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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 Costa Mesa professional photographers
Mark Z.
It was a pleasure working with Sonali. A really fun experience for me doing a professional shoot for the first time. And I love the photos. The photographer made me feel at ease and was prompt and professional. A great experience.
✿ Sonali Satsangi Photography ✿✿ Sonali Satsangi Photography ✿
Thumbtack Customer
Kelly took Boudoir photos of me for a wedding gift for my husband! Kelly was amazing, she had very competitive pricing and offered a customized package to fit my needs. Her home studio is incredibly professional and makes gorgeous photos! Kelly was quick to give me my edited photos yet they were amazing quality. Will definitely be working with Kelly again for all my future photography needs!
Kelly Style Studios, Inc.Kelly Style Studios, Inc.
Jennifer B.
We are not residents of California and had to rely on the internet to find an event photographer for a family member’s 100th birthday party. We are incredibly happy to have found Grant. He was responsive, professional, prompt and provided quality photos. As an added bonus, guests at the event were able to download photos in real time for immediate use. We highly recommend him for capturing candid and posed photos for events. Based on some guests responses, we suspect he’ll be booked for their future events as well!
Grant Terzakis PhotographyGrant Terzakis Photography
Scott W.
When I posted on Thumbtack to get photos for a dating app, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Alexander was responsive and extremely easy to work with. He helped me feel comfortable, gave great recommendations for locations/poses/etc and was a genuinely great dude to interact with during the shoot. He incorporated everything I wanted and the photos came out amazing. I’ll definitely be using him in the future for any professional photos I want done.
Alexander Thomas PhotographyAlexander Thomas Photography
Erin K.
Everyone strongly advised us for our wedding to choose the right photographer and I feel blessed to say we definitely did. Dakota was easy going but extremely professional which is what I needed as a bride. Out Pictures are gorgeous! He went above and beyond in so many ways and is just a wonderful photographer and person. Grateful grateful grateful
OC Wedding PhotosOC Wedding Photos
Whitley C.
What an amazing experience. My boyfriend and I had never been photographed professionally, and Makenzi made us feel so comfortable and posed us so well! She gave us several poses and was also open to working with our ideas. The whole experience has been amazing and I will be using her again and recommending her to all of my friends and family. If you want a responsive, creative, friendly, and professional photographer look no further!
MJMaiden PhotographyMJMaiden Photography
Dan D.
My experience with Sonali was excellent! I hired her to take some head and body shots for my website. She was professional and made it a very enjoyable experience for me, too! She was very creative with her shot selection, as the final pictures gave testimony to. She delivered ahead of schedule and even did some post-touch-ups per my request and did so with a great attitude. I would recommend Sonali if you are looking for a great photographer for a GREAT PRICE!
✿ Sonali Satsangi Photography ✿✿ Sonali Satsangi Photography ✿
Hannah W.
Nona is incredible!!!! She has such a beautiful unique style and her eye for art is so talented. She met me at a location I selected to take my senior photos and created masterpieces in which I looked like a princess! She read my mind and knew exactly what I was looking for! She was punctual, is literally the sweetest person on the planet, and has the professionalism you are paying for. Additionally, my pictures were uploaded that very night, and edited the next day!!! She even printed the copies for us so that we would not have to! No wonder she's the top pro! 10/5 stars!!
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