So on a local Facebook wedding "buy/sell" page, a girl asks if you have to tip the photographer. I, and a few others, mentioned that you do not tip any vendor who owns the business (photographer, florist, etc). Hair/makeup artist might be the only exception. However if they're an employee of that business, you tip them. I also posted a link to TK's article about that exact subject (where it says tipping the photographer is optional, and that if they're an employee you should, but if they're the owner, probably not).
Then some other girl comes in and says you absolutely should tip everybody. She told us about how her friend is a part time photographer with her own business, who has her work featured on The Knot and Rocky Mountain Bride etc etc. She talked about how much time before, during, and after the wedding her photographer friend puts into her photos, and that she should be tipped because of all the time she puts in, and she sometimes even has to bring in another photographer and pay them. I responded with, well, she should charge accordingly then. If she's under-charging for her time, then that's her fault. But, a tip is still not required. I mentioned that if my own photographer does an excellent job, I might send her a small thank you gift after the work is completed (ie after I get all my pictures).
I also brought up the fact that most people you tip (for example, waitstaff), you tip them after their job is complete, and the tip is to reward them for a job well done. Your photographer's job isn't complete until the photos are delivered. She then said that if the photographer does a bad job, you ask for a refund (ha ha). Then she basically told me I'm a terrible person because I stand by my thoughts that you don't tip a self employed photographer.
So... what do you think? Was in in the wrong, or is she crazy?