Appropriate compensation?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MrsEME:  I think you give it to them before to show how much you appreciate them. I have a personal friend who agreed to be our DJ(thats his profession) and he gladly accepted. He didn’t want anything yet we still are going to pay him. I think if you do it after the wedding it will come across as an after thought but that’s just me.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MrsEME:  I would do half cash, half gift. OR give a special gift and if they shoot weddings, perhaps you can order all your prints and a wedding album through them?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would at a minimum tip the assistant and second shooter on the day of.  I think we tipped our photog $200 and her assistant $100.   DJ we tipped $100 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MrsEME:  We gave him $800. He is a personal friend of ours and that is still much cheaper then the quotes we were getting from DJs in the area. We were getting quotes anywhere from $1500-$4K. We are still going to “tip” him an extra $200. This is something we can afford to do though. We budgeted around $2K for a DJ so even paying $1K when he asked for nothing was the least we could do.

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MrsEME:  Since we got a good deal on our photographer($1500 PLUS he comes with the photobooth) we figured we could easily spend $2500 on photographer AND DJ.

I would see what you can afford. Anything you gift them is just that, a gift of appreciation. They would have to be pretty awful people to think that it “wasn’t” enough when they clearly stated they didn’t want anything.

I think cash would be the best way to go if I were you.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had a lot of friendors so I totally get where you’re coming from. For your friend I would do a gift, if you think you can get him something he would like. I’m also a big fan of homemade basked goods as gifts for this sort of thing. Do you know the other photog and assistant? If not then I’d stick to cash or gift cards.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you are getting the photography basically for free, then do cash, and be generous. $500 for the friend and $200-250 each for the assistants would be what I would do.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

You wouldn’t get a pro and a second shooter for $1k. 

if you went into a bar and ordered $20 worth of drinks, and the bartender gave them to you for free, you wouldn’t leave him/her a dollar or a thank-you card. You’d tip at least $5 (I hope), something more appropriate considering the value of what you were getting for free. 

A physical gift is not really customary in what is essentially a business transaction, so it has to be cash, and should be in an amount relative to what you’re getting free. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@MrsEME:  Professionals don’t do weddings for $1000 – not trying to be harsh, but they just don’t.  Most professionals charge a rate around $300 or more an hour, and that’s typical for most major metro areas around the country except maybe NYC where it’s usually higher. It’s commendable that you want to try to compensate everyone, I’m really not sure what is appropriate that will sit well with your budget. You asked initially whether you should gift them before or after you receive the photos. I’d say you should send something in the mail, and time it to arrive either on the day of your event or shortly after. If you had hired a professional you would have paid in full before the event. Cash or gift certificates to an online camera retailer like B&H or Adorama would probably be most appreciated.

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