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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.

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.

Reviews for Ashburn event photographers
Mitch W.
I highly recommend Enevole for any type of event photoshoot. The most important aspect of a photographer at these events is the ability to adapt on the fly, and Prash was very flexible and provided incredible photos regardless of how difficult we made it :)
Enevole IncEnevole Inc
Thumbtack Customer
I am absolutely 100% satified with Martika P. Gartman Photography. I have hired many Event Photographers for both Family and Church Events over the years. However, I must say that Martika P. Gartman Photography is the "best" Event Photographer that I have ever seen with my own eyes. She knew "exactly" how to pose and line up persons for photographs. She took her time, and the Event photographs are excellent "keep-sakes" for everyone attending the Church Event to hear my daughter, Dr. Sheri Prentiss, give a presentation about her newly published book," WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED: MY JOURNEY FROM PHYSICIAN TO PATIENT", an inspiring book about Dr. Sheri as a breast cancer survivor. Thank you, Thumbtack Staff for making the "contact" between myself and Martika P. Gartman Photography.
Martika Photography, LLCMartika Photography, LLC
David L.
Photographer responded quickly, was early the day of the event. He blended in with the quest , was not intrusive, and captured wonderful memories in photos from the event. The turnaround time on the work was exceptional . The quality and variety photos was great. I would use him again and again. And would highly and enthusiastically recommend him!
CrispyClean PhotographyCrispyClean Photography
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
Rachel S.
Eric took excellent photos of our outdoor event. He was extremely responsive, professional and friendly. I will keep him on file for future events!
eClarke PhotographyeClarke Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I recently hired Dave to take photos at a corporate event for our clients. He was super professional and easy to work with. The finished photos turned out great, AND he had the photos over to me the following day! It was a pleasure working with Dave, and I will definitely be using him again for our next client event.
Davdgreat PhotographyDavdgreat Photography
Kt k.
Laura was the photographer at my baby-shower. She was easy to work with, communicates timely, was punctual, and took good pictures. I’d recommend Laura as a photographer for your event.
ehfar filmsehfar films
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
Thumbtack Customer
Mike did an amazing job as a videographer and photographer at our corporate event. I highly recommend him.
All Corporate Video & Photo  **** TOP PRO****All Corporate Video & Photo **** TOP PRO****
Phinehas S.
Max was the Ideal candidate to have for an event photographer. Very easy to work with and was very accommodating when it came to getting photos / videos being edited. Definitely will work with him in the future.
Max Cozzi PhotographyMax Cozzi Photography
Lissa D.
Joani was professional, friendly and turned around the photos very fast! I would recommend her for future events!
Bailey N.
Jamie was absolutely amazing to work with. We needed a photographer at our event very last-minute, and he worked with us to make it happen! Not only was he punctual and professional, but the photos he took are absolutely amazing, and we received them the day after our event. We will definitely be hiring him again!
Jamie Link PhotographyJamie Link Photography
David L.
Jake did a great job taking photos at an event for me. He shot over 800 high-quality photos in 2 hours. He was a true professional and I will be working with him again.
Thank you sooo much Ronald for being at my daughter's event, The pictures are beautiful .! From now on You are the family photographer, as well as a friend, Thanks again! Will be back for a photo session Soon😄
RC Photography Chicago I RCphotographychi.comRC Photography Chicago I
Dana M.
Haley was terrific! We needed an event photographer last minute and she was able to help us out. The photos were exactly what we were looking for and we really enjoyed working with her.
HMeadow PhotographyHMeadow Photography
Dan M.
Erin was fantastic. It was great to work with her, and her photos really captured our event. I would definitely recommend her.
Erin Sky Powell PhotographyErin Sky Powell Photography
Tyler R.
Kimia was hired to photograph my wedding ceremony and reception. She arrived early, and despite our not having a very traditional set up immediately got to work. She snapped photos at a great pace without ever being obtrusive or getting in the way despite plenty of chaos. She was also easy to hire, and communicative throughout the entire process. Her photos were turned around within 10 days, including organizing the photos by event. I would definitely recommend Kimia for any of these kinds of events!
Kimia EmamiKimia Emami
Sarah P.
Working with David was amazing! He photographed our school's groundbreaking event and was so responsive & professional & easy to work with. The photos turned out exactly as we were wanting and we'll definitely be using him again!
Jessica W.
I am sad to have to write Lilly such a poor review. She was incredibly sweet and lovely to work with. However, the quality of many her photographs were strangely granulated and overexposed. We hired her to photograph my parents' cocktail party and requested a number of food photographs, which were never include in the final photo collection. She also photographed the event for over three hours and only shared 88 photos total. I contacted Lilly twice via Thumbtack and text message asking if the overexposed or granulated photos could be edited in Photoshop, and, unfortunately, she never responded. I imagine hiring Lilly for something straightforward like graduation photos would be fine if you're on a budget, but I would not recommend her for more important events.
Lilly Lilova PhotographyLilly Lilova Photography
Heather M.
Amazing Photography! Kimia is wonderful to work with and really has an amazing eye for capturing the prefect imagery and moments to make our event special. We can’t seem to find a photo we don’t want to frame for the wall!
Kimia EmamiKimia Emami
Claire L.
Laura was responsive and easy to work with from halfway across the country. She coordinated with our partner to photograph their event and shared the pictures within days.
ehfar filmsehfar films
Syane R.
Bill was great, and we wouldn't hesitate to unreservedly recommend him to anyone who needs a photographer. We will certainly be using him again! He was communicative online, showed up on time, was unobtrusive during our event and turned the photos extremely quickly. Most importantly, he captured a very significant life moment for us with some truly exceptional photographs. He was very understanding when our event went longer than expected and stuck around to take some additional photos. To top it all off, his rates are very reasonable. Thanks Bill!
W. Biederman PhotographyW. Biederman Photography
Mali G.
Such a great experience working with Jamil and Candidly! Thank you for capturing my event and my friends/family loved the photos! Would highly recommend them!
Candidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer  ChicagoCandidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer Chicago
Luke B.
She was a pleasure to work with. She captured me proposing to my girlfriend and also took some photos after as well. The photos were amazing and she sent them all the next day after the event. I would highly recommend!
Geraldine.o photographyGeraldine.o photography
Thumbtack Customer
I can't say enough lovely things about All Corporate Video and Photo. Mike Kozuchowski was so fantastic to work with- I was looking for a last minute photographer for an event I was throwing only a few days before the event. Mike was nothing but professional, easy to work with and went above and beyond what was asked of him. I will definitely work with him again in the future, when another project comes up and I highly recommend to anyone that is looking for a photographer and or a videographer. Thanks Mike!
All Corporate Video & Photo  **** TOP PRO****All Corporate Video & Photo **** TOP PRO****
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