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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.

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.

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 Los Angeles family photographers
Thumbtack Customer
Adam was wonderful! He was so patient with our large family and had our photos for us super fast. It was a great experience!
Best MI PortraitsBest MI Portraits
Chloe W.
Super friendly guy, great photographer and made me feel really comfortable. Would recommend him to my friends and family.
Mike V.
I would like to highly recommend this photographer. He did a family photo shoot for me and my wife. He was reasonably priced, very professional and punctual. We plan on hiring him again in the near future.
Ildan Suleimanov - Photography, VideographyIldan Suleimanov - Photography, Videography
Harold W.
Roxana handled my family (including a number of very active children) in a warm, professional manner and succeeded in producing great photos for us.
Roxana Tocareva PhotographyRoxana Tocareva Photography
Natalie S.
Tony recently took photos of our family (and dog) and we highly recommend him! He was responsive, punctual, friendly, professional, overall a super nice person. AND his photos came out terrific. We absolutely love them!
L.A Event&Wedding&Portrait Photography by 云凯L.A Event&Wedding&Portrait Photography by 云凯
Ashley H.
Brooke was so great to work with! Took our family photos on short notice and did such a great job! Was very professional and personable! Highly recommend her!
Brooke Squires PhotographyBrooke Squires Photography
Thumbtack Customer
love our family photos. He is on time, patient with kids and doesn't make you feel rushed during your photosession. love his work
Dmitry ShumanevDmitry Shumanev
Mia K.
Sasha took our newborn family photos for us at our home. She was incredibly patient, kind, professional, and easy to get along with. She obviously has a wealth of knowledge and experience (eg came with props and also knew exactly how to get our newborn to open eyes look and pose) but was also equally open to our ideas of what we had seen online - a magical combination. The photos turned out AMAZING, better than I could have ever imagined. Honestly look no further - she is THE BEST photographer. We will 110% be hiring her again for more family photos and events.
Blyss G Photo by Sasha ReneeBlyss G Photo by Sasha Renee
Gina M.
Jordan was so great to work with. I contacted him looking to get a few pictures of my family together and he got so many amazing shots. He was patient and helpful and captured our whole family including our dog. He made the process so easy. I'm so happy to have such wonderful family photos!
Jennifer B.
Roxana was wonderful to work with! She photographed our whole family, including a toddler and our dog. The pictures were terrific! I am really thrilled with the final product.
Roxana Tocareva PhotographyRoxana Tocareva Photography
Imogen D.
Amanda was a joy to work with. She spent as much time as we needed and kept my little one smiling throughout. Would highly recommend her for family photography!
Amanda Clarke FotosAmanda Clarke Fotos
Mak A.
Tricia & Andre took our family portraits. Tricia was responsive and kept an open line of communication up until our appointment. They even accommodated a last minute change to our appointment time. Photos turned out great, very happy with their work. Thanks for capturing our family.
Never Ending Visions PhotographyNever Ending Visions Photography
Angel M.
I booked Tom for my grad photos. He was quick to respond to my request and gave me a reasonable offer. The photoshoot went great and Tom made me feel comfortable in front of the camera. The photos were ready within a few days of the shoot and they came out beautiful. My family and friends loved them and I recommended Tom to my friends for their grad photos. I totally recommend Tom as your photographer!
Tovicand PhotographyTovicand Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I was very happy working with Joshua Monesson. He is a very professional and fun person to work with. He was very patient and accommodating with my large family, we were all very happy with our photo session. I would definitely recommend Joshua to all my friends and family!
Monesson PhotographyMonesson Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I highly recommend Adam for your photography needs. We took family portraits for the holidays which included a fussy 8 month old baby. Adam was patient and brought our creative vision to a reality. Best of all he turned our digital photos around the same day! Thank you Adam!
Best MI PortraitsBest MI Portraits
Homa r.
Our family and I truly saw the value of the service provided. The pictures of our son on his first birthday are priceless… I would definitely recommend Beige Cashmere LA Photography without hesitation.
Beige Cashmere LABeige Cashmere LA
Miriam S.
Sasha was amazing, patient and very soothing when taking photos of our 1 month old son. She came fully prepared with props and was great about incorporating some of our own items as well. We had a lot of fun working with her and captured some great photos of our family. Thank you Sasha!
Blyss G Photo by Sasha ReneeBlyss G Photo by Sasha Renee
Shaina G.
Jessica was super responsive, friendly and professional! She captured my exact vision i had for our family photos. She was on time and was very helpful. I would definitely hire her again! 10/10
Jessica Franz PhotographyJessica Franz Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Aly was prompt, energetic, and got great pictures of our family. She was great with the kids, and obviously loves what she does! She is very available by email, and her photo edits were beautiful. Thanks, Aly!
Aly Blue PhotographyAly Blue Photography
Alison K.
Lily provided an excellent photo shoot and product. For a large group of 8, she was able to direct us on where and how to pose at the garden for the best possible shot. She not only made us feel comfortable, but she was also open to suggestions and additional comments from our family for shots. We made adjustments accordingly based on the additional work and time that was added to the photo shoot. She was very patient with all the different personalities in our family and we are very happy with her professionalism and kindness. Lily has been responsive from beginning to the end. The resulting work is also excellent. We cannot wait to make prints to hang and share the retouched images with our family. We are very happy to have hired Lily and highly recommend her to anyone wishing for a great and fun experience for family portraits!
BitsofLils PhotographyBitsofLils Photography
Porsche L.
Sasha made my shoot very relaxed and fun. For the work she does her prices are very fair. I got my pictures back in less than a week. I'll be using her again for family photos in the future.
Blyss G Photo by Sasha ReneeBlyss G Photo by Sasha Renee
Thumbtack Customer
Emily was very patient when she photographed my hectic family and I. She was able to meet me the same day I requested her too! She even has her own business cards! I couldn't recommend her more.
EmmiClaire Photography, LLCEmmiClaire Photography, LLC
Devlin W.
Sasha did my family beach photoshoot while on vacation in LA. Her personality was warm and kind, especially working with a cranky baby. She was extremely helpful with the poses, and captured the exact beach/sunset setting we wanted. The photos were timely & PERFECT! Book her!
Blyss G Photo by Sasha ReneeBlyss G Photo by Sasha Renee
Mindy C.
We chose Tyler because of his great portfolio, his promptness and his customer reviews. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect and was nervous about it all because I've never had to hire a photographer. It was until we met at the Chapel, shook hands that all my nerves just disappeared. For anyone that knows Tyler you would agree with me when I say you can't help but love him. He seemed like family after we were done! My (now) :) husband and I chose a destination wedding in which was just the two of us! It was all because of Tyler that we are able to share our special day in beautiful photos with family and friends back home. Tyler captured all the perfect moments! I could seriously ramble about him because there was so much greatness that came out of the day but the two main things that really stood out to us aside from his amazing photos were; he is so down to earth and professional. Tyler made our special day easy and fun! Do not hesitate to chose Tyler for any upcoming photography projects you will different not be disappointed. Tyler we couldn't thank you enough!! Mindy and Brad
Tyler Nix CreativeTyler Nix Creative
Thumbtack Customer
I was never comfortable in front of a camera until I met Milah. I initially booked her because of the quality of photos on her website. She is a true artist. I needed some shots of me and my instruments for professional purposes, and they turned out better than I imagined they would. Her welcoming and relaxed demeanor immediately made me comfortable in front of her camera. She welcomes her clients into her home, and treats them like family. I got the edited photos about 12 hours after the shoot, and really appreciate how quick the turnaround was. From first contact on Thumbtack to the moment I got the photos, Milah was outstanding. If you are looking for something more than the copy/paste headshot formula, stop your search here. For the price, working with Milah is a steal. I'll be sending anyone looking for photos her way.
I AM MILAH Photography & Interior DesignI AM MILAH Photography & Interior Design
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