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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.

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.

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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a photographer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a photographer, see if the photographer can take photos outdoors or in a large space so all involved parties can maintain the recommended distance between themselves. You should also sanitize surfaces, avoid handshakes, don’t make any other physical contact and use digital platforms to complete payments. Speak with a local photographer in your area to put a strategy in place.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for San Francisco affordable photographers
Sarah A.
Andrea was great for our needs! She was very communicative, reliable, and affordable. We also loved the photos.
Andrea Rowe PhotographyAndrea Rowe Photography
Ansherina L.
I couldn’t thank Andy enough for the work that he did for our engagement and wedding shoot. Very much affordable but the quality of photos turns out really amazing 😍. Very easy to work with and didnt feel any rush because he took his time and made sure got the perfect shot that I want. Im really happy that I found him in thumbtack. I inquired to a lot of photographer here but most of them are so entitled. For me photos are very important. This is a memory for a lifetime. Andy is very open to suggestions making sure all my requests are met. He is so patient, I left my dress for the 2nd location took us 30mins to get back and he didnt mind waiting and didnt charge us extra. He is a very nice guy. I am looking forward to work with him again. Thank you so much, Andy!!
Arzina M.
Luiz was such a wonderful photographer for my family and I. We wanted to do an end moment photoshoot on our trip to SF and I couldn’t have been more thankful we found him. He was super fast with responding to my inquiry, he gave me a very affordable quote, was available when I needed his service, he also provided a few more out door sites to take great pictures, and excellent quality of work. He was very energetic and friendly. My family felt comfortable working with Luiz. Excellent services provided by Luiz. I would definitely recommend him to everyone looking for a friendly and energetic photographer. Thank you Luiz for a wonderful experience! 💯
Luiz Brito PhotographerLuiz Brito Photographer
Thumbtack Customer
What a fantastic experience working with Nabor. Here is a list on why I recommend him: 1. Quick email responses. Responds within 24 hours or less. 2. He knows lighting. Our session was at 8am where the sun was at a good location. He was able to take shots without using light reflectors. 3. Professional. He stayed on task and was not rude at all. 4. Personable. Me and my fiance were a little nervous, but we got comfortable with him very fast. 5. Encouraging. He always told us we were doing great, and if he saw something good he would tell us to 'hold it' and then finish it off with 'perfect!'. Made us want to do more. 6. Enthusiastic. He was excited to shoot our pictures just as much as we were. He loves what he does and tells us repeatedly. 7. Flexible. Time was running a little short, but he gave us extra time so we can take pictures at another location across the street. 8. Team player: Did anything to get a good shot! Including sitting/laying down on concrete, laying on grass and get mud all over his pants, getting wet from the beach, and having sand all over his clothes 9. Quick: Took the shots on Saturday morning, and due to free time, got the photos the next day! 10. Quality: Pictures came out great! We were able to download at 5 different resolutions (original, XL, L, M, S). I downloaded the original raw photos, and they look like they are 3D. Post editing was great. So clear and so sharp. 11. Knowledgeable. He knows how to work his camera, his lenses, the setting, etc. Alot of good angles here and there. 12. Affordable. Offers his service at a great price, especially for a couple like us who are in a tight budget. Things I wish he did: 1. Shoot in burst mode! I feel like some photos would have turned a little bit bitter if he shot it a few seconds later or earlier (I puckered my lips on some of them, or my arm was photographed in a weird position when walking) 2. Continuous shooting. When we were switching locations throughout the whole session, I felt that he missed some moments when me and my fiance were walking, holding hands, arms around each other, or just joking around in a natural state (versus posed). Instead of walking ahead of us. I guess I wanted to feel like a celebrity and have him turn into paparazzi.. haha But besides that, he took alot of photos and we will be using 4 of them in my Save the Dates. Alot of good photos, it was hard to pick among them. All in all. A great photographer. Loved working with him, and will be planning to use him in future occasions. Book him!
Godoy Shots | Headshots and Portrait PhotographyGodoy Shots | Headshots and Portrait Photography
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