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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 professional photographers
Linda H.
She was an amazing photographer! Very friendly and professional!
Monette Wagner PhotographyMonette Wagner Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Very Professional. Outstanding work. The best photographer around.
FotoCross PhotographyFotoCross Photography
Abdurrahman A.
This is my first time taking a professional photos of my self. I thought it would be so hard for the first time. But after I send a request to Chelsea she respond immediately and we arrange a photo shoot session without any problems. At the same day we managed to meet and take the photos. And at the same day she managed to send me the photos. She did a great job on the photos within a reasonable time. I would like to recommend her for anyone trying to take professional photos. She can manage to work with a first time client or a professional model. You can see some of her work in the photos I will include in this review. Thanks, Abdurrahman
Chelsea Sherrill PhotographyChelsea Sherrill Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional and accomodating to customer needs. A photographer I would hire again.
J. Mikael StudiosJ. Mikael Studios
Sherrea G.
I contacted Justin to have some photos taken for a graduation. Justin got back with me immediately, he was professional and courteous. My plans changed and I no longer needed a photographer however I would recommend Justin for professionalism and punctuality.
Justin Casterline PhotographyJustin Casterline Photography
Emily W.
Al Bracken Photography responded super quick, and was easy to work with! He is extremely professional and prompt.
Al Bracken Photography!Al Bracken Photography!
Lauren D.
Brian was a great photographer for our company's two events. He was on time, professional, and went above and beyond to get great shots. He shared the photos with me in a timely manner. He was also very responsive and considerate. I would recommend using Brian to photograph any type of event.
Thumbtack Customer
Brian was professional, knowledgeable and patient during my shoot. I would recommend him in the future to anyone looking for professional quality photo's.
Sherrea G.
I had reached out to Al for graduation photos for a friend completing his masters. Al got back with me immediately and he immediately started his consultation for my photo needs which was very impressive. Unfortunately my plans changed and I no longer needed a photographer but Al’s professionalism and timely response was very impressive as well. He also knew exactly what to do to start planning my photo shoot with his consultation. And I would recommend him going forward for his professionalism and punctuality.
Al Bracken Photography!Al Bracken Photography!
Anna F.
We hired Joe Chung Photography for a corporate event in Indy. Joe was very professional. His price was exactly was he said it was going to be (no hidden fees). The turnaround on photos was about a week (which is awesome) and the pictures turned out great!
Joe Chung PhotographyJoe Chung Photography
Thumbtack Customer
A customized, professional headshot for a reasonable price--with beautiful results. No complaints. Glad I used Thumbtack to find Whonsetler Photography!
Chris Whonsetler - Commercial PhotographyChris Whonsetler - Commercial Photography
Thumbtack Customer
My experience with john and JRS Photography was positive. His face shots were high quality and John was prompt and professional.
JRS DesignsJRS Designs
Kaytlin E.
Our organization hired Al for our conference/award ceremony and are thrilled with the results. He was on time, friendly and professional, delivered an impressive number and variety of photos for the time he was there, and got the edited photos back to us very quickly. Would definitely recommend!
Al Bracken Photography!Al Bracken Photography!
Natasha H.
My photo shoot was an amazing experience! Danielle is an incredible photographer that exceeded all of my expectations. Incredibly down to earth and professional. I felt so comfortable and empowered by listening to my needs and wants. She captured incredible headshots of me for my graduation, making it so hard to choose which photos to have edited. I highly recommend working with Danielle of Natural Nerd Designs!
Natural Nerd DesignsNatural Nerd Designs
Shanique R.
Unfortunately I did not get a chance to do the photo shoot, Al was very quick with responses and answered all of my questions. Very professional.
Al Bracken Photography!Al Bracken Photography!
Trai E.
Al came out and did a great job despite not feeling well. Very professional and welcoming personality. We will be using him for all of our photography needs!
Al Bracken Photography!Al Bracken Photography!
Cynthia H.
Very professional, communicative and creative! Impressed with personality as well as dedication to customer service and making clients happy! 5 stars! Can’t wait to do the photo shoot!
Wedding Crash KingsWedding Crash Kings
Morrise H.
Monette was a true professional, she was timely, creative and made the photo shoot fun and engaging. I definitely would work with her again and recommend Monette as a someone to work with.
Monette Wagner PhotographyMonette Wagner Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Taking engagement photos with Rhiannon was so much fun and they turned out amazing! She is great at what she does, very professional, and makes you feel comfortable!
Rhiannon Loyd PhotographyRhiannon Loyd Photography
Lynette M.
Elham was very professional, flexible and accommodating. I was very pleased with the head/shoulder shots needed for LinkedIn and business cards. I highly recommend Elham's photography services!
Beauty PhotographyBeauty Photography
Stephanie H.
Easy to work with, non-invasive, professional, and great photos! Our event had 500+ attendees and we didn't have a single complaint. Couldn't recommend him more!
Thumbtack Customer
James was great. Very professional set up and attitude. His flexibility was paramount during the execution of this project. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone needing a great photographer!
James J. Black PhotographyJames J. Black Photography
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.
Al Bracken Photography!Al Bracken Photography!
Thumbtack Customer
Joe was a truly professional and talented photography and he went to great lengths to accommodate all of us that night while we celebrated my mother and father's 50th Wedding Anniversary. I cannot thank him enough for making the evening a real gift and treasure for my whole family. I would recommend Joe to anyone who needs photography services. Thank you Joe.
Joe Chung PhotographyJoe Chung Photography
Angel A.
I had an awesome experience with Al. He is one if the best photographers I ever had , everyone was captured at perfect moments in our pictures, he is professional, and responds in a good timely fashion. Thanks Al!
Al Bracken Photography!Al Bracken Photography!
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