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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 professional photographers
Thumbtack Customer
While I did not select Kuks for my photography job, he was nothing but professional and I will keep him in mind for future photography needs.
Kuks Singh Photo & Video | Top Pro 2015 - 2019Kuks Singh Photo & Video | Top Pro 2015 - 2019
Rafael G.
Thomas provided a great experience in taking my daughter' graduation photos at Sac State. He was very professional and offered many suggestions for photos, which produced GREAT pictures!!
Sparks Media GroupSparks Media Group
Thumbtack Customer
Diana is wonderful! Excellent photographer at a great price. She is very friendly and professional. Thanks Diana!
Diana Jahns Portrait and Product PhotographyDiana Jahns Portrait and Product Photography
Laura A.
I hired Diana to take some graduation photos of my friend and I. The photos turned out wonderful. Diana is very professional, gives great instruction, and she has a wonderful eye for backgrounds and lighting.
Diana Jahns Portrait and Product PhotographyDiana Jahns Portrait and Product Photography
Diana M.
Andy was very professional and personable. He made everything simple and comfortable and I love my photos!
Andy Amyx PhotographyAndy Amyx Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Photographers for our sons birthday. Very friendly and professional. I would definitely hire them again.
Jeff Carnie PhotographyJeff Carnie Photography
Joseph S.
Their crew was very professional and attentive, and a delight to work with. The photos were exceptional! Thank you for your support!!!
Piksfactory ProductionsPiksfactory Productions
Thumbtack Customer
I recently used Diana Jahns' services for some professional head shots. I was very pleased with her attention to detail, how quickly she provided my proofs for review and final photos. I would highly recommend Diana to anyone needing professional photos and will use her in the future.
Diana Jahns Portrait and Product PhotographyDiana Jahns Portrait and Product Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Patrick took photos at our annual conference. He was great to work with, professional, and very flexible even when some unexpected glitches occurred. The photos turned out great and we would work with him again anytime.
Patrick T. Power PhotographyPatrick T. Power Photography
Ido B.
Diana took some professional photos of me and exceeded my expectations in every way. It was a joy to work with her.
Diana Jahns Portrait and Product PhotographyDiana Jahns Portrait and Product Photography
Laura H.
I hired Dustin to photograph my daughter’s wedding. He did an amazing job! The photos were delivered faster than anticipated and they were stunning! Dustin was great to work with and extremely patient and professional. I highly recommend him.
Dustin Wheeler PhotographyDustin Wheeler Photography
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
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
Faye R.
Excellent photographer. Lisa took great pictures that captured every priceless moment of my wedding. Very professional,friendly and punctual. Definately recommend!!!
Lisa Kay PhotographyLisa Kay Photography
Kalisha J.
Diana Jahns photography is extremely professional and the rates are very reasonable. She did a fantastic job with my companies professional head shots. We are very pleased and will defiantly be using her again in the future!
Diana Jahns Portrait and Product PhotographyDiana Jahns Portrait and Product Photography
Collette O.
My daughter has had two photo sessions with Hailey both times she was very patient with 4 year old! We are so pleased with the pictures.! I highly recommend her for children and family photos! She is very patient and professional! We are hiring Hailey for a third session!
La Luné PhotographyLa Luné Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Diana was wonderful to work with! She was professional, quick to respond, and very quick to provide a finished product. I would highly recommend her for any photos you may need whether professional or for another occasion.
Diana Jahns Portrait and Product PhotographyDiana Jahns Portrait and Product Photography
Joanne M.
Diana took my daughters college graduation photos on very short notice and I was extremely satisfied. Her professionalism with the entire project was above and beyond my expectation. She was sooo sweet and fun to work with. I'd hire her again in a second. Highly recommend. The photos turned out beautiful.
Diana Jahns Portrait and Product PhotographyDiana Jahns Portrait and Product Photography
Thumbtack Customer
This was the first time my husband and I did a professional portrait photography together. Ann made us feel so comfortable before the camera. She is very friendly and did an excellent job. Would highly recommend her for any occasion photography and would love to get back with her again.
Ann Bassette ProductionsAnn Bassette Productions
Thumbtack Customer
This photographer was promt, punctual, well equipped, professional and so kind and understanding to my needs. He adapted to my schedule/event and delivered a awesome photo album. Also went above and beyond and included a slideshow/dvd with memory card. He did so much for my event, and took great pics, captured so much in my event. Now we'll have to cherish forever. This photographer will have no trouble at all finding work, he's great!!!
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
We used Leilani for a photo job at the Capitol in Sacramento. She was professional, easy-going and a joy to be around during a stressful day. She delivered the pictures promptly and they were terrific.
Leilani Paular PhotographyLeilani Paular Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Diana was the ultimate professional. I love the pictures and received them next day. I have recommended her to my company to do our group photos for all of our microsites.
Diana Jahns Portrait and Product PhotographyDiana Jahns Portrait and Product Photography
Nashelley K.
All around above and beyond. Great photos, highly professional work product and demeanor, on time, excellent attitude, competitive pricing. Our corporate event was perfectly captured. Thanks Rick!
Anderson ImagesAnderson Images
Lakota V.
I hired Jerome from Photos With a Flair for my husbands 40th birthday party. Hiring a photography was a somewhat last minute idea I had thinking it would be a very convenient final touch to capture the memories of the evening. This was my first time using Thumbtack or hiring a photographer for that matter and I can honestly say it was a wonderful experience all the way around! Jerome was truly a pleasure to work with and we appreciated everything he had to offer from his professionalism to his insightfulness to his personable demeanor. I would recommend Jerome from Phots With a Flair to anyone and everyone looking to hire a photographer to any special event, big or small. I know I will definitely be hiring him again in the future:)! Thank you for a wonderful experiance and for all of our amazing photos Jerome!!!
Photos With a Flair "Thumbtack's Best of 2015 &...Photos With a Flair "Thumbtack's Best of 2015 &...
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