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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Washington graduation photographers
Allison B.
Metin took beautiful photos of the Webster University graduation ceremony. He's great to work with -- I'd highly recommend him!
Picaboost Photography StudiosPicaboost Photography Studios
Katherine B.
I hired Whitney for a graduation photo shoot on the National Mall, and she delivered the best photos and overall experience I could have possibly asked for! She is responsive, friendly, and professional, and the final results are absolutely beautiful! Beyond her incredible skills as a photographer, Whitney could also add stylist, director, bouncer, and therapist to her list of talents. I cannot recommend her enough!!
Whitney Ingram,Odja LLCWhitney Ingram,Odja LLC
Christopher B.
I worked with Doug for my graduation photos from Georgetown and his work was outstanding. I and my family were very pleased with how the photos turned out. Communicating with Doug was smooth and he was very punctual. He brings a lot of energy and expertise to his work and has a great eye for good shots. I can’t recommend him enough.
Doug Sanford photographsDoug Sanford photographs
Meredith J.
Valeriia was incredible— exceeded my expectations!! As someone who has never done any kind of photo shoot whatsoever, I had no idea what to expect. Valeriia was SO efficient and kind, she made my clumsy awkward self look flawless! HUNDREDS of photos in just under an hour, I couldn’t believe it. She captured my accomplishment of graduating better than I could have ever imagined. I’ve never felt so confident about photos of myself, recommending her to EVERYONE!
Valeriia Diaba photographyValeriia Diaba photography
Rachel T.
Beyond impressed with 7th Tree and with our photographer Derrick. He gave us suggestions on how to make our shots better and suggested graduation shots that we hadn’t thought of took lots of candids that we can’t wait to see! When GW has in person ceremonies I want to have him take pictures of my family. The most thoughtful, professional, creative and kind photographer really knows his craft well- and we benefitted from that!
7th Tree Images7th Tree Images
Deb C.
Valeriia took our daughters Law School Graduation Photos. We were from Iowa and found her information on this site. All of her reviews were above and beyond for the experience and her ability to capture just the right photo. Our experience and expectations were above and beyond . She captured amazing and beautiful photos of our daughter and made sure we were pleased as we journeyed our two hour session. As she took photos by the Lincoln Memorial she made sure others were not in the picture. Her ability to see and know when to click is the level of detail we were hoping for. We already told her that we will fly her to Iowa for Wedding photos someday. Highly highly recommend and book early as she is that good.
Valeriia Diaba photographyValeriia Diaba photography
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
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
John P.
This was the best professional photographer experience I have ever had. Tevin was very personable, professional and fun to work with. He helped me capture amazing graduation photos on the National mall. What I especially liked about him was his intuition and care that he put in. He always asked what kind of shots I wanted in certain areas, but then he used his creativity and experience to capture specific shots that I never would of thought of. We got shots on the Lincoln, reflecting pool, WW2 memorial and Washington monument. This experience was everything I dreamed of and more!! 5 stars all the way around, I highly recommend if you want the best photos for your special moments.
Beyond PhotosBeyond Photos
Elaine F.
Jim agreed to shoot a date-sensitive family photo session two months in advance of the date, and then failed to respond to my emails/texts/phone calls or confirm in the many weeks and days leading up to our date. His complete lack of responsiveness left us, literally, scrambling to find his replacement amidst the busy Spring weddings/graduation season at the last minute. A simple email or text letting us know he was not available would have sufficed, and saved us a great deal of stress, anger, puzzlement, and uncertainly.
Jim Halling PhotographyJim Halling 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
Ash L.
First and foremost, Fatima is sooooo FRIENDLY that she doesn't even let you feel that you hired her- instead, she makes you think that she has been around you since your childhood- she is amusing to work with. Oh my god, you can't believe how funny she is :-) Fatima is the synonym for FOTOGRAPHER (Photographer)! She is the BEST Photographer in town! She teaches you how to pose (an EXPERIENCED photographer is helping you to glow!!!). We are so impressed with her. We were looking for a graduation and family group photographer in Washington D.C.- I found Fatima (NiNe Capture) on Thumbtack and contacted her. She instantly managed to schedule a Zoom session where she asked what kind of photography we needed and how she could provide the best service. She also advised what to wear and how to prepare for the day. She then gave us her phone number and asked us to contact her for any questions about the photo shoot- making us feel like we had known her for a long time. She was available to answer any questions we had through text messages and phone calls. On the day of the photoshoot, she helped us find the parking spot (Thank you, Fatima- it's not easy to find parking in the D.C. area), advised us on the best time to be at the Lincoln Memorial, and spent more time than scheduled. She always smiled and ensured that our outfit was in the best shape- what a unique and incredibly talented photographer Fatima is. Fatima helped us. I will hire her every time I am in D.C. and need a photographer. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
NiNe Capture PhotographyNiNe Capture Photography
Reneisha R.
I can't even say enough good things about Sergio! He was exceptionally professional and nice from the first video chat we set up to meet, and all through the photoshoot for my commencement ceremony. The rainy, cold weather ruined the first two days we had planned to try the shoot, but he was flexible and accommodating even after he drove all the way to my university campus for me to cancel the last second due to the rain. I greatly appreciated how comfortable he made me feel during the shoot, how nice he was to my family, and how much fun he was to work with in general. Trust me, you will never regret hiring him to take your photos! He is seriously the best. Thank you, Sergio, for such an awesome experience on my graduation day!
Sergio Almirez PhotographySergio Almirez Photography
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