, I’m a dog groomer.”

“I take lots of photos of dogs all day to put on my Facebook and Instagram, it’s ‘my thing’ if that makes sense.”

“A cut and a photo with every appointment.”

“I very seldom shoot things other than dogs even if I have a nice set up.”

“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.”

“On the day of, I’m driving around following the bride as she goes from appointment to appointment before the ceremony, taking photos along the way.”

“I shoot 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, food is being served and I was told I cannot stop to eat because I need to be 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 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 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 5min.”

“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.”

Fellow Redditors weighed in on where they believed the OP fell in this particular situation by declaring:

  • NTA – Not The A**hole
  • YTA – You’re The A**hole
  • NAH – No A**holes Here
  • ESH – Everyone Sucks Here

The Reddit community wholeheartedly agreed that the OP was not the a**hole for leaving the wedding and deleting the photographs.

Everyone agreed that the OP friends took terrible advantage of them, with others pointing out how they simply, and correctly, called their bluff by doing exactly what they told them to do.

“Should have kept the photos and sold them for $1,000.”

“The $750 extra is the butthead customer surcharge.”- Haggis_with_Ketchup

“They wanted mates rates but didn’t even save you food?”


“The dogs are much better people than these ‘friends’.”-Cat_got_ya_tongue


“He told you to leave without pay and you called his bluff.”- type1error


“Who refuses to allow someone water or food?”- MeykaMermaid


“They took you off the guest list for this without mentioning it to you in advance.”

“You went in with the expectation of $250 to take high quality pictures.”

“While also being a guest at their event, including a place to sit, eat & drink.”

“And realistically, you did nothing but follow the grooms suggestion.”

“Either continue being a photographer or forfeit your $250.”

“What did the groom think that entailed?”

“He would get all that work for free?”

“Play stupid games win stupid prizes.”

“I would seriously reconsider this friendship.”- AbbyBirb


“That sounds horrible.”

“I understand making rash decisions like this and then regretting them.”

“But IMO that was not an asshole move.”

“Nobody who gives ultimatums can then fault people for choosing one of the two options presented.”

“Like what kind of logic is that?”

“Groom: ‘OP you either choose 1. Or 2’.”

“OP: ‘I choose 2. Groom: shocked pikachu’.”-6ofh

“NTA at all.”

“You could have risked your health and they treated you like sh*t.”- mon0chrom


“How do people like this even exist?”

“Didn’t know becoming a photographer meant you didn’t need food or water.”-Agreeable-Froyo-603

“NTA at all.”

“You say this was a friend?”-Punkernose


“Giving a hungry person an ultimatum is a HUGE mistake.”

“I hope they enjoy their memories, because the photographs aren’t on the way.”- RoyallyOakie

“Did they want you to take pictures of everyone while they’re eating?”

“‘Oh look, here’s Aunt Mary shoveling a piece of chicken into her mouth!'”

“I think you could’ve just walked out and quit, then asked for your $250 when they asked for their photos and held them ransom until payment, I don’t think going nuclear right off the bat was the right way to go here, but I’m kind of impressed.”-secret_identity_too


“I work weddings as a videographer and I insist on a meal and a break.”

“Regardless; I would never film guests eating!”

“It’s not enjoyable for the guests, and the footage is meh.”-tangl3d


“You were working ridiculous hours without a break.”

“Labor laws require breaks for employees at companies, so why not for you?”

“No breaks for a 10 Hour event is insane, and 20 minutes is not unreasonable.”

“You were taken advantage of, a professional would have known to negotiate a break in the contract.”

“Unfortunately you now know why it is bad to mix friendship and business.”- bamf1701

“I am getting married next year, and on a short budget too.”

“As a favor, 2 friends, not that close, of mine (professional photographers) offered to take care of the photos.”

“We kindly agreed and I plan on paying for their flights, their hotel, their food and drinks, some cash and at some point let them enjoy the party and leave the cameras aside.”

“Your friend is not your friend and you should go NC.”


“If you want to be treated with dignity, you have to treat people as such.”- mpuchito


“You’re my idol!”


“Slave labor ended years ago were they trying to revive it?”

“You should make a post explaining the situation before they get back and blame it all on you.”-Front_Thought_9988

“(Former) wedding photographer here.”


“$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 a recovery software.”

“EaseUs is a pretty good one, but it’s roughly $90.”-princessbuttercup21


“I also read that you were originally invited to the wedding and RSVP with a food choice so it wouldn’t have cost them anything extra to allow you to eat.”

“The groom is a total AH and I’m curious if the bride knows what he did.”- Starwarzmom


“For that price I wouldn’t even consider it as a job, it was more like a favor.”

“And that you were an invited guest that got uninvited for doing them a favor is just mind-boggling.”- junkiecreppermint

“Have DJed for weddings in the past, a meal and time to eat that meal is worked into the contract.”

“In one particular case where the ceremony required sound, then hopping in a canoe with equipment, setting up, playing cocktail hour, and watching as everyone else was served.”

“Maid of honor was the real bridezilla directing who should be served and when.”

“I let her know I couldn’t go on till I’d had my meal since we’d been working since 1pm, it was now 6pm which she ignored.”

“She got upset when I let her know I couldn’t get started at 7pm as it would be 10pm when I finished working.”

“She then tried to explain to me how I could eat while having my hands constantly busy on highly expensive equipment.”

“The bride was roped in, a meal was snagged, and I explained to the bride this is typically why the staff working the venue handles the meal service.”

“You didn’t have a contract, this was supposed to be a favor to to friend.”

“They likely didn’t bother to consider meals for people ‘working’ the event.”

“This is why I don’t heavily discount services for friends, they get a break but my time is going to be valued/I’m going to be treated as a human being.”

“These guys didn’t have the budget to behave like a**holes, they shouldn’t be surprised when the loss of $250 isn’t so much money you’re willing to forgo your dignity/health for their big day.”

“They’ll blame you and say you needed to be a bigger person etc but thats simply not true.”

“Honestly cut ties, these are the type of folks to make their marriage/adventures as a married couple the center of everyone’s lives, the ‘main characters’ no one asked for.”

“NTA, and I’d be sure to tell any mutual friend who wants to hear the story.”

“God knows they’ll be.”- fortifythenuclei

It’s not terribly unreasonable to seek help from friends to save money on your wedding.

If you choose to do so, however, it’s important to remember that they are your friends, and to treat them as such.

Something the OP’s friends rather shockingly forgot to do, and their complete lack of wedding photos will serve as their unfortunate reminder.

Written by John Curtis

A novelist, picture book writer and native New Yorker, John is a graduate of Syracuse University and the children's media graduate program at Centennial College. When not staring at his computer monitor, you'll most likely find John sipping tea watching British comedies, or in the kitchen, taking a stab at the technical challenge on the most recent episode of 'The Great British Baking Show'.