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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.

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.

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 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.

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 Pasadena professional photographers
Mina R.
We enjoyed our photography experience with Ildan. He was professional and punctual and we love our photos.
Ildan Suleimanov (please read profile)Ildan Suleimanov (please read profile)
M B.
Samer was amazing at our engagement party. He was early, so professional, and photographed our entire party. He was a great presence to have and the photos came out wonderfully.!
Samer Yousef PhotographySamer Yousef Photography
Vicky W.
I just took family photos with Tom as our photographer and it was really fun! These weren't your typical family photos with kids and parents; there were seven grown adults, each with our own specific demands about where we wanted to take photos, who we wanted to be in the photos, and how we looked in the photos. Tom was very accommodating to our schedule and professional, but he was also very friendly and warm, doing the whole photo session with a smile. Two of the brothers hate taking photos, but even they agreed at the end of the session that really enjoyed it because Tom made us all laugh. Highly recommend! Can't wait to see our photos.
Tovicand PhotographyTovicand Photography
Nareg E.
Samer is a great professional photographer and we were happy with his services. He was on time and asked about what kind of photos we would like taken at our event. His turn around time was quick and he was responsive to any questions we had. Should we have another even tthat needs a professional photographer, we will be sure to hire him again! I highly recommend him!
Samer Yousef PhotographySamer Yousef Photography
Shanaira B.
Joe was tremendously professional, flexible, upbeat, and took absolutely beautiful photos of our son‘s second birthday party. He delivered the photos in a timely fashion and gave us wonderful images that will last a lifetime. I would highly highly recommend Joe!
Joe Chung PhotographyJoe Chung Photography
Katharina F.
Our experience with Tony Camarena Photography was excellent. Their company is very professional and they did everything very well. They arrived on time and were very good about taking photos that were requested. We also received our quality photos in a timely fashion. The price was very reasonable and I would highly recommend their company for future use. You will be glad that you hired this company.
Tony CamarenaTony Camarena
Stephanie A.
Will was fantastic and professional. He always responded to my emails in a timely manner, showed up at the event early and provided my photos back quickly. The photos turned out fantastic! I would use this company again and would highly recommend them. You won't be disappointed!
Desert Rose PhotographyDesert Rose Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Tom & team are EXCEPTIONAL! The professionalism and experience were one of a kind...but more then anything our photos turned out absolutely amazing. I've already had 5 people call me to get his info because our photos are that beautiful. I recommend Tom and plan on working with him again on my next event.
LAdigitalPhoto - photo ~ video ~ photoboothLAdigitalPhoto - photo ~ video ~ photobooth
Thumbtack Customer
Simply blown away by Leslie's skill and professionalism. The photos she took were outstanding and her pricing is beyond reasonable. We will be using her services in the future, for sure!
Leslie Rodriguez PhotographyLeslie Rodriguez Photography
Ann B.
Using Benjamin Collection Fine Art Photography to create a professional picture that I needed to submit for a business directory was a fabulous experience. He had a professional demeanor and also was able to put me at ease to produce great pictures. I had a very tight timeline which he not only met but was able to produce high quality pictures ahead of the deadline. I would recommend Benjamin as the perfect photographer for all your needs.
Benjamin Collection, Fine Art PhotographyBenjamin Collection, Fine Art Photography
Renee G.
Joe did corporate shots for us, with a wonderful results. He showed a large degree of flexibility coordinating schedules, and produced photos that were both creative and professional. Highly recommend!
Joe Greto PhotoJoe Greto Photo
Sarah U.
I have nothing but great things to say about Grant Terzakis Photography. I was impressed by Grant's responsiveness to my original inquiry on Thumbtack, as well as to my communications with him leading up to and after my event. He shot an event for my very small arts nonprofit and was willing to provide a package suitable for our modest budget. Prior to the event, Grant inquired about the appropriate attire for the event. On the day of, he was punctual, friendly, and professional. The photos he got really captured the essence of our event. We got shots that set the scene, detail shots, and excellent posed and candid shots of our attendees. The best thing besides the quality of Grant's photos is that he uses an app which makes your photos available INSTANTLY. It's SUCH a nice feature! And then he's very quick with turning around any photos that require editing. I will definitely be hiring Grant Terzakis to photograph our future events, and I'm happy to recommend him to others!
Grant Terzakis PhotographyGrant Terzakis Photography
Josie P.
Very professional. She took fantastic photos of Bailey. She got Bailey to pose. Everyone who has seen the pictures felt that Victoria captured Bailey in the various poses. Victoria was prompt and she was very very enthusiastic about my project. She was an replacement and very accommodating. The first photographer did not meet my needs. Victoria extended herself to me and offer to help me out. I highly recommend Victoria Posh for any type of photography. Everyone who has seen the pictures has commented on how happy and proud Bailey looks.
Victoria Posh PhotographyVictoria Posh Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Will Hartman and Desert Photography. Not only did I feel comfortable but I had fun during my photo shoot. He is a true professional, as well as creative! I felt secure and relaxed. Also, one thing that you will have a hard time finding elsewhere, is that Will made sure that I was 100 % satisfied before I left his studio. He takes pride in his work and aims to please! Desert Photography will be my first choice in all my future shoots. Thank You!
Desert Rose PhotographyDesert Rose Photography
Amanda T.
Well what can I say about Michelle that wouldn’t be so gushy! I love this woman. She was so professional, extremely lively, she was respectful and communicative and made each process both the engagement photos and the wedding perfect! Making the investment for a quality photographer I can honestly say was the best choice we could have made, and in all fairness we wanted a photographer that we would feel comfortable being ourselves around and omg, we found her! I can’t even express in words how amazing our engagement photos turned out and how fantastic the time was. Her professionalism and how alert and prepared she was at my wedding left me at ease and also got me excited. I honestly had a flurry of emotions overwhelming me that day and her energy and “can do” attitude made my day so much better. I can’t be more appreciative. Thank you Michelle so much for everything! Choose her!
Michelle Lanning PhotographyMichelle Lanning Photography
Benjamin G.
Amazing experience with Marcus and Ashley. They were fun, professional, and got our photos AND video within just a couple of days. They made us feel so comfortable and I couldn’t believe I had fun taking pictures for 2 hours with them. They worked flawlessly with me when i surprised my girlfriend for a surprise proposal! I couldn’t recommend these two more for any of your photography / videography needs. Thank you so much Marcus and Ashley!
MKT MediaMKT Media
Laura C.
We had the pleasure to have Benjamin as our photographer for our anniversary pictures. He was very professional and polite. He gave us more pictures than the package we had purchased, which was great because we got to choose from different angles.
Benjamin Collection, Fine Art PhotographyBenjamin Collection, Fine Art Photography
Vivienne M.
Amanda was the first photographer to respond to my request. I have a small business and wanted a good set of pictures to use to promote it. Amanda was very quick with responses and was open to any and all ideas I had in my head. She is super nice and accommodating. All my questions were answered. She is very professional. On the day of the shoot she arrived on time ready to work. She captured all of my ideas and I was even able to work with her to get the right shot! I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants great photos!
Amanda Clarke FotosAmanda Clarke Fotos
Grace H.
We absolutley LOVED our experience with Benjamin. He is very kind, hard working, punctual and was the talk of the wedding. Our family and friends absolutely adored him and his ability to be professional but also make people comfortable. He is just as good in directing and taking staged photos as he is taking candid photos. We, along with all our family and friends in Los Angeles, will be returning clients and highly recommend his services. Thank you for everything, Benjamin! We appreciate you and are grateful to have had you there on our big day, these memories are priceless. -The Colemans
Benjamin Collection, Fine Art PhotographyBenjamin Collection, Fine Art Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Anisha a couple of weeks ago for a set of professional headshots. She was very efficient at contacting me with details and confirming our appointment, and within a week after the shoot I had already received my CD of photos from her in the mail. She sent me many photos from our shoot, for the price that other Thumbtack photographers were charging for one single photo, which I really appreciated. It was important to me to be able to select the right look when all was said and done, not just end up with the photo that she thought was best. So, thumbs up for that. She was kind enough to offer me some water when I got to her house as well as some time to double-check my makeup and hair before we got started. During the shoot, she adjusted my hair slightly to help get a better shot at various times, which I thought was good of her to do. My one complaint about that was that I thought my hair looked unlike me in most of the photos; I would have liked some coaching from her asking for a little bit of natural movement or the occasional head toss to make both my hair and my facial expressions seem more real and relaxed. She works very quietly; I would have appreciated more direction and more friendly banter to help put me at ease. I didn't know that I should have asked for this, but I did not receive any guidance from her ahead of time about what to wear (solid colors or not, nice pants or not, change of clothes or not), and it turned out that the photos showed far more of my shirt and my pants than I had planned on, and I didn't know what color the backdrop was going to be -- if I had known I would probably have chosen a different outfit. The photos turned out somewhat darker than I would have liked, but there were two or three that I really loved. And that's all I needed. She seemed to do a nice job with the editing, as well. The best part of the whole experience was that Anisha knew that I am a therapist, and so she suggested that we take some shots on her very chic-looking couch, to better reflect the look I was going for. I appreciated the thoughtfulness and personal attention that went into that idea. Overall, I have some nice photos, but was a little bummed with the experience itself, and I left feeling self-conscious. If you've gotten professional photos taken before, though, and know what questions to ask, you may be more satisfied with the process.
Studio Z SquaredStudio Z Squared
Kay K.
David was extremely professional and knowledgeable about the package best suited for our special wedding day. He went out of his way to take candid and formal memories of us, our beloved families and dear friends. He is highly recommended and will take care of you with details and fair budgets. Can’t go wrong! Sharing one of photos - our cute doggie! :)
The Production LoftThe Production Loft
Jessica G.
Josh was amazing to work with and so professional!! He helped us with poses and made our wedding pictures even better than I can imagine. My husband and I are so glad we went with Josh to take our wedding photos. We will be using Josh in the future at our next event! Josh Premako is the best in the LA area and we highly recommend working with him.
Josh Premako PhotographyJosh Premako Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I first met Adam in 2015, and have worked with him another time this past year. The fact that I am still in touch with him should tell you how much I appreciate his work. ;) My review from 2015: Here is what I needed before connecting with Adam: 1. Professional head-shot for career-related opportunities 2. Reasonable price (I am on a budget as a student!) 3. Somewhere close to where I live Here is how Adam met all of these needs: 1. Adam offered a perfect package option 2. a great price.... 3. ...right by where I live! Here is how Adam went above and beyond: 1. Rather than touching up one headshot (which is all I need at this point), he offered to touch up two. 2. He is a responsive professional (he got all the photos to me the same day of the photo shoot) 3. Quality was great!
Best MI PortraitsBest MI Portraits
Soumo K.
MJ has been INCREDIBLE!! The professionalism, the quality of work, and the creativity is bar none. She is so awesome to work with, very patient, and made us feel very comfortable. MJ was very patient and empathetic with the craziness of the wedding, she even advised/agreed to schedule for an additional day of shooting just for the both of us, free of charge. Truly an awesome photographer and an INCREDIBLE human being. Highly recommend to anyone who want to document their special moments.
MJMaiden PhotographyMJMaiden Photography
M. K.
We had the most amazing and thoroughly pleasant experience with Benjamin Collection, Fine Art Photography! I don't know where to begin - actually i do! - Benjamin was the very first to respond to my project-request that i posted on Thumbtack. Benjamin responded within a few minutes of my posting, and responded in detail, and thereafter responded in a very timely manner always! - Benjamin later engaged with me on email and continued to provide great professional feedback promptly about any questions i had! - Benjamin took the initiative to engage with the venue staff, and also did a site-visit prior to our event, to make sure he could scout the best possible photography locations, shots, angles, etc. - Day of the event - Benjamin arrived early and stayed late. - Benjamin had many great recommendations for poses, as well as location, angles, as well as he also took many candid images during our event - all of which turned out Perfect - due to his great professional sense of images to capture! - Benjamin was gracious and courteous and kind to all our guests, and he patiently stayed present throughout the entire event, and he graciously took requests from guests for pictures, as well as Benjamin also had a thorough plan for specific shots that he had previously scouted the venue for. - All our guests complimented Benjamin repeatedly. - Benjamin is the most humble and best professional photographer i have ever engaged with! - Benjamin posted all of our pictures on the companies' site portal and graciously remains in communication with us for any questions we have about any of the pictures. - The Benjamin Collection site also has many other services such as print / album offerings and other such services which we will be utilizing thoroughly! All our family wanted Benjamin's contact information! We will definitely be requesting Benjamin Collection's services for all future family events! I highly recommend Benjamin Collection for any professional photography services! Thank you, Benjamin, for your great presence and services during our special event - we can't thank you Enough! MK.
Benjamin Collection, Fine Art PhotographyBenjamin Collection, Fine Art Photography
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