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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Chicago event photographers
Thumbtack Customer
I am absolutely 100% satified with Martika P. Gartman Photography. I have hired many Event Photographers for both Family and Church Events over the years. However, I must say that Martika P. Gartman Photography is the "best" Event Photographer that I have ever seen with my own eyes. She knew "exactly" how to pose and line up persons for photographs. She took her time, and the Event photographs are excellent "keep-sakes" for everyone attending the Church Event to hear my daughter, Dr. Sheri Prentiss, give a presentation about her newly published book," WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED: MY JOURNEY FROM PHYSICIAN TO PATIENT", an inspiring book about Dr. Sheri as a breast cancer survivor. Thank you, Thumbtack Staff for making the "contact" between myself and Martika P. Gartman Photography.
Martika Photography, LLCMartika Photography, LLC
Mitch W.
I highly recommend Enevole for any type of event photoshoot. The most important aspect of a photographer at these events is the ability to adapt on the fly, and Prash was very flexible and provided incredible photos regardless of how difficult we made it :)
Enevole IncEnevole Inc
David L.
Photographer responded quickly, was early the day of the event. He blended in with the quest , was not intrusive, and captured wonderful memories in photos from the event. The turnaround time on the work was exceptional . The quality and variety photos was great. I would use him again and again. And would highly and enthusiastically recommend him!
CrispyClean PhotographyCrispyClean Photography
Rumya R.
Karolina photographed our daughter's 1st birthday party. She was professional and punctual, and captured the moments of our party perfectly. The photos were very candid and 'in the moment', as we had requested. She also took some family photos before the event that were lovely. Would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an excellent event photographer!
Karolina Heggaton PhotographyKarolina Heggaton Photography
Rachel S.
Eric took excellent photos of our outdoor event. He was extremely responsive, professional and friendly. I will keep him on file for future events!
eClarke PhotographyeClarke Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I recently hired Dave to take photos at a corporate event for our clients. He was super professional and easy to work with. The finished photos turned out great, AND he had the photos over to me the following day! It was a pleasure working with Dave, and I will definitely be using him again for our next client event.
Davdgreat PhotographyDavdgreat Photography
David Z.
David was excellent! He was very professional and captured some awesome photos of our guests at our event. I would highly recommend him for your photography needs.
Didomi Design & Photography LLCDidomi Design & Photography LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Mike did an amazing job as a videographer and photographer at our corporate event. I highly recommend him.
All Corporate Video & Photo  **** TOP PRO****All Corporate Video & Photo **** TOP PRO****
Phinehas S.
Max was the Ideal candidate to have for an event photographer. Very easy to work with and was very accommodating when it came to getting photos / videos being edited. Definitely will work with him in the future.
Max Cozzi PhotographyMax Cozzi Photography
Lissa D.
Joani was professional, friendly and turned around the photos very fast! I would recommend her for future events!
JCPhotographyJCPhotography
Bailey N.
Jamie was absolutely amazing to work with. We needed a photographer at our event very last-minute, and he worked with us to make it happen! Not only was he punctual and professional, but the photos he took are absolutely amazing, and we received them the day after our event. We will definitely be hiring him again!
Jamie Link PhotographyJamie Link Photography
MAYRA M.
Thank you sooo much Ronald for being at my daughter's event, The pictures are beautiful .! From now on You are the family photographer, as well as a friend, Thanks again! Will be back for a photo session Soon😄
RC Photography Chicago I RCphotographychi.comRC Photography Chicago I RCphotographychi.com
Dana M.
Haley was terrific! We needed an event photographer last minute and she was able to help us out. The photos were exactly what we were looking for and we really enjoyed working with her.
HMeadow PhotographyHMeadow Photography
Tyler R.
Kimia was hired to photograph my wedding ceremony and reception. She arrived early, and despite our not having a very traditional set up immediately got to work. She snapped photos at a great pace without ever being obtrusive or getting in the way despite plenty of chaos. She was also easy to hire, and communicative throughout the entire process. Her photos were turned around within 10 days, including organizing the photos by event. I would definitely recommend Kimia for any of these kinds of events!
Kimia EmamiKimia Emami
Emily S.
Michael was professional and courteous and clearly knew his business. He communicated clearly over the course of our two day event and snapped some unforgettable photos that added life to a relatively reserved conference. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking for a professional photographer, particularly if they’re hosting a multi-stage event as we did.
Michael Courier PhotographyMichael Courier Photography
Jessica W.
I am sad to have to write Lilly such a poor review. She was incredibly sweet and lovely to work with. However, the quality of many her photographs were strangely granulated and overexposed. We hired her to photograph my parents' cocktail party and requested a number of food photographs, which were never include in the final photo collection. She also photographed the event for over three hours and only shared 88 photos total. I contacted Lilly twice via Thumbtack and text message asking if the overexposed or granulated photos could be edited in Photoshop, and, unfortunately, she never responded. I imagine hiring Lilly for something straightforward like graduation photos would be fine if you're on a budget, but I would not recommend her for more important events.
Lilly Lilova PhotographyLilly Lilova Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I was so very happy ATS Institute of Technology chose Ashley Hamm to photograph our first graduation event. She was prompt, effective and worked well with our event. I can't wait to see the pictures and her price was right. We are looking to work with her with all our events!
Ashley Hamm PhotographyAshley Hamm Photography
Heather M.
Amazing Photography! Kimia is wonderful to work with and really has an amazing eye for capturing the prefect imagery and moments to make our event special. We can’t seem to find a photo we don’t want to frame for the wall!
Kimia EmamiKimia Emami
Syane R.
Bill was great, and we wouldn't hesitate to unreservedly recommend him to anyone who needs a photographer. We will certainly be using him again! He was communicative online, showed up on time, was unobtrusive during our event and turned the photos extremely quickly. Most importantly, he captured a very significant life moment for us with some truly exceptional photographs. He was very understanding when our event went longer than expected and stuck around to take some additional photos. To top it all off, his rates are very reasonable. Thanks Bill!
W. Biederman PhotographyW. Biederman Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I can't say enough lovely things about All Corporate Video and Photo. Mike Kozuchowski was so fantastic to work with- I was looking for a last minute photographer for an event I was throwing only a few days before the event. Mike was nothing but professional, easy to work with and went above and beyond what was asked of him. I will definitely work with him again in the future, when another project comes up and I highly recommend to anyone that is looking for a photographer and or a videographer. Thanks Mike!
All Corporate Video & Photo  **** TOP PRO****All Corporate Video & Photo **** TOP PRO****
Loretta V.
Fantastic! Vic was on time at the venue. He was well prepared for the event photography and was ready to take pictures of each and every moment. I will definitely recommend him to anyone who needs photography! Did a great job!! Family and friends were very happy with his photography skills! Thank u so much Vic!
RedFilmRedFilm
Erin F.
Mike did a great job photographing our event. He got the best pano shots of our room which was important for capturing our attendance. Good mix of photos--up close, speaker shots, venue ambiance, etc. Thanks, Mike!
All Corporate Video & Photo  **** TOP PRO****All Corporate Video & Photo **** TOP PRO****
ELIZABETH L.
We asked Rafay to photograph our wedding celebration. He is friendly, easy to work with and was always quick to respond to any questions I had. We had a party of over 80 people in a somewhat smaller space and Rafay did a great job at maneuvering through the crowd to get candid shots of everyone and great detail shots of the room. I love the look of Rafay's photography and he did a great job capturing our event. My husband and I are very happy with the way the photos turned out. I would definitely recommend working with Rafay to photograph future events, large or small!
RAW Phase Photos | Rafay ZaferRAW Phase Photos | Rafay Zafer
Thumbtack Customer
Karl Ray Photography did an excellent job shooting our corporate event. He also brought along his Executive Assistant, Tiffany who was also wonderful to work with and helped ensure that everything was efficiently communicated. The photos came out great! We needed styled food photos, photos of our entertainment for the evening, and photos of our attendees and Karl did a great job at capturing everything we were looking for!
Karl Ray PhotographyKarl Ray Photography
Ellice R.
Brittany was on time, took amazing photos and was incredibly professional but friendly the entire event. My guests commented on how great the photos are and how pleasant she was during the wedding/reception. I would use her services again. Highly recommended and her prices are reasonable.
Fierro Photo & Video LLCFierro Photo & Video LLC
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