(Closed) Would you tip your photographer if she owned her own business?

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
649 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I would

Post # 4
1559 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My photographer runs his own business… I’m pretty sure most wedding photographers work for themselves (at least in my area).

My wedding hasn’t come yet but I’m planning on tipping.

What I’m trying to figure out is do we tip for the engagement shoot too?

Ugh…. stupid etiquette!

Post # 5
8066 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

No I wouldnt,  unless she did something very out of the ordinary.  You dont need to tip people that own their own business.

Post # 6
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We didn’t, beause all of the check we gave her goes for her.  The point of tipping is because usually service workers are underpaid, if she feels like she was underpaid she should charge more.

HOWEVER, we haven’t gotten our pictures back yet, and if they are absolutely exceptional, we might send her something.

Post # 7
14 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

From what I have read you dont tip when someone owns the business. So I think if the photographer goes above and beyond then it would be a nice gesture to tip them but I dont think you HAVE to.  Photography is exspensive enough

Post # 8
1082 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I hired a photographer who owned her own business.  She brought an extra shooter for our wedding as well.  I did not tip in addition.  I did buy her a nice meal (as well as the assistant).  In fact, I didn’t tip any vendors.  We signed a contract.  We each did as the contract required.  I think the whole tipping business gets a little ridiculous.  If you aren’t making enough, you should increase your rates.

Post # 9
1559 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Hmmm after reading all these reviews… Maybe I don’t have to tip mine either??? I assumed you were supposed to no matter what, that it was standard…

But you’re all saying you didn’t so maybe he’s not expecting that…

Post # 10
2 posts

You should always tip for a job well done regardless if they are the owner or not. I think its harsh to say ‘you own the business you shouldn’t get a tip no matter how good of a job you do’

Post # 11
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t plan to tip my photographer, she owns her own business and I’m already paying her almost $7K for her services, if she worked for a photography company not owned by her I would tip though

Post # 12
7225 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I would. A lot of photographers don’t begin to make a profit for years.

Post # 13
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

 Yes I did. We eloped in Las Vegas and found an awesome photographer and got an amazing price. After we finished the shoot, we actually tipped him almost 40%! I think it depends on how the person acted, we clicked with him and his wife ( who also took many shots and actually helped me into my dress and with my shoes!!). Just because they iwn their iwn business doesnt mean they always get the full amount you pay them.  Some if it goes to taxes, paying off equipment (some quality lenses are a few grand and cameras can be about the same) their time (not only shooting the images on your bug day but also editing all of them) and if you got prints/digital images. 


Post # 14
2163 posts
Buzzing bee

@mousepeach:  No you do not tip a business owner.  Tips are for service based employees or contractors.

She gets the full amount of the contracted price, unlike someone who works somewhere, who get only a portion.

I am also not a fan of the “we should tip everyone for every possible service” except for the people who really deserve it in my opinion.  No one ever tips doctors or nurses or firemen, people who actually help people.

Post # 15
9995 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Our photographer owned her own business and we did not tip her.  We paid quite a bit for photography and wrote the check out to her specifically.

Post # 16
5986 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

  @Tryingtobehelpful:  +1

We tipped everyone. We didn’t base tips on whether or not they owned their own business. I know that the advice out there says you don’t need to tip business owners but I personally find that advice rather silly. I found that those who owned their own business tended to be cheaper anyways.

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