(Closed) What else can I do (or not do) to make sure my photographer has a good time?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Are you paying him? If so, you’re doing plenty to be welcoming, and regardless of pay, tryimg to do too much more to show him a nice time is probably going to distract him fom his work. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Aside from a meal and anything else that’s stipulated in the photog’s contract (and really the meal should be in there), you’re not obligated to treat them to anything else ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Really the only other thing I’d do would be to find out any details about where he should park (be prepared to reimburse him for parking) and provide simple, clear directions between locations.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it sounds like you are a very kind person and that will go a long way towards having a great wedding day. It’s always wonderful to have a client who cares and wants to make their photographer feel comfortable and valued. It can only help us do the best job possible and it just makes it a wonderful day all around. We are humans, not just ” vendors. A couple that sees us as friends and not the hired help are the ones who get that over the top super effort!! Good for you! 

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper

It’s refreshing to see post about going an extra mile for vendor that contributes so much to your day. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@bklynbridetobe:  +1 

You’re sweet! I think wrapping up his leftovers and giving him a cooler of snacks & water is a really nice touch.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My clients normally send a gift card in a thank you card after the wedding or flowers etc. normally about $50-100. By the time you are charging $3000+ it’s more the sentiment than the monetary value!:)

Post # 13
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Helper bee

@sheepandbear:

I kind of wish I was your photographer, lol. You seem to be going above and beyond for your photographer and I am sure that they will go above and beyond for you as well! 

From a photographers perspective you are being extremely considerate! Things that tend to make a photographer happy (since you asked) : warm food of any sort really, access to cold water or other non-alcoholic drinks, close parking (in case we have loads of gear to carry) and a smile on your face…… and any photographer would be super happy ๐Ÿ™‚

As for tips, I have been tipped anywhere from $50-$300, gift cards to spas and camera supply stores, hand made gifts and even bottles of wine. Generally with me, its the “thank you” that really matters a bit more than the gift/tips…. although they are always fun to receive ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My favorite tip ever was my own private delivery of a homemade portion of the wedding meal I had quite enjoyed. It was very heartfelt and kind from the mother of the bride! 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@sheepandbear:  If you are paying this photographer there is nothing else you should do. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If anyone has ever worked somewhere that the bosses gave you the minimum of what they had to. No perks, no kindness etc and then went to a job where the culture was happy, empathetic and caring you would know how much more productivity you get from people. No, you do not HAVE to do any more or even really any of this but when a couple shows this level of caring it pays off in spades. I’m sure it’s just your personality but its smart! You are basically providing the workplace on a wedding day and making it as happy as possible for everyone is beneficial all around. Karma will be in your corner! 

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