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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.

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 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.

Reviews for SoMa professional photographers
Thumbtack Customer
Professional and great photos! Thanks
Anastasia Sierra Photography (Boston)Anastasia Sierra Photography (Boston)
Mihnea M.
Great photographer and strong professional.
Godoy Shots Photography StudioGodoy Shots Photography Studio
Brennan B.
Beyond impressed with the quality of photos and the professionalism and patience of RF Photography. Can’t wait to use them again!
Harvey K.
Simone was personable, professional, and took great photos! Very happy with how the photos turned out, 100% would do it again
eyeCatchLight PhotographyeyeCatchLight Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Friendly and professional approach. The photos met my needs for a professional head shot.
Photos By Joie ReyPhotos By Joie Rey
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding photographer, professional and wonderful to work with. Highly recommend.
Godoy Shots Photography StudioGodoy Shots Photography Studio
Jessica H.
Amazing photos for our awareness walk. Friendly and professional. Quick turnaround of photos. Highly recommend booking! We will book Andre again!
Andre Soto ProductionsAndre Soto Productions
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional and great photos! He was right on time and took photos of the entire party including a video that is great. Thanks so much!
Kuks Singh Photo & Video | Top ProKuks Singh Photo & Video | Top Pro
Aaron N.
Eedlin was incredibly gracious and professional. Her photos were amazing!
Labra PhotographyLabra Photography
Tom R.
Jeff was 100% professional and provided great quality photos on schedule.
Jeff Rumans PhotographyJeff Rumans Photography
Marissa D.
Great photographer! Very professional. Would definitely use again!
Tri Nguyen Photography "Thumbtack's Best of 2020"Tri Nguyen Photography "Thumbtack's Best of 2020"
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
Kristal B.
I was in a bind and needed a photographer to attend our event take photos of our participants. They responded quickly, were very professional and responsive. On event day, even though it was raining they showed up on time and took some wonderful heartfelt photos!
Thumbtack Customer
Olga did a fantastic job photographing my wedding celebration! The photos were beautiful, artistic, and truly showed the glow and happiness of the night! Olga was professional and easy to work with.
Olga Ivanova PhotographyOlga Ivanova Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Dan was professional, easy to work with, and had quick turnaround time with the photos. He has a great eye, and I'd highly recommend him for head shots or lifestyle photos!
Dan Stroud PhotographyDan Stroud Photography
Shiv B.
Stavan was professional, friendly, and the photos were stellar! Definitely recommend working with him.
Vision infinie PhotographyVision infinie Photography
Oluwatomisin O.
Dennis was very professional and prompt, and the pictures turned out great! Definitely recommend him for your professional photo needs
Dennis Tyler PhotographyDennis Tyler Photography
Sharmin S.
I strongly recommend Fifi. She is very professional, responsive and a very talented photographer.
Fifi Fresh PhotographyFifi Fresh Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Kristina was great! She was professional, flexible, and delivered our engagement photos quickly. She was able to work with the windy conditions of the location and delivered beautiful photos! I would recommend her to anyone!
Krust PhotographyKrust Photography
Graham G.
Dan was professional and efficient. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a photo update.
Dan Stroud PhotographyDan Stroud Photography
Matthew P.
Great professional photographer with a keen eye and solid technical skills. Would definitely hire again.
Anastasia Sierra PhotographyAnastasia Sierra Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Albert and the team are excellent. they are very professional and I love the photos. Thank you so much.
DeNoise Studios (California)DeNoise Studios (California)
Scott S.
We hired Lisa for some engagement photos. She did a great job! She was very responsive and professional. She was very receptive to what we wanted. And most importantly the photos turned out great!
Lisa Beeson ImageryLisa Beeson Imagery
Jordan C.
Victoria is amazing! Would recommend highly to anyone seeking high-level professional photography in a comfortable environment
Victoria GarciaVictoria Garcia
Ryan G.
Diane is truly a professional and we were so amazed by her photos and quality. Would highly recommend!
Diane Bentley Raymond Photography/VideographyDiane Bentley Raymond Photography/Videography
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