Forums > Model Colloquy > How often do you get tipped?

Model

T A Y L O R

Posts: 2977

Austin, Texas, US

I was talking to someone on MM the other day and he said he tipped his models. I can't recall ever having been tipped before, although I was given gas money once at a TF shoot in San Antonio after I "did really well" so that was nice.

Just curious if it's a common occurrence or not.

Jan 13 13 11:12 am Link

Photographer

Har Marshal

Posts: 264

Raleigh, North Carolina, US

I don't do it frequently but have done it for models who have gone "above and beyond" during a shoot.  Sometimes it's as simple as handing them a $20.  Sometimes it's letting them keep part of the wardrobe.  I used to be part of a collective studio in the basement of a women's clothing store, and the owner let the models borrow items for shoots.  One model who did a fantastic job really liked the boots she shot in so I bought them for her.

At the same time, I am also willing to stop shoots that aren't going well and have fired models mid-shoot.

Jan 13 13 11:22 am Link

Photographer

Caveman Creations

Posts: 580

Fort Worth, Texas, US

I "Tip" in the way of print images. Those cost me more to produce, and generally, the models I've worked with only ever get digital images. If they did a great job, or went "over and above" the call of duty, (like one model who froze her tail off yesterday for me! big_smile) then I like to do something extra. They seem nicely surprised when I mail them a couple of 8x10's. big_smile

Jan 13 13 11:22 am Link

Photographer

GER Photography

Posts: 7957

Imperial, California, US

I have done it, as it's still a hobby for me, I can't afford too much, so I usually offer $100.00 for a shoot of about 2-3 hours, and since I'm in the middle of nowhere, $50.00 for gas. I had a model who was so good at posing, very inventive with lots of energy, I kicked in another $50.00.

Jan 13 13 11:22 am Link

Model

MelissaAnn

Posts: 3956

Seattle, Washington, US

T A Y L O R  wrote:
I was talking to someone on MM the other day and he said he tipped his models. I can't recall ever having been tipped before, although I was given gas money once at a TF shoot in San Antonio after I "did really well" so that was nice.

Just curious if it's a common occurrence or not.

Are you talking about "tipping" on a TF, or a paid shoot?  Or both?

I've had 2 photographers try to give me significantly more than the agreed upon amount for a shoot, is that what you mean? I've never had anyone offer to pay or "tip" when the shoot was TF.

To answer your main question, I don't think it's common....at least not for me.

Jan 13 13 11:22 am Link

Model

Raven-Lily

Posts: 77

Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom

After reading this i feel extremely lucky with what i get offered to do TF shoots.

Not only do i receive all images.

Usually they reimburse me for my travel (or send the tickets in advance)

9 times out of 10 i turn up and they have prepared food and drinks, or they pay for us to eat at a cafe while on location.

They cover all studio costs.

Sometimes i go away with some clothing (usually bought specifically for me as im much curvier than the models they usually shoot)

I feel sorry for you that you only get images. I think a lot of English Models get the same as i get.

Jan 13 13 11:36 am Link

Photographer

Har Marshal

Posts: 264

Raleigh, North Carolina, US

It didn't occur to me that feeding the model or paying for gas counted as tipping.  In that case, I guess I do tip most models.

Jan 13 13 11:46 am Link

Photographer

terrysphotocountry

Posts: 4153

Rochester, New York, US

After I did a wedding. I did! That was one of my best wedding's

Jan 13 13 11:51 am Link

Photographer

M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12116

Tampa, Florida, US

I always provide models a tip...

Don't spit into the wind.

Seriously, a tip? Should that be paid in singles, stuffed into the model's acrylic heels?

Jan 13 13 11:55 am Link

Photographer

Charger Photography

Posts: 1720

San Antonio, Texas, US

I worked with this model last summer TF and she was awesome... so I tipped her....
Sometimes I just buy them lunch, beer, etc .
On their birthdays I always send them a gift card.

Jan 13 13 11:56 am Link

Photographer

Gary Melton

Posts: 6395

Dallas, Texas, US

T A Y L O R  wrote:
I was talking to someone on MM the other day and he said he tipped his models. I can't recall ever having been tipped before, although I was given gas money once at a TF shoot in San Antonio after I "did really well" so that was nice.

Just curious if it's a common occurrence or not.

I would NEVER do that!!  ...well...maybe...

Jan 13 13 11:57 am Link

Photographer

M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12116

Tampa, Florida, US

Raven-Lily wrote:
After reading this i feel extremely lucky with what i get offered to do TF shoots.

Not only do i receive all images.

Usually they reimburse me for my travel (or send the tickets in advance)

9 times out of 10 i turn up and they have prepared food and drinks, or they pay for us to eat at a cafe while on location.

They cover all studio costs.

Sometimes i go away with some clothing (usually bought specifically for me as im much curvier than the models they usually shoot)

I feel sorry for you that you only get images. I think a lot of English Models get the same as i get.

I guess I didn't understand the definition of a "tip." I don't consider any of those benefits a tip - food, drink, services to improve the shoot, travel expenses, images, etc.

I consider a tip as providing the model with additional money, on top of any agreed upon compensation, at the end of the project. Like you would slip a $10 bill to a valet.

Jan 13 13 11:58 am Link

Photographer

nolngeractive

Posts: 178

Reno, Nevada, US

tipping for great service is customary.

Jan 13 13 12:05 pm Link

Photographer

M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12116

Tampa, Florida, US

Raven-Lily wrote:
I feel sorry for you that you only get images. I think a lot of English Models get the same as i get.

Really? You feel sorry for someone who is ONLY getting images? The entire point of a shoot is to obtain the highest quality images possible. Shouldn't that be the most valuable service/benefit offered?

I think if those poor models who evoke such sympathy from you were getting great images, I'm confident they would prefer that over a couple bottles of Dasani and a veggie dip plate.

"Hey, my images suck but I ate well" lol

Jan 13 13 12:06 pm Link

Model

NYMPH

Posts: 624

Oakland, California, US

Not as often as I would like. =P

I'm really grateful whenever I receive something above and beyond, no matter what it is. It feels good to be acknowledged for a job well done. I actually am working with a photographer who puts out a tip hat at the end of his workshops, which is really nice. I wish it was more of an industry standard.

I do love getting tipped with food. That is always delightful. Especially when I'm traveling, it's a nice way to get to know a city.

Jan 13 13 12:07 pm Link

Model

T A Y L O R

Posts: 2977

Austin, Texas, US

Har Marshal wrote:
I don't do it frequently but have done it for models who have gone "above and beyond" during a shoot.  Sometimes it's as simple as handing them a $20.  Sometimes it's letting them keep part of the wardrobe.  I used to be part of a collective studio in the basement of a women's clothing store, and the owner let the models borrow items for shoots.  One model who did a fantastic job really liked the boots she shot in so I bought them for her.

At the same time, I am also willing to stop shoots that aren't going well and have fired models mid-shoot.

Oh cool! I love when photographers let me keep pieces, even if they're small it always means a lot to me. I was most recently given a lovely red dress that I adore.

Your firing stories sound terrible! Lemme get my popcorn; dish, dish!

Jan 13 13 12:09 pm Link

Model

T A Y L O R

Posts: 2977

Austin, Texas, US

Gary Melton wrote:

I would NEVER do that!!  ...well...maybe...

big_smile You're the second one as of late! I wasn't sure if I could name drop you. Didn't want to get brigged cool

Jan 13 13 12:12 pm Link

Model

Wynd Mulysa

Posts: 8612

Berkeley, California, US

T A Y L O R  wrote:
I was talking to someone on MM the other day and he said he tipped his models. I can't recall ever having been tipped before, although I was given gas money once at a TF shoot in San Antonio after I "did really well" so that was nice.

Just curious if it's a common occurrence or not.

I can think of one time.

Jan 13 13 12:13 pm Link

Model

T A Y L O R

Posts: 2977

Austin, Texas, US

Michael Pandolfo wrote:

I guess I didn't understand the definition of a "tip." I don't consider any of those benefits a tip - food, drink, services to improve the shoot, travel expenses, images, etc.

I consider a tip as providing the model with additional money, on top of any agreed upon compensation, at the end of the project. Like you would slip a $10 bill to a valet.

Either, both. I do think little things go a long way (having little snacks, refreshments are always really nice, just an added bonus). I was thinking specifically about additional money (like you'd tip a valet), but it's definitely true reading through this thread that things like food, drinks, gas money, images, etc. are all pleasant surprises when they happen and you weren't expecting them.

Now I'm contemplating baking cookies and surprising my next few photographers with them... gotta start turning the tables. big_smile

Jan 13 13 12:16 pm Link

Photographer

Brian Scanlon

Posts: 791

Encino, California, US

The llama (or MUA or whoever) would have to do something really extraordinary to earn a tip.  Its not the same as at a restaurant (or wherever) where you are paying the restaurant and the wait staff is being paid less than minimum wage because it's expected that they are being tipped.  If you always tip its just part of your going rate.

Jan 13 13 12:18 pm Link

Photographer

Awesome Headshots

Posts: 2369

San Ramon, California, US

Wynd Mulysa wrote:

I can think of one time.

Don't smoke cigarettes. There's a second tip for you big_smile

Jan 13 13 12:18 pm Link

Model

T A Y L O R

Posts: 2977

Austin, Texas, US

Raven-Lily wrote:
After reading this i feel extremely lucky with what i get offered to do TF shoots.

Not only do i receive all images.

Usually they reimburse me for my travel (or send the tickets in advance)

9 times out of 10 i turn up and they have prepared food and drinks, or they pay for us to eat at a cafe while on location.

They cover all studio costs.

Sometimes i go away with some clothing (usually bought specifically for me as im much curvier than the models they usually shoot)

I feel sorry for you that you only get images. I think a lot of English Models get the same as i get.

Studio costs! That's one I didn't think of. Almost all the photographers I shoot with have home studios though, so that's usually not an added cost (unless you want to get technical and count the larger apartment/house size).

I'd say most people offer something to drink and some have snacks. Like I said earlier, it's an added bonus. I've gotten to work with a whole lotta really wonderful people, I'm not complaining at all that a few didn't include a cheese platter as part of our shoot. lol

Jan 13 13 12:19 pm Link

Photographer

Dark Shadows

Posts: 2269

Miami, Florida, US

Sometimes I offer to buy lunch / dinner / whatever.

Jan 13 13 12:20 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

T A Y L O R  wrote:
I was talking to someone on MM the other day and he said he tipped his models. I can't recall ever having been tipped before, although I was given gas money once at a TF shoot in San Antonio after I "did really well" so that was nice.

Just curious if it's a common occurrence or not.

I've never been "tipped" and I've never given someone cash when it wasn't agreed. Maybe because I've been poor the whole time I've been shooting.

Plenty of models I've shot with have "tipped" themselves by demanding more photos than agreed, but usually, that's flattering.

Jan 13 13 12:21 pm Link

Model

MatureModelMM

Posts: 1187

Detroit, Michigan, US

Once in a while I have been given a drawing that one of the artists made during a life drawing group session at a gallery or class. Sometimes they bring out a snack tray at break time with cookies, cheese, and other refreshments. A few times over the years I have been given a completed framed painting after it hung in a gallery display.

Many times when working with a photographer on a specific project they had a concept for ( possibly for a class assignment)  they have offered afterward to spend 10 or 20 minutes doing other poses of my choice that I could have for my own use, and even provided retouched versions.

Jan 13 13 12:21 pm Link

Photographer

Doug Jantz

Posts: 4025

Tulsa, Oklahoma, US

As the photographer I have had several clients tip me

Jan 13 13 12:24 pm Link

Model

Leone P

Posts: 515

Batley, England, United Kingdom

Doug Jantz wrote:
As the photographer I have had several clients tip me

I was just thinking about this. I have never had a tip moneywise but i have had dinner provided etc and i would like to tip the photographers i work with. What counts as a good tip. Bearing in mind i'm pretty pennyless haha!

Jan 13 13 12:37 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

NYMPH wrote:
Not as often as I would like. =P

I'm really grateful whenever I receive something above and beyond, no matter what it is. It feels good to be acknowledged for a job well done. I actually am working with a photographer who puts out a tip hat at the end of his workshops, which is really nice. I wish it was more of an industry standard.

I do love getting tipped with food. That is always delightful. Especially when I'm traveling, it's a nice way to get to know a city.

Do you tip photographers for a "job well done?"

And, I don't think of food as a "tip."  Kind of interesting that a photographer can be praised for providing food, when the same offer could be taken as "trying to date her" and make him look bad.

Jan 13 13 12:45 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

NYMPH wrote:
Not as often as I would like. =P

I'm really grateful whenever I receive something above and beyond, no matter what it is. It feels good to be acknowledged for a job well done. I actually am working with a photographer who puts out a tip hat at the end of his workshops, which is really nice. I wish it was more of an industry standard.

I do love getting tipped with food. That is always delightful. Especially when I'm traveling, it's a nice way to get to know a city.

Do you tip photographers for a "job well done?"

And, I don't think of food as a "tip."  Kind of interesting that a photographer can be praised for providing food, when the same offer could be taken as "trying to date her" and make him look bad.

Jan 13 13 12:45 pm Link

Photographer

- BP Photo -

Posts: 224

Cincinnati, Ohio, US

Har Marshal wrote:
I don't do it frequently but have done it for models who have gone "above and beyond" during a shoot.  Sometimes it's as simple as handing them a $20.  Sometimes it's letting them keep part of the wardrobe.

I have done the same - usually when they show more skin than what was agreed upon.  But also once because the hike to the location was more difficult than expected.

Jan 13 13 01:01 pm Link

Model

Jojo West

Posts: 972

Silver Spring, Maryland, US

I've never been tipped for a TF shoot. Money is always welcome and if I got to take some outfits away from a shoot it would be awesome, buying your own clothes for shoots gets expensive. It may depend on the area and the photographers. I wouldn't expect to get a tip for payed shoots, so I just make sure to include travel expenses if it's totally out of the way.

Jan 13 13 02:59 pm Link

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Model

Damianne

Posts: 15975

Austin, Texas, US

I got paid full rates for a TF shoot before, after it went really well.
Never tipped though.

Jan 13 13 03:02 pm Link

Model

Calypso Moon

Posts: 848

Banning, California, US

I would say it happens to me at least fifty percent of the time.  Usually it's an extra $20 for gas money or lunch, but sometimes it's a cool piece of wardrobe.

Jan 13 13 03:02 pm Link

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allison mindy

Posts: 1495

New York, New York, US

I get tipped fairly often. Sometime a lot and sometimes just $20 or so, but it is always appreciated and makes me feel good.  I always try to exceed expectations and I think that is appreciated. smile

Jan 13 13 03:10 pm Link

Model

allison mindy

Posts: 1495

New York, New York, US

Emily Hayworth wrote:
I would say it happens to me at least fifty percent of the time.  Usually it's an extra $20 for gas money or lunch, but sometimes it's a cool piece of wardrobe.

Oh yes wardrobe or other items often get thrown in as well which is wonderful smile

Jan 13 13 03:11 pm Link

Model

K I C K H A M

Posts: 14636

Los Angeles, California, US

Art of the nude wrote:

Do you tip photographers for a "job well done?"

And, I don't think of food as a "tip."  Kind of interesting that a photographer can be praised for providing food, when the same offer could be taken as "trying to date her" and make him look bad.

On a TF shoot, I've only ever been handed money not previously discussed for gas.

I'm thinking we're using the word "tip" loosely, but I've been given extra money after a paid shot went well.

As far as food goes, I have bought photographers food after shoots before. smile

The problem with tipping photographers for a job well done, of course, is that you don't know if they did a good job until you get the photos. =P

Money-wise, I probably can't see tipping on a tf shoot, but if I paid a photographer that went above and beyond, maybe I would throw in something a little extra. smile

Jan 13 13 03:12 pm Link

Model

allison mindy

Posts: 1495

New York, New York, US

I'll also mention that it happens far more frequently on my paid shoots then my trade shoots.

Jan 13 13 03:14 pm Link

Photographer

Jhono Bashian

Posts: 2432

Cleveland, Ohio, US

I know that this is a service industry but tipping a model? I'll feed and water the talent,  I'll tip the pizza guy and even when I go for Chinese take out I'll leave a few bucks. NEVER when shooting a collaborative or  TF or T-anything with talent.

Jan 13 13 03:24 pm Link

Photographer

ontherocks

Posts: 22622

Salem, Oregon, US

sometimes i give people a little extra (or some money where none was promised). depends on the situation. generally it's when i feel like someone went a little above and beyond for me (like modeling at a meet&greet).

Jan 13 13 03:27 pm Link

Photographer

M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12116

Tampa, Florida, US

Jhono Bashian wrote:
I know that this is a service industry but tipping a model? I'll feed and water the talent,  I'll tip the pizza guy and even when I go for Chinese take out I'll leave a few bucks. NEVER when shooting a collaborative or  TF or T-anything with talent.

I don't know why, and I'm sure people are always happy to be rewarded financially above and beyond, and maybe it's just semantics, but something about "tipping a model" sounds so prostitute-y and seedy to me.

Or maybe I'm just hanging around with too many prostitutes.

Jan 13 13 03:30 pm Link