Post # 1
My photographer was at my wedding for about 4 1/2 hours, plus he had to drive a total of about an hour. He gave us about 80 edited photos (which I’m sure he spent many many hours on) & he just gave me all high resolution pics he took (about 750) all unedited but most of them don’t really need much editing. For a student, his work far surpasses other local photographers who charge at least triple what he did & he was really great at posing us & fun personality & he has the best communication ever.
We only paid him $150 (that’s all he asked for). He’s a student & we went with him cause we had a super tight budget & we liked his work. I want to give him a tip because we paid so little & his photos are so great. But DH isn’t sure because we paid him what he asked for & didn’t ask extra of him. I mean, it would be a few months before we can tip him (if we do), because finances are tight & I’d have to save my money to pay him more. I’d like to tip him still, even if its not til Aug/Sept & am wondering what you’d do…
Post # 3
I think that what you could really do to assist him is to recommend him and get more business for him. If I was him, that would mean the most to me.
Post # 4
Even at a newbie, never done a wedding rate, he should have charged closer to $500. At $150 he LOST money. And actually, probably breaks down to around $3.75 an hour for his work….
No matter what, if you love his work, you should give him awesome reviews and spread the word. ANYONE should do that for their vendor if they like them, regardless of payment given.
I do think you should give him more based on what you think he’s worth. If you are that pleased with his services, you obviously see that you “should have” paid him more for what you received. I voted for $150+ and you will also make his world by doing this. It will also help boost hist confidence and self worth.
Post # 5
I’ve already decided on recommending him & writing a good review (he doesn’t have a website, but I’m sure he could use it when he does).
He had done a few weddings before, so he had experience. I’m not sure why he asked for so little & after seeing his work I feel like he should’ve asked for more. I think he’s a “starving student” so he offered it really cheap cause craigslist photography ads are competitive & I think he really needed the money.
Thanks KLP, I don’t feel as crazy wanting to tip him more than what he asked for originally. I’m sure he’d be thrilled with a tip larger than his invoice. haah 🙂
Post # 6
This year, I’m a newbie to the wedding industry, and I’ve worked for literally nothing, and yes, lost money on weddings. But, I did it for the experience and the future word-of-mouth those clients would eventually pass along. I’ve never really expected tips from clients because I’m technically owner of my own business (and you don’t tip the owner!), BUT, many of my clients have (probably because they knew how little money I was making, and how much work I put into the event). Not all did, and I most definitely do NOT look down on those clients at all. But the ones who did definitely made my day 🙂
Average tips for services ranged from $50-$200.
Post # 7
Do you think I should tell him I’m gonna tip him now, but that I can’t afford to right now? Or wait til I have the money to do so? It won’t be until Aug/Sept I can afford to tip him. I’d feel wierd saying “hey I loved your work & will tip you someday…”. But I’d also feel wierd not saying anything at all til late Aug. I’d like to send him the tip along with the review.
Post # 8
I would not mention it. If you’re gonna tip him. Just send it to him later on. I was gonna suggest sending him a thank you gift. But sounds like he deserves a cash tip rather than a gift. Either way he’ll be thankful and suprised! You can always spread this word here too! 🙂
Post # 9
We just met with our photographer to get our photos and we just took her out for drinks and dinner. that way we could discuss photos, viewing gallery, etc. i will send her a thank you card when we have made them. i also told her i would pass on her photos to our florist and venue to see if they’d like to use them and give her credit.
Post # 10
As a photographer, I’d much rather have a really good, detailed and well thought review than a tip. But in this case, I’d throw him a few extra dollars along with the review.