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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 Oakland professional photographers
Stephanie C.
Andrea was responsive, professional, and easy to work with. Her photos (work product) is terrific and I highly recommend choosing Andrea Rowe Photography for your professional photography needs.
Andrea Rowe PhotographyAndrea Rowe Photography
Thumbtack Customer
So professional and the photos are phenomenal :-)
sreel Photographysreel Photography
Rhonda S.
Sheila arrive on time, was professional, delightful and the photos came out very well. She is flexible, quick and motivated. Highly recommend Sheila O'Keefe Photography.
Sheila O'Keefe PhotographySheila O'Keefe Photography
Martin F.
This man is amazing. He is honest,caring,professional and just an amazing photographer. I will go to this man forever. Thank you so much Dennis. You are a life saver and great photographer.
Dennis Tyler PhotographyDennis Tyler Photography
Hilary G.
incredibly professional, artistic, great ideas but also listens to customers requests, fantastic with kiddos photography. Great value. Overall, very happy with Alex and will for sure call him for our next photography session.
Alex Vakulin PhotographyAlex Vakulin Photography
Toni S.
I'm beyond satisfied with the work of this team, I knew instantly the shoot was going to be great from beginning to end. My photos came out AMAZING, I have found my Photography team for all my future needs and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking to work with a Professional, kind team who deliver outstanding photos.
Jeff Carnie PhotographyJeff Carnie Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Martino to shoot two large group photos for a corporate training and deliver prints by the next business day and he completed the job seamlessly and professionally. He was easy to get in touch with and very reliable. I would recommend Martino for any photography job in the area!
Martino Mingione PhotographyMartino Mingione Photography
Abhishek s.
Shaun did a great job with photography at my wedding. Both my wife and I loved the natural and posed pictures. He is very professional, punctual, and responsive. My overall experience with Shaun has been excellent. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a great photographer.
Shot by Shaun (Top Pro)Shot by Shaun (Top Pro)
Corey D.
Very professional and detail-oriented! Jake did a great job making sure we loved all of our photos. Definitely recommend and will use him again
Jake MoralesJake Morales
Thumbtack Customer
My experience with John Williamson Photography was very positive. He is professional and offers great work for a competitive price. I got headshots done by him and they came out great. He got the photos to me the next day, so I didn't have to wait. Overall great experience. I would highly recommend him!
John Williamson PhotographyJohn Williamson Photography
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
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
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
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
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 PhotographyVision infinie Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Martino is an amazing photographer! Very professional, great personality, and makes people feel at ease while he's taking pictures. He captured all the special moments at a family birthday party. I would highly recommend him!
Martino Mingione PhotographyMartino Mingione Photography
Carly G.
I needed professional headshots for my job application. Albert was quick to reply, and communicated with me consistently via text. The shots were beautiful, and he helped me adjust my necklace. It also was very quick and easy. I recommend Albert for all your professional Photography/ videography needs.
DeNoise Studios (California)DeNoise Studios (California)
Lauren M.
Super professional, captured great candid, posed, and decor shots from a 60th birthday party on last minute notice. Did great job editing for lighting and delivered photos quickly. All around wonderful experience and would recommend!
DeNoise Studios (California)DeNoise Studios (California)
Thumbtack Customer
Highly recommended! Thomas is a very capable and professional photographer who took great professional pictures of me. I've gotten a ton of compliments on the pictures and am very pleased with how they turned out. He was also very easy to work with, punctual, and a great editor. Bottomline: He knew how to make me look good!
Sparks Media GroupSparks Media Group
Thumbtack Customer
Cindy was amazing. She was very professional and she has a great eye. It was raining the day we were scheduled to shoot and Cindy offered to come back another day. When we decided to shoot anyways, Cindy was able to find a beautiful indoor backdrop for our photos. I have 4 children and she was wonderful with all the children - was able to make them all smile! We will definitely call Cindy again when we need family photos!
Cindy Hegger PhotographyCindy Hegger Photography
Anna S.
Brandi was EXCELLENT at capturing our best friend's micro-wedding. She balanced being warm/celebratory, with stepping in to provide guidance / direction (super-valuable for the family shots!), and also blending into the background in certain moments to catch intimate & candid shots of the wedding couple & their family. She was incredibly easy to work with, professional & we are in love with the photos she captured on our special day. We highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding/engagement/celebration photographer here in the Bay!
Brandi Rollins PhotographyBrandi Rollins Photography
Thumbtack Customer
The end product was exactly what we were looking for! We enlisted Godoy Shots to do a shoot for a national nonprofit education organization to build our library of diverse and high quality promotional photos. Despite limitations in lighting and subjects, Nabor produced high quality, professional, and dynamic photos to fit with our brand character and personality. Nabor was easy to work with, flexible, took direction really well, and offered a great price. He is enthusiastic and aims to please. We would, with out a doubt, use Godoy Shots again.
Godoy Shots PhotographyGodoy Shots Photography
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
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
Jesse K.
Marlon was the best!! He met us for an engagement shoot for my fiancee and our puppy in Oakland. He picked the perfect locations to capture our shots, was so good at directing us and was a pleasure to work with. He was beyond professional, prompt, communicative and delivered outstanding work. We are planning on hiring Marlon to shoot our wedding already. I would recommend him in a heartbeat. If you are looking for great documentary style photography work, Marlon is your man. THANK YOU MARLON!
Marlon MomentsMarlon Moments
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