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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 Elk Grove graduation photographers
Candace S.
Very prompt and easy to communicate. Enjoyed our daughters graduation photo shoot. Pictures turned out great.
Fatima S.
Very professional and easy to work with. Initially when I was trying to find the right photographer for my son’s graduation party he was very quick to respond.. He was chosen for being very upfront, informative, quick to reply to any questions or requests I had. Day of the party he was right on time. Took the initiative to take candid photographs of the guests and was able to take memorable photos of my family. We ran behind with the party and he didn’t mind staying over. Working with Buhay was a pleasure and stress free. The photos and links were ready to view in a timely manner. Thank you so much for working extra hard and capturing great memories!
Buhay Photography (Photos, Video & Photobooth)Buhay Photography (Photos, Video & Photobooth)
Rebecca D.
Ashley did an excellent job with our high school son’s graduation family photos. I had previously contacted two other photographers who at first committed to our photo shoot and then had to cancel. Ashley was cheerful and quick to reply to accept the job. She was very knowledgeable regarding lighting and time of day for the best quality photos. She was on time, pleasant, and very tactful when working with all of my family members. I appreciated when she included my various children’s significant others but then also prioritized shots with just my immediate family. I didn’t have to speak up to ask for this and it was nice that she thought ahead regarding a variety of poses and shots of different family groups. At my request she even did a couple solo shots of me that I was able to use for my professional portfolio. All in all a great experience and I hope to work with her again in the future. Thank you Ashley!!
Ashley Aguillard PhotographyAshley Aguillard Photography
Katie S.
Original review: We had a wonderful experience working with Angela for our engagement session! We felt totally relaxed and comfortable. Can't wait to get the pictures back! :) ***Updated since we received the photos/have spoken with her further: I'm still happy with the session over-all, but there are a few things I'd like to mention: -It wasn't made clear to me when I first spoke to Angela that I could only post photos on social media that have her watermark. I was planning on tagging her to help support her business, but now there will just be this big honkin' watermark on all of our photos we want to share. -She will only release prints to you that can be printed at 5x7 size, unless you want to go through her directly to purchase prints or other items. Again, this was not made clear in our initial conversation, nor was it mentioned at the actual session. -She tried to charge an additional amount ($75) to release the photos to us without an in-person "sales meeting" after the shoot (as she described it), and again, this was not mentioned until after our session. (And also hard to coordinate as I'm a graduate student who also works, and my fiance works full-time.) -To be honest, her photos look a little odd in terms of editing. I guess I didn't know what to expect fully, but they seem a tad oversaturated to my eye. -Small detail: she didn't mention when my hair was being windblown, so I have a few photos I can't use because my hair looks crazy. I guess I thought she would help us pose or ensure we looked decent for all of the pictures. (I've uploaded some examples to show what I mean.) It's a learning experience for us, and now we know what to ask about from any future photographers. A little disappointing since we paid $165 for what basically amounts to a handful of pictures that at this time, I honestly don't really want to post on social media at all. I'll update this review if I end up changing how I feel. Just bummed out!
Angela Meredith PhotographyAngela Meredith Photography
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