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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 Hoffman Estates professional photographers
Marshall H.
David was great to work with. He offered a professional and comfortable environment for the photo shoot. He encouraged my input and suggestions during the process. His turnaround time was fast. And the end product was excellent. I would commend him for any photo project.
Rinker PhotographyRinker Photography
Thumbtack Customer
My son, Austin, had a one hour photo shoot with Karolina at her home studio. We explained what we were looking for in the pictures and she delivered excellent shots in the time she promised. She was excellent to work with and I would definitely work with her again. What a difference a professional photographer makes!
Karolina Heggaton PhotographyKarolina Heggaton Photography
Denise m.
Pierro was early, extremely professional and kind. He made sure everything was perfect for my sister and her now husband. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants a quality photographer and wish him nothing but the best!! Thanks Pierro!!!
Piero Pierrot PhotographyPiero Pierrot Photography
Stacey A.
Best experience with Olivia! (: My very first time doing a photoshoot and using Thumbtack as well. She kept it very professional and I felt very comfortable throughout the entire process. She is so passionate in what she does and she's great at what she does too. I have many insecurities and Olivia made me feel beautiful that entire day and the photos are amazing! Such a pleasure to meet Olivia De Vera!(:
Olivia de Vera PhotographyOlivia de Vera Photography
Bianca D.
Julie is AMAZING! Our pictures came out so beautiful. Her work ethic is one that is truly appreciated! She was early to our session and took the time to explore the paths at Veterans Acres to find which spots would be the best (truly appreciated, thank you Julie!). She was also super informative when I described to her what kind of photo session I wanted for my four year old, she described possible shots, possible locations, etc. I told her I wanted to capture his personality and that’s exactly what she did! We got beautiful family pictures and some awesome pictures of my son Javi being Javi: silly, full of smiles, and a curious little guy. Julie is professional and friendly. The best part is that she’s a mom & a teacher, therefore she is amazing with kids! My son loved her and if it weren’t for her interactions with him, we probably wouldn’t have been able to get such amazing shots. I plan on having another photo shoot in May when I graduate college and there’s no question as to who we’ll be booking again. Thank you Julie!
Julie Kay PhotographyJulie Kay Photography
Agnieszka K.
Konrad was exceptionally easy to work with! We had several specific time restrictions, split up sessions etc. and Konrad gracefully worked with us throughout all of this. He is polite, professional and friendly. My husband and I really enjoyed working with him and will definitely hire him again for future events...our daughters baptism for starters. Not only were the final pictures beautiful, we had a lot to choose from and the price was just right! We have had a ton of compliments on our wedding photos....and we love them. He captured our special day with a lot of detail and focused on just about everything and everyone. If you want a modern, kind, easygoing person to work with seriously consider Konrad, you won't be disappointed!
Markowski PhotographyMarkowski Photography
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