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Should You Tip Your Family Photographer? { Newborn, Maternity & Family Photographer, Santa Rosa, CA }

In the beautiful community of Santa Rosa, where memories are cherished and captured in the most stunning of settings, the question often arises—should you tip your family photographer?


Shilloutte photo of a family of four holding hands and walking into the susnet at a beach in Bodega Bay, California.

The Essence of Tipping

By definition, tipping is not mandatory. It's a practice designed to honor and express appreciation for someone's skill, talent, and service. Think of it as a heartfelt thank you for a job well done. While you should never feel obligated to tip for poor service, if your photographer went above and beyond their duties, a show of gratitude is much appreciated!


When Tipping Makes Sense

There are certain situations where tipping feels particularly appropriate:

  • Exceptional Service: Did your photographer make your kids smile, even when they were having a tough day? Did they capture those candid moments that you will treasure forever? If so, a tip can be a lovely way to show your appreciation.

  • Extended Hours: If your photographer stayed longer than planned to ensure every special moment was captured, this extra effort might generate a tip.

  • Creative Input: Sometimes, photographers go beyond the standard shots and offer creative ideas that make your photo session unique and memorable. Tipping recognizes this extra creativity and care.

Personal Anecdote

From my own experience as a photographer, I've received tips in the past, and they are always a welcomed surprise. They are not needed, just appreciated if you feel your experience has been above and beyond. There was one family session where it was more of a generational family session - from babies to great grandparents! There were a lot of different family combinations and variety the family wanted, we went past our photography time and I delivered more images than I usually do to accommodate this type of session. The family's gratitude came in the form of a generous tip, which was not expected but deeply appreciated.

Golden hour sunset photo in bodega bay of a pregnant mother at the beach. She is wearing a long sheer white maxi dress.

How Much Should You Tip?

If you decide to tip, a good rule of thumb is to consider 10-20% of the total fee. However, any amount given with genuine gratitude will be appreciated. It's really about the gesture more than the specific amount.


Other Ways to Show Appreciation!

If tipping doesn't feel right for you, there are other meaningful ways to show your appreciation:

  • Leave a Review: A glowing review on the photographer's website or social media can be incredibly beneficial for their business.

  • Refer Friends and Family: Word-of-mouth recommendations are invaluable and show your photographer that you genuinely value their work.

  • Send a Thank-You Note: A heartfelt thank-you note, perhaps with a favorite photo from the session, can be just as touching as a monetary tip.


newborn photographer in Napa. Lifestyle photo of a new mother and father on their bed lovingly looking down at their newborn baby girl.

Tipping your family photographer is a personal choice. It’s not mandatory, but it can be a wonderful way to show appreciation for exceptional service. Remember, your photographer is there to capture your family's cherished moments, and your gratitude, in whatever form it takes, will always be warmly received.


If you've had an incredible experience and want to share your story or have any questions about my session offerings, feel free to message me!



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Diana Jex specializes in portrait photography including maternity photography, newborn photography, children and family photography. Diana Jex Photography primarily serves families located in Sonoma County, Marin County and Napa County : Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Novato, Marin, San Rafael, Windsor, Rohnert Park, Napa, Cotati, Sonoma and other surrounding areas.
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