(Closed) Did you tip for engagement pics?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2360 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

that’s a great quesion – I can’t wait to hear the answer (I am so lost on tipping etiquette)…have fun with your pictures!

Post # 5
293 posts
Helper bee

I would hold off on the tip – at least until you see the proofs, and/or until the wedding . . . you may ultimately decide to go with another photog if you are not happy with the e-pics. 

Post # 6
11 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

Wow, I didn’t even realize that you were supposed to tip photographers!! In my opinion they charge enough that you shouldn’t have to!! But if you are planning to tip i would have to agree with MissCosmopolitan & wait until you see the proofs at least!!

Post # 7
9050 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Typically photographers are the owner/operator of their businesses, so a tip wouldn’t be required, and some might even find it offensive.  But, I’m curious what others might say about this.

Post # 8
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We didn’t tip our photographer at all because you don’t tip the owner of a business.

Post # 9
34 posts

I’ve been tipped on VERY rare occasion, and it’s always a pleasant surprise but SO not expected and not necessary.  No one should ever be offended or think you made a faux pas by not tipping.

Post # 10
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I read in some magazine that you were supossed to tip the photographer, but I thought that was insane so this thread makes me feel a bit better lol.

Post # 11
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve never tipped a photog or been tipped myself. I’d say if you’re going to then wait until after your e-pics for sure.

Post # 12
40 posts

I wouldn’t tip for engagement photographs, especially if they are part of a larger wedding package you have already put a deposit down for. And you never actually need to tip at the wedding either! I was tipped once and even that was unexpected! So don’t worry about it – I’m sure the photographer isn’t (or wasn’t since this has already passed!) expecting a tip.

Post # 13
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I was under the impression that if the photog is the owner of the biz, you don’t tip. If the photog is an employee of the biz than you can if you want. I would tip them at the conclusion of the wedding or waiting until you see the proofs was a good suggestion from others above.

Post # 14
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

our photographer owns her business and we did NOT tip her for our engagement photos.


Post # 16
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - The 19th Century Club

You’re not required to tip after the engagment photos, but Mr. Stiletto often gets invited out to lunch or dinner with his clients after shooting their e-sessions…definitely not a requirement, but always nice gesture 🙂 And, it’s a great opportunity to get to know your photographer even better before the wedding!

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