(Closed) Tipping Second Shooter

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
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806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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21 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2007

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.

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