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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Reviews for San Diego family photographers
Tami S.
Chuck photography 3 generations of my family at beach. Pictures came out beautiful and we love how the photos turned out.
Chuck Hunter-Wingman PhotographyChuck Hunter-Wingman Photography
Kiran A.
Chuck was absolutely wonderful! He was patient with my family to get the perfect sunset photos.
Chuck Hunter-Wingman PhotographyChuck Hunter-Wingman Photography
Elizabeth L.
Lacey was excellent! She helped us capture some amazing photos. My sister and her family booked as well after seeing our photos.
Lacey Khiev PhotographyLacey Khiev Photography
Roxanne B.
I would recommend Annette to any family!! She is terrific with kids and takes beautiful photos!
Annette SousaAnnette Sousa
Patricia M.
I loved Ms. CanDee and she was very understanding of what my family was looking for in these photos!
i-CanDee Photographyi-CanDee Photography
Friederike L.
Lovely family photos! Great quality and overall a fun experience. Highly recommend T.J. Carter!
T.J. Carter PhotographyT.J. Carter Photography
Gabby L.
I absolutely loved all the photos taken! Reimo was so kind and patient with my family! We needed a last minute photo shoot and we got everything we wanted and more! Will definitely contact him again for future photos!!
Reimo PhotographyReimo Photography
Kirsten G.
Laura did an outstanding job during the photo shoot staying patient with my 17 month old son and orchestrated a beautiful experience for my parents-in-law. And the finished product was absolutely stunning! The photos made me cry! She captured beautiful moments of my family that we will treasure for a lifetime! We've already planned 2 more photo shoots with Laura and will continue to use her as our family photographer! I would HIGHLY recommend Laura Carrasco!
Laura Carrasco PhotographyLaura Carrasco Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We did a family photo shoot for my parent's anniversary and Kelly and her girls were so great to work with! They scoped out locations in advance which made it very helpful since I am not local. They were very accommodating and by the end of the evening, we were able to look at the photos as a family!
Joel M.
Cally was a pleasure to work with. She was patient and an absolute professional. Really helped coach us thru creating a great family photo session.
Cally Finch PhotographyCally Finch Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Alan done a amazing job with my parents 50th anniversary family pictures! We couldn't be happier with our pictures! He was very easy going for working with my whole family! I would strongly recommend Sechrest Photography!
Sechrest PhotographySechrest Photography
Jasmine T.
Melissa was awesome! To start, she has such an impressive response time. She helped us to find the perfect location and she was extremely flexible. During our session she captured so many great photos of our little family. So many that we ended up purchasing the entire gallery! As any parent will tell you, it’s crazy how fast our babies grow up. My son just turned four months and we barely had any family photos until now. Melissa captured our family beautifully and these are photos that we will cherish forever.
Melissa Rodriguez PhotographyMelissa Rodriguez Photography
Emily M.
She took amazing photos! Thank you again for giving me and my family such great memories to have forever! We absolutely love them!
Lacey Khiev PhotographyLacey Khiev Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Working with Dan was an amazing experience for me and my family. He was extremely professional at all times and had great feedback on our pose ideas. He was curious when our child was unruly and patient while we got our son back under control. By far, Dan was the perfect photographer. We will most certainly be contacting him again when we want more family photos.
Dan Ituarte PhotographyDan Ituarte Photography
Kimberly T.
Anne did an exceptional job with our photos! She was flexible, professional, and so easy to work with. And notably, she was extremely patient with our one and two year old! She provided a large collection of edited photos that captured our little family perfectly. Our photos turned out better than we could have imagined. We highly recommend!
Anne Charles PhotographyAnne Charles Photography
From my first inquiry about the project to delivering our finished photos, I found Jessica to be a true first-class professional. Even my skeptical husband (who didn't think we needed professional photographers for a family shoot) was blown away with the photos and my entire family of 5 truly feel that we hit the "photographer jackpot" when we found Jessica and Bobby. Thank you for listening to our needs and for making us feel very comfortable during the shoots at Sunset Cliffs. My children loved the time you both spent with them and how you added some special creative magic to make some playful pictures for us. We really appreciate how you were also so responsive after the shoot, and for delivering our photos within a 3 day turnaround. We are definitely enjoying digitally viewing our family and individual photos now, but the hard part is selecting which photos of the many we all love to be "printed or framed." Bottom line, we are confident Jessica and Bobby will also exceed your expectations like they did ours. Your overall experience will be nothing short of remarkable.
1Man1Woman Designs1Man1Woman Designs
Frank G.
Jessica was enthusiastic, creative and fun to work with. Our 9yr old son tested the patience of us all and both Jessica and Bobby stepped right in to help our family create memorable shots. Jessica is committed to creating high quality photographs. We highly recommend her photography service.
1Man1Woman Designs1Man1Woman Designs
Philip S.
We hired Nona for a family shoot. She was great- responsive and easy to coordinate with, chose a great location, and the photos exceeded our expectations. She was also very good with the small children. Would highly recommend.
Ben B.
There is a reason Debora has a perfect 5 star rating. We hired her to do our family photos with our newborn son Michael, and we are so grateful we found her. She was responsive, professional, and was able to even calm our son for perfect photos. If there was a way to give more than 5 stars we would!!!
Debora Barreto PhotographyDebora Barreto Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Colleen to take outdoor photos in our yard of a large family group of 12 people, and particularly different combinations of individual shots and sub-groups. Colleen was very accommodating in taking all the shots we asked for and I got exactly what I wanted. The photos came out great. I have no hesitation in recommending her to others.
Colleen Ibarra PhotographyColleen Ibarra Photography
Bella M.
I cannot say enough about Martin he was the only amazing and professional during the entire Photo shoot. I have to say during the photo shoot he went above and beyond, He not only dealt with my hyper active dogs that were running the beach he was able to capture them in the picture as well as us. I am I am so happy that I choose him Simply because he really cared about how our pictures turned out he made sure that the lighting was perfect and he told us where to stand on the beach in Different background. I will definitely be calling him for future for my future fiancé shoot. I do would definitely recommend him two by friends and family. If you’re looking for a professional photographer that photographer that cares about how you look at a photo and how your family looks they look no further Martin is your man. I have received so many compliments on these for on this photo shoot From friends and family about housesitting they turned out and I couldn’t agree more. I have to say I was really truly stunned by his artistry and that he was able to capture as a me and my fiancé as well as my dog since they were off leash and hyper, true artistry. Thank you Martin you are seriously the best and I will be contacting you very soon
Matin Nazari PhotographyMatin Nazari Photography
Kelly h.
Gleimlight Photography was so great to work with! We had some gloomy weather for our shoot but they were so positive and our photos turned out beautifully! I really appreciated how they were set up when we arrived, they had props, they were upbeat and had wonderful energy! They made the shoot so easy for my family (few things are easy with a 1 year old lol). Thank you, Gleimlight! We will absolutely be calling you again for our future photo needs :)
Gleimlight Photography & ProductionsGleimlight Photography & Productions
Ria M.
It was such a pleasure working with TJ! She has such a sweet disposition, and was extremely patient with my toddler who was acting out during our family/newborn photo session. She responded quickly to my messages, captured beatiful moments of my family, and as a surprise bonus gave us our edited digital prints much faster than expected! Definitely will be contacting her again for future sessions :)
T.J. Carter PhotographyT.J. Carter Photography
Lacey N.
Cally did not only do an amazing job with our photos, but she was patient with our littles and captured our family so beautifully. My family is not big on being posed and I love that Cally could just capture us in the moment. Her editing style is also very nice. We loved our experience with her and look forward to our next session in the near future.
Cally Finch PhotographyCally Finch Photography
Sandra W.
We used Matin for family photos on the bay in San Diego and they came out amazing. We were two families each with young children and Matin was very adaptable to the whims of our kids and managed to get great shots. He was also very responsive when setting everything up. He really was a pleasure to work with and his work is just beautiful. I highly recommend him!
Matin Nazari PhotographyMatin Nazari Photography
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