Post # 1
So my engagement shoot is thursday. He’s coming from about an hour away but he doesn’t drive so my FI is picking him up and taking him home after.
Typically he charges $350 for a 1 hour shoot *ouch*… when we booked him a year ago, his rates were much cheaper but he’s since partnered up with another photographer and now rates are much much higher.
We were supposed to do photos yesterday but last week he informed us he’d overscheduled and wanted to use our rain date (which is thursday) instead, and he’d knock $100 off and figured since he was coming so far and we’re going out on a sailboat etc that we’ll be 2 hours instead of 1.
SO… I’m getting him for 2 hours for $250 rather than $350 BUT we’re picking him up and taking him home.
I have no idea what is the proper ettiquette around this? Do we tip him? Or do we tip at the wedding but not the e-shoot? If I do tip, how much?
I just want to make sure I do the right thing here… I LOVE our photographer’s work – everything he posts is amazing, and I want to make sure we stay in his good books!
Post # 3
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
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
i hope that your not suppose to…. we didnt… hopefully ours doesnt think were rude for not tipping after e shots!
Post # 6
No, we just tipped after the wedding was over.
Post # 7
@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
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
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
- 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 # 11
thanks everyone!! Badabing- I agree,it’s a huge price tag… when we first hired him, he charged $175 for e-shoots but I didn’t book one bc I thought I’d get a different,local photographer to do them for us.
But I love our photographer’s work so much and figure we only get married once.. I’m just grateful we got that $100 off at least… I think if I had to pay $350 I probably would still find another photographer! we’re on a budget! I’m considering this my splurge lol
Post # 12
The article is about tipping and what is considered ‘correct’. A lot of these things are affected by location, social circles, etc but I’ve found it very helpful in my planning process.
Post # 14
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
$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
@continuumphotography: Guess I’ve just been getting a hookup for doing makeup for their girls, then :-p