Wedding Photographer Wanted. Compensation: Tolls

This is an utterly shocking post about a job listing for a wedding photographer. Along with the (long) list of requirements, the listing said the couple would pay the photographer’s road tolls to the wedding. But that’s all they were willing to pay! Apparently, there is no limit to how cheap people can be!

Now, many of us know how insanely expensive weddings can be. So, having (and sticking to!) a reasonable wedding budget is a must. However, there is a major difference between being frugal and being cheap. Apparently one couple don’t understand this.

They posted a job listing for a wedding photographer on Craigslist. They had a long list of requirements, such as doing a pre-wedding shoot with the bride, having your own car and delivering all the raw photos on a flash drive. Then it gets weird: the listing basically tells the potential photographer that they’d better eat breakfast or pay $150 for a meal and that they won’t be paid for the job!


The post reads:

“I need a Wedding photographer. We are having a very exclusive wedding party at the [concealed] located at [concealed] and [concealed] NY. It will happen on Saturday April 9th (that is next week), so we are in a rush. It is a full day wedding. You will have to be there before 11:00 am, the affair will go on until 1:00 am ( you don’t have to stay that late, probably after the cake is cut, if we are done with all the family portraits), but still be prepared for a long day. We need you to spend some time with the bride at the hotel before everything starts, the bride will be getting ready at the Condor hotel in Brooklyn ( we will provide the list of addresses) YOU MUST HAVE A CAR and be on TIME. Please, if you are an amateur don’t apply, we need a good photographer. The Limo will pick up the bride around 10:30 am so, if you can be at the hotel around 9:30 will work. It will be no vendors eating during the event at the bride request ( sorry about that), but you can get a spot for $ 150, choices are Filet Mignon, salmon and chicken breast. If you don’t want to pay make sure you have a good breakfast, once we start we will not stop. We will need a copy of the raw pictures in a flashdrive. This is a non-pay event, so if you reply you accept the terms. We already spent enough on the videographer. Send me a link to previous weddings to be considered, and references. You have to own your car, no rental to avoid hassle. We will reimburse you for the tolls. Thank you”

Here’s a breakdown of this job post:

What you’re signing up for:

1. A wedding that starts at 11 AM and ends at 1 AM. However, you don’t need to be present all the time, you just have to ‘be prepared for a long day’.

2. Pre-wedding shoot at 9:30 in the morning.

3. Handing over RAW photos on a flash drive.


1. You must own a vehicle.

2. You must be punctual.

3. You must not be an amateur, but a PROFESSIONAL.

4. You must eat a breakfast that lasts you the whole day, or pay $150 for a meal.

For your service, you will be given:

1. NO Payment.

2. Reimbursement for the tolls you pay to get to the wedding.

3. Photos from an “exclusive wedding party” you can utilize to add on your portfolio.

Source: PetaPixel