(Closed) Appropriate payment and etiquette for “gift” photography?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If it’s a gift she may be offended if you try to pay her. I would just get a nice thank-you gift.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper

If it was meant to be a gift, I wouldn’t pay her.  You could give her a thank you present or something.  But, if I was the gifter, I wouldn’t expect anything.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Did she say it was a gift?  Then I wouldn’t pay her.  If you are unsure, have a straight-forward conversation.  That is what I did and my friend told me to take her out for pizza 🙂  Just saying.

I would definitely send a thank you card!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

if she has offered to do the photos for a gift, i would suggest a gift voucher for her instead of cash.  maybe her favourite photography store so she can put the money to new equipment??

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

In that situation I would tell her you genuinely appreciate what she is doing and ask if you can pay her SOMETHING. If she refuses, I’d say definitely cover her expenses (dress, shoes, hair, etc) and send her a thank you with a gift card to a nice restaurant in town

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Well, I would consider what you would expect as a gift from her. Do you think she would buy or gift cash for $100? Unless you expect a gift of $600-1000 from her I would def. compensate. She will likely be putting in over 40 hrs on your wedding, so it’s an EXTREMELY generous gift. Typically, I would say $500

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Wait, I’m confused… how is she going to be Maid/Matron of Honor and Photographer? In My Humble Opinion she can’t be both. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I wouldn’t give money, I would get her a gift, maybe a gift card to a really nice place.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@bellagio: How close are you to her sister? If the sister is getting sucked into a “gift” that was offered on behalf of another she def. needs compensation. 

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