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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Reviews for South Loop professional photographers
Thumbtack Customer
The photographer is very professional. Photos are wonderful. Totally worth the money! Highly recommended.
Creative  CapturesCreative Captures
Thumbtack Customer
Photographer was prompt and very professional.
Photography by Dwight AventPhotography by Dwight Avent
Ayla C.
Very professional and excellent photographer.
Gilded ImageryGilded Imagery
William C.
Wonderfully professional and terrific photos.
Kristal Lee PhotographyKristal Lee Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional very warm photographer brings out the best in your and the photos were excellent.
Masaki O.
Great photographer. Very professional and high quality
Thumbtack Customer
Vic was professional, prompt, and efficient for the small photo shoot he did for me. The photos I got back were high quality good looking photos for a reasonable fair price. Thanks Vic!
Manuel H.
Robert was an excellent photographer to work with. He was on-time, pleasant, professional and worked hard to help translate my goals for the session into beautiful photography. I would recommend him to anyone who is in need of photography services.
Robert Tiwan PhotographyRobert Tiwan Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Love my photos. Karolina is a professional and helped to make it comfortable experience.
Karolina Heggaton PhotographyKarolina Heggaton Photography
Julie N.
Fantastic experience. Beth was professional, engaged, enthusiastic and photos were amazing!!!
Creations by Beth PhotographyCreations by Beth Photography
Sindhu R.
Great working experience! She is a professional photographer, clicked awesome pictures!
Geraldine.o photographyGeraldine.o photography
Jennifer A.
Stephney, made my daughter's Sweet 16 so special. She was patient kept her professionalism. Loved having her as a photographer. Plus everybody loved the photos.
Stephney Martin PhotographyStephney Martin Photography
Clifton M.
The photographer were absolutely amazing. They were helpful, attentive, and took initiative, not to mention, very professional and punctual! The photos wowed me! So stunning, will definitely hire again!
Candidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer  ChicagoCandidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer Chicago
David Z.
David was excellent! He was very professional and captured some awesome photos of our guests at our event. I would highly recommend him for your photography needs.
Didomi Design & Photography LLCDidomi Design & Photography LLC
Anne Marie R.
Bill was the consummate professional and the quality of the photos are spectacular. We had Bill photograph our son’s baptism and luncheon and he captured so many special moments. From booking to receiving the photos working with Bill was smooth and seamless. I will cherish the photos forever and I look forward to working with Bill again and again!
W. Biederman PhotographyW. Biederman Photography
Matt P.
Geraldine was great! Very prompt and professional. We loved our engagement photos.
Geraldine.o photographyGeraldine.o photography
Anj G.
Extremely professional and reasonably priced. She set expectations with the payment structure, timeline of receipt of photos, and helped us achieve IG-worthy photos of our court marriage! She directed us when we didn’t have inspiration pics and accommodated our requests to have family photos. Would definitely hire again for any session photography!
Lynnyati PhotograhyLynnyati Photograhy
Rumya R.
Karolina photographed our daughter's 1st birthday party. She was professional and punctual, and captured the moments of our party perfectly. The photos were very candid and 'in the moment', as we had requested. She also took some family photos before the event that were lovely. Would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an excellent event photographer!
Karolina Heggaton PhotographyKarolina Heggaton Photography
Lashonna M.
Visual Etiquette is a very professional photography company. Emil showed up on time and was very patient throughout the entire photo session. I would highly recommend this company. Excellent service.
Leilasadat M.
We had a wonderful experience for our couple photography session. She was very professional and had great ideas. we just love our photos. I highly recommend her.
Ashlee Cole PhotographyAshlee Cole Photography
Gina T.
Thanks Miguel for doing an amazing job on my pre-wedding photos. I loved the result and his professionalism. Will have him again for my next photos event. Thanks a lot.
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
Demetri S.
Miguel took real estate photos for a rental unit of mine. He was very thoughtful and professional. The photos turned out great and immediately led to more inquiries. Thanks again, Miguel.
Brian H.
Kimia is very professional and easy to work with. She has been very fair with us and even did engagement photos with us. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer.
Kimia EmamiKimia Emami
A. P.
W. Biederman Photography did a great job!! Very Professional and prompt. Will use again!
W. Biederman PhotographyW. Biederman Photography
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