Potentially stupid question-when to tip the photographer?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2057 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

You… don’t.

A thank you card is more than enough — from what I’ve been told. Or a coffee gift card if you’re really inclined.

You leave good reviews for the photographer — like a testimonial. Or spread the gorgeous work of your photographer by word-of-mouth! I think that’s better than giving monetary tips.

Post # 4
390 posts
Helper bee

I have received tips both at the end of the wedding and after delivery of the final products. Usually in the form of a “thank you” note with the “tip”. Things that I have received as tips: cash, gift cards, bottle of wine, a cute necklace and hand written notes. Please note that I never expect a tip, but just like any industry it is always nice to receive acknowledgement that I provided a service above and beyond your expectations. A lot of the time it is really about the thought that my clients put into “thanking” me beyond a generic thank you card that really gives me the warm fuzzies 🙂


Also, like stated above, singing praises of your photographer (or any vendor) that you loved on any and all review sites and social media is always appreciated. As well as purchasing some showcase presentation pieces for your home. As an artist it’s always great to know that we created something that you really want to look at on your wall every day…it shows us that you truly value what we created for you.


Either way, if you choose to tip, I personally feel that it is acceptable to wait until all services have been rendered prior to deciding to tip. That way you are basing your tip on the full service experience.  


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