Client Gifts…

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
1112 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Wow, if I was your client I would love that! It’s definitely something that you wouldn’t expect from a photographer and would set Yu apart as really caring about your clients.  I think it sounds great!

Post # 3
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Love the idea of popcorn or the candle. My photographer sent me gourmet tea with a glass tea pot right after I booked her. I thought it was beyound thoughtful. 

Post # 4
7292 posts
Busy Beekeeper

kristinspeed:  Is this for past clients, already booked clients or future potential clients?

In all honestly if I was a booked or potential client I would be thinking what a waste of money. I would be thinking that all these gifts are built into the pricing I was quoted and would much rather not recieve a gift and have that reflected in pricing. If I was a potiental client I would also be reconsidering booking you because I would be thinking “so they need to bribe me to use them?”.

If I was a past client I would just find it a little strange and kind of like you were looking for an “in” to guilt me into buying more prints.

Post # 5
2302 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

if i was your past client, i’d much rather receive a print you liked from our wedding, a photo card on our first anniversary, etc. i think your gift basket idea is cute, but it doesn’t really have any relevance to your work as their photographer and is a little random (i don’t even have a dvd player – i have netflix and satelite movies). 

on the other hand, if i got a framed 5 x 7 of a shot you liked with a personalized card to wish us happy anniversary? i’d be thrilled, super touched because it’s way more personal and would likely start thinking about booking you for an anniversary shoot. 

Post # 7
1104 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I love this idea! That is so nice and generous! I think your idea sounds lovely. Kudos for being such a great vendor and so very thoughtful!

Post # 8
715 posts
Busy bee

kristinspeed:  In general I liked your ideas until j_jaye pointed out what people might think. I am not sure if you’d want your past / current / future clients to think that.  Maybe you really are better of with gifting something more photo-related. (another print; or maybe a print done in a different mood like edited with a vintage-feel to it; or maybe some mousepad / mug / puzzle thing with their photo on it?)

About the DVD vs. Streaming sites: 

Even if people don’t have a dvd player they will usually have a computer that reads DVDs, right? 

Of course there are plenty of Streaming-Sites / Video-on-Demand-sites in Germany as well. There are Maxdome, Watchever, Amazon Prime Streaming… Yes, they might not be as convenient as Netflix / Hulu – but plenty of people do use them. 


Post # 9
11626 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree with some of the others that find it strange.  FWIW, I booked high-end vendors, and I received a gift at my initial consultation with only one of them.  Perhaps it’s different in Germany.  I would see it as pushy if my vendors started sending me random gifts during the year and would wonder what they were trying to get out of me.

Post # 11
8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

kristinspeed:  I think it’s cute and thoughtful for you to do, but maybe pick a movie specific to each couple.  While my husband and I might enjoy the popcorn and candle, the notebook DVD would probably become a coaster for us lol.

Post # 12
1662 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

I think it’s a lovely idea.  Most high end photographers here in Chicago do similar things.  At my consultation we were given a small gift, 3 wedding magazines, gourmet chocolates and a bunch of useful wedding planning stuff.  I thought it was very thoughtful and did not look at it as a bribe or trying to get us to book them or buy more photos, albums etc.  After we hired them they sent me a bouquet of flowers and a nice letter thanking us for choosing them and looking forward to getting to know us better, etc. 

My friend just booked with another high end photographer in the city and the photographer gave her 2 bottles of champagne.  I think anyone who perceives this as a bribe or begging you to purchase more products are people who are working on a tight budget and looking to save and pinch every penny possible.  If you are a high end photographer working at high end prices your clients will appreciate the gesture. 

When you are spending a ton of money on photographery it is nice to know that the photographer is thinking about you and excited about your wedding.  I think a gift is a nice way to let your clients know this.   

Post # 13
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014


kristinspeed:  I know a photographer who sends Christmas (or just “holiday”) gifts at the end of the year to all of her clients for that year.  She makes oranments for their first holiday season as Mr & Mrs using one of their photos.  Super cute.

Post # 14
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It seems like a really sweet idea, although a little out of the blue. <br /><br />Our photographer, when she delivered our photos, also sent along a nice card, some chocolate and wine and basically said “something to enjoy while you look at your photos together” – I thought that was a really nice touch, and I definitely didn’t expect it!

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