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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 Highland Park photo shoots
Marcie F.
Nattie did an exceptional job photographing my family for a last minute photo shoot! Her candid shots ended up being some of our favorites. She was patient, warm, and very accommodating. We are grateful to have found her on Thumbtack!
Nattaya PhotographyNattaya Photography
Amy H.
Scheduled a newborn photo shoot, placed a deposit and on the day of the scheduled shoot I contacted the company asking for their estimated time of arrival as they were already 10 mins late. they texted me back saying that they did not have a photographer to send to the appointment and preferred to meet tomorrow. This is a major inconvenience as getting ourselves and a new born fed and ready for a photo shoot already takes a lot of time and planning! Disappointed in this company is an understatement. Horrible customer service, even if they contacted me earlier in the morning I would have been able to adjust our day, but it took me reaching out to find out they weren’t going to show up. Do yourself a favor and schedule / confirm with another company.
Beige Cashmere ChicagoBeige Cashmere Chicago
Amy H.
Wonderful experience!! Carla was amazing to work with, she was extremely professional and friendly, made us feel at ease the entire time. She said our newborn was so easy to work with but I think it was her calm, comforting demeanor and tips before the shoot (keeping the house extra warm,) helped keep our newborn comfortable. Highly recommend Common Fine Art Photography! We know we will be using Carla for all our milestone photography for our baby boy
Common Fine Art PhotographyCommon Fine Art Photography
Alisha S.
We hired JZ Studio to take photos of our multigenerational family. To explain how amazing JZ was, I need to give some background information because the odds of having good pictures were really stacked against us: first, we decided to look for a photographer late Sunday afternoon, about 15 hours before we wanted the pictures taken; second, it's December, temps were in the teens and we wanted the pictures to be outdoors, which is a tall order considering the lack of beauty found in the north Chicago suburbs at this time of year; third, we weren't sure what family members could make our photo shoot; fourth, we had very strict time requirements because some of us had afternoon flights to catch; and fifth, one of the persons photographed was an 11 month old baby! But you know what, everything considering, our pictures came our great! JZ picked a beautiful spot, was more than flexible with the number of people being photographed (good news -- our entire family was able to make our impromptu Monday morning shoot) and JZ efficiently whipped through the photo session so that we could be in and out and back to warmer temps indoors. Our pictures are simply beautiful. On a gray Chicago day, JZ managed to infuse color and life into our pics. We couldn't be more happy and highly recommend JZ. We will use again, but next time in the summer! PS. We made our afternoon flight at O'Hare too! And the baby smiled in all of the photos. How about that!
JZS PhotographyJZS Photography
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