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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.
Reviews for Irvine professional photographers
Thumbtack Customer
John is a great, professional photographer. Nice guy.
John Glover PhotographyJohn Glover Photography
Chrissey B.
Thu is absolutely wonderful to work with! Unbelievable responsive, professional and creative. We love the photos!
Pro Portrait PhotographyPro Portrait Photography
Erika C.
Fantastic service and very professional. My photos came out amazingly, will hire again for future services!
John Glover PhotographyJohn Glover Photography
Dainel W.
You never know what to expect when you hire a photographer. The quality of her work and being early never happens in this business. If your looking for a great photographer who not only shows up early but delivers on time look not further. A true professional you are.
Thumbtack Customer
Marc is a true professional. He helped me feel @ ease and capture amazing photos. I have no hesitation to refer Marc to people.
PicMarc PhotographyPicMarc Photography
Gregory S.
So much to say about 8th of March Studios! From the moment they responded to my inquiry for their service it was very positive! Very fast responses and a lot of information and questions to help us prepare. They showed up early, they were very professional, and the photos turned out incredible. The price they charge is incredibly fair but the result is top tier. At the price we paid we figured "we'll get some nice photos" but we did not expect the quality and QUANTITY of photos we received. There was two photographers taking pictures from every angle possible capturing every moment. We are so happy we chose to work with 8th of March Studios! Should we need a photographer in the future they will be called immediately! Thanks you guys! We love our photos!
The 8th of March StudiosThe 8th of March Studios
Kiran S.
We hired Adam as a second photographer for a big Indian wedding with around 600 people as guests.He did a great job! Adam is one of the Dedicated and Sophisticated professionals who bring out life to pictures they click and make them the best memories to look back.Patience and Great Efforts go together with his skill in photography.
Adam Tar PhotographyAdam Tar Photography
Eva S.
Joe was great! We absolutely loved our photographs! He was punctual, professional and a breeze to work work! We would hired him again for any future event!
Joe Chung PhotographyJoe Chung Photography
Parsa K.
Kenny is a great guy and loves his job which makes your experience more fun. I went for professional photos and I’m highly satisfied by his work.
Kenny Goldberg PhotographyKenny Goldberg Photography
Victoria K.
If you are looking for a consummate professional photographer for your event, look no further! Daniel was very responsive and answered all my questions immediately, which I really appreciated. On the day of the event, Daniel was able to seamlessly blend into the party that I hardly noticed he was around. He also was very kind when my relatives had photo requests. However, what was the most amazing part was when my photos came back. All of my friends and family were astonished at how great the photos looked! They were so excited to share and post them. He captured so many precious moments that only a truly talented photographer could. If I lived in California, I would definitely hire him for all my events in the future. Thank you Daniel!
Lennox PhotographyLennox Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Hugh was amazing to work with from prepping for the event until after the event. He was professional, friendly and super helpful. He was able to bring along a friend who was equally as great. The guests at the event loved both of them and inquired about who the photographers were after the event! And of course we were more than happy with the quality of the photos! Great work!!
Hugh Foster PhotographyHugh Foster Photography
Julie L.
Jacob was a pleasure to work with since we first inquired and through the engagement shoot. He was very responsive, professional and accommodating to try and understand our vision for the photo session. One thing that makes Jacob stand out from many other professionals is that he truly cares about sharing a story through his work which means he gets to know the couple even in the short amount of time spent during the photo session and tries to have the photos truly capture the moment and the personalities. As a wedding planner, I wanted to select a photographer who was able to share meaningful and thoughtful photos beyond the beautiful surrounding or posed couple pictures. Jacob did just that. He made us feel comfortable in front of the camera, we had a good time with him on the photo shoot, and he emphasized us being present in the moment and enjoying the time spent together! I’m so thankful we chose Jacob as our photographer and we were so happy with the outcome. Our friends and family all agreed that the pictures were so authentic and truly captured who we were while also being so artistic, editorial, and cinematic. Thank you Jacob for helping us make our civil marriage day so extremely special and capturing these beautiful moments! We can’t wait to work with you again for our future milestones!
Jacob Grant PhotographyJacob Grant Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I needed headshots and some dance photos for auditions. Some ballet poses needed to be caught in a moment, Marc did a great job. That's also why I can tell Marc is highly professional and experienced. He is friendly and makes you comfortable in the process and maximizes quality. Also you can receive your photo very quickly with beautiful work. I felt PicMarc cares for his work and reaching until you're satisfied.
PicMarc PhotographyPicMarc Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Gabriella was so great to work with. She was prompt and took the lead on what she thought would look good for our photos. We were looking for professional head shots that weren't boring. We are very pleased and would recommend her!
Gabriella Santos PhotographyGabriella Santos Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Marc came to our office for professional head-shots for use on a company website. Marc was very easy to work with and accommodating, and was able to set up his equipment, take the pics and wrap up all within an hour. The photos turned out great.
PicMarc PhotographyPicMarc Photography
Karan k.
Ildan was very responsive and very professional. We needed a photo shoot after our court wedding and Ildan helped us with it. We had so much fun taking during the shoot. I would definitely recommend Ildan and use his services in the future.
Ildan Suleimanov - Photography, VideographyIldan Suleimanov - Photography, Videography
Renee A.
From start to finish, Will was very professional and so helpful during our event. This was our first time using a professional photographer at our event and we are more than pleased with the outcome. We received a lot of positive feedback from the golfers and they all seemed to enjoy getting their team picture at the end of the day. Thank you Will for everything! See you next year.
Desert Rose PhotographyDesert Rose Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Found Ursula thru Thumbtack, she was fantatstic. Professional, made me very relaxed. I hate having my picture taken and she made it fun. She was great with my dog. I am very happy with all my photos and would user her again.
Photographer Pensacola FLPhotographer Pensacola FL
Michelle K.
She is absolutely amazing! I was left speechless by the photos that came out. She takes care of everything! She knows what looks good and what looks better. Aside from being professional, she is an understanding and sweet person. I would hundred percent recommend to everyone!
✿ Sonali Satsangi Photography ✿✿ Sonali Satsangi Photography ✿
Thumbtack Customer
John was outstanding! I had to get a headshot asap and John made time in his schedule on the same day I contacted him. He was professional, made me feel at ease (I do not like pictures taken) and the results were outstanding. Very professional. He even made time to retouch the photos the same night. While I do not recommend rushing through the process, he was the ultimate professional! I highly recommend him!
John Glover PhotographyJohn Glover Photography
Tho H.
I have got the privilege to write this recommendation for Kenny Goldberg Photography . I am satisfied with his work 100% . He has the highest professional standard as a photographer , an artist and excellent communication and interpersonal skill. I am not experienced with modeling but under his instruction , I was able to express myself and engage with his camera and he was able to capture the best state of it . It is the first time I have shooting with him and I have high trust for his work ethic! You might hesitate at first when you compare the price with others . But for me it is better go with quality and something you really like !
Kenny Goldberg PhotographyKenny Goldberg Photography
Vee S.
Working with Kenny was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. His extensive experience along with his professionalism made him stand out among the other offers. Kenny was highly flexible throughout the process with scheduling, has insight on all of the hidden gems in Costa Mesa. He is sure to have the exact type of scenery you are looking for! Overall I couldn't be happier with my experience, and I would definitely recommend him to anyone interested in both casual and professional photography shoots.
Kenny Goldberg PhotographyKenny Goldberg Photography
Kristen E.
It was a pleasure to work with Christina! She was responsive, professional, friendly, timely, and easy to work with! She has a great eye for bringing out your character in a photo. I’m so thankful I came across her on Thumbtack and for all the positive reviews that led me to choose her for my headshots/portraits. I hope to work with her again in the future! Thanks again!
Unlimited HeadshotsUnlimited Headshots
Dana S.
I hired Rochella to be the photographer for my best friends baby shower. She did an incredible job catching candid shots of all the guests and the beautiful details. She also helped with making sure we could get the best shots for the cute back drop we made. I will for sure use her again!! She was very punctual, professional and super sweet.
Alexandra M.
I had an amazing time with Yousef. Very professional he help me a lot with trying to find a place in Orange county since he is not from the area. we picked the best spot for our engagement pictures. He was on time and we got right away with the photo shoot. I loved how our pictures came out. He did great job.
Samer Yousef PhotographySamer Yousef Photography
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