FAQ Friday: Tipping Your Photographer

matt at workQ: Should I tip my wedding photographer?A: Most wedding professionals price their wares and services without the expectation of a tip, so gratuity is certainly not anticipated or necessary unless you feel that your photographer went above and beyond the call of duty for your wedding.The main exceptions to the rule are subcontracted photographers. A subcontractor is a freelance photographer who is not the owner/president/etc of the photography business, who has been hired by the company to cover your event*. If a subcontractor has been hired to photograph your wedding, a tip is often appreciated.*The concept of "subcontractor" does not generally apply to assistants, though if you tip the lead photographer, it is polite to tip the assistant or secondary photographer as well.