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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 Washington family photographers
Jessica D.
This photo shoot was extremely important to our family. We had just expanded our family through adoption. Our adult children are spread across the country so this was a rare opportunity to have all of us together. Ronnie was fun, patient, and flexible. The photos were amazing. We highly recommend him. I might add it was shockingly hot for a May day. I think his photo editing defied mother nature as we all look relaxed and sweat free in the photos!
95 Images95 Images
Victoria G.
Being a military family with few ties to the area can make it difficult to find a quality photographer to trust with our family memories. We were SO blessed to find Georgette! She was flexible, patient with the two toddlers and most importantly captured some incredibly beautiful and spontaneous moments of our morning together. Very Grateful to have these images. Thanks Again Georgette. The Gear Family
Lotus PhotographyLotus Photography
Tiombe N.
Hassan did a fantastic job with our family portraits. My family and I traveled to DC for the Thanksgiving holiday and he was more than happy to fit us in. He was very professional, attentive, prompt and super creative. We have received so many raving reviews from our family and friends. Hassan created photos that we are proud of and will definitely last us a lifetime!
Hassan Malik PhotographyHassan Malik Photography
Kate T.
Peter was great! He was professional from start to finish, made our family feel at ease, and provided us great quality photos before we expected them to be ready!
Kokee StudioKokee Studio
Thumbtack Customer
Miranda did our family photos this weekend. We really wanted to incorporate the cherry blossoms. The photos turned out amazing! She was great with our kids and made us all feel comfortable. I would DEFINITELY use her again to capture all our priceless moments!
Catherine Rae PhotographyCatherine Rae Photography
Lin C.
We had a great experience using Saul as our photographer for a small family reunion. He was punctual, patient, and hoghly skillful. Most importantly, his photos turned out amazing. Also, our 1-yr old son was very fussy during the photo shoot, but Saul handled him perfectly. Despite his fussiness, Saul captured many outstanding and candid photos of him. We are super impressed with Saul, and will def use him again
Kate J.
We had a wonderful experience shooting family photos on the Georgetown campus with Fiorella. She accommodated my last minute schedule request, and met us right on time. She had fun ideas for poses and backgrounds, and her friendly and engaging manner made the shoot go smoothly. She was great with our 7-year-old, and captured a cute candid or two as well. The photos were ready in just three days, and I am so pleased with the quality. Her photography and editing skills are top notch. We were from out of town, but if needed photos in DC again, would happily contact Fiorella.
Fiorella PhotographyFiorella Photography
Isabella C.
I had an AMAZING experience with Lotus Photography! Georgette and her husband were very nice and professional. She really took my vision and thoughts into consideration since the first time we spoke over the phone. She was very responsive to any questions I had prior to and after the photoshoot. She also had creative ideas to make the photoshoot so much fun! Since I was taking photos for graduation, she brought some confetti and found beautiful areas on campus to take photos. It was more than I could've asked for. She was very flexible, and took a variety of photos that really enabled me to have so many great photo options at the end. She took a mixture of solo photos and also incorporated my boyfriend into some great shots that I'm very excited to print for my house. Accessing the photos was easy, and the link can be sent to family and friends very soon after the photoshoot. Her photos came out absolutely beautiful! I would definitely recommend having her take your photos. Thank you so much Georgette!
Lotus PhotographyLotus Photography
Ashley E.
Wow! My family has never had professional photos taken together, and this was a real treat. Lakeshia was amazing at directing the 6 of us humans (and 1 dog). She was on time, so responsive, kind, funny, and made the whole experience a pleasure. My brothers hate having their photo taken and even they were smiling. The photos she sent back are BEAUTIFUL. I know it can be difficult to get everything right when your taking photos in a public place flooded with tourists, but she did. We cannot thank her enough and I highly recommend working with her if you need someone who is kind, joyful, professional, and above all, talented! Thanks again!!
Keys Photo StudioKeys Photo Studio
Brenna L.
Bria did an amazing job capturing a casual family outing with my parents and their grandsons. She was very understanding of the “young ones’” needs and easily went with the flow of the photo shoot. We now have priceless moments captured in our nation’s capital for both grandparents and grandkids to cherish for a lifetime.
Bria Lynn PhotographyBria Lynn Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Jenny and her husband were great. Our family was visiting D.C. and wanted to take some family pictures I found Photo Genesis and were very happy I did. There were 12 of us and they were very accommodating and took lovely pictures. We took pictures on Sunday and on Thursday they gave us a sneak peak. A week after taking pictures we were able to download them from dropbox. They went over and beyond our exceptions will recommend them to everyone.
Photo GenesisPhoto Genesis
Taylor D.
I had a fantastic experience using Jamaal for my graduation photos this Spring. He was always quick to reply, very polite and informative. On the shoot day he had no problem walking around the chosen photoshoot sites to find the perfect lighting and spots to shoot. He met me by the Lincoln Memorial and also did some shots by the World War II Memorial. All the photos came out great and it was easy to pay and share with my friends and family. Great price for a great experience!
Visuals by J. McKenzieVisuals by J. McKenzie
Kristen B.
What a great experience our photo session was and so thankful he made changes with us since we had to change the location of the shoot a couple times. He was so good with the kids and the whole family and very professional. I just wish we lived closer so we could use him again. If you are in the Washington DC area I highly recommend giving him a call.
Brown PhotographyBrown Photography
Gaetan & Alicia B.
Very high quality photos- worth every penny. My family and I are very happy and satisfied. He captured amazing moments that will last a lifetime...He was great with my three-year-old daughter, my husband and even my dog.... making feel everyone feel relaxed and very comfortable. We're looking forward to have a few more sessions with him and my new upcoming baby.
Hassan Malik PhotographyHassan Malik Photography
Shawn A.
I used KE Photography as a gift to my husband for Father's Day and it was an awesome experience. My husband was on the fence about when and where to do the photo-shoot, but Kari was flexible and patience, and great with communicating! He picked a Sat at Burk Lake Park. Kari was early and already had locations picked out for us. The shoot went smooth, which could have been complicated with a 20mon old in the heat. Her turnaround time with the pictures was super quick and the pictures are great. Our family and friends loves them. We will differently be using her services again and recommend her to anyone looking for a great experience and awesome pictures.
KE PhotographyKE Photography
Melissa R.
Hassan took family photos for me and I could not be happier with the results! The pictures are beautiful - he managed to capture my little one smiling in all different positions and with several different backgrounds. He is great with kids and was a pleasure to be around. He even helped me pick out my little one's outfit change to make sure the colors would pop in the picture. He also took picturesque shots of my family on the National Mall which are blown up and hanging on my wall, and will also be featured on our holiday card this year. His value cannot be beat --you get a lot of great shots for the reasonable price, and his customer service is above and beyond.
Hassan Malik PhotographyHassan Malik Photography
Mary A.
We had a wonderful experience with Rachel. We were on our family vacation to Washington DC from Louisiana and wanted to take some pictures to use for a Christmas card. Rachel suggested Great Falls Park which is beautiful. She met us out there and hiked with us as we explored and posed for some shots. What we got was amazing to say the least. She snapped tons of photos, candid and posed. It was so much fun. You can't go wrong with Rachel. She is very friendly and knows what she is doing.
Rachel Walisko PhotographyRachel Walisko Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Carrie to take pictures of our family following a graduation ceremony in DC. She met us on-time, was very friendly, and was interested in going the extra mile to get us a great shot. The pictures were very important and special to our parents so we were thrilled to get them done. The pictures were excellent quality and she took a TON. Everything since has been great. She quickly responds to our consistent emails asking about editing, printing, and costs. Next time I need a photographer I am calling Carrie!
Karki Family PhotographyKarki Family Photography
Sarah M.
I hired Jeff to take some portraits of my family while everyone was in town for Thanksgiving. We wanted the photos outside, but the original day we picked was pouring rain. Jeff happily helped us change the plan last minute so we could shoot in the sun the next day. I was so grateful!! The pictures are BEAUTIFUL- they are exactly what I was hoping for. As an added bonus, we received them super quickly. I could not be happier with the whole experience. Thank you, Jeff! (PS- we were 8 adults and a baby, with several different picture configurations).
Jeff Berger PhotographyJeff Berger Photography
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