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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 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 Atlanta portrait photographers
Giorgia R.
Keira is a very personable and professional photographer who has a done a wonderful job for our family portraits!
Keira Davis PhotographyKeira Davis Photography
Mike C.
I would highly recommend Joshua for your photography needs. He took some portrait shots for me that look amazing. He was very responsive and easy to work with.
Joshua Smith-PhotographerJoshua Smith-Photographer
Christy K.
Charles is great at taking pictures! Very professional! It was a last min thing for me and he seen me the same day for my maternity photos. Definitely will be returning after the baby is born for a family portrait.
A.S. Photo StudioA.S. Photo Studio
Thumbtack Customer
My kids loved being around Lindsey because she was very patient with them. I will recommend her to anyone who is looking for a photographer and I will be using her again for the annual fall portraits!
Lindsey Eltinge, Product and Lifestyle PhotographyLindsey Eltinge, Product and Lifestyle Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Olga has a lovely artistic eye, and that shows in her results -- on what she chooses to focus on in her photos, on what her eye picks out through the camera's eye, its lenses. Her portraits look so much more personal to me than some other professional portrait photography -- there is nothing stilted in them. And I mean "personal" in a way that is intimate and artistic and lovely, rather than "home-made." I also really enjoyed having her in my apartment for the shoot -- we had fun! Highly recommended. :-)
Olya IS Making PhotographsOlya IS Making Photographs
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Jen to take portraits of us and our newborn baby right before we left the hospital. My family and I love her photos. Jen gives great value for your money, very friendly, and professional. Her price is great too. This was the second time she took photos of me and the family. Thanks again Jen.
Jenny Wright PhotographyJenny Wright Photography
Vivek K.
I set out to find a person to help me create new portraits for social media, dating sites as well as for myself. As a photographer myself, there was a certain style I was looking to evoke and when I saw Aaron’s work, it spoke to me. Aaron was very friendly to work with. And above all else, he also provided some gems of knowledge for a budding photographer like myself. I appreciate everything you have done for me Aaron! Vivek
Aaron Coury PhotographyAaron Coury Photography
Warren J.
Dan stepped up in a crunch taking on this project days before as our original plan fell through. I reached out to him under portrait when really the shoot was more sport/event. Even so, he came ready and really embraced the challenge. He not only took stellar photography but assisted with video as well. He pulled out all the tricks. More than his work, he had a vibrant personality that our talent really appreciated. He was expedient in communication and image turn around. I'd hire him again in a heartbeat!
Daniel Moore StudiosDaniel Moore Studios
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