(Closed) Am I supposed to tip the photographer after my wedding? and how much?

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I don’t think I would tip the photographer although all the photographers I met with own their own company so I never tip someone if they are the owner anyway.

Post # 4
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Lol!  Good thinking, purpleunicorn!

Post # 5
740 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I don’t intend to tip my photographer.  She owns her own company.  If she didn’t, I’m not sure I would either though.  I’d like to hear some reponses from photographers if they think tipping is normal/expected/required/etc.

Post # 6
12 posts

As an wedding photographer and business owner I usually don’t expect to get tipped.  but i do get really really happy when brides give me hand written thank you cards when i meet them after the wedding to deliver the albums/dvds.  it really makes me feel appreciated!  

Post # 7
5165 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

 I will pay my photog the agreed rate and that will be it. I never heard of tipping a photog before

Post # 8
4460 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

With any kind of artist, a tip is nice, but you loving their work and spreading the word about them is more than a tip could ever give them. I tip my tattoo artist and he tells me every time that me bringing him clients is more appreciated. I don’t listen. ^_^ He has refused sometimes when the work is long and very expensive. He’s already charging me so much and he says he doesn’t feel right getting tips.

Post # 9
3025 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yes, I did. We tipped 20%

Post # 10
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Wedding photographers cost so much.  I would hope that they dont expect a tip, but who knows?

Post # 12
182 posts
Blushing bee

The standard that I have heard is that if the photographer owns their own company then tipping is not necessary. But if the photographer works for a larger company (and thus the company is taking most of the money) it is appropriate to give a small tip…. if they did a good job or went above and beyond your expectations. The amount is purely based on want you can afford and what you feel they deserve. I have heard of tips from $20 up to $200 depending on the package total and how amazing the service/images are. I’ve even received customized gifts to show their thanks. 

As a wedding photographer myself, I always tell my clients that where a tip is always appreciated, it is not expected, or necessary. If you really love your photographers work, show them by purchasing additional products to show off the photography, and by referring others to their business. 

Hands down, a referral is the best possible tip/compliment you can give. At least it is for me 🙂

Post # 13
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Great info. Thanks!

Post # 15
182 posts
Blushing bee

Since it appears that she already gave you a significant discount (she quoted 2500-3500 and is doing your wedding for 1500) and that she appears to be reliable (she could have quite easily canceled on you OR decided that you now have to pay travel fees after all, but didnt). With all of this in play, I think a tip is appropriate. Personally, I would tip if I was in your situation, since she seems to already be going above and beyond. I would also take into account how good of a job she actually does on the day of and how the pictures turn out, before determining how much. 

Hope this helps!

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