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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 Atlanta professional photographers
Dian H.
Professional and made taking photos with the hubby who hates photos a breeze!
Anthonie Deandre CreativeAnthonie Deandre Creative
Tamara J.
Extremely professional A+ photographer!
Joshua Smith-PhotographerJoshua Smith-Photographer
Jasmine W.
I had a great experience with Telles Photography. My photos are beautiful. She was on time and very professional. I would definitely use her for other photography needs.
Telless PhotographyTelless Photography
Jeromette B.
I enjoyed working with the photographer. He was professional and fun to work with. All my photos turned out great.
A.S. Photo StudioA.S. Photo Studio
Paul K.
DV Photo was awesome to work with. Their professionalism and quality of work is excellent and spot on. I plan to reach to DV Photo for my next event.
DV Photo VideoDV Photo Video
Pat L.
Dean is a true professional. I've had my photo taken many times and his attention to detail is beyond any other photographer I've used. My photos turned out amazing and Dean's skill with touching up the photos is also amazing. I will certainly use him again and recommend him to anyone needing photography services. Thanks!
Linar StudioLinar Studio
Ashley C.
My photographer was Billy Cinematic and he was great! He arrived early, very friendly and professional. Captured great photos and the turn around time was super quick! I received my photos within a few hours 😳
Candidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer  AtlantaCandidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer Atlanta
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing photographer. Punctual, professional, but still very approachable. Took great photos and very passionate about his work. Even stayed after the time was up. Best photographer in Atlanta I had the pleasure of doing business with.
Kaz Artis Wedding/Event/Commercial PhotographyKaz Artis Wedding/Event/Commercial Photography
Angela H.
Jordan was phenomenal, you cannot ask for a better photographer. From his personality to his professionalism everything was above par. He will definitely be the photographer I turn to for all my photography needs from now on. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for quality, and excellent photos.
Jd PhotographyJd Photography
Cathy W.
Diego was very professional with the photo shoot, we had a mix up on the photo selection, but it was corrected very quickly. I would recommend them for future business.
Diego's PhotographyDiego's Photography
Kimberly R.
I enjoyed my experience and the professionalism will book another photo session!!!
A.S. Photo StudioA.S. Photo Studio
Jacob s.
She was very friendly and very professional. Photos turned out beautifully
Jew.mar.rah Photography & MediaJew.mar.rah Photography & Media
Vonda S.
My experience with Horizon Photography was by far the best photos ever taken of my family... I would recommend them to anyone looking for an affordable & professional finished product
Horizon PhotographyHorizon Photography
Kenishelia N.
We received some amazing photos from E&C Photography. Eliot was on time and very professional. We will definitely schedule more project in the very near future.
Happily Ever CapturedHappily Ever Captured
Ana M.
We definitely recommend Michael to take your photos at your next special event. He is professional, punctual, and his camera makes very nice quality photos! He made sure to take photos from different angles and in different lightings to capture the best photos during my marriage ceremony. Thank you Michael!
Four Walls PhotographyFour Walls Photography
Vicki M.
Very professional and photos turned out amazing. Will use again! Thanks Mikhaela.
Mikhaela Slavik PhotoMikhaela Slavik Photo
Thumbtack Customer
Very friendly and professional staff. Photos were creative and shots were perfect
Unbridled Love CuratorsUnbridled Love Curators
Daria S.
Eric is the consummate professional photographer. Not only did he capture incredible photographs of my family but he was creative, easy to work with and will certainly be working with him again for additional family portraits.
ERIC FLEMING PORTRAITSERIC FLEMING PORTRAITS
Thumbtack Customer
Paul is a great photographer and very professional. I would definitely use Paul again!
Paul Ward PhotographyPaul Ward Photography
Allison R.
We came from Indianapolis to have photos done at the ATL Botanical Gardens and found Photos by Rosser Studio! An awesome experience from start to finish. Professional and stunning work!Highly recommend!
Cardell Rosser Studio LLCCardell Rosser Studio LLC
Eric S.
Tony was amazing to work with! He provided a great location to get some solid photos and they all turned out great. I would highly recommend Tony for your professional photography needs.
MAG VisualsMAG Visuals
Stephanie P.
Cardell is one of the best photographers I have ever worked with. He was our wedding photographer. He was on time, professional and he has a great eye and captured every moment of our wedding with expertise.
Cardell Rosser Studio LLCCardell Rosser Studio LLC
Martika R.
Very professional, was on time, and very patient with us for our Christmas photos. We loved them!
A.S. Photo StudioA.S. Photo Studio
Samantha S.
We loved working with DV photo video. Forrest captured a rehearsal dinner evening and was on time, professional, friendly and easy to work with. We received the photos extremely fast! Would highly recommend this team.
DV Photo VideoDV Photo Video
Katherine A.
Sammy is the best! I needed to take some last minute graduation photos and he was so professional and had ultra quality photographs. I was a little nervous, as it was my first ever photo shoot but he gave great direction. Since the shoot, I've already booked him for something else!
The House Of TarantinoThe House Of Tarantino
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