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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Reviews for Columbus photographers
Kyra M.
Very beautiful and well done photos, professional and approachable mannerism.
Andrew Lucas PhotographyAndrew Lucas Photography
Marcel C.
Very professional! Enjoyed the experience! We had a great time taking the photos.
Sneed Snap ShotsSneed Snap Shots
Nicole W.
Andrina was a pleasure working with her. The pictures were nice and I enjoy the photo shoot.
Andrina's PhotographyAndrina's Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I needed some professional head shots and Jim listened and took the time to learn what I wanted to accomplish with the photos. Our session was great and he provided me with a large number of photos that I can use. I highly recommend him!
Dillard PhotographyDillard Photography
Carolyn s.
I hired Mr. Walker to do my daughter's Quinceanera photos and they turned out fabulous. Thank you.
BornWinner PhotographyBornWinner Photography
Thumbtack Customer
My husband and I absolutely loved our pictures. We will definitely be going back to James for our next photo shoot.
Dillard PhotographyDillard Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Jim was on the spot, professional, diligent and displayed both talent and genuine concern for a positive result! I would recommend him to anyone for photographic needs. Great job, Jim!
Dillard PhotographyDillard Photography
Carrie S.
Ritchie is friendly, highly professional, and responsive to what your needs are for your photos. My business headshots are great and were very fairly priced compared to others in the area.
Ritchie White PhotographyRitchie White Photography
Mashaundra S.
Unfortunately, it is with sadness that I have to write a bad review. I communicated several times with this photographer and spent lots of money to make my day special. The day of the photo shoot, he could not get into the studio (mind you we are dressed in formal wear). I almost cried. He had the audacity to ask me could we reschedule after I spend hours in the salon getting my hair and makeup done. I just want my deposit back and pretend like it never happened.
Better Than Words PhotographyBetter Than Words Photography
Thumbtack Customer
James did a family shoot for me and the photos turned beautiful. He was patient and willing to work with any pose thrown at him. I will definitely refer him to friends and family. His price was very reasonable and it was an honor to work with him.
Dillard PhotographyDillard Photography
Edward H.
Trey Walker is a great photographer. He picked the perfect location. He understands lighting and picked the best time of day for the shoot. He had an amazingly fast turn-arond time, sending my pictures within a couple hours after the shoot. His price was quite reasonable.
Trey Walker Studio LLCTrey Walker Studio LLC
Erin A.
Candace was super amazing with our engagement photos!! This was our first time doing something like this and we were super nervous (we don’t like to take a bunch of pictures) but Candace was so funny and made up laugh the entire time! It was a great experience! She was super quick with our edits as well! I definitely recommend her! :)
AuburnOpelika PhotographyAuburnOpelika Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We loved using James for our photos! He is very professional and very reasonably priced! During our to family portraits the kids weren't cooperating very well (aged 2 and 4) because of the heat (even in the shade) So James suggested we split the session into 2 parts; what he had already shot and to follow up in the fall when it is a little cooler out! That was such a great, thoughtful thing to offer!
Dillard PhotographyDillard Photography
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