(Closed) Engagement Photos Questions

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How much did your engagement photos cost?
    under 100 : (6 votes)
    20 %
    101-200 : (4 votes)
    13 %
    201-500 : (15 votes)
    50 %
    500+ : (5 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Ours–next month–will cost $250. They would have been $400, but our photographer gives a $150 discount if you book her for the wedding too.

     

    I have NO idea if we should tip her. I know we’ll tip her and/or buy prints at the actual wedding, but I am not sure what the protocol is for the engagement session. Maybe I’ll just bake her some meringues or something?

    Post # 4
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    5001 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Ours was included in the package. I tried to get them to exclude it (and lower the price) but they said no so we did it. We did not tip them at the engagement session, but I’m not sure about after the wedding. I’m leaning toward no because ours was SO expensive to begin with, but we may give them a gift card or something as a token of appreciation.

    Post # 5
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    547 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We booked our photographer before we took the photos. Our engagement photo session was included in our wedding package for free. But we’ll have to buy the prints…. and it’s a lot of money to buy the whole portfolio/all of the proofs. So, we’ll really only buy the ones we totally LOVE at about $10-15/each depending on the size of the print.

    Post # 6
    Member
    547 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @RunnerBride13:  you’re supposed to tip the photographer?! Surprised Shoot.

    ETA: clearly I need to read up on tipping your vendors ettiquite in the near future….oops!

    Post # 7
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    5001 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @PrincessBride27:  I’m actually not sure if you are supposed to. I should look into it too, I don’t want to give them any more money!!

    Ok here we go, The Knot says this on their “Tipping Cheat Sheet”:

    Wedding Photographer/Videographer

    You’re not expected to give your shutterbugs any dough beyond their normal fees. Yet if the wedding photographer or videographer doesn’t own the studio, consider tipping each person (or give a certain amount with a thank-you note to disperse to staff).
    Protocol: Optional
    The $tandard: $50 – $200 per vendor
    When to Tip: At the end of the reception.

    Post # 8
    Member
    547 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @RunnerBride13:  Wooohooo I’m off the hook! Haha. And thanks so much for looking that up–that will be very helpful! Immediatley pinned.

    Post # 10
    Member
    882 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    All vendors who own their own business do not have to be tipped unless they do a phenomenal job that you feel deserves the extra money on top of the fee you already paid them.  Everyone else gets tipped.  Catering staff (obvs), DJ who works for an entertainment company, etc.

    Post # 11
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    983 posts
    Busy bee

    As a photographer – my e-sessions are complimentary with my wedding packages.  They are roughly “about” $250 without a wedding package.  

    As far as a tip – it’s not necessary. I’ve received a few from clients.  But these were from a few wealthy, huge weddings.  Most of to which I’ve traveled a good distance to go to and ones where I was there all day. I’ve always gotten between $50 and $100, per shooter. My assistant and I got the same amount from the clients.

    Post # 12
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    3092 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think we paid about 175$ but we bought our package through a charity auction so we didn’t exactly pay the photographer.  We tipped based off of the actual price of the package ($250).

    We got about 100 photos…all beautifully touched up.

    Beyond the cost…it was just seriously the most amazing fun time.  It would have been worth $250.

    Post # 13
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    429 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    My photographer for the wedding and engagement shoots is a family friend, so free. 😀

    Post # 14
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    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Ours came in a package. $2500 for engagement photos, video of ceremony, 2 photographers for the whole day of wedding, and all rights to photos. 

    Post # 15
    Member
    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I have a package where the engagement is included or they al a carte it for $500 and it includes the digital files to make their own prints. Thats if they book for the wedding, if they just want an e shoot they pay for my lifestyle session or family portait session.

     

     

     

     And NO you do not have to tip the photographer. Its a nice gesture if they went above and beyond for you but certainly dont think you have to. 🙂 Dont ever go by some list on a wedding site! lol Tipping the assiatants is not done, I pay my staff. I already charged enough to do so! I personally think the Knot puts up some dumb unnecessary info. That site is a train wreck IMO. If you tip anyone from your wedding vendors tip those the serve food/drink. Give them extra on top of the included tip out. Your food staff are going to be the least paid out of all your vendors and they will be ones that work real hard for you. (not that other vendors dont work hard, I hope you get my point)

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