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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.
Reviews for Washington portrait photographers
Jilly R.
Brian and Katie are awesome to work with! I needed fitness portraits in a pinch and they were super responsive & professional - and able to help me out in a short timeline. I also LOVE how the photos turned out! If you're looking for a photographer to do fitness portraits at a great value - look no further!
Brian Griffiths PhotographyBrian Griffiths Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Carlos did a great job with my photos and is very professional. I am very happy to have him take my portraits
Zabala StudiosZabala Studios
Kleo V.
Josh was absolutely wonderful to work with. He did my senior portrait photos underneath the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. and made the experience spectacular! He definitely has a strong passion for photography and it shows throughout all of his work. He's incredibly talented and genuinely cares.
Joshua Fernandez PhotographyJoshua Fernandez Photography
Marcus s.
My family booked him for a family portrait. He was very patient, professional and made our photo shoot a great experience that we’ll never forget. I highly recommend his services if you are in the DMV area! Thank you again Sir.
Kemo CapturezKemo Capturez
I am extremely satisfied with my portrait photos taken at Monumental Arts by K. Since I hadn't had a professional photo in awhile the process and options were well explained. There was no rush which allowed for a relaxed session. When I asked, great suggestions were given on my accessory choices. Besides taking great photos, providing numerous pose and background options Monumental Arts provided outstanding customer service. They responded immediately to my emails and texts. The online review and purchase process is so easy. BIG THANKS to ace photographer K, who later quickly helped on a rush order.
Monumental ArtsMonumental Arts
Capriko R.
Monique was amazing! She was available on short notice for friendship portraits I wanted done for my birthday. She was very thoughtful and engaging when photographing and posing us, and coming from a person who is always awkward taking pictures, I felt very comfortable in front of the camera with her. I'm so excited to see my pictures; I know they will be great!
Monique Michael  PhotographyMonique Michael Photography
Thumbtack Customer
William is a true professional in every sense of the word. His expertise in achieving the goals I had for new professional portraits was top notch. He intuitively understood what I was going for before I even said the first word about it. He was flexible with storage options for the photos as well. Being in the spotlight as a magician makes it necessary that I have updated photos for publicity purposes, but I hate mostly every photo of myself but with his extensive knowledge of incredible lighting effects, William was able to create no less than 20 incredible images for me to pick from. I will definitely be making Tamarack Images my go to photographer for all my professional photos from now on and highly recommend that everyone else do the same.
Tamarack ImagesTamarack Images
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
Nicholle G.
It was a pleasure working with Olivia. We used her services to produce portraits of a couple of clients in one of our homeless services programs in DC. She required very little direction on the photography we needed and produced exactly what I was looking for. And even though the project had a tight deadline, Olivia was very responsive and flexible. I would definitely work with Olivia in the future.
Olivia Bush PhotographyOlivia Bush Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I would book Doug again, without hesitation. We hired Doug for a family portrait session, and all 8 of us loved working with him! The photos are fantastic, but what set Doug apart was how he brought so much energy to the session and really led us, giving unique tips and creativity throughout so that our pictures really came to life. We appreciate his obvious artistry and professionalism!
Doug Sanford photographsDoug Sanford photographs
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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