Post # 1
Ok, so my best friends mom is an awesome photographer. She did all my senior pics and does wedding all the time. Well for our wedding gift, she wants to do our photography for us. Which I think is awesome, I dont think I could ask for a better gift from them. Here is the problem, I feel like I should be giving her a huge tip, but I also dont want to offend her since it is a gift. what is acceptable amount? HELP!
Post # 10
Gift card is a good idea and chocolates even better. Once my client gave me a basket of godiva chocolates which was yummmm.
Post # 11
In addition to the great suggestions above, if she is a regular wedding photographer as well, a great non-material gift is to write her reviews – fair, but hopefully good reviews =) – on WeddingWire, ProjectWedding etc.. From a professional’s point of view gifts are nice but a great well-placed review gets us unending work in the future and is a huuuge boost to business. In my first year a single bride’s review for me accounted for a HUGE number of inquiries the second.
Post # 12
Restaurant gift cards are nice, but you could always get her a nice gift card to Amazon.com (they sell all kinds of camera equipment) or B&H Photo so she could get more camera gear. No matter how much you have, you always want more 🙂
Post # 13
Do you know what her commissions usually are? If she does a lot of weddings, I’m going to assume that she charges at least $1000 for a day if not 2,3, or even 5+. That being said, she is giving you a wonderful gift… but do you think most your friends spend $1000 on their wedding gift for you?
Typically, my friends tip me at least $500 in this kind of situation when I offer to do it for free, which isn’t often.
Just food for thought. I think $100 is too little if she does a lot of weddings…. she’s going to be spending 30-60 hrs on just your wedding by the time she’s done… That also would only cover 1/16th of only ONE of my lenses to put it in perspective… and I have to have backups of everything.
I like the B&H gift card idea too…. you can ALWAYS find use for that one! 🙂
Post # 14
What about sponsoring an ad for your Photog on a popular bridal blog or website? I don’t know how much these cost, but I’m sure your Photog would appreciate the thought and the recommendation. If the cost is way up there, maybe you could sponsor for a month or 2 only.
Post # 15
I would definitely give her a nice gift. Find out what she likes, collectables of any sort, or you could embroider her name in a bag & give it to her as a little tote bag for when she does photography jobs! That is a very nice gesture that she’s doing!