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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.

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.

Reviews for Denver family photographers
Jessica D.
Andi was great. We love our family photos and I would recommend her to other friends and family.
Whiskey Media StudiosWhiskey Media Studios
Joseph B.
Sloan was very flexible and patient for our family photos. We have some great pictures from the photo shoot.
Rebecca Sloan CreativeRebecca Sloan Creative
Alondra G.
Was the best photo shoot I have ever had. Tim was very flexible with what I wanted. I would recommend for family and friends. Works good with big family's.
303 Aerials LLC303 Aerials LLC
Jennifer O.
Anna is a fantastic photographer, and really fun to work with! She shot my daughter's Senior Photos, and my whole family was thrilled with the results. I highly recommend her services!
Anna Kay PhotographyAnna Kay Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Kevin did our family photos and was friendly, fun, professional and a huge hit with out two year old son. We had our photos back in less than a week and they are all beautiful. I have never been so pleased with family photos as I am with these. I can't wait to schedule our next session! I highly recommend Kevin to everyone!
Kevin Snyder PhotographyKevin Snyder Photography
Kristina L.
Marc has a talent for capturing beautiful, natural photos in amazing backgrounds. He is very professional and a real pleasure to work with. We wanted to do another session with Marc when we saw his photos, which look a real-life photo documentary of our family enjoying our day in Denver. He managed to shoot timeless, artistic photos that preserve our real family dynamics and we are grateful to have found him on thumbtack!!
Dalio PhotoDalio Photo
Kelly D.
Ed was so easy to work with! I needed a photographer last minute for a family photoshoot and was so happy that he was available! He always responds quickly with answers to my questions and was willing to let my goofy family be our goofy selves during our photos. I'm so excited to see them!
Voyager StudiosVoyager Studios
Brianna B.
Such a great experience! Got family photos done in Lakewood and the pictures turned out great! Very fun couple. They took many different angles and shots. Would highly recommend!
Links PhotographyLinks Photography
Thumbtack Customer
My family and I are a handful to deal with overall. A family of 12, and he handled our crazy bunch great. He was very patient with us and helped us with our posing. He was great, and I will be hiring him again once I need more photos taken. Thank you!!
Zebrajellyfish PhotographyZebrajellyfish Photography
Amanda R.
Ed was great to work with! He shot our family photos he day after Christmas and there were 12 of us! He was calm, collected, and just a joy to work with! Will hire again!
Voyager StudiosVoyager Studios
Thumbtack Customer
Absolutely in love with our family photos! Susan is very easy to work with. She helped us with poses and worked around our sleeping baby (crying towards the end) and not to mention we also had a dog in the mix. We our excited to have some more family portraits taken by her in the future!
Susan Groff PhotographySusan Groff Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Catherine you are so awesome and very professional with my family photo! With the preview you sent me by email, I am super excited to see how everything else came out. I'll definitely be coming back to you for future photos! Awesome, awesome work and budget friendly... You are so awesome!
Catherine Lea PhotographyCatherine Lea Photography
Elena C.
Katelynn was absolutely fabulous! We did a father/daughter shoot, with some family style photos as well and they turned out AMAZING! She was so sweet with our little toddler and so easy to work with. My boyfriend and I are now anxiously waiting to do some couple photos with her because she just makes you feel so comfortable and natural. Would absolutely recommend for any type of photos that you might need!
Katelynn Jordan PhotographyKatelynn Jordan Photography
Erin N.
RamenViews did an incredible job of capturing our large family and even got incredible shots of our wiggly little ones. He made the entire experience so fun! We are very pleased with our photos and will cherish them for years to come!
RJ Photo MediaRJ Photo Media
Anita C.
Sound did an amazing job on our family photos. There were eight of us and he was so patient and kind with our kids. Definitely has an eye for detail and captures the moment perfectly. I would highly recommend him and will definitely use him again.
Katey J.
We had a wonderful experience working with Elizabeth for our family photos! She was great to work with our 5 month old and our two energetic dogs. She took the extra time to go scout out the area we were going to take pictures the week before. We love our pictures and will use her again.
Amber H.
This is our second time working with Katie and she has been a dream! She is so kind, professional, and has been so patient with our crazy pup and toddler! We received all the photos she took and quickly after they were taken! She always captures our family perfectly in the most beautiful spots! We highly recommend Katie!!
B&B Event SolutionsB&B Event Solutions
Emily M.
I wanted to do something special for my husband for Father's Day and decided to hire Voyager Studios for an hour session of family photography. We had a WONDERFUL experience. Ed was the first photographer to ever make me feel comfortable. He was kind and enthusiastic and happy! He always made me feel like I was taking a good picture. He was great with our 2 kids (both under 1.5 years) even though one cried the majority of the session. He was also amazing with scheduling. I definitely dropped the ball a couple times on communication and he was understanding and lovely about it. With 2 babies some days I barely eat/get dressed. I would definitely hire him to fulfill any photography needs and look forward to working with him in the future. Thanks SO much Ed!
Voyager StudiosVoyager Studios
Erica G.
I thought Lilya with Aquarelle Imagery was just fantastic. She arrived at the shoot location before our scheduled time just to prepare, and she was friendly and efficient. We were doing a large family shot (around 20 people) so it was a difficult job, but she got it done with ease, and got some very nice smaller group shots as well. In the end, she provided even more photos than we were anticipating. Very satisfied overall!
SOAPBOX PhotographySOAPBOX Photography
Taylor M.
Let me just start off by saying how AMAZING Katelynn really is. This was hands down THE BEST photoshoot I have ever experienced. Katelynn went out of her way to get to know me and my aunt (who was helping me out). She was able to inspire us with new poses we didn't even think of before and was able to take on any challenge we threw her way. She even had my Graduation photos available to look at the next day... TALK ABOUT FAST! You can tell that Katelynn puts all her passion into her photoshoots by the way she connects with her models. She was always enthusiastic and in great spirits and kept the conversations going the whole time! My family will definitely be using Katelynn for all future photo events. You will not regret hiring her. I encourage it!! I just want to say thank you so so so much Katelynn for making my Graduation pictures so special. These are memories that my family will hold onto for lifetimes to come. Thank you!!
Katelynn Jordan PhotographyKatelynn Jordan Photography
Janelle V.
My family had a more than fantastic experience with Links!!! Definitely would recommend for any occasion. Links is not only highly professional, extremely friendly as well as capable of delivering talented and unique photography. Additionall we received our prints immediately after our weekend shoot and found the selection of products available online to be more than amazing! Overall my husband and I feel extremely grateful to have been connected with Links and her crew and will be keeping them on top of our Thumbtack contacts for future fun adventures 🐶 -Infinite Gratitude from C.J, Janelle & Marco Zagal
Links PhotographyLinks Photography
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