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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 San Francisco photo shoots
Carolina V.
Absolutely amazing photographer! He meet every expectation we had for this photo shoot. Very friendly and we never felt rushed about our time. Overall an amazing experience for our engagement photo shoot !!
Shot by Shaun (Top Pro)Shot by Shaun (Top Pro)
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Anastasia to shoot my Great Gatsby party and she delivered OUTSTANDING photos. She'll be shooting all my events from now on. THANKS!
Anastasia Sierra Photography (Boston)Anastasia Sierra Photography (Boston)
Thumbtack Customer
So fun and inspirational to work with. Mary has a creative eye and made our lifestyle photo shoot through the city a treat. Great photos!
Mary E Spengeman PhotographyMary E Spengeman Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Nick was very responsive to all phone calls/e-mails prior to the photo shoot and assured me that he would execute the process seamlessly. Day of, he arrived on time and was very engaging and entertaining throughout the shoot (80+ employees in one photo!). Nick delivered the photos within 1-2 days and was very reliable!
Nick Otto PhotographyNick Otto Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Stephanie to shoot portrait photos. The session was about 90 minutes and I was able to review all photos taken during the session. Communication was excellent. Stephanie was easy to work with and talk to. She asked questions and also wanted to know what the end goal was of the shoot. She also edited and sent the photos from the shoot in a very timely manner. I highly recommend her for a portrait session and would use her again.
Marilee.co Portrait PhotographyMarilee.co Portrait Photography
Yusuke I.
Tom is a good guy and his quality is great. We got many pictures at the city hall of SF, cathedral charch, on the street, palace of fine art, and Hopper's hands in 3 hours. He sent us the edited photos in 3 days after the photo shooting. We are so happy that he took our pre-wedding photo shooting.
Sparks Media GroupSparks Media Group
Miki H.
A smooth and easy process to schedule, the photo shoot was relaxed and ran right on time, and I got my photos with touchups right away. Thanks for a great job!
DeNoise Studios (California)DeNoise Studios (California)
Thumbtack Customer
I had Sumit shoot a conference and not only were his photos amazing, he was a pleasure to work with!
sreel Photographysreel Photography
Daniel R.
Cheshire was very professional and made my wife feel at ease during the entire shoot. The photos were great.
Cheshiredave Creative / Oaktown BoudoirCheshiredave Creative / Oaktown Boudoir
Thumbtack Customer
Tumay of Tiny Forest photography did a brilliant job shooting our wedding day. Her knowledge and direction made for an enjoyable experience. The photos were excellent as they captured the day beautifully.
Tiny Forest PhotographyTiny Forest Photography
Diana G.
We had a family photo shoot with Alex and we couldn't be happier! He was very professional and made our photo shoot a comfortable and fun experience. He had a lot of great ideas and he took a lot of photos of which I'm sure we will find ones we love! I highly recommend Alex not only for his photo creativity and professionalism but also for value! You will not find another photographer in the Bay Area for such a great price. You will not regret having Alex take your photos and I know we will definitely hire him again.
Alex Vakulin PhotographyAlex Vakulin Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Ivy is an extremely skilled photographer, and I very much enjoyed my shoot with her. She has a knack for understanding exactly what you want, and achieving it through great direction and artistry. She spent a lot of time before, during and after the shoot to make sure I was delighted with the results, and made me feel totally comfortable during our shoot. I also loved working with her hair and makeup stylist, JuJu. I couldn't be more pleased with my photos, and recommend Ivy to anyone looking for beautiful, personal and truly artistic photographs.
Yung PhotographyYung Photography
Shruti P.
Adam & Hana were so nice to accommodate our request into their schedule. They were very warm and wonderful to our family during the photo shoot. We all loved the pictures and the whole photo shoot and pictures turned out to be exactly what we hoped for. Thanks Adam & Hana, we cannot wait to get more pictures clicked by you!
Adam & Hanna Photography (Thumbtack Top Pro)Adam & Hanna Photography (Thumbtack Top Pro)
Thumbtack Customer
Such an amazing person and photographer. She saved out engagemet photos. We were so disappointed when our initial photographer said she could shoot in the rain. Sheila was willing to and was a joy to work with. We can't thank you enough!
Sheila O'Keefe PhotographySheila O'Keefe Photography
Katie H.
We hired Kathleen to shoot our SF City Hall civil ceremony and I am BEYOND grateful we found her. She was responsive, flexible and professional, but most importantly, the photos are unreal. She is as talented as she is kind, meaning not only will you enjoy your photo shoot, but you will be blown away by the final product. If I ever have photo needs again, she will be my first (only?) stop!
Kathleen Sheffer PhotographyKathleen Sheffer Photography
Jane R.
Working with Justin was an absolute pleasure. Justin was always responsive and clear in all communications leading up to the shoot. The day of the shoot, Justin was able to translate my vision for family photos in to beautiful moments that truly captured our family's love and playfulness. Justin perfectly balanced a beautiful, natural background with a mix of posed and candid photos. The final product was gorgeous photos that we will treasure forever. I would recommend Justin for any project.
Justin Schlesinger PhotographyJustin Schlesinger Photography
Olga H.
Richard was very prompt when he showed up to do my city hall wedding photo shoot. He is pleasant funny and very patient. He has a good eye and is an excellent photographer.
Rich Jarvis PhotographyRich Jarvis Photography
Eric W.
I'd never hired a photographer, and Clinton made the process as painless as possible. Not only were the photos great, but they were delivered to me literally an hour after we finished shooting. I highly recommend Clinton.
Clinton Perry PhotographyClinton Perry Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Patrick did an all-employee photo shoot for our company. He interacted well with the staff, took great photos, delivered them quickly, and did the job for a great price. I highly recommend him.
Patrick T. Power PhotographyPatrick T. Power Photography
Nicole W.
Athena was very fast in processing the photos from our family shoot. We really like the pictures and happy to have them for years to come.
Athena Galgiani PhotographyAthena Galgiani Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about my experience with hiring Khwan to capture my proposal shoot. My plans leading into the D-Day were a comedy of errors with delayed flights and last minute cancellations and I was left scurrying for a photographer in the last minute. Not only did Khwan agree to do the shoot on short notice, she was wonderful enough to discuss location options and share her personal experinces. For someone coming into town for just the shoot, this was invaluable. On the day of the shoot, she went to a few spots to survey them and helped me narrow down my options. During the actual shoot, she was extremely patient, had good ideas and most importantly, captured the moments brilliantly. My fiancée loved her photos too. I would definitely recommend hiring Khwan for your shoots.
Sirikhwan PhotographySirikhwan Photography
Kate B.
Cathy was so easy to work with and made the shoot super fun for us. She even brought a blanket for me to wrap myself in between photos since it was a little chilly. Such a wonderful experience and we are in love with all the photos.
Cathy Nguyen PhotographyCathy Nguyen Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Patrick is a great photographer. The whole experience of working with him has been very pleasant. He was punctual and worked very quickly, yet at no time did it feel like he was in a hurry. He was great at putting me at ease for the photo shoot. He was very interested in knowing what kind of feel/style I was looking for for my photos and he proved to have clear in mind how to obtain the effect I was looking for. A few hours after the photo shoot the work was ready for easy download from the web. The results were really great!
Patrick T. Power PhotographyPatrick T. Power Photography
Regi F.
Cheri is a very talent photographer and director. We enjoy working with her. She is very good at directing our poses, choosing the great spots to take those photo shoots for us. Her wedding photo package provides a great value for us. We'd like to recommend her for your wedding photos.
Cheri Tran SnapsCheri Tran Snaps
Carly O.
Sheila has been a pleasure to work with. She is personable, friendly, professional and delivers great quality photos! She has photographed our bridal shower event, maternity shoot and will photograph our upcoming newborn as well. She has been very flexible and accommodating...we even rescheduled a shoot a couple times since the weather wasn’t that good and she wanted to make sure we got great pictures. Overall a great experience and would recommend booking!
Sheila O'Keefe PhotographySheila O'Keefe Photography
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