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

Model

B R E N N A N

Posts: 4142

Charlotte, North Carolina, US

On paying shoots I get tipped about 25 percent of the time.

Jan 13 13 03:35 pm Link

Photographer

Jason Haven

Posts: 38359

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Do cookies count as a tip?

Jan 13 13 03:37 pm Link

Model

T A Y L O R

Posts: 2978

Austin, Texas, US

Michael Pandolfo wrote:

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.

You're never hanging around too many prostitutes! big_smile

Jan 13 13 03:48 pm Link

Photographer

DougBPhoto

Posts: 38747

Portland, Oregon, US

I have tipped a model on occasion and I have been tipped on occasion.


Everyone should try tipping models on occasion...

.. just make sure that you're far enough away when they stand back up that they can't hit you anywhere vital !!!

Jan 13 13 03:50 pm Link

Model

Isis22

Posts: 2613

Muncie, Indiana, US

I have been tipped on paid and TF shoots. The TF shoot I was sent 20+ 8 X 10 prints in the mail when I had expected only a handful. I was tipped cash on a paid shoot but to be fair maybe the photographer just didn't have the proper change;) He did say I did a very good job so who knows. I have been offered food but only accepted on an all day double shoot.

Jan 13 13 03:54 pm Link

Photographer

Gary Melton

Posts: 6400

Dallas, Texas, US

It seems like a couple of posters in this thread have gotten their backs up a bit over the concept of "tipping a llama".  I think there's a big difference in what is being discussed here, compared to many tipping situations.

When eating out, it has become customary to tip...and it is generally expected, even if the service was poor.  I personally disagree with tipping a waiter/waitress even when the service is poor - but most take it as their right to get a tip...no matter what (many will totally flip out if you don't leave them a tip).

What is being discussed here is that in some cases, when a llama does a really outstanding job (above and beyond) - some generous souls like to give them a little extra for their effort.  I don't think ANYONE here is advocating that it should become the norm to ALWAYS tip llamas for a shoot.

Just my 2 cents worth...

Jan 13 13 04:10 pm Link

Model

Stark Swearengen

Posts: 82

Woodbridge, Virginia, US

I have been given an extra $20 to help out with gas once.  Another time I was given a beautiful print I wasn't expecting.  I always thought of these things as nice, friendly gestures, but I suppose they could be considered a tip.

Jan 13 13 04:21 pm Link

Model

NYMPH

Posts: 626

Oakland, California, US

Isis22 wrote:
I have been tipped on paid and TF shoots. The TF shoot I was sent 20+ 8 X 10 prints in the mail when I had expected only a handful. I was tipped cash on a paid shoot but to be fair maybe the photographer just didn't have the proper change;) He did say I did a very good job so who knows. I have been offered food but only accepted on an all day double shoot.

This reminds me, when my rates ended in a 5, people would often round up to the nearest 10.

I also think one of the greatest compliments or 'tips' is when you go extra hard, extra long on a shoot, and then you choose to shoot again. It's really nice when both parties are super into the shoot like that.

And no, I've never tipped a photographer, though someone mentioned the two points I agree with: I don't know till I see the images, and if I ever hired someone, I very well might tip them. Oh, and I really do want to start baking for some of my favorite photographers. I love baking.

About food: A meal is always appreciated after a shoot. But just a meal out of the blue? Some red flags go up. But I've had plenty of coffee shop meets and what not. As long as both parties convey the professionalism and non romanticism then it all goes smoothly. I don't think it crosses a line at all.

Jan 13 13 04:36 pm Link

Model

Lorayne York

Posts: 2120

Colorado Springs, Colorado, US

I've gotten paid my hourly rate for an hour i didn't shoot. He sent it with a cd full of images.. it was really nice.. so i suppose that was a tip.

Jan 13 13 09:23 pm Link

Model

Jordan L Duncan

Posts: 207

Jacksonville, Florida, US

T A Y L O R  wrote:
I was talking to someone on MM the other day and he said he tipped his llamas. 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 consider gas money a tip, or any extras like buying me lunch, giving me prints or more photos than were agreed upon.

I get tipped in some fashion on approx 8 out of 10 shoots.

Jan 13 13 10:49 pm Link

Model

Jordan L Duncan

Posts: 207

Jacksonville, Florida, US

T A Y L O R  wrote:

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

I have only been to a couple shoots where there was some kind of food. I always pack a huge lunch bag with me for long shoots because I have blood sugar issues. I have been taken out for lunch/dinner after shoots though which is always so beyond nice. Its nice when the photographer wants to spend time with you after the shoot to talk, and that to them you aren't just a body to them.

Before I get booed off the Internet, I'm not trying to say that just because you don't take your models out to dinner that you are objectifying them.

Jan 13 13 10:58 pm Link

Model

Jordan L Duncan

Posts: 207

Jacksonville, Florida, US

MatureModelMM wrote:
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.

I would love that. I would probably cry if someone did that for me.

MatureModelMM wrote:
A few times over the years I have been given a completed framed painting after it hung in a gallery display.

I would cry and then have a panic attack. lol!

Jan 13 13 11:00 pm Link

Model

Jordan L Duncan

Posts: 207

Jacksonville, Florida, US

Gary Melton wrote:
What is being discussed here is that in some cases, when a model does a really outstanding job (above and beyond) - some generous souls like to give them a little extra for their effort.  I don't think ANYONE here is advocating that it should become the norm to ALWAYS tip models for a shoot.

Even though I get tipped/rewarded on nearly every shoot I have, I NEVER EVER expect it and I think it would be insane to expect something like that.

Jan 13 13 11:06 pm Link

Model

Jordan Bunniie

Posts: 1697

Los Angeles, California, US

boo dp monster

Jan 14 13 10:14 am Link

Model

Jordan Bunniie

Posts: 1697

Los Angeles, California, US

I've been tipped a hanful of times. Many at groupshoots or when I've driven 3+ hours to get there.

Jan 14 13 10:14 am Link

Model

Jen B

Posts: 3279

Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 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.

Hi,
I received wardrobe as a tip, from a stylist that I hired for a shoot. What she gave me was worth about the same as she charged me. smile Lovely!
Jen
edit: OH! yes, food or a meal afterwards is absolutely lovely! So is the conversation when you can finally open up and talk abit and find out more about who was shooting you Super bonus! I've made friends from this site, lucky me.

Jan 14 13 10:17 am Link

Photographer

Red Sky Photography

Posts: 3359

Germantown, Maryland, US

If it has been a good shoot, I try and give the model something more that what was agreed on.
Sometimes gas money or some wardrobe/accessories, if we shoot lingerie they keep that, and often if it goes late I'll offer to take them to dinner. I doubt any model has ever though I was trying to date her.

Jan 14 13 05:39 pm Link

Model

Jordan L Duncan

Posts: 207

Jacksonville, Florida, US

Red Sky Photography wrote:
If it has been a good shoot, I try and give the model something more that what was agreed on.
Sometimes gas money or some wardrobe/accessories, if we shoot lingerie they keep that, and often if it goes late I'll offer to take them to dinner. I doubt any model has ever though I was trying to date her.

I think its all about approach. Saying, "Wow its late! I'm starving, you wanna go grab a bite to eat while we discuss our next shoot?" Is different from, "Oh baby, oh baby you looked so great in that lingerie we shot. Wanna go to dinner with me?" lol!

Jan 14 13 06:28 pm Link

Model

Greeneyed Goddess

Posts: 230

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

I often get paid just a bit more than we agreed on, and usually it is because the photog is very happy with the results...I love when it happens. Feels great! smile

Jan 17 13 11:27 pm Link

Photographer

LA StarShooter

Posts: 1881

Los Angeles, California, US

In TF shoots my goal is to build my book. I usually provide the model with a posing and expression guide that is written by me.  I have even picked them up and assistants up. I have paid for parking. I bring bottles of water. Towels.  Beyond that, it is all about the image. As many great images as possible. And usually the model is focused on that. I have given a print but didn't think of it as a tip. It was for her book.

Lately, I have been telling models that if I drive out to give them the images at a cafe they pay for the coffee.

At this stage I give quite a few images without any watermarks or any copyright on the exif data.  That will be changing soon.

Jan 17 13 11:47 pm Link

Model

Virginia P

Posts: 469

Los Angeles, California, US

I've been tipped maybe twice. It's not that common, and certainly not expected.

Jan 19 13 10:17 am Link

Model

Shaun Tia

Posts: 1696

Phoenix, Arizona, US

I usually get tipped at group events. Rarely ever on shoots.

Jan 19 13 10:35 am Link

Photographer

Lucas_Smith

Posts: 215

Los Angeles, California, US

Tipping sounds creepy... if anything it should just be framed as money for parking and/or gas.

Jan 21 13 08:37 am Link

Photographer

Bold Sheep Photography

Posts: 234

Blacksburg, Virginia, US

I got tipped for the first time yesterday. It was nice.

Jan 21 13 11:09 am Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

Jordan L Duncan wrote:
I have only been to a couple shoots where there was some kind of food. I always pack a huge lunch bag with me for long shoots because I have blood sugar issues. I have been taken out for lunch/dinner after shoots though which is always so beyond nice. Its nice when the photographer wants to spend time with you after the shoot to talk, and that to them you aren't just a body to them.

That's a great attitude!

I'm pretty sure "taking the model out to dinner" would be more common if there weren't so many people eager to label it creepy and unprofessional.

Jan 21 13 04:02 pm Link

Model

Sarah Willman

Posts: 42

Dickinson, North Dakota, US

i usually always make them pick me up from the airport atleast! Iv gotten taken out to eat several times before , gotten to go in their boutiques and gotten to pick out clothes, also have gotten perfumes! I LOVE GIFTS, IT SHOWS THEY LOVE YA!!

Jan 21 13 09:59 pm Link

Photographer

Bravo Magic Images

Posts: 765

Temple City, California, US

Hey are ya being a wise guy or gal what's wrong with ya You trying opening up  a new can of worms on this joint.

Jan 21 13 10:09 pm Link

Model

MelissaAnn

Posts: 3956

Seattle, Washington, US

ASYLUM - Photo wrote:
Do cookies count as a tip?

No!!!  Only cash.  tongue

Jan 21 13 10:50 pm Link

Model

liindsay ann

Posts: 1861

Cleveland, Ohio, US

Not to sound like I'm bragging, but I usually get more at the end. I'd say about 3/5 times. Maybe I've been lucky?  I never expect it, but it is a very nice gesture. smile

Jan 22 13 03:15 pm Link

Photographer

Christopher Hartman

Posts: 54151

Buena Park, 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 often buy dinner afterwards.  That could be seen as a tip. big_smile

Jan 22 13 03:23 pm Link

Model

Essence of Cassie

Posts: 104

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

I've gotten tips for a while now:) Always puts a smile on my face!

Jan 22 13 07:39 pm Link

Photographer

Chronos Creations

Posts: 353

Benidorm, Valencia, Spain

Lucas_Smith wrote:
Tipping sounds creepy... if anything it should just be framed as money for parking and/or gas.

Framing something doesn't stop it for being what it is. Money for gas that wasn't planned = still a tip smile

The only tips I've ever given or received are at the critique forum tongue

I once made hot dogs for a model. That's as close as it's got, she was super happy!

I do tend to go to dinner with people I do TF shoots with, the model, mua, assistants etc. Nice to have dinner and talk about stuff, always find it nice.
BTW, It's dinner, not a date tongue FOOOOD!

Jan 22 13 07:51 pm Link

Model

T A Y L O R

Posts: 2978

Austin, Texas, US

Chronos Productions wrote:

Framing something doesn't stop it for being what it is. Money for gas that wasn't planned = still a tip smile

The only tips I've ever given or received are at the critique forum tongue

I once made hot dogs for a model. That's as close as it's got, she was super happy!

I do tend to go to dinner with people I do TF shoots with, the model, mua, assistants etc. Nice to have dinner and talk about stuff, always find it nice.
BTW, It's dinner, not a date tongue FOOOOD!

Dinner after sound so awesome! That would be amazing, if after working really hard the whole team could chill out and eat delicious home cooked food.

Jan 22 13 09:38 pm Link

Model

Jessica Vaugn

Posts: 7320

Los Angeles, California, US

Half the time I get tipped which is appreciated smile

Jan 22 13 09:47 pm Link

Photographer

EdwardKristopher

Posts: 3377

Tempe, Arizona, US

:-)

Jan 22 13 11:41 pm Link

Model

- Aina -

Posts: 747

Redlands, California, US

I typically get tipped an extra $10-20, offered a meal, or given clothing or jewelry. I always deeply appreciate it when it happens and it usually occurs out of the blue in the middle of a conversation.

Jan 23 13 06:18 pm Link

Photographer

Vindictive Images

Posts: 466

Houston, Texas, US

T A Y L O R  wrote:
I can't recall ever having been tipped before

*cough*

Jan 23 13 06:21 pm Link

Photographer

Michael Broughton

Posts: 2252

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

i always tip.

extra photos after a tf shoot count as a tip, right?

Jan 24 13 12:56 am Link

Photographer

Neil Snape

Posts: 9473

Paris, Île-de-France, France

I tipped over one of the flash cords the other day.

Seriously tipped as a model?

Perks like diner lodging, first class travel, but tips, that is expected by certain eastern block girls for a very specific type of modeling.

Jan 24 13 01:20 am Link

Model

Miroslava Svoboda

Posts: 555

Seattle, Washington, US

Tip? Is that when that very nice and considerate photographer gave me a few 20 dollar bills because I traveled so far? That was very nice of him.

Mr. Neil I would let you know that I find your references to a certain geographical region and behavior offensive. Nah, I'm just messing tongue

Jan 24 13 01:29 am Link