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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a photographer during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The best way to set up an appointment or a consultation with a photographer near you during the COVID-19 pandemic is by conducting an online search. Start by scheduling a call with the photographer. If possible, it may be better to use a video call service so that the photographer can get an idea of the site location. Take this opportunity to discuss safety measures you can take during this time, as well as whether it’s safe to complete the project now or simply postpone it.

Does a photographer need to enter my home?

There are many situations in which a photographer does not need to enter your home. It’s not uncommon for people to prefer to have their pictures taken outdoors. If you're hiring a photographer, maintain safe distances, avoid being in the same room, sanitize all involved surfaces and conduct payment using digital platforms. You can discuss strategies as you complete your search for local photographers.

How can I find out if a photographer is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Consult your city or state’s government websites, which typically have information on which services are deemed essential during the pandemic. 

For national information, visit CISA’s page on Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19. Here, you can find 16 different types of essential infrastructure sectors that can continue operating unimpeded during the pandemic. But some, not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Do photographers offer remote or virtual services?

Photography happens in person, but photographers may be able to offer other remote services safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, they may be able to offer editing and other post-processing services. 

If you see that a photographer is offering remote services in their profile, contact them and ask what those services include.

Can I use digital payments to pay for wedding and event photography services?

As digital forms of payment and money transfer are becoming more popular, wedding and event photographers are likely to use digital services. These include PayPal, Zelle, Google Pay, Venmo, Square Cash and more. As you search online for local wedding and event photographers, ask them if they accept digital payments and, if so, which ones you can use. And make sure to have a strategy in place for safe social distancing.

Do you tip a photographer for family photos?

Tipping a photographer for family portraits is not standard etiquette. A great way to recognize a family photographer who goes above and beyond is to write them a glowing review. You probably found your photographer by reading online reviews, so paying it forward by letting everyone know how much you appreciate their work is a great gift. Write your review after they have delivered the final edited photos on time and you’ve confirmed that you’re happy with the terrific portraits they took.

How much does a baby photography cost?

Portrait photography provides parents with lasting images of the first whirlwind months of a newborn’s life. The cost varies based on several factors, including the length and location of the session, the number of photos provided, and the amount of editing and retouching the photographer does. The national average cost for baby photos is $150-$200. Some baby photographers charge by the number of photos provided, typically ranging from an average of $299 for 20 high-resolution edited photos, to an average of $399 for 35 photos, to $499 for all of the images taken in a single session. Props and location affect the cost, too; an elaborate studio shoot with props and professional lighting may increase the cost to $600-$700 for 20-50 photos. Adding a second location or asking the photographer to travel can add $70-$250 to the cost of the session. Photographers may also charge extra fees for providing additional photos and DVDs, scheduling weekend sessions, and shooting siblings. Expect to pay at least a $50 deposit when you book a portrait photography session.

Where is the best place to take baby pictures?

Baby pictures are among the most popular types of portrait photography, and most newborn photographers are well versed in the best places to take baby pictures in their local areas. Some newborn photographers will come to the hospital to shoot the baby within a day or two of birth, while others have set up their studios to accommodate the needs of infants. Some parents prefer to have the newborn photographer come to their home or travel to a favorite park or other outdoor location. Like any portrait photography, the best place to take baby pictures is the place you like best and that will yield the types of photos you want of your baby, whether that’s posed and carefully lit studio portraits or spontaneous, casual photos at home. Work with a local newborn photographer to find a safe, calm location with great lighting and some privacy for your family.

When should you take newborn photos?

Few styles of portrait photography are as tricky as newborn photos — the unpredictable infant is always in charge! The best way to ensure a successful photo shoot is to work with a local newborn photographer within the first two weeks of the baby’s life. Some photographers even work with hospitals to offer newborn sessions within a day of the baby’s birth. But newborn photographers usually recommend scheduling a shoot during the baby’s first two weeks of life, while the baby is still sleepy and relatively cooperative, especially for posed or studio shots. During this time, babies are easier to swaddle in blankets and dress in hats or headbands, and, because they often nap or nurse, can be staged with various props or be cuddled by their parents. For casual photos, most newborn photographers recommend shooting within the first six weeks of a baby’s life. Lifestyle portrait photography is more flexible and doesn’t require the baby to cooperate with multiple poses or props.

Reviews for Berkeley photo shoots
Nicole L.
I'm very happy with my photo shoot! I have 6 photos I love and will use to help my busines expand. Thanks Fifi!
Fifi Fresh PhotographyFifi Fresh Photography
Di Z.
My graduation photo shoot experience with Vanessa was very pleasant. She is sweet, kind and very accommodating. As a photographer, Vanessa is very professional and aesthetic. I'm very satisfied.
Vanessa Karel PhotographyVanessa Karel Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We did a best friend photo shoot with Cindy and she was amazing. So easy to work with, she made us all feel so comfortable in front of the camera. We had so much fun doing the photo shoot with Cindy. She was also punctual, professional, and returned our photos to us within 24hrs! I will definitely be contacting her for my maternity pictures in the next few months. Five stars!
Cindy Hegger PhotographyCindy Hegger Photography
Mariliis H.
Absolutely loved taking photos with Ildan on our wedding day! So much creativity during a very fun and easy photoshoot. I encourage you to work with Ildan if you are looking for a very responsive and great person to shoot photos with :)
Ildan Suleimanov - Photography, VideographyIldan Suleimanov - Photography, Videography
Aaron M.
Diane was incredible to work with for a lightweight photo shoot for my engagement. She was always quick to respond and was very willing to work with me on building a package that was best suited for my needs.
Diane Bentley Raymond Photography/VideographyDiane Bentley Raymond Photography/Videography
Sophia S.
Working with Allan was great. He took very nice professional head shots for my mom and I at Cayote Hills Regional Park. He was east to communicate with and sent us the edited photos soon after the shoot.
Allan Kuo PhotographyAllan Kuo Photography
Brian L.
Nadia was a great photographer to collaborate with for my surprise proposal. She was open to my ideas and suggested great ones as well. On the day of the shoot, she arrived early and proceeded to take fantastic shots that my partner and I will cherish forever.
Sound of Hue : Senior Portrait Specials!Sound of Hue : Senior Portrait Specials!
Samaneh E.
We had our elopement in Berkeley Rose Garden during this Covid era. We are very happy we found Cheri for photo shooting our event. She is punctual, communicative and professional. Cheri captured all the beautiful moments of our elopement! :) She delivered the photos much sooner than the accepted dates, and the result was great! We are very happy with our photos and we hope to use her talent in the future :)
Cheri Tran SnapsCheri Tran Snaps
Laura C.
As someone who knows nothing about professional photography shoots, I'm so happy to have found Sydney. She put all our fears of a first time engagement photo session at ease before we even met in person. And when it was time for the shoot, she was ready with different poses and coached us through those awkward first moments. I had a few ideas of what I was looking for, and she was able to help my fiance and I recreate the images I had. She worked with us on late minutes changes in location, and actually spent time getting to know us without rushing through the session. Sydney was super fun to hang out with for a few hours. The pictures turned out amazing as well; she did a fantastic job editing and gave us a variety of images to choose from. I'm super happy with everything about Sydney and her photography, highly recommended!
Sydney Jai PhotographySydney Jai Photography
Lilly J.
Leo was so fun to work with! He made us feel comfortable and at ease the entire time. It was an intimate tiny, pandemic-style backyard wedding, and Leo blended into the background at the right moments and helped guide us in the shoot when he needed to. We are thrilled with the beautiful photos we have to remember our special day.
Buhay Photography (Photos, Video & Photobooth)Buhay Photography (Photos, Video & Photobooth)
Thumbtack Customer
My friends and I had a blast working with Tom for our pre-graduation photo shoot and it was definitely the best photo session I’ve ever had in California. It was supposed to be my graduation present for my friends and I could not ask for a better photographer. Tom is very easy to work with and has a great eye in capturing simple moments into memorable ones. He also has great ideas about how to do great poses. In fact, one of the picture was so good that the Law School and the University’s Instagram account reposted them! Bottom line is, his pictures made us campus “celebrities”. Thanks so much Tom!!!
Sparks Media GroupSparks Media Group
Valeria B.
Cheshire is one amazing photographer and human being. I had planned a pregnancy shoot for the last month of pregnancy but I had to be admitted to the hospital early due to a complication. Cheshire came to the hospital and put all of his creativity to work. You would never be able to tell the pics were taken at Alta Bates! We were very tense with all this happening but he made us relax and enjoy ourselves fully. We had a magical evening that we will cherish for life. And the pics are amazing despite our circumstances. Thank you Cheshire!
Cheshiredave Creative / Oaktown BoudoirCheshiredave Creative / Oaktown Boudoir
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