Post # 1
I’m having my engagement photos taken this afternoon. It just occured to me that I have NO idea what the etiquette is in terms of tipping. My photographer will be traveling about an 1 and half, and she’ll be bringing an assistant.
Should I tip them both?! If so, what amount would you recommend? I’m not sure how much the session costs since it’s included in our package.
Thanks in advance for your advise!
Post # 3
Here was another thread on that:
Honestly, I think tipping has gotten out of control. It’s tough to tip photographers because you won’t really know how they did until you get the photos back. What would make them feel great is a hand written note of thanks for their service and time spent together, but only if you really enjoyed it. Or you could wait until you get your e-pics back and then send the note of thanks. If you really want to spend money to tip, you could include a gift card to a local coffee shop or something you think they may like. It doesn’t have to be much…and the note is something vendors really like.
Post # 4
Helpful advice, thanks! The link isn’t working and I can’t seem to pull up the discussion when I do a search but I love the idea of sending a note (and maybe a gift certificate to Starbucks) AFTER we see the pics.
Post # 5
We’ve never been tipped for engagement sessions and I think we might be kind of weirded out by it.
Like Angel said, a note is great. Your photographer will appreciate that more than anything else. Bonus points for writing something that quotes well, because they’ll want it for their website and brochure.
Post # 6
Photographers are merchants. No tipping is required or even normal for that matter.
Post # 7
Yes, that’s what I heard also. My sister happens to be a photography assistant for this one company based in Chicago, and they usually don’t expect tips but do one in a blue moon get gift cards to Starbucks or something.