Should You Tip Your Photographer?

Recently someone asked me about the tips I received as a Photographer.

As in, monetary tips. Not advice.

I’m sorry, what?

Cherry Blossoms in DC and Maryland. Photographer of children, baby, family, and newborn serving the D.C. Metro area and beyond.

Cherry Blossoms in DC and Maryland. Photographer of children, baby, family, and newborn serving the D.C. Metro area and beyond.

Having worked many years in the restaurant industry, I am not stingy with my tips. But maybe I’m stingy in who I tip? Because in all my years of being a Photographer, I cannot say that I’ve ever received - or given - a tip.

Actually, I will take that back. I did receive a ‘tip’ once from a very kind family who placed the winning bid on a large gift I had donated to a non profit fundraiser. They understood the time, effort, and quality ‘out of pocket’ expense of what I was providing them. They wanted to make sure that I wasn’t losing money, which I hesitated accepting but was grateful for their consideration.

More than tips, what I crave, honestly, are things like google reviews and written/typed testimonials. Not only do I take my reputation very seriously but I also know how much easier it is for others to find me if they are looking for a Photographer such as myself. Receiving another birth, newborn, or baby client due to a referral isn’t just a monetary gain but a heartfelt one that encourages me to grow and be better.

So if you are ever wondering about tipping your Photographer, ask them if they would rather a written review or a referral program. And if you’re one of my previous clients - mind writing me a google review? ;)

xo

Teresa Robertson

Newborn and Child Photographer serving the Virginia, DC, Maryland areas and beyond.

Newborn and Child Photographer serving the Virginia, DC, Maryland areas and beyond.