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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.

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.

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 Washington event photographers
Clay L.
The photographer showed up in street clothes for a black tie event despite being instructed to wear business attire. The incident was unprofessional and I had to hire a different event photographer.
MANA Media (photo/video/creative solutions)MANA Media (photo/video/creative solutions)
Audrey T.
We hired Greg Dohler Photography for an exclusive event at the Ritz-Carlton with approximately 100 guests, and Greg took incredible photos at great angles. He captured many special moments shared between guests at yesterday's event. We highly recommend Greg and his work for any event or professional photography needs.
Greg Dohler PhotographyGreg Dohler Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Erik is a very talented photographer. He worked a high profile event for us that included a number of high ranking politicians. He was extremely reliable and professional throughout the entire event. I would recommend him to anyone looking for an event photographer in the DC area.
Erik Dobecky PhotographyErik Dobecky Photography
Anna B.
Doug is a terrific photographer and he captured the excitement of the event and evening.
Doug Sanford photographsDoug Sanford photographs
Thumbtack Customer
Robert Mang was delightful to work with. He arrived at the event early, met with staff to review and discuss photo coverage, assisted in setting up visuals for photo opportunities, and worked consistently to capture every aspect of the event.
Mang PhotoMang Photo
Adam R.
The photos were exceptional and captured the energy of the event! So grateful for Mark!
Marsh Kove MediaMarsh Kove Media
James S.
Mark is a fantastic event photographer. He really captured the vibe we were going. Turnaround on photos was very quick as well!
Marsh Kove MediaMarsh Kove Media
Tanika M.
Captured the moments! I was looking for a photographer to to photograph my event and PKP definitely hit the mark! Very professional with intention to make sure he understood the vision. He let the event happen as he masterfully caught interactions. The quality of the photos were outstanding. I would definitely hire again.
PKP Studios LLCPKP Studios LLC
Thumbtack Customer
David is extremely professional and is an excellent photographer. He did a wonderful job on our corporate anniversary event. I would recommend him for any event.
David Keith PhotographyDavid Keith Photography
Amanda C.
THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHER IN THE WORLD !!!! He is the ONLY person I will ask to be my photographer, for any and every event I have in the future. ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR !!!
Brown PhotographyBrown Photography
Charlette B.
He took amazing photos of my event he captured all of the best moments
Cristi's PhotographyCristi's Photography
Jay j.
Excellent photographer on time responsive and professional will def use again and recommend for any event
Magic Touch StudiosMagic Touch Studios
Jessica H.
Excellent and professional service! Quick turn around with photos and willing to meet event needs. Will book again and definitely recommend to others, especially for events such as ours (awareness walk)
Marsh Kove MediaMarsh Kove Media
Amy M.
Good experience working with DIM. The company was professional, and handled the photographs for our corporate event well.
DIM Productions Home Of Red The ShooterDIM Productions Home Of Red The Shooter
Thumbtack Customer
Maria is an excellent photographer, She definitely captured the spirit of the event. We look forward to working with her in the future.
Maria Sova PhotographyMaria Sova Photography
Laura H.
Great to work with and great photos! Gethro has a real talent for taking photos in a really easy going way. I've seen a lot of photographers who distract your attention from the main event as they're taking photos but Gethro fits right in and does a terrific job!
Quantized Pixels LLCQuantized Pixels LLC
Kimberly T.
I worked with Saman to photograph my birthday party on a boat. Saman was incredibly professional, was prompt, and exceptional in his communication. Prior to the event, Saman and I arranged a call to discuss my vision and he shared with me what I could expect from the photos in my setting and lighting. During the day of the event, Saman showed up on time and was prepared with all of his equipment. He was very nice in taking photos of me and all of my guests including candid photos. The photos turned out wonderfully, was exactly what I was looking for and exceeded expectations! Saman was truly wonderful to work with and I would hire him again for any event in the future.
Candidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer - DCCandidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer - DC
Thumbtack Customer
Zach was the event photographer for our two-day conference. This event is incredibly important to our organization, and ensuring we have quality photographs of it is essential. Zach was great to work with - responsive, easy going, flexible, and most importantly got great shots! I'd definitely work with Zach again in the future and would be happy to recommend him to others.
Zach MillerZach Miller
Terri J.
I was so pleased with the level of professionalism and responsiveness from Winstead Studios. The photos were excellent and captured the guest experience perfectly. Great photo journal of our 900 attendee event. Highly recommend.
Winstead StudiosWinstead Studios
Rae B.
My daughter was promoted in the military and needed photos taken. She was on time and did quality work. In addition to the photos I was able to get a video that commemorated the event. I would recommend her without hesitation.
Dom Design Marketing (photography & videography)Dom Design Marketing (photography & videography)
Kevin C.
Doug was terrific to work with. He was extremely professional and his photos captured the life and spirit of our University of New Hampshire alumni event. I would highly recommend Doug for any photography needs you have.
Doug Sanford photographsDoug Sanford photographs
Thumbtack Customer
We hired LaVette at the last minute to do one hour of photography at my children's Bnai mitzvah party. We only wanted one hour of photos - to include some specific group shots as well as candid shots of people including on the dance floor. I spoke twice with LaVette in the days before the event and was immediately impressed. LaVette understood we only wanted an hour of photography but asked if she could arrive a little early to get the "lay of the land" and get a feel for the people and the event. LaVette also expressed concern with the time parameters and wanted to ensure that we both were on the same page as far as expectations. I could tell LaVette was a true artist as she wanted to make sure she captured the essence of the event and not just a series of photos. I appreciated this because it showed that LaVette wanted to produce the highest quality of photos even if only for an hour. I also appreciated LaVette's attention to detail as well as her questions which showed she was committed to fully responding to my specific requests for photos and did not want to miss any shots. On the day of the event I was wrapped up with the festivities but briefly met LaVette and saw her in action - and saw that she had communicated with the DJ and the event coordinator to make sure all were on board with helping her organize the photos we wanted taken. After the event, Lavette sent us the photos promptly (before most of our family left town!) and they were exactly what we had asked for and more. The series of photos that she took told a story and brought to life the party and the dancing. Only wish I had hired her for the whole event rather than one hour! Overall we had a excellent experience with LaVette and I would not hesitate to hire her again.
Arms' PerspectiveArms' Perspective
Carlotta S.
I am so glad that I discovered Onder Adem Photography for a last minute request to hire a photographer for a retirement celebration. Adem is very professional, responsive, great to work with and he did an awesome job at capturing the event at its best. I was very pleased with the experience and final photographs - I recommend him to anyone looking for an excellent photographer.
Onder Adem PhotographyOnder Adem Photography
Stephanie D.
Reached out to Shohn to photograph our corporate event last minute. He was very accommodating and provided a great service! This was a themed event with corporate guests from all over the globe. He arrived early, was great with guests, and worked the crowd with ease. I would highly recommend using him for your next event!
Untouchable ShotsUntouchable Shots
Tamara A.
Working with Trevaughn was fantastic. He responded to my 8 million questions quickly, he asked good questions before our event, he arrived on time, and - of course - the photos he took were wonderful. They captured the mood of our event. He also uploaded the photos quickly once our event was over so that we can start using them in our corporate materials. His price was reasonable, too. Overall I had a great experience and I plan to work with him again!
Trevaughn Smith PhotographyTrevaughn Smith Photography
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