(Closed) Tipping Photographer?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee

I’m a pro wedding photog. It’s not the norm to tip a photographer. I’ve only been tipped when I was on a destination weekend wedding.  Or from a very rich b&g/family members that tipped.  It’s not the norm though. it’s not required.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Probably not. I’ve heard since individual photographers set their own prices, you don’t have to. We will most likely get her a small thank you present or something instead. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

If the photographer works for a company, then yes, you tip.

If the photographer is self-employed, then no, you don’t have to tip (but you can if you want).

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s not required at all but lots of my clients send lovely gifts. I’ve had flowers, edible arrangements, gift cards etc. it’s always thrilling to get! 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I tell my clients that while a tip is appriciated, it is never required. If you think your photographer did an excellant job, and you want to, then by all means tip. But don’t feel like you “have to”. Also, some of the best ways to show your gratitude towards a good photographer is to refer people to them, purchase prints/albums from them (we really do appriciate it when our clients put the same value on our art as we do), and the hand written thank you note goes a long way too.

Personally, one of the best “tips” I ever got was a gift certificate for a 1/2 spa day… I am one achy photographer after shooting a wedding and a massage is like heaven 🙂

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