Do I tip my free e-shoot photog?
Posted 06 July 2008 - 10:54 AM
Posted 06 July 2008 - 12:14 PM
Posted 06 July 2008 - 12:50 PM
Most of the photographers said they'd take a thoughtful "Thank You" note over money any day. Money is always nice, but it's nice to know how you're appreciated and hear the kind words from your clients themselves.
I think (hope!) your photographer doesn't expect a tip; afterall, you seem to be doing him a favour as well - sure you're not paying for his expenses, but in turn, he builds his portfolio because you were kind enough to trust a photographer still building his portfolio.
I'd say don't feel pressured to tip. Like you mentioned before, you are on a budget. Maybe do the shoot, wait for the proofs to come back and decide if he really went the extra mile for you (which is what a tip is all about, afterall!). If you want to tip at that point, then go ahead!
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Posted 06 July 2008 - 02:15 PM
If he is trying to build his portfolio, a thank you note that talks about the experience doing the engagement shoot can actually help him if he posts testimonials on his site. You can also offer to be a refferal for him if other potential clients want to talk with one of his previous clients.
If he goes WAY above and beyond -- I think that is when you should tip him. I don't believe the photography industry has its pay scale based off of tipping (like say, espresso or food service).
Posted 07 July 2008 - 01:16 AM
The best thing that you can do for your Photographer - is to refer a friend or family member to them and get them more work. They should be a thousand times more greatful for that than a $20 tip.
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