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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for San Jose event photographers
Tridha C.
It was super easy to communicate with Lisa. She was always prompt and responsive. She arrived at the event on time and clicked many photos including everyone present at the event. She also delivered the photos within a couple of weeks as promised and overall did a very good job covering the event. I’m very happy and satisfied that I chose her as our photographer for my son’s first birthday.
Lisa PhotographyLisa Photography
Salina d.
Hired Lawrence for an alumni event photography. He is professional and did a great job capturing moments from the event. Great to work with, recommend his services.
Lawrence GeraldLawrence Gerald
Thumbtack Customer
Nick and his team were amazing and the photos from the event turned out great! Nick was communicative, punctual and his team worked very independently which was so helpful from the event planner's perspective.
Nick Otto PhotographyNick Otto Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff Carnie did an AMAZING job for our Brazilian-themed event photos!! We are soooo happy with our photos and how quickly he got them to us! He was on time, very professional, and really made our guests feel special. He truly saved the day when our photo booth broke down and somehow he managed to take tons of event photos and jump into our photo booth to take pictures before our guests could even figure out that our personal photo booth was broken. I would definitely recommend him to anyone and if our company wasn't based in NYC, then we would definitely make Jeff our go-to photographer.
Jeff Carnie PhotographyJeff Carnie Photography
Kesha S.
We recently did a pre wedding photo shoot in Sf! Bhavesh did really an excellent job in clicking our pictures and excellent editing! I would surely 100% recommend Monterey Films for any event photography!
Monterey FilmsMonterey Films
Raghu A.
Hima's work was thorough, and she created a high-quality album. Excellent at communication and also accommodated extra time to capture photos and videos of the event.
Karnika kreationsKarnika kreations
Rishi R.
Meeta has done an amazing job of capturing pictures for our baby shower event. She created magic with the photo edits, amazing angles and awesome candids. Keep up the great work Meeta. I would always consider her for all our events in future.
Meeta AhlawatMeeta Ahlawat
Lynn A.
Karen did an amazing job photographing my wedding reception. She wake punctual, worked very diligently the entire night and left me nothing to worry about. Amazing job and crazy fast turn around time for the photos. I would definitely consider her for future events! Great work.
Santhosh M.
Justin was awesome. He accepted to photograph our son’s first birthday on a very short notice. He was on time and was professional throughout. He captured wonderful candids of my son and edited photographs to bring out the best of him. We have wonderful pictures to cherish for the life time. I would always recommend Justin for any of your events.
Hawkins PhotographyHawkins Photography
Linh T.
Cheri was quick in responding to my post. After a brief phone call to understand expectation, the contract was initiate and sign online. Her team was on time to the event. After a brief check-in with me, Nguyen was off doing his job tentatively but out of our way. Online gallery available the next day. Great quality photos and covered very well of the event. Overall great value for the $$.
Cheri Tran SnapsCheri Tran Snaps
Merrin K.
Meeta arrived ahead of time and was ready to shoot for my son’s birthday party. I didn’t have a lot of time to pay attention to what she was doing, just made sure some group photos were clicked. I’d checked earlier on what would be covered and trusted her judgement. And I was prepared to wait for a week for the photos to be ready. To our surprise, our photos were ready the next day and we are all so happy with the outcome!!! She has a very keen eye and captured everyone’s natural selves including the guests! She was very patient with my one year old and captured a variety of his expressions. So glad I hired her for the event. Highly recommend her services for similar events.
Meeta AhlawatMeeta Ahlawat
Thumbtack Customer
Stavan was very professional and prompt in following up. The night of the event I had some last minute issues arise and he was very understanding and accommodating. As a professional photographer myself his work was everything that I expected it to be. I couldn't be any happier with his services!
Vision infinie by StavanVision infinie by Stavan
Dhwanit S.
I must say its a huge disappointment. 1) Not a single pic of birthday boy alone. 2) Birthday boy was in great mood but hardly couple of smiling pic. 3) We explicitly asked couple of times to take max pic of birthday boy and all decorations. But fail to cover all decorations and birthday boy. 4) No natural moments captured for birthday boy with parents We really regret our decision of picking Daniel as photographer for capturing memories of the most memorable event of our life. We hired a professional photographer so that we don't have to worry about covering/capturing event and birthday boy. a huge huge disappointment.
Real Estate PhotographerReal Estate Photographer
Ankita T.
We are so happy that we went with Teal for our quarantine wedding photography. Teal wore protective gear and was SO patient during the entire ceremony. Indian ceremonies usually take time but Teal was so pleasant to work with. He had great ideas for the pictures and was responsive after the event. We received the pictures earlier than expected and our families can’t stop raving about how awesome of a job Teal did. We already know who we’re hiring for our next event 😊 Can’t go wrong with Teal. Thank you, Teal!
Teal Mandzik PhotographyTeal Mandzik Photography
Vickie W.
Meeta photographed my husband’s 70th surprise birthday party. She captured the essence of the affair with beautiful, memorable, candid and group pictures. It was wonderful that I was free to enjoy the party knowing that Meeta was taking great shots of this important event. She is very professional, easy and assessable to talk with, and I would hire her again without hesitation. Thank you Meeta!
Meeta AhlawatMeeta Ahlawat
Namitha B.
I worked with Stefan for my daughters christening. He was super responsive and made sure he understood what exactly we wanted in terms of photography coverage on the day of the event. He is really personable; this helped us all be at ease and in turn we got some great family portraits. We were super happy with his pictures and will be working with him for sure in the future!
Stefan A. PhotographyStefan A. Photography
Akshay R.
Im so glad that we hired Meeta to cover our pre-wedding sangeeth party in San Jose, CA. Meeta was super professional and visited the venue couple of weeks prior to the event to get an idea of the lighting, and even suggested decorations that we could use, so that we get the best pictures. She has an excellent eye for detail, she arrived one hour before the event to take pictures of the decorations and couple shots, and set up the equipment needed for the photography. She was a joy to work with, and even though I am awkward in front of the camera, she made me feel very comfortable and took really great pictures. She was a dream for my fiance as well, who enjoys posing in front of the camera, and she loved the pictures that were taken. Meeta was very patient and professional and when we requested her to stay a bit longer than the intended duration of her coverage, she agreed to do so, but also quoted the overtime charges upfront, so there were no hidden fee or charges. She covered the entire event and captured pictures of nearly everyone who attended (around 40 people), capturing a combination of candid and posed photographs. Also I must add that she delivered high quality digital photo album within THREE DAYS, which is super super fast ! Overall, she was a pleasure to work with, and I would highly highly reccommend her services to anyone who is hosting an event. She is definitely worth the money that we paid for her and we would seek her services next time as well without thinking twice. Thank you Meeta !
Meeta AhlawatMeeta Ahlawat
Tuba S.
Phenomenal experience all around! Varun photographed our 4-day wedding and did an excellent job. He was prompt, courteous, easy to work with, and very flexible. He had to stay a little longer at our events and did so without hesitation. He threw in some extra time and edits and really made my wife and I feel like we were working with a trusted friend. The photos came out wonderfully. Editing was top notch and his camera and lighting are both excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend Varun to my friends and family. Thanks again, Varun!!
Varun Gorthy PhotographyVarun Gorthy Photography
Sweta s.
Andy is the best photographer I’ve ever met! Found him last minute for my daughters second birthday party and he did magic to her pictures! He captured all beautiful moments of my daughter and they are are all precious memories! He had a smile on his face throughout the event and captures all my friends and family’s pictures too! Please hire him and you will have the best experience.
Kitty H.
I hired Brian for my husband's 50th birthday party. It was milestone celebration so I wanted to capture as many memories. Brian was very responsive from the get go. He requested a quick chat with me prior to the event to make sure he understood what I wanted. He arrived early to the venue and took some great venue shots. Once the guests arrived, he was on top of his game. He took candid shots and many posed shots on request. He was super friendly and easy going. I received a link to the photos after only a few days. The photos are amazing! They exceeded my expectations. I shared some of the photos with our party guests and even they were impressed with the quality of the shots. I would hire Brian again in a hearbeat. Thanks Brian!
Brian Byllesby PhotographyBrian Byllesby Photography
Prithvi N.
We had a wonderful experience working with Meeta for an engagement party we hosted. She was very responsive during our initial correspondence, and showed up at the venue 15 minutes before our requested time. Her work was top notch. The lighting at our venue was a little low, but it did not affect the quality of the photographs. We received our copies within 2 days of the event. Very nice experience overall, and highly recommended.
Meeta AhlawatMeeta Ahlawat
Thumbtack Customer
I am so glad I used Thumbtack! It was last minute I decided to hire a photographer and just found this tool on line. Brian was awesome! On time, professional and reasonably priced. I love my pictures! The pictures came out beautiful. I will now have a wonderful keepsake to look back on from my birthday party. I would use Brian again at the next big event I have in my life.
Brian Byllesby PhotographyBrian Byllesby Photography
Swathi D.
Andre was a total pleasure to work with. Firstly his response to our party requirements were very clear. Extremely reasonable pricing for the quality of service he provides. He got to the house 10 minutes before time and checked and adjusted lighting etc. I had requested to get a few raw pictures the same day and he actually delivered though the event ended at 7pm that day. He had our edited pictures ready in 2 weeks and the quality of the pictures is just AWESOME!! Would definitely recommend Mytelli visuals for any photo needs. Thank you for such a beautiful and memorable experience Andre.
Mvtelli VisualsMvtelli Visuals
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