Post # 1
Our photographer owns her own business and will be bringing an assistant to help – I’m not sure what te protocol is here. On one hand, it seems like everyone gets a tip, on the other, she owns the business and I feel a little odd tipping well before I’ll see or receive the final product.
Thoughts? What will/did other bees do?
Post # 3
No, we just paid him the amount designated by our contract!
Post # 4
No you don’t tip the photographer, it is expensive enough!
Post # 5
We’re in the same situation. Our lead photographer is the owner of the business, and he will be accompanied by an assistant. At this point, we’re not planning to tip.
Post # 6
No, but so far I’m very happy with his work and if I continue to be I’m going to make sure everyone knows it. A thank you note, linking to him and thanking him on Facebook, and writing an online review. Photographers’ business is all about word of mouth and they really appreciate when you tell others how happy you are with them because it helps their business!
Post # 7
I think a pro photographer might be able to answer this better, but I’m not tipping either (she owns the studio)
However, since we loved her so much, we are going to send her a thank-you card and talk up her and her studio on all the review boards we can find. I’m hoping that’ll be a good enough ‘tip’!
Post # 8
My photographer doesn’t own the studio but there’s no way I’m tipping! I’m already paying them the price of a 2nd hand car so I’m leaving it up to them to make sure the money is well distributed!!!
Post # 9
@JennyW1:I have never been or ever expect to be tipped! I think the word of mouth and awesome reviews are much more valuable than money. As for the assistant…they get paid!
Post # 10
Thanks everyone! Good to know!
Post # 11
@autumnwilson: Good to know! Thanks!
Post # 13
nope..we are not. We have an expensive photographer, but she is fabulous. Everything should be put out in the contract. Best of luck!
Post # 14
I was wondering the same thing. Didn’t know if we should, but after reading the posts, we don’t plan too now.
Post # 15
I don’t expect a tip, and honestly, while it’s a nice gesture, there are plenty of better ways to thank me if you like my work.
1.) Write me a nice review and tell your friends what a good experience you had!
2.) Order some prints. I know most brides get the DVD of images these days and aren’t really familiar with the difference in quality between a pro print and a non pro print. Rest assured, pro prints are worlds better and definitely worth the money. It’s a nice gesture to me when a client loves/respects my work enough to take the same care when printing and dsiplaying their images that I did to create them. Conversely, it almost hurts to know when a client orders nothing that they’ll never see the full potential of any of their images in print.
I’d much rather have either of these than a tip! Just my .02 cents though 🙂
Post # 16
We have been tipped many times from $100 to $1300. We like to spoil our couples and often go above and beyond our contract with time, products and service. Our couples love this and I think this is why they tip us so often.
If you think of all the other service vendors that *we* expect to tip everyday, why wouldn’t you want to tip your wedding photographer if you felt they deserve it?