Am I supposed to tip after our E-shoot?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Does he own his own business? If he does, technically you don’t tip.

Our photog owns her own business and I didn’t tip. However, we did send her a card and a necklace that we purchased on Etsy.

Post # 4
Hostess
22135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hmm, we didn’t pay separately for our e-shoot as it was part of our overall wedding package. But I’m going to bump this and hope that someone else can chime in and help you out! 🙂

Post # 5
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1140 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i hope that your not suppose to…. we didnt… hopefully ours doesnt think were rude for not tipping after e shots!  

Post # 6
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3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

No, we just tipped after the wedding was over.  

Post # 7
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6273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsPhilly:  my photog owns his own company and has no other employees.  the photoshoot was included in our entire wedding photography package.

i did not tip at the e-shoot and don’t plan on tipping at the wedding.

 

Post # 8
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4576 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

This is such a unique tipping issue, I’ve only recently become aware of it.

I’m part of a tattoo project put on by a local shop, and that includes being photographed for the shops use while getting your work done. After the artist finished, I went to subtly slip him some money, which he refused. The photographer saw this interaction and said “yeah, you can tip us in beer some weekend.”

…? I had to have given him the weirdest look ever: ME tipping you for a job youre being paid by the SHOP to do? It was really off-putting.

Since then, I’ve been trying to figure out what the deal is with tipping photographers. I was a server/bartender for years and am happy to tip, but I’m trying to figure out when it’s appropriate.

In your case, I already think $350 for one hour is *insanity*, and even though it was discounted…that’s still very high, and I live in Dallas.

So no, I do not think you need to.

Post # 9
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362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ours was part of our overall package so we will only be tipping after the wedding.

I think especially since you are having to pick him up/drop him off there is no need to tip for e-pics

Post # 10
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2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

We did not tip since our photographer owns her own business. Typically you do not tip the “proprietor” or owner of a business. If you do, it’s a nice gesture. I might do a thank you card or something after the wedding to mine.

Post # 14
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1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Independent photographers do not expect tips.

@badabing88:  $350/hr for a professional photography shoot is not insanity.  The costs of being a full time professional are high.  There are threads in this forum that go into greater detail about this.  While I certainly am not arguing that $350 is not chump change, if you understand what goes into what we do, you’d understand that in order to turn a profit you need to charge accordingly.  Most professional wedding photographers charge $500 and up for engagement sessions.

Post # 15
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395 posts
Helper bee

$350.00 is pretty normal. I never expect tips. I actually prefer it when my clients send a thank you card. Most tuck a gift card in. I think that’s sweeter and when I buy my Starbucks it makes me happy each time:) 

Post # 16
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4576 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@continuumphotography:  Guess I’ve just been getting a hookup for doing makeup for their girls, then :-p

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