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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.

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.

Reviews for Santa Monica event photographers
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Brad to shoot our corporate event this past June. He arrived on time, was extremely professional, and the photos turned out great. Brad captured not only our product photos, but candid shots and photos of the event space, as well.
Brad Zangwill PhotographyBrad Zangwill Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Wow. I have hired a lot of event photographers but Brad truly stands out. Brad comes equipt with all of the gizmos and gadgets to take the best photos in any setting. I have yet to receive such professional images. Event photography is difficult. It is hard to capture the right natural moments. Brad is a master at this. Turn around time of edited image gallery was less than 24-hours. Incredible. Will definitely hire again!
Brad Zangwill PhotographyBrad Zangwill Photography
Erica M.
Jessica was amazing!! She was so professional and responsive from the beginning, and we knew after the first phone call with her that she was going to be great! We put on 5 events per year every year and she was one of the best event photographers we have ever hired. Her photos were great, she captured everything we needed even with multiple things happening at the event at once. She was so nice and we enjoyed working with her very much over our 3 event days! We'd hire Jessica again anytime!
Jessica Franz PhotographyJessica Franz Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I booked Richard Hartog for a workshop at The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica.I was looking for a photographer that could capture the mood of the event and tell a story through the images taken at the workshop. I was incredibly impressed with the work that Richard produced in his portfolio and contacted him regarding this event. In the initial calls Richard was very open and communicative. He told me exactly what I would be getting with his service and thoroughly explained the process. As a result, he was contracted to cover a 6-hour span of my event and in that he captured the true emotion of my guests. From the time I began working with Richard to the time he delivered our photos, Richard was genuine, professional, accommodating, helpful, and eager. He understood the nature of the event and the results we were hoping to obtain. Richard arrived early at the event and stayed through the duration of the event, even past what was contracted. He came dressed professionally and with a positive attitude ready to be a part of the event. During the event he moved throughout the room to capture different angles and guests. He was very attentive to the flow of the event and to the reactions of the Guests. He was consistently in the right place to capture the important aspects of the event and was constantly shooting. Following the event, Richard quickly provided a gallery of images to look through from the event. The quality of the images were great! They captured what was needed and desired. Richard followed up quickly with the contracted images chosen and I was able to use them in all of my follow up event materials. I am greatly impressed with the quality of work, Richard's persona, and professionalism. I would highly recommend the use of this photographer for your future event.
Richard Hartog PhotographyRichard Hartog Photography
Yang C.
It was an amazing experience having Joe and his assistant as our photographers for our son's first birthday party at Marine Park. They are super nice and friendly, professional, responsive, and punctual. They listened to us, did just as what we asked for, that is, around 70% photos for our family and at least several for the each guest. Photo quality is fantastic and fine tuned. They got back to us within 2 days after the event, and gave us many more photos than what we expected!!! Everyone is happy with their photos. Thanks so much for your great job, Joe! ❤️
Joe Chung PhotographyJoe Chung Photography
Rose J.
Sasha was professional and extremely easy to work with. She took on our last-minute project with a ton of enthusiasm and shot some great photos of the event which we used on social media and in marketing emails. Thank you Sasha!
Blyss G Photo by Sasha ReneeBlyss G Photo by Sasha Renee
Thumbtack Customer
Leslie captured our engagement perfectly. She met me a few days before on location to discuss and plan the proposal. On the day of the event she was there on time, caught the special moment, and then helped us take some really nice photos together. Highly recommended. Thank you, Leslie :)
Leslie Rodriguez PhotographyLeslie Rodriguez Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Kelli did a wonderful job of photographing our friends and family event in July 2015. She has so much energy and enthusiasm that is contagious that people who ordinarily shun the camera want to get involved with the fun she generates. She is open to all the shot requests that you have and will capture them for you. I highly recommend MacTaggart Media.
MacTaggart MediaMacTaggart Media
David E.
Grant was incredible! I used Grant to photograph my surprise proposal in Santa Monica. He was so professional and incredibly responsive. He took care of everything so all I had to worry about was making sure she said yes! The pictures he took turned out to be incredible and we had a ton of adorable poses that were his idea! I highly recommend Grant for any type of event!
Grant Terzakis PhotographyGrant Terzakis Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Working with Jami has been one of the most satisfying aspects of creating my daughter's Bat Mitzvah ceremony and party. She was a joy to work with... responsive, quick to understand our preferences, and thoughtful. And the end results have been so pleasing. She took photos and video and then produced a truly lovely "story" that captured the event perfectly, for our enjoyment and for absent family and friends to feel that they were almost there! She went way over and above for the engagement and we truly appreciate her talent AND level of customer service. She will definitely be our go to person in future.
J. Concepts ProductionsJ. Concepts Productions
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