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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.

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.

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 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 Sacramento photo shoots
Derek C.
Diana was easy to work with and was very prompt. I was very satisfied with the photos she finished after our shoot.
Diana Jahns Portrait and Product PhotographyDiana Jahns Portrait and Product Photography
Hope D.
Firstly, He is very knowledgeable about the photograph and acting industry. Also, he is patient, diligent, easy to follow, great equipment. Plus, he view the photos during the photo shoot. Finally, great quality pictures at a low price. He had become a permanent contact.
Andy Amyx PhotographyAndy Amyx Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Chris was great to work with and was able to immediately build rapport with our team. His professionalism and kindness made for a fun and painless shoot. I'd highly recommend WestBoundary Photography.
WestBoundary PhotographyWestBoundary Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Wonderful experience!! She graciously accommodated my schedule and did my photo shoot on a Sunday, July 3rd. She was also very helpful in her suggestions for a better photo. Highly recommend her. Hope to use her again in the future. Margaret
Diana Jahns Portrait and Product PhotographyDiana Jahns Portrait and Product Photography
Richard R.
She gave above and beyond and found some great locations for our photo shoots. I got much more than I paid for. Thank you so much!
Diana Jahns Portrait and Product PhotographyDiana Jahns Portrait and Product Photography
Lauren N.
I worked with Lisa for a graduation/senior project photoshoot. She was so kind and truly caring about my shoot from the moment I messaged her, straight through the end. She had so many creative ideas to take pictures, and I felt as though I was in good hands. The photographs are also beautiful. There is no photographer who is more passionate and compassionate than Lisa Kay. I would definitely shoot with her again.
Lisa Kay PhotographyLisa Kay Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Not sure if it was serendipity or divine appointment but I am so glad I found Diana Jahns THE photographer! She is an amazing artist - listens well, extreme creative, relevant, easy to work with, the ultimate professional and my photo shoot was fun! What more can you ask for? :)
Diana Jahns Portrait and Product PhotographyDiana Jahns Portrait and Product Photography
Rida U.
First, I would like to thank Tony for being the BEST photographer we have ever worked with. It was our first anniversary and we took Tony's services. He was very flexible with our requirements and did everything he possibly could to ensure a perfect shoot on our special day. I received my photos the second day of shoot which rarely ever happens with other photographers. He put so much effort to make sure what we finally see are the perfect shots. Tony is humble and friendly and we loved working with him! Would definitely recommend him.
Tony BucherTony Bucher
Ana Z.
Had to book a last minute photo session for a maternity shoot. Mai was quick to respond, flexible with our requested location, and offered suggestions. It was super helpful to pay through Venmo and her price point was reasonable. Day of she was great to work with and easy to talk to. She promised our photos 2-3 days post shoot. We took pics on a Sunday afternoon and they were ready before 6:30pm Tuesday night. Super appreciative of that considering these are our gender reveal gifts to the grandparents for Christmas!
Maichee PhotographyMaichee Photography
Thumbtack Customer
My wife wanted to have a boudoir photo shoot done prior to our wedding and we couldn't have been more fortunate to come across True Love Photography. Every aspect of the experience was phenomenal; from the quality of the studio to the beauty of the finished product. Beth is a true artist with an eye for boudoir / intimate photography and this shows in work. Most importantly, the photographer / model relationship; my wife, fiancé at the time, felt gorgeous, empowered, and proud to be going through the process. Her comfort with the photographer and overall enjoyment in the experience resulted in photos that we will value forever. We would recommend this investment / experience to anyone.
True Love PhotoTrue Love Photo
Thumbtack Customer
This was my first professional photo shoot and Hung was Awesome. He made the whole experience welcoming, relaxing, and overall enjoyable. The finished product also exceeded my expectations exponentially. The photos had a great final touch to them. My family and I loved every single one of them. I would recommend Hung to every and all of my friends and any one else who wants their photo taken, because in the end, Hung brings out the beauty in every photo he takes.
HungQPham PhotographyHungQPham Photography
Nicolas H.
Needs to have much better communication. She messaged me five days before our date saying we needed to change our venue or date and I provided an alternate venue idea that same day so we could keep our originally scheduled date. She never responded until the day before our shoot saying everything was ok again. Obviously with no response until the day before the shoot I assumed I needed to find a new photographer and told her as much.
Audrey McCann PhotographyAudrey McCann Photography
Mariia T.
Working with Tony for our family photo shoot was incredibly simple and his pictures came out awesome. He was able to capture all the emotions of that special day. Tony is very easy to work and to communicate with. He made the whole process enjoyable, natural, and fun. Thank you Tony! Can't wait to work with you again!
Tony BucherTony Bucher
Tristan F.
Lisa was amazing to work with. She was able to squeeze us in for a last-minute shoot, took adorable photos of our family and finished the editing in a few days, allowing me to get my Christmas cards out on time. Lisa had great props available and she and her assistant were so sweet and patient with my 7-month-old son. I would highly recommend her.
Lisa Kay PhotographyLisa Kay Photography
Selma D.
I Hired Robert To Take Pictures Of My Family For My Mothers 60th Birthday. I Had a Large Group Of 7, Including 2 Toddlers. We Decided On Having The Pictures Taken Around Sun Down At Land Park. We Started At A Bench Location That He Said He Had Scrubbed Clean In Preparation For Our Shoot. I Really Appreciated That Since We Wouldn't Have To Worry About Sitting On Duck Poop Or Anything Sticky That May Have Been There Beforehand. He Was Also Very Open To Our Suggestions To Locations That We Wanted To Have For The Photo Shoot. Overall He Was Very Nice And Friendly. I Only Wish That He Would've Given More Direction In How We Should All Have Posed And Given More Suggestions In What Would Look Good In The Photos. To This Day I Still Regret Not Having Gotten Single Shots Of The Toddlers. I'll Give Him The Benefit Of The Doubt Because We Were A Big Group So I Know That It Could've Been A Little Intimidating. I Did Enjoy The Pictures Of Our Family. I Was Able To Print Them Out And Frame Them For My Mom Which She Loved. I Would Definitely Request Kyber Light Photo In The Future.
Kyber Light PhotoKyber Light Photo
Thumbtack Customer
Fahim was very responsive to my emails and answered all my questions. The contract was clear and it was easy to make the deposit. He was on-time and took beautiful pictures. He fit right in with our family, so everyone felt comfortable. Although the venue did not lend itself to a photo shoot, Fahim used his skills to camouflage it. Our pictures turned out really nice. The package I received was a great deal and I would use him again. Thank you Fahim!
1shotphotography1shotphotography
Lisa B.
Ashley blew us away! I am so grateful we found her! She was very responsive and was able to book us in very quickly for a family photo shoot. She was great to work with and very knowledgeable about lighting, posing, scenery etc. She is great at directing people in order to get good shots, which is nice because we’re not all models who know how to pose perfectly! She was also great at working with our 3 year old and got some fantastic shots of him. We got a ton of pictures and I’m so happy with all of them. I really hope to work with Ashley again in the future for more photo sessions!
Ashley Aguillard PhotographyAshley Aguillard Photography
Ian S.
LOVED everything Kelly did for us. My wife was pretty worried that our kids wouldn't cooperate but Kelly was able to keep them engaged - we all had a lot of fun. Kelly's communication and response time were impressive and she delivered the photos less than 24 hours after our shoot. I am definitely recommending Kelly to all my family/friends and hiring her again in the near future. I just wish I'd known about her when we got married :)
Keep it Wild PhotographyKeep it Wild Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We hired DeNoise to cover a two-day 400 person event conference. This is a typical job for us though our first time working with DeNoise. At the last minute, were very surprised to find out that Albert wasn't shooting the event himself as that was the impression we’d been given. He assured us that the replacement was an excellent event photographer.  The photographer was a huge source of frustration to a number of staff on site. While demanding a locked room for her computer (as opposed to the production space that was guarded at all times) she still chose to carry her large backpack with her so that she was bumping into people and chairs while moving through a quiet room during plenaries. She had no sense of how to not be in the center of everything. She would stand so tall right in front of the podium that she was blocking the tight shot of the broadcast cameras behind her more than a half dozen times. She was a major distraction throughout the event. We were very frustrated with the selects we received on day one. I explained that the images were not exposed correctly and the white balance was all over the place. I asked for the photographer to shoot a little more wide open and to try to address the camera shake that we got a lot of. The photographer said: “Albert will fix them in post, I didn’t really have time to do anything with them.” As a photographer myself, those words bothered me a great deal.  She continued to shoot the second day and I assumed (incorrectly) that she’d taken note of the poor quality from the day before and would pay closer attention to her images. What I didn’t realize was that the reason for the exposure problems and lack of sharpness was that she thought her camera was set to Program but it was really set to Manual.  Almost a week after the event, I got the first 468 images. The overwhelming majority (94%) either didn’t meet basic standards for sharpness, composition, and shot choice or they had exposure and white balance problems that made them unusable. These issues needed to be done in camera, not in post. When I tried to figure out what was wrong with the images I found that all of the EXIF data had been stripped from the files. I raised the question about why the files had none of this data. I got no answer (though the second half of the files I received were not stripped). When I did get files with EXIF information, the problems began to reveal themselves more systematically. Virtually everything was shot at 1/60th and 1/100th, which would be totally fine if she weren’t at 70mm and 200mm so often. This explains why there are so many shots showing camera shake. The data shows that at minimum more than 200 images were shot at a focal length requiring more than 1/100th sec shutter speed (everything shot at >100mm), which she never used. The files show that the event was shot almost exclusively at ISO1600 (again, manual aperture changes but virtually no changes in shutter speed). This meant that almost everything in the ballroom was underexposed and almost everything in more well lit areas was overexposed.  As for what I would expect in post, nothing had been done. Albert admitted that he hadn’t actually done the work and later sent an edited batch. The “edited” versions had no exposure fixes, and in many cases were worse than the original. The white balance was often a severe problem. Auto white balance meant that every single image had to be edited manually. Sample taken from the exact same podium sign under the exact same lighting had radically different temperatures and hues, even in sequential images. This is not the level of photography I expect for $2400. It’s unprofessional, and shows little skill. Any one of these problems could probably have still left us with plenty of usable images but all of these problems converging left us with a couple dozen that could be used in a pinch but nothing for us to be proud of. That’s out of the ~1000 he gave us, who knows how many he held back! Albert indicated that he had personal matters that prevented him from doing his side of the work but claimed that complaints about the quality of the work was irrational. He indicated that this is illustrative of the work he does and that he stands behind it. I have worked with countless photographers and have become friends with many of them following events. I hold their work in the highest regard and have never, ever worked with a photographer as incompetent, nor a photography studio owner as unwilling to put in the minimum effort for a job.
DeNoise Studios (California)DeNoise Studios (California)
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