(Closed) Should I give a gift to our photographer?

posted 12 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 10
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
73 posts
Worker bee

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
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2021

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
4122 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
27 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
2000 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

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!

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