(Closed) How much should I give my “free” photographer?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m in the same position.  A girl I work with is starting her own photography business and offered to do my wedding for free.  But I felt like I had to pay her something, so I’m giving her $500.  That includes an engagement session, all day at the wedding, and the digital rights to the photos.  $500 is still a chunk of change, but it’s waaaaaay cheaper than I could have gotten another photographer for even just the ceremony! 

Post # 4
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

It depends a lot on your budget.  But I am doing something similar, and I am going to make a gift of a new tripod or new lens that will help the photos be better, or I’ll buy the film.  Any of those will run about $200 I think?  But I could be wrong… guess I’d better get started on this! 

Post # 5
2206 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

The other Bees have good suggestions. A nice thank you gift of a gift certificate to his favorite gear shop would be really nice. Another idea is to offer to give him a second print of your album, if you are getting a nice one, that he can use to show future clients.

The nicest thing you can do may be to just tell him flat out that you want to give him a gift that expreses your gratitude, and make a few suggestions (room and board if travelling, gear, album, etc.). If he keeps saying no, then just get him something nice for him.

Post # 7
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

I would check with him and ask if he needs to rent any lenses, etc., even if just to try them out. Decent lenses are about $2,000 (although there’s wide variation depending on which lens), but you can rent them for a week (still not cheap, but not $2k). That way, he can give a few lenses (and/or any other equipment he might need and/or want to try) a whirl, and you can rest assured he has back-ups (he should have extra batteries, cards, camera bodies, lenses, flashes, etc.–if he doesn’t have back-up, you could have a disaster on your hands). A gift card to B&H would be fantastic for someone starting up! That, and lots and lots of good reviews and referrals. 🙂

Post # 8
876 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My Fiance are shooting a wedding for our friends in May.  We had agreed to do it for free, but they insisted on giving us money for it.  In the end, we agreed to have them pay for a few things related to the job.  We were in need of more memory cards, so they offered to buy us 3 – 16 GB cards.  Another thing they have offered to help us with (since they live across the country and travel expenses for us would be quite a bit) was a loaned car to use while we’re there and they’ll be paying for our hotel room for the 2 nights we’re there.  Just some ideas for you to consider!

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