Post # 1
Our photographers are in Oklahoma City, and whiile we haven’t met them in person, we’ve booked them and send the deposit to them.
They are going to be in Santa Fe this week for vacation, and they offered to do epics (the price of which is covered in our package) while they are here, if we travel to Santa Fe, which we are doing. So, they are taking time out of their vacation, but I’m sure this means they get to deduct a portion of their vacation, and so it works for everyone.
My question is: do I tip them after the e-session (they do own their own business, but I’ll tip them after the wedding if we love their work)? Our balance is due Feb 6, and so we won’t be paying them any more money until then, but it seems weird to walk away from the e-session without giving them anything.
Any thoughts? Am I just worrying too much?
Post # 3
I didn’t tip my photographer because I went by the rule that you don’t tip the owner of a business.
Post # 4
Tip? Tip?? My head might just explode! Sure if you enjoy your day with them, tip if you feel like it, but I’m sure you’re giving them a good chunk of change already!
Post # 5
Good question. I wasn’t going to. He is his own boss, as well, we are feeding him our full meal! But again, I’m not too sure, perhaps we should. Any photographers out there that read this, what is your take????
Post # 6
We are feeding all of our vendors and tipping all of them; whether they own the business or not. I am; however, waiting until I send out thank you cards to our guests and for completion of their services before I tip them. Most of our vendors will get a thank you card and their tip right after the wedding, but the photographer won’t get theirs, until we receive all of our pictures. I don’t beleive in tipping someone for a service that hasn’t been completed yet, and we don’t want to be pressured into giving a tip to a vendor that doesn’t do what they are supposed to do at our wedding. We don’t think that they should get the same tip/thank you for crappy service as they would for exceptional service.
Post # 7
That makes sense, I was just thrown by the engagement pic thing. Weddings are very confusing.
Post # 8
I’ve never recieved a tip after epics or a wedding. I know that some have. I figure with what they’re paying me, is enough. If they tried to offer me one I would turn it down. I’m doing a job that I love and adore.
Post # 9
If you want to take them out to lunch or dinner after your session that might be nice, but it really isn’t necessary or expected, whether they own the business or not.
Post # 10
I’ve been tipped several times, but I certainly don’t expect it and only take it when the bride and groom really insist. I don’t think owning your own business has anything to do with whether or not you should tip someone though. I don’t keep all the money I take from clients, after I purchase their albums, disc packaging etc., pay all the hefty taxes (35% of my profit), and their sales tax, keep my equipment, online gallery, and shopping cart services up to date, not to mention advertising, insurance and other business expenses, the profit margin for a photographer/business owner is a lot less than you might think.
However, it’s my responsibility to charge what I need to charge to be profitable, and I do not expect anyone to pay anything more than that 🙂 If you really appreciate my service, or think you’ll appreciate it, I’d actually MUCH rather have a guest meal at your wedding (versus a vendor one) and a place to sit and eat it for five minutes.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
We tipped our photographer, but I’ve only ever been tipped once, by a boudoir client, because I went out of my way to set up a session for her. I’d love it if more brides tipped. Shooting a wedding is like running a marathon, and a tip is a great compliment saying “well done,” even if small. 🙂
Post # 12
I have had them offered, but never accepted.
Post # 13
I think photographers are the one vendor that I’m unsure of about tipping as well. Why? I don’t get to see the pictures for a while. How do I know it has been a ‘job well done’? I was thinking that if the pictures were good, when I want to order prints, I can tip her then.
With a DJ, I can tell right away if they were good…it’s much easier.
just my $.02
Post # 14
See, I understand why business owners don’t get tipped. The idea is that you are in control of setting your own prices, so it’s enuogh to be profitable for you and you’ve charged enough so that you like what you’re left with. Tipping employees who work for a business is considered because they do not have the power to set their own price and may not be taking away as much profit as they’d like. So if they do a great job, you throw extra in to help them out and say thank you.
I can see where even business owners would like a tip, but I think wedding vendors also see how brides and grooms are already bogged down just trying to pay the prices in their contracts.
All of that is to say that I wasn’t planning on tipping my photographer. I have serious questions about tipping other folks but I thought I was probably okay there. And we’ve already had our e-session so I can say with confidence that we did not tip for that.
Post # 16
I don’t think it’s necessary or expected if they own their own business. I’m sure everyone would like to get a tip, but come on. I’d like to get tips at my job but that doesn’t mean it’s gonna happen. If my photographer goes above and beyond maybe I’d send a thank you card/gift after all the images are delivered to me. If they just meet the basic expectations of the contract, well then, I’m already paying an arm and a leg for their services and that should be plenty.