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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 professional photographers
Alex G.
Very professional and quilty of photos were outstanding
Dan Viescas StudiosDan Viescas Studios
David C.
Eddie did a great job of doing a professional headshot and very short video for one of our customers. He was responsive, professional, and delivered high quality photos. Would recommend working with him!
Eddie Campos PhotoEddie Campos Photo
Thumbtack Customer
Robert was very professional. He was on time and open to suggestions. He has an eye for creativity and was a pleasure to get photographed by. Would definitely recommend his services.
Cruz PhotographyCruz Photography
Jennifer S.
Tom was wonderful! Couldn’t have asked for a better photographer for my daughter’s Sweet 16. He was experienced, professional, and captured the day perfectly. Our guests interacted with him and everyone loved getting photos immediately to their phones. I would definitely recommend him and we will be sure to use his services for further events.
LAdigitalPhoto - Rated #1  LA - SD - SF 2015-2019!LAdigitalPhoto - Rated #1 LA - SD - SF 2015-2019!
Courtney C.
Update: Thumbtack would not let me update my review under the account of Courtney Canaday. That was posted on 4/3/2019. Due to a miscommunication between emails that did not get received on both ends. Danielle captured our wedding in September 2018. Our photos came out beautiful and the price was right in our budget. She was there a hour before and even STAYED a extra hour for us. She was very professional and polite. Worked very well with all my wedding party and the little kids we had in the party as well. I got a sneak peak of some photos which was awesome as well. THANK YOU !!!! I would recommend her to anyone looking for wedding photography. Due to some of our emails not being received I thought I wasn't getting all my photos. After a phone call and some looking through spam emails everything was taken care of. I actually did have my photos and the pictures came out great. So Happy and would defiantly have her capture more special events for me and my family. Thank you again!
Danielle Penn Photography AwardWinningPhotographerDanielle Penn Photography AwardWinningPhotographer
Thumbtack Customer
Ivan is the person to hire, he was very professional and had great photograph ideas. I told him the basic idea of what I wanted and he went out of his way to make them even better. The end results were amazing! I definitely recommend Ivan to everyone for every occasion.
Creative Vision Photography by Ivan HundricCreative Vision Photography by Ivan Hundric
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
Thumbtack Customer
Wow where do I even begin?! We had a house warming, Hindu ceremony, and an engagement on the same day, with more than 800 people and Greg did an amazing job covering every event, individual, ritual, emotion and all the color and vibrance we all felt in Our hearts! Greg is so incredibly easy to work with, very approachable, professional, arististic, patient. I really appreciated that he went above and beyond to take the time to get some awesome shots and talk to us to really understand what moments we were hoping to capture (as there were so many customs and rituals). Overall great photos and it was a pleasure working with him! I'm planning to hire Greg again for my wedding photography and have no doubt he will do an amazing job! Thank you so much Greg!
Greg Cohen PhotographyGreg Cohen Photography
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