(Closed) how would you tip a photographer when….

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

i wonder this too! my photographer is an independent agent and i don’t know if i am meant to tip her…

i think the main rule is you are never OBLIGATED to tip…but some people def. expect it!! And I’d hate to be totally rude and upset someone who thought they were working hard to get a good tip.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

That is a good question, especially when you are paying so much for it already. I didn’t really factor in tips into total wedding costs.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had not planned on tipping my photographer.  Actually, I didn’t even know I was expected to. 

Tipping totally kills me.  I have an added mandatory 20% “service fee” for our catering.  We’re having a buffet – where is service coming into this?  Everyone is serving themselves.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Tell me about it. I’m doing buffet and there is the 19.1% gratuity. Not to mention it doesn’t account for my minimum… yeesh people try to get anything out of you they can!

Post # 9
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We didn’t tip our photographer or DJ because they both owned their own businesses.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I know, I’m feeling like I am being squeezed for every last penny.

I also did not count on tipping the florist, since she is just a lady who works out of her home.

Post # 12
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Newbee

I have heard so many mixed things about this, and everyone seems to have a different opinion on the matter.  Even though my photographers own their own business, I also feel like they are going to be working harder than the rest of the vendors – on their feet with you all day – so I am going to give my photographers a $100 tip, and their assistant $50.

This is just what I personally decided to do…but, given that this seems to be a gray area, I’m sure whatever you decide will be fine.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Man, I am so conflicted about this.  I remember seeing a photography blog where someone brought up tipping and a lot of photographers chimed in saying they never EXPECTED To be tipped, and most had only been tipped a handful of times in their entire careers.  But some then said that a tip is greatly appreciated, and nothing is more motivating than being handed a wad of cash before the wedding begins.  But I’m thinking, if I tip my photographer, I want to reward him for a job well-done, not give him a handful of cash only to get back crummy pics.  That would suck.  I don’t know.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

i did not tip my photographer either.

 

i agree with veganglam, i would maybe tip if they did a great job after I recieved my pictures and everything… unfortunately i don’t have that problem if you know what i mean

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I thought tipping was supposed to be either for extraordinary service or good service from someone who is paid below minimum wage and is relying on tips to get a decent wage.

Photographers, DJs etc are already paid a very generous amount, so unless they performed the Heimlich maneuver on you during the reception, I would not tip them. (:

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I too am going off of the article The Knot posted regarding tipping, therefore, I’m not planning on tipping my photographer or my hair stylist as she is coming to me.

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