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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Reviews for Riverside photo shoots
Kia H.
I was able to work with Khondokar for my birthday photo shoot and it went quite well! It was clear that he was skilled and he was professional and considerate the day of the photo shoot. He was able to pinpoint great locations to shoot at with great lighting and was friendly. The edited photos were provided in less than 24 hours and look amazing. Not only do I have photos for my birthday, but also for my model portfolio. Excellent work through and through. Highly recommend.
Luminous Vision Photography ServicesLuminous Vision Photography Services
Shannon S.
He did a fantastic photo shoot of my wedding, and got a lot of good shots!
A.H. PhotographyA.H. Photography
Amy L.
This was such an easy photo shoot! I have two little kids and was so worried we wouldn’t get a good family picture but sure enough we got some great shots! Tim has a vision for a great photo in a matter of seconds and makes everyone comfortable. Don’t hesitate to book him! And a bonus, our photos were sent to us same day, that’s the quickest turnaround ever! Thanks Tim for a great shoot
Berger PhotoPixBerger PhotoPix
Morgan B.
Amina is an AMAZING photographer who you can tell really values her work. She made me feel comfortable and confident through the entire shoot and the photos came out beautiful. Definitely book her, you won’t regret it!
Amina Touray PhotographyAmina Touray Photography
DeAnne P.
Ryan was super accommodating particularly when one of our venue's last minute cancellation for a photo shoot, he made a trip at a great distance from his local area. Thank you Ryan! Our CEO is very pleased with your work.
Ryan Shiver PhotographyRyan Shiver Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Kelli was amazing! We hired her to shoot our son's senior photos. She was so flexible and accommodating from the scheduling aspect to the actual session. We did not want "traditional" style photos, so all I had to do was give her a general idea of what we were looking for and she stepped up to the challenge with gusto and creativity that exceeded our expectations. If anyone is looking for a photographer that knows what they're doing and hand holding nor directing is necessary, you'll be more than satisfied with Kelli's photography. On a side note, we just had our session and haven't gotten the photos yet, so I'll update my review regarding the quality of her product, but I have every confidence they will be spectacular!
MacTaggart MediaMacTaggart Media
Marie H.
5 Stars for Kimia! Working with her was a pleasure! We had great communication up to and throughout our experience with her. She was at the shoot site early, very professional and flexible to our needs. I highly recommend her for your event photography needs. We had a vast assortment of wonderful photos to share, all of great quality. She captured all aspects of my niece’s Quincinera from start to finish with excellence. We will definitely hire her again! Thank you again Kimia!
Kimia Photography✨Kimia Photography✨
Thumbtack Customer
We recently used the Life Event Photographer, Jeffery Lee, to photograph four young children (all aged 7 and under) for their grandparents 50th anniversary gift. Jeffery traveled to us which was so helpful. He worked with patience and kindness as the children became restless during the shoot. He used his experience to create memorable pictures, as well as was open to suggestions from us! He captured color and lighting that was bright and beautiful. Far better than anything we could have captured. Jeffery clearly had training and professional experience, evident by the quality often finished pieces, the equipment he used, and multiple techniques. This isn't just his hobby- this is his passion and he is very skilled in it. He was always immediately responsive and quickly edited the photos, had them available for online viewing, and was even able to quickly turn around the final prints just in time for the anniversary party! (Not all the children live in CA and he worked within the travel times of the out of state child to ensure a successful shoot and timely gift!!) It was such an easy and relaxed experience for us- the parents! We cannot recommend Jeffery or Life Event Photographer highly enough! He far exceeded our high expectations!!! So pleased and thrilled and can't wait for future opportunities to use him!!!!
LifeEventPhotographerLifeEventPhotographer
Tawny E.
Oh my goodness, I had the BEST time with Peter!!! I was a little anxious at first, I hate getting my picture taken, but he is wonderful! Peter is funny and sweet, he has great ideas and wants you to have fun with your shoot! He kept in contact with me throughout the process, and he was an absolute joy to work with! I will 100% recommend him to ANYONE looking for beautiful photos. The lightening was flawless, his turnaround time lightening quick. I can't complement him enough, and my mom just loved him...he may have been adopted into the family! HIRE PETER!!! 🙌❤
Peter 3 PhotographyPeter 3 Photography
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