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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a photographer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a photographer, see if the photographer can take photos outdoors or in a large space so all involved parties can maintain the recommended distance between themselves. You should also sanitize surfaces, avoid handshakes, don’t make any other physical contact and use digital platforms to complete payments. Speak with a local photographer in your area to put a strategy in place.

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.

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.

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 Naperville photo shoots
Pranshu A.
If you want to work with someone who is talented, professional and very friendly, Martika is the person. She made my photo shoot experience a breeze. She created the space for lifestyle photos in her studio. Also found a talented model for my photo shoot. Overall highly recommend.
Martika Photography, LLCMartika Photography, LLC
Irina S.
Geraldine did a fantastic job on our family photos! Also the most fun we ever had on a shoot!
Geraldine.o photographyGeraldine.o photography
Nnenna F.
Had a photo shoot with Dwight on a drizzly December day. The pictures turned out great despite the less than ideal conditions. Highly recommended!
Photography by Dwight AventPhotography by Dwight Avent
Morgan S.
Based on the reviews and pricing, we chose Divmo photography for our maternity shoot. We were happy with the outcome of the photos so when our son was born, we also used him for the newborn photos. Our son was awake and not as cooperative as we would have hoped, but we were still able to get some good photos. I would recommend Divmo Photography to others.
DivMo PhotographyDivMo Photography
Matthew M.
Joshua was incredible for our engagement shoot. He responded quickly to messages and was very knowledgeable about locations. We went to a location he suggested and couldn’t have been happier. During the shoot Joshua was warm and approachable, he made me and my girlfriend(now fiancée) very comfortable. He was excellent at coaching us through poses. I wanted to catch the moment of proposal with a professional photographer and Joshua nailed it! Not only were the photos incredible, the turn around time for editing was extremely fast. Both me and my future better half were impressed by the quality as well!
Joshua Tatro PhotographyJoshua Tatro Photography
Stephanie L.
This has to be hands down the best experience I've ever had working with a photographer. DiVesh was extremely easygoing yet knew how to direct me during the shoot to maximize angles, lighting and depth for the photos. Many photographers try to push their opinions on you but DiVesh wants you to be ultimately happy with the photos and is very open to what you'd like. I hired DiVesh to take some photos to promote my personal shopping business online and social media platforms. I couldn't be happier. DiVesh made me feel comfortable at all times and has a demeanor that is easy to be around. He spent his time with me and did not rush me even though our shoot lasted longer than anticipated. He was very patient and guided me through the session. Selfishly, I don't want DiVesh to get too busy so I can hire him whenever necessary but he is a rising star and extremely talented. If you want a photographer with an artistic eye and makes you feel exceptionally comfortable, hire Divesh.
DivMo PhotographyDivMo Photography
Vicky M.
Linda was amazing to work with. She did a pregnancy announcement shoot for us and we couldn’t have been happier with the results! She came prepared with many amazing ideas and the photos turned out great. She was punctual, friendly, and just overall fun to work with. We will definitely use her again!
Bouldin PhotographyBouldin Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Jennyfer was awesome! We had a big group photo shoot the day after Christmas. Jennyfer was early to set up, ready to go at the scheduled time. Had great ideas for posing all of us. Was patient, we had 5 kiddos 18 months - 10 years old, had a sense of humor. Kept us moving without us feeling rushed. Highly recommend Jennyfer!
Jennyfer Alicea PhotographyJennyfer Alicea Photography
Marissa M.
Pat was amazing to work with! Not only was he very easy going and super down to earth, but also flexible! We had to change our photoshoot location at the very last minute and Pat was incredibly responsive and accommodating. This was me and my fiancé’s first time ever doing professional photos and Pat made us feel super comfortable throughout the entire shoot. He was able to direct us when needed, but also gave us space to just be ‘us’ and captured each beautifully. Would highly recommend Pat to anyone looking for a photographer. 10/10
Betcher PhotoBetcher Photo
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