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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 Smyrna photographers
Chantell F.
We had Charles take school photos for our year book. He is very responsive, and professional. The parents love the finished photos. We definitely recommend A.S. Photo Studio to serve as your photographers.
A.S. Photo StudioA.S. Photo Studio
Rhonda C.
I’m very impressed with Xavier’s professionalism and quality of work. He arrived early to make to check out the venue and get some before shots. Above all, the photos are superb!!! I will definitely use ZayRuss Photo for my future photos projects.
ZayRuss PhotoZayRuss Photo
Kratika p.
Mersedeh was very professional to work with and we love our photos! Thank you so much for capturing the beautiful photos for our baby's birthday!!
Lux GraphyLux Graphy
Ashley a.
We needed a last minute photographer for our baby shower. We had searched before on facebook but some photographers were not as responsive. So I started searching on thumbtack and came across DV photo video. They were very quick to respond! And unlike other photographers had a legit contract we went through to secure their time, which I really appreciated! Our photographer was Forrest, and he was fabulous! He showed up on time, was super friendly and comfortable to talk to! He would even show us previews of the photos he would take! We got our pictures back really quick, like the next evening. The pictures were very clear, and he captured our whole baby shower event perfectly! I forwarded the pictures to everyone who had got them taken and everyone was quite happy with their photos! I would hire DV photo video again!
DV Photo VideoDV Photo Video
Tammie R.
Aleta did a wonderful job taking our family photos! We got our edited photos back in a timely manner. Aleta was very easy to work with!
StylishLe CapturedStylishLe Captured
Michel V.
Excellent photographer! Very flexible and a pleasure to work with.
Kent Ruby PhotographyKent Ruby Photography
Stachia M.
Available at the last minute. Nice and professional. Great photos
Jew.mar.rah Photography & MediaJew.mar.rah Photography & Media
Valdesha B.
Elizabeth was responded immediately to my request for a photographer. I really appreciated the fact that she came early to set up before the photo shoot and provided pictures fast given our hectic deadline. She was also so patient working with my son who is not the easiest person to photograph. Thank you so much Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Stephenson PhotographyElizabeth Stephenson Photography
Sheila S.
Thank you for guiding us through our first photo shoot!!! He made it relaxing and fun for both my individual and group photos with my family! He is very professional, we felt confident in his work and the photos exceeded our expectations, there were so many great shots, it was hard to narrow the selections. Our session was a great experience, we will definitely use Zay Russ photography again and highly recommend his services to everyone!!!
ZayRuss PhotoZayRuss Photo
Wilzer J.
Great photos, very professional and responsive during entire process
A.S. Photo StudioA.S. Photo Studio
Marci R.
I had a great experience with Priscila, and now have beautiful photos.
Gentle UprisingGentle Uprising
Shauna B.
I was very impressed with the quality of Marissa's work, her timely follow up and follow through, as well as the level of professionalism that he displayed throughout the entire process. Marissa is very reliable, dependable, and produces high quality photos that are second to none. I highly recommend Marissa's Photography to anyone in the market in search of an affordable and high quality event photographer! She's also one of the nicest ladies that you will ever meet!
Marissa Janae Co.Marissa Janae Co.
Allie M.
Naomi was great and very willing to work with my hectic and annoying schedule! She was really easy to talk to and made me super comfortable! Getting photographed by her was like getting photographed by a friend. I will def use her again if ever needed!
Naomi Simone BoudoirNaomi Simone Boudoir
Jose L.
Our experience with William from Teel Blue Innovations was nothing short of fantastic. Our special day had a little rain, and our plans got moved around, but I have never worked with a more accommodating professional. Our photos were amazing, the professionalism put other photographers to shame, and the attention to detail was exactly the kind of mindset that we were looking for. If you are looking for an amazing photographer with great value, quality, and flexibility, look no further. My spouse and I are already planning to rehire Teel Blue Innovations for our anniversary photos and any other events that we have in the future.
Teel Blue InnovationsTeel Blue Innovations
Shari C.
Val did an amazing job with my photo shoot. She is a professional and just isnt telling you to smile. Val gives you direction, great lighting and background. She truly is a great person that I will for sure use on all of my photography needs going forward.
DVus PhotographyDVus Photography
Latonya S.
Four Walls Photography went above and beyond to bring my vision to life for my Maternity Shoot. Michael was very professional front start to finish and he was able to capture to true essence of my beauty in every picture. I had so much fun with this shoot and loved that he’s so down to earth. I would highly recommend Four Walls Photography for all of your photography needs. You won’t be disappointed. Thank you again Michael for such excellent service.
Four Walls PhotographyFour Walls Photography
Jennifer L.
Val made our wedding day so special! She was so amazing in capturing the best photos and making us feel so special! She worked with us when we had to make changes and was so sweet! We will definitely be booking her again for any future photo shoots.
DVus PhotographyDVus Photography
Veorah B.
Shantell was extremely easy to work with and is a talented photographer. She was able to capture the entire vibe of the baby shower and the maternity shoot.
Telless PhotographyTelless Photography
Onyinye G.
Do not go with these guys, we hired them to shoot my sons first birthday party and the photos were shot in such poor quality. I hired another person who has shot high def photos for our family to try and fix and he is having a hard time. Every photo has a red hue to it and it’s so sad because this profile was misleading. You will not get the person you communicated with arriving to the event. It will be a random person that you never spoke with to begin with so take precautions NOT to hire these people
Candidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer  AtlantaCandidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer Atlanta
Gladyes A.
I just don’t have words to express how good his work is . Jordan is an excellent photographer who created wonderful memories of our little princess first birthday celebration. Thank you Jordan for all the amazing photographs . I would recommend Jordan to anyone who wants their memories to be kept for ages and to feel cherished about it !!!
Jd PhotographyJd Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Diego was very professional, went well beyond what I asked for. Would highly recommend using him for your photography needs.
Diego's PhotographyDiego's Photography
Anita R.
Great experience working with Nitin. Nitin was prompt, professional and experienced. His prices were also very affordable. Received beautiful photos that will be cherished forever.
Nitin Sharma PhotographyNitin Sharma Photography
Charlene S.
I am in total awe right now. His photos are absolutely astonishing. I am beyond pleased. He have exceeded my expectations far beyond most photographers. He work well with kids. I know my rambunctious toddler was an hand full, although Chris never broke a sweat. We will definitely come again and again! Job well done Chris!
Montyangelo ProductionsMontyangelo Productions
Thumbtack Customer
Great photos, it was hard to pick just one. She was very professional and we had a lot of fun during the session. I would definitely recommend her to others.
Holland Reid Photography, LLCHolland Reid Photography, LLC
ReLonda W.
I needed a photographer for my son on short notice. I found Dean here on thumbtack. He was prompt and responsive. He called and gave me a detailed rundown of his website, fees,etc. On the day of the shoot, we were delayed by a traffic jam and figured we may have needed to reschedule. Dean was very accommodating and even allowed our session time to go over to ensure that we were able to get a good amount of high quality shots. He kept us laughing, and the photo shoot was great. I recommend HD studios, especially for those who work better with easy going personalities. Dean is thorough, and wants to ensure his clients are happy with the process from start to finish. His turnaround time is also fantastic. No waiting 3 weeks or more for photos. The average time is about a week according to their contract. Our photos were finished within 2 days. Thanks again Dean.
Linar StudioLinar Studio
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