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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Menlo Park professional photographers
Thumbtack Customer
Brian is an excellent photographer. He is very personable and professional. He photographed our wedding and captured our day and dynamic very beautifully. He is very attentive to his clients needs and wants and is a very creative photographer. We certainly recommend Brian and refer clients to him.
Brian Byllesby PhotographyBrian Byllesby Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Kathleen was terrific. She is professional, intimidation, we barely knew she was there... She captured beautiful moments, and produced beautiful photos. I will hire her again.
Kathleen Sheffer PhotographyKathleen Sheffer Photography
Rui W.
Karla has been an absolute pleasure to work with. Her photos are so professional and beautifully edited. I would totally work with her again on future projects.
Lasting Memories Fine Art PhotographyLasting Memories Fine Art Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Chris was an incredible photographer for our family event. He made sure to sync up with me upon his arrival around my desires for certain family members to be highlighted, and the moments he captured brought tears to my eyes. He was amazingly friendly, professional, and made every single guest feel comfortable. His photographs are beautiful. I will definitely be recommending him to all my friends and family, and can't wait to have him back for our next family event!
WOWza PhotographyWOWza Photography
Anna S.
We engaged Patrick for a 1-day corporate photo project involving shooting a lab facility and executive headshots. Patrick was very professional and exceeded our expectations. He took the extra time before the shoot date to scope out the location, which saved set-up time on the day of the shoot. He was professional, friendly and easy to work with. I would highly recommend his services!
Patrick T. Power PhotographyPatrick T. Power Photography
Izzy G.
Had high expectations from all the great reviews and Tri exceeded them all. His relaxed and friendly manner put our photo nerves to rest, he gave some great advice and input into what clothes to wear and location, and he carried on shooting until we felt satisfied that we had 'winners'! The result? Some amazing looking professional shots that show us off at our best and reflect our personalities. We couldn't ask for more!
Tri Nguyen Photography "Thumbtack's Best of 2020"Tri Nguyen Photography "Thumbtack's Best of 2020"
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Anastasia to take professional pictures for my new website, she was fantastic. She made me feel extremely comfortable, was very accommodating and worked tirelessly to get some great shots. It's obvious that she knows a lot about not only lighting but how to set up a shot in my home and outdoors. I'm thrilled with the outcome, I have so many beautiful photos the only problem is choosing which ones I like best. I would definitely hire her again and have already referred clients of mine to her.
Anastasia Sierra PhotographyAnastasia Sierra Photography
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