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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Chicago family photographers
Sandra S.
Liz took fantastic pictures of my family. We get compliments all the time on the photos.
Liz Rocha PhotographyLiz Rocha Photography
Greta R.
Geraldine was a total delight at our house for a family photo shoot. She was incredible with our 2 year old who had a blast getting his pictures taken. I will absolutely be using Geraldine for any and all photo needs and recommending her to our friends and family.
Geraldine.o photographyGeraldine.o photography
Sonia B.
Piero was great to work with and took amazing photos of our family. His turnaround time to deliver photos was very fast as well. We would definitely hire again.
Piero Pierrot PhotographyPiero Pierrot Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Had a great time having our family photos taken in downtown Chicago. Nicole was very personable and did a great job of capturing our families personality. Had a great time.
The Still Life PhotographyThe Still Life Photography
Simone L.
Brittany did an amazing job with our family photo shoot! There was a big thunderstorm on our scheduled photo day and she kindly re-arranged for the next day. She was great with the young kids and took some lovely photos. Great value and would definitely recommend to others!
Fierro Photo & Video LLCFierro Photo & Video LLC
Rockeya W.
I’ve truly enjoyed working with DivMo photography. He was extremely punctual and he also provided a quick turnaround of photos after our photo shoot. Raheja was very responsive to my questions and I would highly recommend him for family portraits. Great experience and work quality☺️
DivMo PhotographyDivMo Photography
Elizabeth K.
Robert captured beautiful photos of our family. My son just turned 6 months old and I wanted to do a photo shoot near the Shedd Aquarium. Robert was on time, very easy to work with, and has a great eye. My husband and I are really pleased with how the photos came out, and will treasure them for many years to come. I highly recommend this talented photographer!
Robert Tiwan PhotographyRobert Tiwan Photography
Ravi D.
Mirek is a fantastic photographer, who is one of the nicest people I have ever worked with! We did a family photo shoot and my 2-year-old was quite fussy...he made us all feel at ease and got amazing shots. Super happy with the results!
Miroslaw Pomian PhotographyMiroslaw Pomian Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Carrie was wonderful to work with. We were visiting from out of state but wanted family photos and Carrie suggested an awesome location that avoided the Chicago cold! The photos turned out great, were edited quickly, and had so many great photos to choose from. I would hire Carrie again if we are ever back in Chicago and needing pictures!
Carrie Leah PhotographyCarrie Leah Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Sarah was fantastic!! She photographed my entire immediate family (15 of us ranging from as little as 1yr old!!) and did such an amazing job. She was so patient from start to finish and always had a smile on her face. I would definitely recommend her to my family and friends.
Sarah Bobikiewicz PhotographySarah Bobikiewicz Photography
Diandra A.
Every year we take family photos and I'm always looking for a photographer that will capture the essence of my family. Kate (Ekaterina) did that and so much more. She was able to capture us in a very candid, photojournalistic way. It wasn't forced or awkward or "too posy." Her kindness and grace allowed us to be so comfortable in front of her lens. We will be using her for years to come. So glad we found Kate when we did!
Thumbtack Customer
We did a family photoshoot with Rachel. She was completely prompt and responsive. Couldn't have been nicer. She gave us direction but also encouraged some spontaneous and candid photos. Our photos turned out so wonderfully. We would definitely use her again! It was such a great experience!
Rachel Marie PhotographyRachel Marie Photography
Tatum C.
We had an amazing experience with Dave! Wonderful to work with and great with our daughter. Has a very collaborative approach that allowed us to get exactly what we were looking for in family photos.
IDT PhotoIDT Photo
Brenda D.
My experience with Jennyfer Alicea was exceptional and purposed. Jennyfer was sensitive to our wedding wishes and even more so when family decided to become amature photographers lol... She was amazing professionally and spiritually!
Jennyfer Alicea PhotographyJennyfer Alicea Photography
Jay K.
Carrie was awesome and very responsive. She took care of scoutIns location and also giving us suggestions on the clothing and props for the shoot. The photos turned out to be fantastic and everyone in my family just loved them.
Carrie Leah PhotographyCarrie Leah Photography
Akasha P.
David is a an enthusiast professional who really knows his craft! He made the photoshoot comfortable and fun, which led to some really great family portraits. He was also quick to respond to questions and edited our photos within a couple of days. I was very impressed by David and absolutely recommend using him for your photography needs!
Denise A.
Martika did a great job shooting my daughters graduation photos. She was very professional and accomodating. I plan to hire her again in the near future to shoot me and family. I highly recommend Martika!!
Martika Photography, LLCMartika Photography, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
This was our first family photo session with our 6 month old. I also had Konrad take professional photos for me. I could not have asked for a better photographer! Konrad was easy to work with from our first call where he asked a lot of great questions, to working through location challenges the day of, to engaging our son so he could get great shots. He brought his assistant who was amazing at suggesting poses and giving guidance. We are so pleased with our images and look forward to having him as our photographer going forward.
Markowski PhotographyMarkowski Photography
Brittany M.
Being a parents of a developmentally delayed child, my husband and I were very careful about choosing a photographer for her first birthday pictures. We were so nervous about how things would go but Taylor assured us he would do whatever it took to get us the best photos possible. We've only received a few pics so far but they are beautiful. He has a family of new customers :)
Taylor Griffin PhotographyTaylor Griffin Photography
Aleksandra A.
Robert, we absolutely love your work! You have an incredible eye for photography!The pictures are gorgeous! I'm really excited to share them with my family and friends. Thank you so much for doing such a tremendous job! We look forward to working with you again in the future!
Robert Tiwan PhotographyRobert Tiwan Photography
Angela H.
We did a family photo shoot with TK Imagery and Katie was wonderful to communicate with and work with. She was extremely responsive and very patient with us as we tried to get the kids to smile and pay attention. She allowed us to get all the shots we wanted despite being over on time.
TK ImageryTK Imagery
Erin M.
I found Becca via this site and have been so happy with her responsiveness and professionalism not to mention she’s an amazing photographer!!! She was so patient and fun during our session that we hope to work with her again. I will also recommend her to family & friends. Becca is excellent!
Becca’s PhotographyBecca’s Photography
Barbara a.
We loved having Eunji and her assistant take our family photos! She spent a lot of time with us and is friendly and accomodating. Work is not done yet. But Eunji was punctual for our session, very professional, and patient with two babies and a three-year-old. We are looking forward to seeing the finished pictures.
EJ’s PhotographyEJ’s Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Dee was awesome, she photographed my sons 1st birthday she captured every moment for my family. I loved her personality and the passion she has for perfection. Dee will be hearing a lot more from me in the future. Thanks for everything we can't wait to see the book.😉👍
Moore Elite PhotosMoore Elite Photos
Thumbtack Customer
Alyssa took photos of our daughter at 9 weeks old. The photos turned out amazingly. I was very impressed with Alyssa. She came to our house, which made it a comfortable setting for us and the baby. Alyssa was very patient with our daughter, allowing us time to feed, change and soothe her as needed. Alyssa brought many ideas and props with her. Alyssa thought of everything, she even brought a little heater and soothing sounds for the baby. Alyssa took photos of the baby alone and with my husband, baby and I together. All the photos turned out great. Plus, a few other photographers I spoke with said that 9 weeks is an awkward age to work with since she was older than a newborn and they suggested waiting until 6 months old. But I am so happy we found Alyssa to capture our baby's cuteness at this age. I loved that Alyssa sent us a flash drive with all the photos. That way we can print the photos, share with family and friends, etc, as many times as we want. I would highly recommend working with Alyssa, she took the time to get all the right shots.
Candid Clicker PhotographyCandid Clicker Photography
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