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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.

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.

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.

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 Honolulu portrait photographers
Kimberly G.
Darcy was responsive to messages, easy to schedule, and worked really well with my reluctant high school senior. The portraits are amazing- gorgeous scenery, candid, caught in the moment photos and best of all- my kid looks like “him”. I highly recommend Darcy and would schedule photos with her again in a heartbeat.
Images by DarcyImages by Darcy
Tsion T.
I hired Outland for my graduation portrait photo shoot and the team was amazing. They are well aware of what they are doing. Excellent photography skill and talent. Outland camera team made my graduation unforgettable. Overall, the team was super nice, friendly, quick, very professional and incredible. Definitely would recommend Outland to anyone.
Outland CameraOutland Camera
Kate W.
He was amazing! The photos he took of me for my senior portraits were breathtaking! He doesn’t overcharge you like everyone else I have looked at (which is about everyone). Not to mention his fun personality and obvious love for photography. I am so happy and if I could rate him 100000+ stars, I would.
Parish808 PhotographyParish808 Photography
Jordan K.
Chris is an amazing photographer! He took newborn pictures of my baby girl and all of his photos looked amazing! He was flexible, patient, and helped so much with taking her pictures. I was able to nurse her, soothe her and he was very understanding. Chris was very gentle when he was swaddling and positioning her for photos, you could tell that he is great with babies! I highly recommend him for newborn portraits! Thank you so much for the great experience! We will definitely be using him again as our photographer.
Chris Boulware PhotographyChris Boulware Photography
Taylor W.
I cannot recommend James enough! He went above and beyond to schedule us, drove us out to the location, and was so personable to work with. He took beautiful portraits of me and my new husband for our honeymoon and we are having such a hard time picking favorites! He worked with us to take natural photos that really captured "us", not to mention a quick turn around time. We are so happy James was our photographer!
James Edens PhotographyJames Edens Photography
Simranjeet R.
Darcy was great! She worked well with our large group (including two toddlers) and helped us get some amazing pictures. She was very communicative, very helpful about where to go, very reasonably priced, and went above and beyond during our photo shoot to help us get the best candid pictures and portraits, as well. We hope to be back in Oahu in a few years for another photo shoot to add to our memories and albums!
Images by DarcyImages by Darcy
Maiko N.
I and my family really enjoyed the photo session with Harold! The picutures I received (family portrait) are outstanding, natural smiles with beautiful natural lights. Sometimes it is like an authentic art work. He also knows good local beaches where less crowded, have an adorable view. If you'd like to make some good memories in Waikiki, contact Harold ;)
Alvea StudiosAlvea Studios
Nancy C.
Anna was a pleasure to work and I highly recommend her services. She was able to accommodate a last minute change in location as well as coax great photos out of my 4 year old son. Her turnaround time was incredibly fast and I really appreciated her attention to detail. Thanks to her I have several beautiful portraits to hang and give to my parents of my family’s Hawaii vacation!
Anna Kreative PhotographyAnna Kreative Photography
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