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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 Fort Lauderdale family photographers
Thumbtack Customer
My family and I are very pleased with the photos taken by Austen. It is nearly impossible to capture quality images of a four and six year old sitting still, but with Austen's extreme patience and talented eye he was able to do just that. Unfortunately the day of the photo shoot on the beach was cloudy and rainy, but Austen was able to capture enough light that the day appeared to be a beautiful sunny Florida afternoon. My family and I will use Austen again for our next family photos.
Austen Amacker PhotographyAusten Amacker Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Carlos was great. He was able to capture stunning family photos for us. Very well prepared, timely, and professional. The photos turned out fantastic. Thank you Carlos!
C Briones PhotographyC Briones Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Sergey was very delightful to work with. We used his serves for a family photo shoot on the beach. Due to the weather we had to make a last minute adjustment to the meeting time and he was very accommodating. My family and I loved the final photos and working with him on the day of the shoot.
Sergey YusinSergey Yusin
Thumbtack Customer
Marie is very flexible, professional and passionate about what she does, which made our family experience exceptional and fun. She listened to what I envisioned and offered her expert advice and the photos from the photo shoot were outstanding. I'm so happy we worked with her and will definitely have her as our family photographer to capture all the special moments. Hire her..you won't regret it!
Heart 2 Hearts StudioHeart 2 Hearts Studio
Jacqueline P.
Christi was amazing. She was very responsive and provided beautiful photos at half the cost of other professionals. I will definitely be recommending her to family and friends.
Christi Lynn PhotographyChristi Lynn Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Deborah was fantastic! She was very professional as she worked with my very large family group pictures and individual family shots. We arrived later than originally planned but Deborah was very understanding and flexible. We will recommended Elle Rose Photography to our other family members and friends. We will definitely use your services for future events and gatherings.
Elle Rose Photography   AND   D Jay EntertainmentElle Rose Photography AND D Jay Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Very pleased with Gary's work. In love with my maternity picture session. Will definitely contact him again for future photographs. My family loved his professional work.
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Monica S.
Alyssa did a family session for us while we were visiting from out of town. Not only was she so easy to communicate with (scheduling, logistics, etc. were all seamless), her photographs are phenomenal! As an added bonus, she was great with our kiddos and got some great goofy shots that we weren't expecting. We are so pleased with the results and if we lived in FL, would have her take all our family photos!
alykatcreative photoalykatcreative photo
Thumbtack Customer
I contacted Nemi at the very end of out vacation and he was so flexible in making time for our family photos with very little notice. He was a pleasure to work with and was so great with the babies! We received the link to our pictures in less than 24 hours. The photographs are beautiful! Highly recommended.
Sharp Memories StudiosSharp Memories Studios
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent photographer, both on the job and in his work! Sergey was extremely patient with my family of five. We were late for the shoot and he still kindly accommodated us. He was incredibly professional and helped us pose for photos. As for the photos themselves? Sublime! He really did such a good job! I live in Canada and he was kind enough to mail me the DVD all the way here! Highly recommended!
Sergey YusinSergey Yusin
Melissa L.
We went to Florida for my husband’s 40th birthday and hired Catia to take some family photos of us on the beach. She was so patient with our 4 and 6 year old and captured some of the best photos of them yet. Her photos are beautiful and a perfect way to have something special from this big weekend. She was awesome to work with from start to finish. Thank you so much!
Catia Price PhotographyCatia Price Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Brenda is a polished professional that becomes a good friend immediately upon meeting her. Our family shots were photographed effortlessly without conscious staging and with so so much laughter. We scanned the photos afterwards and were so elated with the results. We thank Brenda for a very successful day. My recommendation is to CALL HER!!!
Brenda B Photography LLCBrenda B Photography LLC
Thumbtack Customer
So far so good!! Setting up process easy peasy! Gary has timely responses, is accommodating, and the most reasonably priced. Looking forward to an excellent family photo shoot on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale! Thanks Gary!
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Linda C.
I would highly recommend Villas Channel Productions. Jose was able to shoot beautiful shots of 2 very active children with perfect lighting. I plan to have him shoot family photos every time I am in Miami/Fort Lauderdale from now on! Worth every penny, and the shoot for unlimited all-retouched photos didn't break the bank! Gorgeous work.
Villas Channel Photography & FilmVillas Channel Photography & Film
Charles & Klarissa R.
David was very kind to take pictures of our family in a quick beach session. He sent pictures, we reviewed them, and then he offered to clean out favorites up for us. Highly recommend him for any quick photography needs!
David Hinds PhotographyDavid Hinds Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Brenda came to our resort in Fort Lauderdale. She took several family shots on the beach and in other settings. She was friendly, efficient and patient with everyone, even the youngest child. We were extremely pleased with the photographs and felt her fees were very reasonable.
Brenda B Photography LLCBrenda B Photography LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We wanted to remember our vacation by doing a photoshoot of our family. We are so happy and thankful that we choosed Sharp Memories Studios, Nemanja, as our photographer. His depth in the photos makes them so beautiful. He capture every moment in the right light and makes the images so alive. He was so easy to work with and really understod what photos we wanted to have. The result is absolutely amazing. We love how they came out. Now we have so many beautiful memories hanging at our wall. We highly recommend him as a photographer. As for us, we would never choose someone else. We will defently contact him again once we are back for another vacation.
Sharp Memories StudiosSharp Memories Studios
Claudia m.
What can I say !!!... Jorgi was awesome! I’m super happy :) She was so open to shooting whatever we wanted and had such great suggestions for pictures as well! Loved the variety of photos and the quality was excellent! Price is very reasonable for the quality of service! 100% plus, we will be recommending to family and friends for their Magical moments.
Portraits by JorgiPortraits by Jorgi
Elizabeth B.
We hired AJ to capture photos of my very large family (26 of us including grandparents and 12 grandkids!). He was so incredibly patient with everyone and the photos turned out beautifully. This is NO small feat with a group of our size. In addition to his patience and quality of work, AJ had all of our proofs to select from within a day and edited our selects before we even returned home to Boston. We will certainly work with AJ again if we are ever back in the Ft Lauderdale area!
FlyShots by Franklin, LLCFlyShots by Franklin, LLC
Gayle N.
Rob was great. We are a family of 9 with a 6 year old and two 3 year olds. He was super with all of us but especially the kids. He worked with them to get them to smile and laugh. We had fun and our pictures show it. I recommend Solo Mio without question for any photos you are looking for in the Miami area.
Solo Mio PhotographySolo Mio Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Gary was really accommodating, as we had contacted him almost last minute to take family photos on the beach. He recommended a secluded beach and picked the perfect time of day. He was extremely patient (we have 3 small children with lots of energy) and his lovely wife took the time to position us all and to get the children's attention. It is usually very difficult for us to get our children to pose, but with Gary and his wife they were having a blast and they didn't want to leave! We were all really relaxed and the photos were AMAZING!!!!!!! He even got them to us in 2 days and on a USB. I contacted many photographers in Fort Lauderdale and none of them were willing to do this at anything close to the price he charged. We've gone through the photos several times and they truly are phenomenal and there are so many! When we do come back to Fort Lauderdale, we will be calling Gary again!
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Regina G.
My husband and children and their loved ones were all going to be together at our Fort Lauderdale condo over the New Year's weekend so we wanted to have family pictures taken. Choosing a photographer from all the on-line options was a daunting task. Lenka was one of several that responded immediately to our Thumbtack request. We chose Lenka and we weren't disappointed. We liked the fact that Lenka took the time prior to our shoot to familiarize herself with our location and she met with us to discuss what we were hoping to achieve. She was so pleasant and fun to work with and we love the photos that she provided. I look forward to using again.
Lenka DiNozzi PhotographyLenka DiNozzi Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Colette exceeded our expectations- both in the quality of the pictures and in her service and commitment to our satisfaction. We aren't from Florida so she recommended a great secluded beach for our family of 12, she met us at our rental house so we could follow her through unfamiliar streets to the beach and then spent 90 minutes with us in a variety of poses and configurations. We are so happy with the pictures and didn't know we looked so good! What service - she lives in Ft Laud and this morning offered to edit one of the best pictures to smooth out the complexion of our teenage nieces in her portrait. The photo shoot was yesterday and we already have over 220 pictures in a dropbox plus 3 CDs with all the pictures. We highly recommend Colette for family pictures, we had a great experience!
The Picture Producer LLCThe Picture Producer LLC
Lee A.
Cari was wonderful! She was so gracious and caring, and did a wonderful job. She was really great at organizing how to get the pictures done with a large group of people in a small environment. We really felt like she was part of the family. She talked with everyone and connected on a personal level. Cari was also wonderful with children of all ages as well as children with special needs. Cari was early for the appointment and immediately put me at ease. I was stressed about all the details but she really took control and put me at ease. Cari was also very flexible and easy going. If there are last minute changes like needing extra time, adjusting to unexpected situations or dealing with lots of different people, Cari handles it all with poise and grace. I should also say that her rate is extremely reasonable and I felt like I got a lot for my money. Cari is just a lovely, talented and creative young lady and I would recommend her without hesitation! I am already trying to think about when I could hire her again. I have to add more to my review after seeing the pictures that Cari took! My favorites were the candid photos. I didn't see her take any as she mingled about, but they are spectacular! So personal, and in the moment. So very priceless to me. Family is the most important thing to me and I am grateful for those memories she helped to preserve forever! Again, Cari's rate is so reasonable and you get so much! I cannot recommend her enough. My husband is already talking about flying her to Georgia for future events. Thank you Cari for all you did to capture wonderful memories at an important life event.
Cari Childers PhotographyCari Childers Photography
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