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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.

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.

What should you wear for a family photo?

A family photographer captures your family in a series of professionally edited portraits. You can be goofy, you can be formal, you can be exactly how you want to be. To that end, you can wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident — feeling good translates to looking good in photos. However, top family photographers do have some style suggestions that will make your family photos more visually cohesive:

  • Ask the photographer for color suggestions if you’re doing an outdoor photo shoot. Location and time of day can affect which shades will fade in the sunlight and what will stand out in a good way.
  • Stay away from a mix of stripes or plaids on multiple people — the effect is too busy.
  • Steer clear of tiny patterns, which blend together too much.
  • Avoid wearing matching outfits.
  • Do wear outfits that are complementary in color.
  • Choose color over black-and-white outfits.
  • Do choose a theme, such as pastels, fall colors or summer colors.
  • Opt for tonally similar colors.  
  • Go easy on makeup for outdoor photo shoots.
Reviews for Indianapolis family photographers
Thumbtack Customer
We had family photos with Huda. She was so patient with our little ones. The photos were beautiful.
Huda PhotoHuda Photo
Sharon L.
Al was very generous with his time and delivered on all his promises regarding the photo shoot and timing of photo availability. He was extremely patient with our family - dealing with 5 children under the age of 8 plus 10 adults could have been overwhelming but Al approached us with professionalism and humor and kindness. We ended up with really good photos of the entire family, each child and his/her family and all the different groups we came up with. I would call him again without hesitation.
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Thumbtack Customer
Huda did our family pictures. She has a great personality and is easy to work with. She was flexible up to the last minute when we had to change venue because of rain. She captured the personality of our family. Huda is now our "family photographer " for every event in the future. She is a great find!
Huda PhotoHuda Photo
Sarah H.
Sally was great to work with and did a great job shooting our family pictures! Would definitely recommend her to anyone and plan to use her again for future photo needs
Sally Wolf PhotographySally Wolf Photography
Amelia S.
Thank you so much for taking such beautiful pictures of our growing family! We loved how patient you were with our BIG family, and the pictures turned out great! We LOVED having the gallery to view on your website.. and we will cherish the photos for years to come! Thanks again :)
Capta Lux PhotographyCapta Lux Photography
Kate H.
Cory was awesome to work with and we got our pictures back in less than a week! We also had 5 dogs in our family photos and she was more than accommodating. Thanks again! :)
Cory Harbour PhotographyCory Harbour Photography
Margaret D.
Cory worked with us for a large family photo shoot with grandparents and teenagers. She made everyone feel comfortable and not rushed. She has a very calm and easy going manner which allowed all of us to relax and have fun. The photos are great and of wonderful quality. We would definitely use her again. Thanks Cory!
Cory Harbour PhotographyCory Harbour Photography
Katie P.
Monette was great to work with. I hired her to take family photos as a gift to my mom. She was on time and very responsive. She made us feel safe by wearing her mask and keeping socially distant with the pictures. She was great at capturing real life photographs instead of looking really staged and was great at finding good lighting.
Monette Wagner PhotographyMonette Wagner Photography
Randy M.
Sally Wolf is not only an amazing person, but a professional that takes pride in her work. She took great photos of my family and my wife in her maternity dress. She even took suggestions on poses to use from our seven year old, which turned out to be phenomenal ideals. She was very punctual, responsive, and is worth every penny. We will definitely use her again for our infant pictures and hope to retain her as our family photographer for years to come. Thanks Sally and we cannot wait to see the pictures!
Sally Wolf PhotographySally Wolf Photography
Susan K.
Stacy arrived promptly at the hotel where my family and I were staying. There were 6 adults and 5 children and Stacy was wonderful with all the children. It was a fun photo session with Stacy! I would recommend Stacy for sure!
Stacy Wolf PhotographyStacy Wolf Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Jacob was a joy to work with. He was extremely professional, courteous, and flexible with the given job requirements. We had two locations: an office and a recording studio at a radio station, and Jacob traveled to both with us, and did a great job photographing at both venues. He delivered the photos in an edited fashion in a prompt manner and delivered as promised. I would recommend him to friends and family.
Jacob Collier PhotoJacob Collier Photo
Demetrius W.
A complete photo shoot was absolutely amazing, We have received so many compliments from around the country from friends and family about how nice the pictures were, Al you knocked it out the park, thanks again.
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Tanya P.
Wonderful work*Excellent value*Professional So very happy with our family photography session. Mr. Bracken was top-notch professional thru the entire experience. He accommodated my last minute request for a session, and any questions I had. He smoothly dealt with all the personalities that come with a big group family session. Pricing was more than fair, and Mr. Bracken was very adaptive to all the requests we had. I look forward to using his services again, when needed and would 110% recommend Al Bracken Photography.
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Haley Y.
We have used Sally Wolf Photography several times and are always amazed at how beautiful the pictures turn out. She is truly a talented artist and has a way of capturing the uniqueness of my boys. We have worked with her in her studio and at our home and her professionalism and creativity are abundant in both places. Love working with her and seeing the amazing products in the end. We will definitely continue to work with her as our family photographer.
Sally Wolf PhotographySally Wolf Photography
Anita D.
Sally was very flexible due to weather issues and our desire for outside photos. There were 9 of us for family photos and she was patient and creative in moving us to various places in the yard and putting us together in different groupings with a wide age range from 70 years to 14 months—a baby who doesn’t like strangers. She caught him with smiles and and quirky looks between some tears. I would definitely use her again and recommend her.
Sally Wolf PhotographySally Wolf Photography
Heather F.
Chelsea is amazing! Though I haven't seen too many photo's yet ( will update once I've seen them all) I can say that she is a true professional! She is very patient and wonderful with the camera. She is creative/ had great ideas for a variety of shots!! Very reasonable as far as price and she was even able to come to the location we desired! I am SURE I found the perfect photographer for any and all upcoming family portrait needs!
Chelsea Sherrill PhotographyChelsea Sherrill Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We are very pleased to have worked with Chelsea on some family photos we recently had done. We did a shoot outdoors and she found spots with the most beautiful fall foliage and background. She was extremely fun and engaging, but still professional in her work. The pictures we have seen so far have turned out beautifully. I highly recommend!
Chelsea Sherrill PhotographyChelsea Sherrill Photography
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