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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a photographer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a photographer, see if the photographer can take photos outdoors or in a large space so all involved parties can maintain the recommended distance between themselves. You should also sanitize surfaces, avoid handshakes, don’t make any other physical contact and use digital platforms to complete payments. Speak with a local photographer in your area to put a strategy in place.

Reviews for Oakland event photographers
Samantha S.
Meeta was wonderful! She was very responsive, and reached out to me to confirm all the details. She was on time, very friendly, and took amazing photos of a special event for my family - and she provided the photos so quickly! I highly recommend booking her for special events!
Meeta AhlawatMeeta Ahlawat
Jonathan T.
Kuks is great! Not only on was he on time, he took quality photos and had them ready by the end of the event.
Kuks Singh Photo & Video | Top ProKuks Singh Photo & Video | Top Pro
Chef R.
Stavan is the best. The first phone conversation we had, Stavan had lots of details and knowledge about his photography business. He made me very comfortable and at ease with my event. I'm co owner of a pastry company and we had a website launch party and Stavan was able to capture the moments take really good photos of the people and the food. Day of event Stavan was 30 minutes early to discuss exactly what we wanted to capture at the actual event space. After the event, I had the pictures back in no time.. the pictures we great. It looked 3 times better than I imagined. He was able to capture people in the moment and able to showcase our company to the highest standard. For photography needs I recommend Stavan from Vision infinie Wedding & Event Photography. Thanks,
Vision infinie by StavanVision infinie by Stavan
Sean C.
Ryan worked with me to capture my 35th birthday and he was wonderful to work. He was responsive before the event, his photos were great and he was professional at the event. I’d work with him again.
Ryan Shiver PhotographyRyan Shiver Photography
Vicki C.
It was really important for our event schedule to have our group photo taken in a tight window of time. John was early, thoughtful about "best options," tolerant of a rowdy group, AND mindful that everyone be seen clearly. We were left with a really nice bunch of photos to pick from to memorialize our event. Thanks, again!
Prismatic Photography, Picture PerfectPrismatic Photography, Picture Perfect
Chris A.
Mr. Sparks was great at his job. My company had a graduation ceremony, and needed a photographer who could take fine quality photos. He was quick on responding to my e-mails prior to the event, and showed great professionalism throughout (i.e. punctuality, quality). I was quite pleased with the quality of the pictures, and the rate he charged for the entire event.
Sparks Media GroupSparks Media Group
Shivani S.
Brandon was a joy to work with! He is responsive, punctual, and a great photographer! I would not hesitate to hire him again, as he made the whole process seamless and provided me with amazing photos soon after the event! Thanks Brandon!
Brandon’s Photo & Video & Aerial droneBrandon’s Photo & Video & Aerial drone
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff was awesome to work with. He was very professional and I hope to work with him at any events that I plan in the future. Thank you for photographing my amazing 50th Birthday Party.
Jeff Rumans PhotographyJeff Rumans Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Kathleen is a young and talentad professional photographer. She is creative, hard working and affordable. She is full of fresh new ideas on how to capture any event. Overall, she was amazing at covering my event. She captured many beautiful moments that day and delivered the pictures in timely manner. I recommend her to anyone and everyone. ~ Kin
Kathleen Sheffer PhotographyKathleen Sheffer Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Kuks for our company's annual awards ceremony. About 130 guests in attendance. He was very professional, nicely dressed for the occasion and didn't stand out. I liked how he proactively got every couple together and a lot of group shots. Everyone loves to see photos of themselves when they look their best. He also provided the photos to us immediately after the event. Thank you!
Kuks Singh Photo & Video | Top ProKuks Singh Photo & Video | Top Pro
Terri T.
Wonderful experience. I needed a local photographer for a destination 100th birthday party. I found Lawrence Gerald via Thumbtack, talked with him, and set the date. He was very professional and had great ideas. He did a wonderful job capturing the event and we could not be happier. Thanks Gerald.
Lawrence GeraldLawrence Gerald
Qiuyi P.
It's wonderful to have Stavan as our photographer on our ceremony day. He is very professional, accommodating, patient and easy to talk with. He showed up early on the day and captured the precious moments throughout the event. He knew his work and he sent us the edited copies pretty fast. More importantly, the photos turned out awesome. We felt really comfortable working with Stavan and would highly recommend him to anyone who wants his/her precious memories to be photographed! To note that our request was made kinda last minute, but Stavan handled it promptly and considerately. 100% recommend.
Vision infinie by StavanVision infinie by Stavan
Allison O.
Nikki was an absolute JOY to work with. I always worry when booking a photographer in a different state in which I live, because I can only go off of reviews and portfolio, not recommendations from people I know and trust. I'm SO glad I trusted my gut and hired Nikki. She did not disappoint! Her photos were stunning, and she truly exceeded my expectations. She arrived early to get a feel for the space and my needs, and she was able to take beautiful photos without getting in the way of anyone enjoying the event. I would recommend Nikki to anyone, and I will most definitely be using her again if I'm in CA!
Nikki Neumann PhotographyNikki Neumann Photography
Heidi F.
We hired Lawrence as the photographer for my nephew's wedding. He was incredibly responsive in the time leading up to the wedding. He arrived during set up and took pictures of the set up process and decorations prior to the wedding party and guests arrival. He took great pictures of the guests, the dance floor, and most importantly amazing pictures of the bride, groom, their families and wedding party. I would recommend Lawrence over and over again for your event. Thank you Lawrence for the amazing pictures.
Lawrence GeraldLawrence Gerald
Rex C.
Michael was great, we booked him to shoot our civil marriage ceremony in Oakland. He was familiar with the area and county clerk procedures,and showed up early, and immediately made me and my family feel very comfortable with his clear direction and kindness. Afterwards, he was eager to shoot some portraits for us at a new location nearby at the Oakland Museum, and all the pics turned out great! We are so happy to have worked with Michael, he really showed the value of a good photographer to document your special event.
ES Studio Wedding/Engagement/Proposal/EventsES Studio Wedding/Engagement/Proposal/Events
Vibrata C.
I chose Sarah to photograph my wedding based on her portfolio full of gorgeous candid shots and creative detail shots. I hate posing for photos, plus I worked so hard on all the decor for the event and knew she'd appreciate that based on her style. So I figured she'd be perfect. Once I started communicating with her, it all fell into place. She is so personable and authentic--she really related to our vision and seemed to know right away what we needed. At the same time, she had a thorough intake process to find out exactly what we wanted, so there was no guesswork or mind-reading on her part. By the day of the wedding, she was one of the few things I was absolutely confident about. Sarah sometimes works as a team with her husband, and they both arrived on time dressed impeccably and ready to go. I was very busy before the ceremony and thankfully they didn't need any direction from me, they just started shooting and shooting, flitting around stealthily like ninjas. I barely saw them the entire night. There were a few posed group shots which my husband requested, and they were quick and reasonably painless. I was nervous about seeing the images afterwards, and thankfully we didn't have to wait long at all. Sarah had the website ready in only 9 days! And I was so incredibly thrilled with how the photos turned out. So creative, so thorough. The event was mostly in the evening in the winter so most of the photos had to be shot with the bizarre artificial lighting situations we had going on--house fluorescents plus colored LEDs. They managed to do a great job without using flash a lot and any blurring looked very creative and intentional. In the end, they managed to capture the entire story of the event from the very beginning almost to the very end in a lovely, cohesive timeline, exactly how I pictured it! It's so wonderful to look them over and it really takes me back to that magical day. The presentation package on the website is reasonably easy to use and lovely to look at. The hosting vendor also sells prints, so my guests can order whatever images they like for keepsakes. Overall Sarah and her husband are an excellent investment that you won't regret. I highly recommend her services.
Sarah Luther PhotographySarah Luther Photography
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