Researched Gift Ideas for Photographers
Do you know a photographer? Is it their birthday or anniversary coming up? Or, is it the holiday season and you are looking for the best gift for a photographer? Look no further. We have got a great list of gift ideas for the photographers out there. Gifts big and small, and for all types of people and for those of all ages, we have got you covered. Our team has created these perfect gift guides that will save you tons of time and energy when it comes time to start shopping.
Photographers are incredibly artistic people that love the work that they do. Whether they are a professional photographer, or simply do it as a hobby, this is typically a very important part of their life. For that reason, come the holiday season or their birthday, it makes sense to get them the perfect gift that compliments this love of this art! Maybe you want to get them a gift that they can use in their work, or maybe you just want to find something that you know a photographer would love. Either way, we can help. Every person is different, and for that reason we have a selection of gifts that you can choose from based on who you are buying for.
Should You Give Your Wedding Photographer a Gift?
A wedding photographer is one of the most important people that day. Trust us, your wedding day will go by so quick, and you will absolutely want (and need!) photographs to look back and remember everything that happened. It is a very emotional day, and ensuring that every moment is photographed and remembered forever could not be more important.
As a result of that, many couples wonder if they need to get someone so important a gift. You typically get your wedding party gifts, possibly your parents, perhaps your officiant, but what about your wedding photographer? It is a great question, especially given how important they are. If you are struggling to figure out what the right etiquette is, you aren’t alone! Here are our best tips for how to decide if you should (or how you should) get them a gift or otherwise thank them for all of their hard work on your big day.
1. Be sure to give them a meal
This is the absolute minimum, and a requirement. You cannot expect your photographer to work all day long for you without eating! Be sure when you give your caterer your final guest total that you include your vendors, which would include your photographer. This is an easy thing to overlook so make sure you make a note to yourself and include all of your vendors so that they are able to eat.
Imagine if you had to work 8 or more hours without eating- you would not be happy! Make sure to include them so that they are taken care of and can enjoy your delicious food while they have a spare moment. Don’t worry, they are used to eating quickly so they don’t miss major moments.
2. Write them a great review
This is truly one of the best gifts that you can get for your photographer. Having great reviews is one of the best ways to ensure they get hired again. Think back to when you booked your photographer- did you look at their reviews? We know you did- everyone does, and for good reason! Make sure you take the time to write out a thoughtful review - don’t just leave 5 stars and no comment.
In addition to leaving reviews at all the main places, be sure to also shout them out and tag them on social media! Your photographer is sure to have an Instagram page, so be sure to tag them in any posts you put up
3. Send them a thank you note
Truthfully, a thank you note can go a really long way and is very appreciated. Wedding photographers do work incredibly hard to make sure your day is documented just the way you want it. They work long hours, they travel to where you are, and spend a lot of time to make sure everything is perfect.
After all their hard work, the least you can do is write them a thank you note to show that you really do appreciate all that they did for you. Yes, of course you also paid them for their service, but that is to be expected. A thank you note isn’t expected, but is a really nice touch that will mean a lot to your photographer.
4. Refer all your family and friends
Similar to sharing them on social media, make sure if you see that a friend or family member is engaged to reach out and let them know how great your photographer was! Trying to narrow down a long list of possible photographers can be stressful, but getting a direct referral from a friend can go a long way and can help someone decide to go with your photographer instead of a random one on a long list. Did you hire some vendors based on personal recommendations?
There’s a good chance you did, so make sure you do that to help out other stressed out engaged couples! Not only will it save them time, it also helps out your photographer and gives them a new client. Everyone wins!
5. Consider giving a tip
Finally, if you do feel like you want to get your photographer an actual tangible gift, consider tipping them. Keep in mind that this is totally optional, but is something to consider if you feel like you want to get them something. Most photographers will not expect to be tipped (as let’s face it, wedding photography is expensive, so having to give more money doesn’t always feel like an option!)
If you really feel like you cannot give any more money, do not feel forced to. Weddings are expensive, there is no denying that.
If you want to get them a small token of appreciation, consider giving them one of your wedding favors. You already have to have a lot of those ready, so giving out one more will not be a big financial investment, but is something simple and sweet you could give them at the end of the night.
Alternatively, you could also consider getting them whatever you got your bridesmaids or groomsmen for their gifts. Oftentimes you can get a discount if you purchase multiples of an item, so consider adding one more item on, it may not be that expensive to do so.
If you are unsure what the right gift is, hopefully this list has helped you understand what you can do to really thank them for what they did.