How much do I tip the photographer?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
30284 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Firemansgirl:  You know, we didn’t tip our photographer because she owned her own business – generally, that’s kind of the standard people will go by.  If a vendor owns their business, then you skip tips.  So I guess it depends!

Post # 4
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

We didn’t tip because she owned and operated her own business. 

Post # 5
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


Post # 6
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@SpartyOn:  +1

A hundo is standard, but if that’s going to break the bank even a fifty or a twenty will make your photographer feel appreciated. If you’re in a financial pinch you’re photographer won’t hold it against you. I’ve gotten twenty in a heartfelt card from a couple who DIYed most of their wedding. It meant the world.

On the other side of that same coin, nothing is worse than spending 12 hours capturing every moment of what is clearly a high end six figure affair and getting a frugal tip. I feel like if I’m stiffed at least I can tell myself they “forgot” instead of thinking “wow, they’ll shell out the cash for a hand rolled cigar bar with a tip jar, and I got a twenty.. The cigar lady made off with more in tips than me, and she was only here two hours. Awesome.” (<– BTW, can you tell that actually happened to me!? Caauuuse it did and it was the wooorst.)

Also agree with those saying don’t worry about the tip if they own their own business. They don’t expect it, however, if you have the money the gesture doesn’t hurt.


Post # 7
631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

As a photographer I will say that I super appreciate any tip my clients give me. The owning your own business thing is always weird to me when it’s a single person owning the business with no employees. We are independent business owners and most of us don’t make much money after taxes and huge overhead so you can never go wrong with leaving someone a tip. ESPECIALLY when you’re handing out tips in front of your photographer to every vendor BUT your photographer, hahaha.

Post # 8
3303 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We were given a discounted package so we tipped 20% of the actual cost of our package without the discount.  She is the business owner but we know it is not her primary job, she is a teacher and saw no reason not to tip for her services.

Post # 9
1887 posts
Buzzing bee

@Firemansgirl:  I didn’t think photographers received tips.  Aren’t they providing a service more like that of a nurse or model, rather than a manicurist or waiter?  I though tipping had to do with the industry and wage the person earns.  Aren’t photographers paid a living wage already?

Post # 10
2992 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are not tipping the photographer. The price being charged covers his services so I see no reason to tip what-so-ever.

Post # 11
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We didn’t tip our photographer, we didn’t have the money to do so, so I bought her flowers and a card! And she’ll def take our future pictures…

Post # 12
153 posts
Blushing bee

If the provider of the service is the owner of the company no tip is appropriate.  If they feel more money is necessary, they have the ability to change their prices And keep it all.  Tips are made to employees of a business to show they exceeded your expectations.

that said, a heartfelt thank you note or well placed review would be appropriate if you are happy with their service.

Post # 13
1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We are not in a tipping culture here but I gave them a favour (candies and a card). Our photog mentioned it as being very sweet in her blog.

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