Post # 1
We weren’t planning to do engagement photos but met someone who is trying to break into the wedding world, so he’s doing an engagement shoot for free. We would get all of the photos on a disc and he’s already gone out and scouted locations (we wanted nice mountain views and trees so he has gone out pretty far).
I’d like to tip, but I’m not sure how much. Is $50 appropriate? And should I give it to him then and there or send it in a card?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I don’t know it would be kind of weird to just hand him a fifty. I think if you do it send it in a card, have you thought perhaps of offering to pay for gas and taking out to dinner after?
Post # 4
@TwoCityBride: I agree–I think it’d be super awkward just to hand it to him! I like your suggestion of dinner. We are going at 7 AM though (lighting and such) so maybe breakfast. Thanks!
Post # 5
Im a photographer and I dont think its weird.. Im sure they will be very excited you gave a tip. Ive been tiped a couple times, it was very nice surprise and unexpected. 🙂
Or even get a $50 gas card.
Post # 6
I had a bride hand me a $100 bill at the last wedding. Typically if we’re tipped it’s the wedding coordinator that hands them out, but it’s kind of sporadic when that happens. We’ve been tipped anywhere from $100-600 for weddings but never for an engagement session. In your case I would most definitely cover the cost of gas and a meal for this person.
Post # 7
Tipping is always nice. We get them about 50% of the time, and it is just a personal preference thing. There is no “proper etiquette”. No photographer ever expects it. If you are going to do it, just put it into an envelope. That takes most of the awkwardness out of the situation.