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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

What should you wear for a family photo?

A family photographer captures your family in a series of professionally edited portraits. You can be goofy, you can be formal, you can be exactly how you want to be. To that end, you can wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident — feeling good translates to looking good in photos. However, top family photographers do have some style suggestions that will make your family photos more visually cohesive:

  • Ask the photographer for color suggestions if you’re doing an outdoor photo shoot. Location and time of day can affect which shades will fade in the sunlight and what will stand out in a good way.
  • Stay away from a mix of stripes or plaids on multiple people — the effect is too busy.
  • Steer clear of tiny patterns, which blend together too much.
  • Avoid wearing matching outfits.
  • Do wear outfits that are complementary in color.
  • Choose color over black-and-white outfits.
  • Do choose a theme, such as pastels, fall colors or summer colors.
  • Opt for tonally similar colors.  
  • Go easy on makeup for outdoor photo shoots.

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.

How much do photographers charge for family portraits?

Family portraits are a great way to mark the passage of time, create lifelong keepsakes and have gorgeous-looking photos for your annual holiday card. The national average cost for hiring family photographers ranges from $150 to $200. Pricing can range higher depending on where you live, length of the photo shoot, the number of edited photos you request, and the background and reputation of your family photographer. Before hiring, make sure you understand their fees up front. Ask how many finished images are included in the quoted price and whether you will receive all the photos taken (not just edited photos). Ask whether you’ll be able to download digital photos or if you’ll have to print them or purchase digital copies through the photographer. Here are some average examples of family photographer pricing:

  • $175 for a one-hour studio session in Kansas.
  • $200 for a one-hour studio or outdoor session in Georgia. Includes two outfit changes, access to an online gallery, and about 200 high-resolution, edited digital photo files on a DVD, with permission to print.
  • $400 for a one-hour outdoor session in Southern California. Includes 25-30 fully edited photos accessible online or via CD/DVD.
  • $425 or more for a one-hour outdoor or in-home session in Illinois. Includes more than 50 professionally edited images, online access and print release.
Reviews for Coronado family photographers
Pamela L.
Alan did a great job on our extended family photo session. There were 12 in our party so a lot of us to coral to get good pics. I love our photos which are hanging in my living room. Thank you for quality family photos that we treasure.
Sechrest PhotographySechrest Photography
Fran L.
Elizabeth was amazing! She took the time to understand what we wanted. She was very creative yet receptive to our ideas. She was professional yet very friendly & relatable. The quality of our engagement photos exceeded our expectations & we couldn’t be happier. We had such a great experience working with Elizabeth that we’ve already booked her for our family photos & plan to hire her again next year for our first year anniversary photos. We’ll definitely refer her to our family & friends. Thanks Elizabeth & BlushPix, you rock!!!
Mallory H.
Debora was a fantastic choice for our family photos. She was responsive, flexible, super patient with our toddler, and captured wonderful memories for us! Very lucky we found her on our trip to San Diego.
Debora Barreto PhotographyDebora Barreto Photography
Catherine B.
Not recommended for family photos. Lacks experience, charisma, flexibility and skill to make session a positive experience. Didn't learn names, just told the two children under six to 'smile' resulting in unhappy, forced poses and smiles. Less than ideal conditions that she was unable to improve or change as a true professional would have. Results were extremely disappointing, wish I had researched more before choosing for a rare family gathering of 9 for $400 and poor results. Maybe for a couple or small family in perfect conditions, she is a nice though somewhat timid woman. Choose carefully!
T.J. Carter PhotographyT.J. Carter Photography
Grace C.
We booked John as our family photographer during our vacation in San Diego and my whole family is super happy with the beautiful photos we received.  John met us on the beach with a big smile and was excited for our session (it felt like getting together with an old friend)!  John went out of his way to make sure we got the shots we wanted – and it was no easy feat with an energetic 4 year old (who refuses to stand still) and a 1 year old (who is very unpredictable).  John arrived timely and listened to our requests and suggestions during the shoot.  He worked really hard to get the kids’ attention and fiercely strove to capture the smiles at just the right moment. John was extremely patient with the madness of a shoot with kids (hair ribbons having to be put back on, shoes flying off, kids playing in the sand instead of cooperating).  John even captured special moments when the kids were goofing off in the sand that are now treasured photos.  I especially appreciated his gentle and playful manner with the younger kids as well as my sister’s 7 year old twins. John always made us feel at ease and comfortable during the shoot – this really helped to make sure the shots looked natural and not stiff.  John’s assistant, Paula, was awesome at helping with natural poses and fixing out-of-place hair, wrinkled collars, etc. to make sure our photos came out great!  John kept a good pace and fit in all of our requested group photos, both on the beach side and the hotel side (Hotel Del Coronado).  He was easy to get in touch with prior and after the shoot.  We now have lovely professional photos of our family trip to one of the most beautiful vacation spots in the country as well as the moment my baby girl first played on a beach!  Book John as your San Diego photographer and you will not be disappointed!
John CameronJohn Cameron
Benjamin P.
Debora was not only extremely professional, but she was very kind. My wife and I are not used to being in front of the camera and she was able to guide us through the entire process. We were thrilled with how the photos came out and would definitely recommend any of our friends and family to Debora. 5 stars and 10/10 for sure. Thanks Debora!!
Debora Barreto PhotographyDebora Barreto Photography
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