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2. LAdigitalPhoto - Rated #1 LA - SD - SF 2015-2019!
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  • 17 years in business
  • 354 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Newport Beach, CA
"He was much more affordable and from what I could tell, exactly what we were looking for as far as style. I also told him we were going to need multiple locations for the wedding and we'd also like to do an engagement shoot at two different locations. He said we could do as many locations as we wanted and there was no additional cost as long as we stayed within the time frame (and we could also go a little over and it would be fine). This stood out to me as well because I spoke with another photographer about the same thing and he charged extra per location. Needless to say, we went with Tom! I loved his work; he was patient with me; seemed super friendly; affordable; and seemed to go the extra mile for his clients. After meeting with him in person, too, my husband was on board. He loved him right away and thought he was a great fit. The first thing we did was our engagement shoot (of course). For this, we told him we only needed one photographer, but he actually brought a second photographer anyways at no additional cost. I think he did most of the shooting, but I saw her take shots here and there and I thought that was great! The first location we went to was USC to take football pictures on the field and throughout the stadium. My husband and I are huge fans haha. Tom was great and took us everywhere we wanted to go and helped us pose and found great shots! The second place we went to was a beach and I told him we were looking for a secluded beach to get romantic shots and he knew of a place not far from the stadium and it was PERFECT. We were so happy how things went that day and it made us more comfortable to have an idea how things would go on our big day, too. He also got us our pictures within a few days, too! He said he had never taken so many in all of his years as a photographer LOL (he has been doing this for YEARS and when we asked how many weddings he had done, he said, "I stopped couting at 600." WOW!). They were BEAUTIFUL and just what we needed to finish our wedding website and save the dates! The day of the wedding, he was there with his team and they were amazing. We hardly noticed them, to be honest, and the guests said the same thing! That actually helped things go so smoothly as they were never in the way of anything and they got amazing shots! Everyone has complemented him and his team on how clear the pictures are, too! You can especially notice when you get them printed. Crystal clear! Another surprise at the wedding was he actually put the pictures of the wedding day on our slideshow at the reception! Now, I had been to weddings before and saw this one time and thought it was soo cool, but when I looked into it, it was SO expensive to do this and he did this for us as a surprise! That was so special and so cool! Afterwards, he got us the pictures SO fast (within about a week - normally, you have to wait about a month or more) and we were beyond happy. He also gave us ALL the pictures and didn't narrow it down for us. The reason I was happy with this is because we got to see so many more of them and can use as many as we like! Even if we don't use them for an album or pictures on our wall, we still have the rights to all of them and can enjoy every one! Not every photographer does this (most of them do not) and you can miss out on so much. Lastly, when we ordered a picture to hang on our wall, he was so great with the whole process and actually hand delivered it to us! This was such a special touch that we loved and really appreciated. He did this as well when my husband's mom unfortunately passed away a few months after our wedding and we wanted to use a couple of the pictures from the wedding to have at her funeral. We could not have found a better photographer and we feel lucky to have him and plan on staying with him throughout many of the memories and milestones we will come across in our future together."


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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.

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.

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.

How much does 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.

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