Post # 1
Our photographer owns her own business, but we have upgraded our package to include a second shooter. I wasn’t intending to tip the photographer, but perhaps give her a thank you gift once we receive our pictures (I think that $3,000 for 8 hours of work is thanks enough). Do I tip the second shooter? Sometimes her second shooters are even bigger photographers than herself and I have no idea how much of a tip would be appropriate. Any advice would be much appreciated!
Post # 3
I didn’t. My photographer pissed me off though and I was surprised at how FEW pictures of the guys there were when second shooter dude was supposed to be photographing them while we got ready.
Post # 4
I don’t think I would tip them, it sounds like they own their own businesses too, and if they are “big name” or “medium name” they are probably second shooting as a favor to your main guy (and your main guy helps him out in the same way sometimes). And if they are total unknowns, they are second shooting as a way to get experience and build a portfolio. I would assume they’re being fairly compensated by the main photog and that’s that. Make sure you give them a meal during the reception, that’s nice. A thank you gift after the fact (if you’re satisfied w/ everything once they’ve turned over their work) is a nice idea.
Post # 5
A tip of $100 for the main photographer and $50-$100 for the second photographer is appropriate. A good portion of that $3000 goes toward your prints, album, all the time your photographer spends correcting and editing your photos, equipment, backups and insurance. An eight hour wedding translates into at least three to four days of work afterwards. Keep that in mind. Both photographers will be working very hard and a thank you goes a long way.