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

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

Well to PAY for a photographer, you’re looking at atleast $900. So a gift could be around $100? $200? $200 MIGHT be a bit much…

 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

She may find it a little insulting to give a cash gift.  If you think about it, she’s doing it as a gift so to pay her would make the gift less significant.  I’d say, maybe give her something still of value, like a spa gift card or a really pretty home decoration.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Oh a Spa is a great idea! Or restaurant gift cards…

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our photographer is my Future Sister-In-Law. We are paying for their hotel for 2 nights and helping buy a few camera flashes. So all in all our gift is in the 500-700$ range. :o) Maybe that helps?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

We gave our friendor a $100 gift, but we also had paid her.  She just started out, so her prices were on the low side.  I agree with the gift card idea.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think that a gift card would work. Your BFF should be able to help you with choosing a gift card that she will really use and enjoy. I would not spend a lot on it, as she is doing the photography as a gift to you. =)

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I recommend finding out what she enjoys/loves and giving her something to reflect that. For example, if she loves watercolors, get her a really nice set. Nothing over the top, but something to convey that you were interested in what she enjoys and wanted to thank her.

Our photographer loves chocolate, so I’m going to find out what her favorite brand is and get her a bar.

Post # 10
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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
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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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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
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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
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Newbee
  • 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
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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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