(Closed) When do you tip the photographer?

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
18627 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We didn’t tip ours because he owned the business and you don’t have to tip someone who owns their own business.

Post # 4
4479 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

If the photog is an employee of a photography company, tip at the end of the wedding. If it’s his/her own business, no need to tip.

Post # 5
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - The 19th Century Club

My personal take on tipping any vendor is if you enjoyed working with them, they put in a long day and you felt really good about their services, then tip them. My DJ and photographer both owned their own businesses, but I still wanted to tip them – I think the “owning the business/don’t tip” rule isn’t as closely observed anymore, especially with the growing number of fabulous, independent vendors!

As far as timing, if you are tipping, your vendors should be tipped before they leave the reception.

Post # 6
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Don’t tip til AFTER you see the pics. A tip is for a job well done, some vendors like the cateror you can tip the same day because their service is done after the reception. Photographers take 3 weeks – 3 months to get the photos back to you & you don’t know what kind of job they did.

As a photographer, I take it as a huge compliment when someone tips me after they see my pics, cause I know they loved my work. If someone tipped me before they saw my pics, I’d be a little confused & the tip wouldn’t mean as much to me because they don’t know what my work looked like.

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