Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2015 - North NJ
I know you do not HAVE TO tip a photographer than owns his or her own studio. Mine does own his own studio. However, I wanted to know how many of you went ahead and tipped anyway. If most people do, even though you dont have to, I think I might. I dont’ want to be in the small minority of his brides that doesn’t tip – then i’d feel bad, even if eqituette says I don’t have to.
If you did tip, approximately how much?
If it makes a difference, my photography package is >$2000 and I live in a major city.
Post # 2
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Yes, we had 2 photographers at our wedding and one was the owner. I tipped them both because they did an awesome job and they worked hard.
EDIT: Sorry, didn’t mean to hit submit – Anyway, I don’t remember exctly how much but it was around $40-50 each I think? Our package cost about what yours did.
Post # 3
I think it’s always a good idea to tip artists who work freelance/off commissions if they provided you with good work. If you weren’t in the minority, would you feel right about not tipping?
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2015 - North NJ
I agree, but that is NOT the situation here. He isn’t freelance or working off commission. He owns the studio, so is getting 100% of the money I paid. Every single article on teh topic says I am not expected to tip, and I don’t really have the budget to tip easily. However, if everyone is doing it, then I might consider it, because you usually tip before he edits the pictures and I dont’ want him to skimp on that!
Post # 5
My coworker did not tip her photogrpaher as they ware getting all the money anyway. She used that a rule of thumb for all her vendors that it applied to – DJ, Photogrpaher, Makeup artist, Florist.
Post # 6
Well.. really he has nothing to gain by doing a better job for people who tip. I guess you can argue that he’ll feel happier towards peopel who tip and put more effort, but I actually doubt that’s the case–he’s a professional and besides, for all he knows you’ll tip after the fact. More importantly, he will most likely make money off of prints so he has a big incentive to make you love a huge number of photos. (If that’s not the case though, then you just have to rely on the he’s a pro argument).
If I was sincerely worried about my photographer not editing well due to a lack of tip, I’d tip $100. My package is 4500 though and I trust that he’s priced himself fairly and fully so I don’t plan on tipping unless I’m so over the moon with the photos that I feel he deserves even more.
Post # 7
We tipped because they really went above and beyond. They did both photo and video for us, and graciously worked with our budget without cutting anything. They drove 6 hours to our location, stayed the whole weekend and brought 2 of their wives who helped out. When they heard our photo booth vendor no show’d, they set up an area with a tripod and remote and let us go to town. Those are some of our favorite photos.
We’ve kept in contact with them (it’s been over a year now) and one of the guys even helped us out when we were in the market for a camper van! It’s pretty neat. Just do what you feel is right in your heart, regardless of anything you read online.
Post # 8
I’m a wedding photog who owns my own business and we don’t always get tips. We get them at maybe 30 percent of our weddings? Its not something we expect, but we really appreciate it when it happens! We sent lots of gifts thought leading up to the wedding, work on the timeline with bride and groom prior to the big day, and create a slideshow during dinner, so we are really working pretty hard for each couple and it’s always such a nice gesture to know that they really appreciated all of our hard work 🙂
Post # 9
No. when a vendor is the owner they set their own prices- so unless I’m getting an amazing deal or they go above and beyond my expectations, I won’t tip those vendors. And you should absolutely WAIT until you get the photographs back before tipping because maybe it’s just the area I live in but wedding photos I’ve seen come back lately have been really shotty. The photographers take like 9weeks to give the photos and it looks like they didn’t even try with photoshop. I’ve been fixing a few of my newlywed my friends’ pics and it makes me so mad- like what the hell did they pay for?! even just pressing “autofix” on photoshop makes the photos look better, grrrr.
***so seriously emphasize to your photographer is you want back fat or armpit rolls, anything you know need photoshopped out- definitely emphasize beforehand. and make sure you are on the same page about how you want the pics/ what style you like (more or less scenery, close-ups, if you want more pics of parents, etc)
Post # 10
We tipped our photographers who own their own business. They went far above and beyond, not just at the wedding but in preparation, and in post processing.
Post # 11
No I won’t. I have a top rate photog who’s getting an exorbitant fee. No tip for you! Those are for people not making 900/hour. Itd be like tipping your attorney Lol
Post # 12
Most wedding photographers aren’t making as much as you think they are…they work a lot more hours on each wedding than just the 8-10 hours they’re actually at a wedding, plus you have to factor in the cost of their equipment (at least 10k of pro camera gear, lighting, computers, software, etc), their overhead (website fees, image hosting, business license, insurance, advertising, health insurance, etc), assistants fees, product costs, PLUS taxes automatically take 30 percent of anything made.
Post # 13
yes sure. I just don’t feel bad about my photog who’s business is bumping and is getting 7K for my wedding . To be frank, the overhead and equipment are her issues- and she prices accordingly. Its not like she’s buying it all new just for me.
To me tips are for people who work in service and make very little with out them.
Post # 14
Our photographer is a friend of a friend who owns his own studio (way over our budget) and ended up working with us on price. He came down quite a bit, so yes we will be giving him a tip. I have no idea how much right now, I dont know what would be apropriate.. and we don’t really have the extra money but just enough to say thank you and we really appreciate all he has done for us.
Post # 15
We will because our photographer is a family friend who owns her own photography business and she is giving us a great deal plus travelling out of state for both our engagement shoot and wedding. If it was someone we didn’t know who owned his/her own business, I probably wouldn’t tip.