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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 Napa photo shoots
Deuce T.
We just did an amazing shoot at a winery. The photos turned out amazing and were sent to us within 48hrs of shooting. Would definitely recommend!
Liz D.
Very excited to see the photos from our shoot. He was super professional and very fun to work with.
Jack Simpson PhotographyJack Simpson Photography
Drew P.
Scott was awesome to work with! He helped my wife and I surprise our close friends with an engagement photo shoot. It was a complicated situation, and he made it super easy! Photos turned out amazing! Overall, a great experience and a great value!
Scott Maddern PhotographyScott Maddern Photography
Steffen C.
Working with Stavan and his team for my proposal shoot turned out way better than I could have every imagined. Stavan was extremely responsive, we were in constant communication/planning leading up to the event, and a true pro during the actual photoshoot. He made me and my fiancee feel incredibly at ease during the shoot, and went well above and beyond with the amount of time dedicated and photos produced. Of course when it came down to the most important part... the photos... they turned out to be some of the most gorgeous pictures I've ever seen documented. I have been and will continue to refer Stavan to anyone that is need of a great photographer.
Vision infinie PhotographyVision infinie Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Thomas is a great guy, and does awesome work. We hired him to do a quick shoot for our 6 year wedding anniversary. We got all dressed up before our dinner date on the Napa Valley Wine train. Thomas had great ideas for the shoot, but was also open to any ideas that we had for shots. He was professional, easy to talk to, and just very nice overall. He was confident in his process, and directed us politely during the shoot. The pictures turned out phenomenal. If we or someone we know should need a photographer in the future, we will confidently endorse Thomas as a talented professional.
Sparks Media GroupSparks Media Group
Aaron S.
Thomas was a fantastic photographer and I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone for any occasion. He was incredibly responsive in the hiring process and went above and beyond to accommodate my needs. He even offered to help with coordinating some of the specifics beyond the photo shoot. He's a true professional and was prepared for any scenario. Not only was he a pleasure to work with, but the pictures turned out fantastic, beyond my expectations. Easy to work with, highly skilled and a great guy, 10/10!
Sparks Media GroupSparks Media Group
Angela S.
We loved working with Nadia! From the initial inquiry, she was extremely quick to respond and get a date scheduled to take our first family portraits. On the day of the shoot she made us feel very relaxed and natural, and she navigated shooting with a 9 month old beautifully. When we got the pictures back we were extremely happy with the quality and editing and are so excited to share them with our friends and family. These will be the beginning of a new family tradition! Highly recommend using Nadia for any upcoming photography needs. Thank you Nadia!
Sound of Hue PhotographySound of Hue Photography
Jennifer M.
Marcus was great! Very receptive to what I wanted and he is creative inputing his ideas and suggestions about the shoot. He even went above and beyond doing some research and calling around to places before our photoshoot! Very flexible and personable. We love our photos and enjoyed our experience with Marcus, would recommend!
M.Ross PhotographyM.Ross Photography
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