Tipping for engagement photos? Yay or Nay?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I probably would because I’m quite tip-happy.  You could offer 20% of what he normally charges when you’re done.  He may refuse though, so don’t force it.  Not sure if there’s proper ettiquette on this, just what I would do.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Most photographers own their own small businesses so I would tip!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I didn’t tip after my engagement pics, but since we were meeting up with people after the session, we invited ours along and picked up his dinner and drinks. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

Ok well I was just letting you know it’s customary to tip and why. Excuse me, lol. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

VictorianChick :  I didn’t tip for my engagement session, and won’t be tipping my primary photog, but will tip his second shooter. I think that because he’s throwing in the engagement sesh for free, some sort of thank you would be appropriate. If a tip seems awkward, I would buy him a gift card to somewhere you know they’ll enjoy as a thank you for the free session. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

janeblack :  your reasoning is a bit backwards – you typically DONT tip when they own their own business (because as business owners, they set their own prices and keep 100% of the money), but DO tip when they work for someone else (as they don’t get all the money from the shoot)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

If a photographer threw in engagement photos for free when he normally charges for them, I might tip, because it’s going above and beyond in terms of his service. But it’s not required. Also consider, you could decide whether to tip him after you get the completed engagement photos back, or even after he has actually shot your wedding.

If you’re not sure about tipping (money is tight, you’re not sure yet how the photos will even come out, etc), I think a sincere thank-you email would be so appreciated by him, and if the photos come out nicely, a positive review somewhere online.

ETA: At first for some reason I thought you’d already had the photos done, but I re-read your OP and it looks like you haven’t. So I was just adding I thought a PP’s idea of taking the photographer out for dinner/ drinks/ coffee/ whatever was a nice one.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by  GreenGables.
Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond

I wouldn’t tip as the industry doesn’t generally expect it – the factor everything into their prices unlike a caterering organization. 

That being sad I LOVED our wedding photographers and how above and beyond they went for us. Months after the wedding (after we got our photos) I got them custom cookies online for them and their families- they were camera sugar cookies that had the name of their business and a hand written card of our gratitude. They were over the moon by the touching gesture. If money is a problem- find a heartfelt way to show thanks. 

(And always write honest reviews online!!!)

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