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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.

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.

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 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.

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 Chicago photo shoots
Joshua K.
It was my very first photo shoot and and went very well, I’ll recommend everyone to do photo shoot business with Muizdeen Sanni!!
Muizdeen SanniMuizdeen Sanni
Heather D.
Such a great experience, the communication, actual photo shoot and photos were all great! Highly recommend.
Danielle D.
We had a wonderful experience with Joe for both maternity and newborn photo shoots. Joe was flexible and able to do both shoots in our home. He was friendly and helped guide us through the shoot with ease. Joe had our photos ready quickly, and they turned out wonderful! I’d recommend Joe for any family’s photography needs!
Joe Robertson PhotographyJoe Robertson Photography
Larry Y.
Very impressed with a personal photo shoot and the pictures were of great quality!
Glimpses of GloryGlimpses of Glory
Olivia P.
My fiancé hired Ahad to shoot surprise engagement photos and he was perfect! He was very responsive and easy to coordinate with, helped guide us throughout the photo shoot, and sent us the photos back in less than 24 hours. The quality of the photos were impressive as well. Would 10/10 recommend him to anyone!
Ahad Bootwala PhotographyAhad Bootwala Photography
Frank G.
We had an amazing experience shooting our engagement photos with him. He was right on time meeting us and made us feel comfortable while shooting and took amazing photos. We would definitely book with him again!
DivMo PhotographyDivMo Photography
Lisa B.
I was able to book a shoot over the weekend and received the photos later that same day.
Muizdeen SanniMuizdeen Sanni
Trevor P.
Joan went above and beyond the call of duty for our photo shoot and gave us an incredible experience.
Jillian H.
Mike did a fantastic job shooting our mini-mony! Honestly every photo was amazing. Mike really connected with us and made sure the shoot was not only fun but creative. Would definitely use again!
Zingg PhotoZingg Photo
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
Thomas V.
Caleb did a great job with the shoot and everything leading up to it. He responded quickly to my text messages, helped with planning the locations, and was flexible with his time availability. The photos turned out great with great lighting and vibrant colors. Caleb definitely knows how to take great photos and has a deep passion for photography. I would DEFINITELY hire him for another shoot in the city!
Glimpses of GloryGlimpses of Glory
Linda M.
Bill is a very experienced photographer and was very easy to work with. He was prompt, professional and got our shot done very smoothly! I would recommend him for any photo shoot.
W. Biederman PhotographyW. Biederman Photography
Carlos M.
Working with Carrie was awesome! She is very personable and has a great eye for photography. We took some beautiful outdoor photos that I am very pleased with. I will be hiring Carrie for my next photo shoot. Thanks Carrie!!
Carrie Leah PhotographyCarrie Leah Photography
Kelly F.
I hired Miguel to do a family photo shoot. Prior to the shoot he helped us select a location and was quick to respond with appointment details. Miguel was great with my 22 month old son! He was patient and did things to make him laugh. He showed us photos he captured during the shoot so we could see a sample of the images. Overall it was a pleasant experience and I look forward to working with him again.
Thumbtack Customer
Njeri was a very professional person to work with. She was flexible on time and location of the photo shoot. I would highly recommend her.
NKairo StudiosNKairo Studios
April t.
Punctual, professional, and easy to work with! Thank you La Vita for making our first photo shoot experience a memorable one!
La Vita PhotographyLa Vita Photography
Yaro Z.
The photo shoot was nice and professional, and the quality of the photos was really impressive. Anna went above and beyond to ensure we were satisfied with her work and even offered us a nice bonus. Highly recommend.
Husky Photography IncHusky Photography Inc
Debbee Rucheen C.
She’s so good make us comfortable when we do the photo shoot . Thanks much highly recommend. Thank you
Geraldine.o photographyGeraldine.o photography
Thumbtack Customer
Sandy was awesome! She was easy to work with and very open-minded about our unorthodox idea for engagement photos. Neither of us are very comfortable in front of a camera, but she made us feel natural and at ease throughout the whole shoot. She took beautiful photos that we're really happy with, and we can't wait for her to shoot our wedding for us!
Sandra Armenteros PhotographySandra Armenteros Photography
Mahsa M.
David was great to work with! Very responsive throughout the scheduling process and professional during the photo-shoot. We're very happy with how our pictures turned out and highly recommend working with Dimo Design & Photography.
Didomi Design & Photography LLCDidomi Design & Photography LLC
Ilona G.
Kimia did a great job shooting photos at our courthouse wedding ceremony! She was on time, flexible, offered professional suggestions and was very open to last minute requests. A+! We are so happy with our photos!!!
Kimia EmamiKimia Emami
Chris K.
She did an amazing job with our shoot. Went above and beyond helping me with a good location and setting for photos. Would highly recommend!
Geraldine.o photographyGeraldine.o photography
Thumbtack Customer
She has been very understanding and helpful. She is coordinating this photo shoot between Chicago and Charlotte NC. Everything is smooth so far.
Kilroy Dunne PhotographyKilroy Dunne 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
Stephen P.
Ekatarina was very responsive and easy to communicate with. She came to the photo shoot with ideas for shot set-up. The day of the shoot was very hot, so we changed to an indoor location, and she rolled with everything very well. Most importantly, we are pleased with our pictures.
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