(Closed) Tipping the photographer

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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131ted :  if your photographer owns the company you don’t tip them. If there is a second shooter, it’s nice to throw at top to the second shooter. If the photog doesn’t own their own business, tip them. 

Point being, photogs who own their business set their own rates and should be setting a rate commiserate to their time. Photogs who work for other companies don’t have this luxury. Second shooters are the same. 

If your self-employed photog goes above and beyond, it doesn’t hurt to send a thank you gift their way. 

We didn’t tip our photog (self employed). We did tip his second shooter $100. We sent a very nice bottle of burboun(his fav) and a thank you note to our photog after the wedding (he literally stayed and shot an extra hour unpaid to capture our sparkler exit). We’ve also gotten him a TON of business (literally there are at least a half a dozen couples who have hired him after seeing our wedding pics). 

Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We did not. Our photographer owns his own business so I assume he charged me a fair price and doesn’t need tips.

I left him rave reviews on a bunch of different websites, kept his watermark on all the photos I posted on social media and on any pictures I sent to other vendors (like our venue and florist), and recommend him to anyone I know who gets married in that area.

Post # 4
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Newbee

I wasn’t aware of tipping etiquette differing based on if the photographer owns their business, but it makes a lot of sense and is good to know.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Technically speaking you aren’t required to tip the proprietor of any business, but that doesn’t mean tipping them is a “no no”. If you feel compelled to give a tip I can promise you we appriciate it. 😉 I’d say my weddings are split 50/50 on tips. If you feel your photographer went above and beyond by all means give them a tip. We wear a lot of different hats, especially if it’s a wedding that doesn’t have a planner/coordinator. The number of times I’ve dried ceremony chairs after rain, repaired a bustle, put together a bouquet after a failed DIY job, etc….you get the point.

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