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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 Sunnyvale professional photographers
Amazing photographer. Adam and Hanna are really professional when it comes to their craft. The pictures came out fantastic. I would get married again just to take more bridal photos.
Adam & Hanna Photography (Thumbtack Top Pro)Adam & Hanna Photography (Thumbtack Top Pro)
Basma E.
It was great working with Augustin from SuperCute Photography. He made us feel comfortable in the photoshoot and he took many shots to ensure that we would have enough photos to our liking. Very professional, very respectful. Great service. I highly recommend.
SuperCute PhotographySuperCute Photography
Chanikya R.
Michael is so friendly and very professional at work. He shot very good photos for my wedding. I would definitely work with him again.
Michael Keel PhotographyMichael Keel Photography
Ella T.
Lisa is so lovely! We shot at Elizabeth Gamble Gardens in Palo Alto. She is a very creative, friendly and professional photographer and I’m so glad I ended up going with her. The pictures we did were graduation portraits, and as we shot she would show me the photos, prior to editing. Wouldn’t have been able to make a better choice for photography! Thank you so much Lisa!
Lisa Beeson ImageryLisa Beeson Imagery
Thumbtack Customer
Brian helped us with an engagement photo session. We decided to have the photo shoot in the last minute two weeks before the wedding, so we needed the photos very soon. Brian was very helpful to set the schedule as it was convenient for us, also he sent us the photos much earlier than he was supposed to do. We did the photo shoot in Santa Clara University. He was very professional that he arrived earlier to look around the campus and chose the great spots for the photos. He also knows how to make you feel comfortable. It is not very easy to smile and be shoot for a long time as we are not professional models. He caught our mind and feelings very well, so he gave proper tips and adjustments to make us look better and more natural. Finally, we really love our engagement photos and all our friends and family said they look wonderful, gorgeous and even artistic. We were very happy.. Thank you so much Brian! We will call you again if we have any special occasion later on.
Brian Byllesby PhotographyBrian Byllesby Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Lawrence came on time and quickly started on his task,very professional. Took so many really good candid photo shots and also very patient in taking all the still group photographs requested by me. Totally worth the money spent. I will hire him again for my next event:)
Lawrence GeraldLawrence Gerald
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Steve to take head shots of me so that I could post one on Linked In. I am delighted with the photos, which look professional. During the photo shoot, Steve had very helpful suggestions about positioning my face, head, neck and shoulders. I had my hair and makeup done professionally, which I recommend so that you look your best.
Steve Fogel PhotographySteve Fogel Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Brian did an amazing job taking photos of our daughter. He was very professional and made us feel comfortable. I will definitely be hiring him again for future pictures.
Brian Byllesby PhotographyBrian Byllesby Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I went to Shew Design Studio for a professional headshot. Dennis was already set to go when I arrived at the appointed time. He had an upbeat personality and was able to put me at ease despite my trepidation about the photo shoot. We were done well within the allotted hour and I had plenty of good photos to select from.
Shew Design StudioShew Design Studio
Anusha G.
Meeta is just amazing!! I hired her to capture my daughter's First Birthday and she did a wonderful job at capturing the entire event very beautifully. She is a lovely person and so punctual that she actually arrived at the venue earlier than the asked time so that she could photograph the decorations and get some portraits of my baby and us. She made sure all the guests are covered in the photos. Very easy to work with especially with kids!! I strongly recommend her to anyone thats looking for a professional event photographer. I will definitely hire her again for any events we have. Thank you Meeta for making our special day even more special with your beautiful photos.
Meeta AhlawatMeeta Ahlawat
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff did a great job of photographing our corporate event. He showed up on time, was very professional and was easy to work with. We had our pictures quickly as well. We would definitely use him again.
Jeff Rumans PhotographyJeff Rumans Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Brian did a great job of photographing our daughter's wedding reception. He showed up on time and was very professional. We're really happy with the pictures he took. He got around to the whole crowd without being intrusive.
Brian Byllesby PhotographyBrian Byllesby Photography
Bobby Z.
Allan was very friendly, responsive, and professional throughout the process. Our communication was smooth and easy. He suggested a beautiful location, the Lands End in SF. We also love his detailed and creative guidance for poses. We had fun and unique experience and photos.
Allan Kuo PhotographyAllan Kuo Photography
Menn A.
Jordan was very professional and her delivery was timely! We had an amazing time with our photo shoot and the pictures came out great. She was as thrilled about our experience as we were! Thanks Jordan!:) We hope to schedule another shoot in the future!
Jordan Katz MediaJordan Katz Media
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Sumit to take head shots of our physicians and executive team through Thumbtack. I interviewed five different photographers and decided on Sumit after viewing his outstanding portfolio. He showed up right on time and brought all of his equipment to our office to set up a mobile studio. The whole process was much easier than I imagined. Sumit makes people feel comfortable and that shows in the photos. We are very pleased with the results. He is a true professional and I highly recommend him.
sreel Photographysreel Photography
Saroj A.
Lawrence did a fantastic job with our wedding pictures. Would definitely recommend to more people. He is friendly, professional and a talented photographer. Our pictures turned out great and he has captured all the moments of the wedding. Just added one picture to show one of the ceremony captured.
Lawrence GeraldLawrence Gerald
Suresh D.
Chris is really awesome and very affordable. He is very professional and his work was great. We got wonderful pictures of our birthday party. He was punctual, covered the event really well and delivered the photos on time. I will definitely hire him in the future and would highly recommend him.
WOWza PhotographyWOWza Photography
Vishal M.
We had our first Maternity shoot with Stavan and it was amazing. He was with his assistant Ayush. Firstly, during this COVID19 situation we were looking for some outdoor location that feels safe and nearby our residence. Stavan suggested a very nice location with a very less crowd. Coming to photography, I must say Stavan is very professional. We loved each and every shot he captured. His composition and editing is fabulous. We expected an hour of photoshoot but he and Ayush stayed beyond that. We felt very comfortable because of his friendly nature, patience and flexibility. Also, he didn't had any limits on number of photos to be shared. He shared all the photos with us. I would definitely recommend Stavan for photoshoot and we would love to connect with him for photoshoots in future.
Vision infinie PhotographyVision infinie Photography
Steffi B.
My daughter hadn’t had much experience with photoshoots but Tiffany made her feel easy. She gave her very specific directions to guide her through the photoshoot. She made my daughter feel very comfortable and she had a lot of fun. Tiffany’s manners were excellent. We asked her to do a professional acting headshot. The photos were exactly what we were looking for and more. If we were to ever do a photoshoot again we would definitely do it with Tiffany!
Tiffany Johnson PhotographyTiffany Johnson Photography
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