Tipping the Photographer and 2nd shooter?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I didn’t tip mine- we paid almost two grand for her services why would we tip her? We fed her at the reception, gave her champagne and she was extremely expensive I wouldn’t tip.  And I normally DO tip for things like hair services, nail services, etc.

Post # 3
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Worker bee

As a photographer (main and second shooter), I have never been tipped and wouldn’t expect it. I’ve been given little thank you gifts, or a small gift certificate, but typically what I charge as the cost for the entire service and that’s all I would expect to receive. I price myself so that I am making what I need to cover my costs and time. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We tipped the photog (business owner) and 2nd shooter $100 each.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@MrsPierce2014, most photographers where we are (NYC area), and where we got married (New Orleans) start in the 3k range for a full-day of shooting. If the second shooter is not a business owner I would consider doing something…

I know there are a number of schools of thought on this.

<br />@MissSquid, I know you’re an NYC bride… perhaps you have local photog friends/acquaintances you can ask?

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Miss Squid:  I tipped $200 to the main photog. She can split it up as she wishes, I guess. The 2nd photog was crappy and didn’t do much all night except walk around looking lost.

I only tipped them, the videographer ($100), the DJ ($100), and the officiant ($40). The venue had a built in service charge (giant tip) that included the bar staff, coordinator, valet, and servers. But the photog was from out of town and did an amazing job on this and our engagement shoot. so ya.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I don’t understand. If I paid for the service and they are eating and drinking for free, why I am also giving them a tip?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Drstgo24:  this. 

I get tipping people who don’t set their own wages (ex: restaurant servers), but I don’t quite get tipping the photographer who determined the charge for the service. Like, if he decides it’s $2500, I hope he’s not expecting a tip to raise that price – if so, he should have charged what he wanted me to pay. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee

Also, second shooters are still paid plenty. The average is $50 an hour. It’s easy work and is well compensated. 

The only time I could see it being fair to give a tip is if you are hiring a new photographer who isn’t charging standard rates (think under $1500), but if they produce wonderful results it would be very apprecaited to recieve a little extra. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Our photographer owned his own businesses so we didn’t tip. We did send a thank you card though. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

yeah basically, most photographers are independent and own their own business so all the or most of the money is going directly to them. I understand if you hire a catering company and you decide you want to tip the servers or bartender.

Moorea12:  

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

another photographer here…I have been tipped a handful of times (and always share with the second shooter). I never expect it, and it’s not rude if someone doesn’t tip. Unexpected gestures of any kind are always nice surprises, though!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Moorea12:  Exactly why we did not tip our photographer.

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