(Closed) Tip the photographer?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My understanding is that people who work for themselves don’t get a tip, since all of the money that you are paying them goes straight into their pocket (unlike if they were contracted to a larger company).  Because of this, I wasn’t planning on tipping my photographer.  I’d be interested to see what other people have to say though…

Post # 4
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If the owner of the studio is your photography then you do not have to tip them.  I was not planning on tipping my photographer.  He is bringing his #2 person with him so we are actually having 2 photographers.  I think that I should tip this person but I am not sure.  Any help would be great!

Post # 5
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception

Not to knock any other photographer, but I’ve done my share of weddings and I can honestly say that I’ve never recieved a tip before. And to be honest, I don’t expect one. I have recieved a $20 gift certificate to a resturant though.

A great way to show that you appreciate your photographer is a thank you card. Personally writing something is the best “tip”. :o)

Post # 6
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am not tipping the photographer. I figure after paying 1300 bucks for pictures, I am not tipping. Besides, a proper tip for 1300 bucks would be 260 bucks! I don’t think so. I don’t think they expect a tip either.

Post # 7
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We did not tip our photographer, and she owns her own business. We did, however, send her a nice box of chocolates with a sincere thank you note shortly after the wedding.

Post # 8
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If they own their own business, you don’t tip. But as an example, we are having two photographers, one photographer owns the business and the other forks for her, so we are tipping the one who does not own the business. When in doubt, ASK them. They will be more than happy to tell you.

Post # 9
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think it depends… I hired a student photographer who really undercharged me. He’s just starting out & his pics were very very good. He should have charged me triple what he did. My good friend was my other photographer & she wouldn’t accept money, but I’m going to buy her a new lens for her camera as a thank you.

I wouldn’t tip til AFTER you get all your pics back & review them. If you love the pics & the photog was great to work with, I think you should tip them if you feel like you want to. Tipping could be a gift certificate to a restaurant or it could be cash/check. Tipping isn’t a requirement, but it is nice, especially if they’ve worked really hard.

Whether you tip or not, write them a good thank you/review (if they did a good job). The best way to help your photog is to recommend them!!

Post # 10
11 posts

All of the money you pay them definitely does not go straight to pocket.  Photographers that own their own business only keep about 50% of what they charge you– the rest goes to income tax, self employment tax, sales tax on products, liability insurance, equip insurance, equip upkeep, and many other fees.

Photographers don’t expect a tip, but they spend 8-12 hours with you, all day.  They are one of the only vendors that is with you the entire time.  They carry 20-30 lbs of gear on them and spend most of the day crouched in off positions.  People tip the DJ, but rarely the photographer.

Photographers loooove what they do (the good ones) and don’t expect anything/are happy to do a hard days work, but theres no reason to not tip just because they ‘own their own business’.



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