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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Ashburn photographers
Valencia L.
Excellent photography! Very easy and pleasant to work with!! Best photography decision!!
LUEM PhotographyLUEM Photography
Stacey D.
An amazing photo
The Marvelous RealThe Marvelous Real
Thumbtack Customer
Puthorn is a very nice gentlemen, he was prompt with communications and was ready to go the day of the event. Given the 5 hour duration of the event I had expected more photos to fully capture the details and activities. Of the ~500 photos provided, there are 15 that stand-out that I would like to print or create a short photo-book. Some of the movement and candid photos, like us dancing, didn't capture the people in an entirety - either feet or heads are cut-off. Also I would have liked more photos capturing the family, there were times during the reception I wasn't sure where Puthorn was as he wasn't with the core family. I don't have any candid photos of my son with my daughter. Overall I am happy I have photos of our special day but would have liked more professional shots to reflect back on and reminisce the day.
Puthorn Suwannasingh PhotographyPuthorn Suwannasingh Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Cristi was AWESOME! His photography was exceptional. He captured very precious moments which we are sure to keep for life. He is very professional. I will keep availing his services. I would definitely recommend him if someone is looking for a photographer.
Cristi's PhotographyCristi's Photography
Saurav B.
christieis very good and he is very professional. everyone who was and was not present in the party appreciated the photos.
Cristi's PhotographyCristi's Photography
Kimberley M.
Outstanding photographer. I would most highly recommend. I would use his services again.
Cristi's PhotographyCristi's Photography
Thumbtack Customer
A celebration of our 60th wedding anniversary. Paul unobtrusively took pictures throughout the event and then did family photos. Wonderful pictures!
LARA imagesLARA images
Mariam M.
OMG! Where do I start!!!! Quantized Pixels LLC is amazing but most importantly Gethro, he is so professional and friendly! I couldn't have asked for more from a photographer. He was amazing during the whole event and provided the best photos that captured my moments. He's definitely the person you need at your events and you'll be so comfortable. <3 THANK YOU GETHRO!!!!
Quantized Pixels LLCQuantized Pixels LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Paul was great to work with. He was on time and took more photos than I thought. I got the file that night and when I picked the ones I liked best, he cleaned them up (retouched) and I had them right back. I felt like he took a personal interest in getting good pics and that was very helpful. Anyone looking for a good photographer - Paul is who to call....
LARA imagesLARA images
Suchendra K.
We couldn't have asked for a better photographer, Julie went above and beyond to capture everything we wanted. She was punctual and very professional. The pictures were amazing and absolutely worth every penny.
Julie BonebrakeJulie Bonebrake
Thumbtack Customer
I recently hired him to cover my Daughters' first bday party. He did an amazing job. He was very professional and courteous. He arrived on time and clicked photo with high energy. I would definitely recommend him and hire him in future.
The Marvelous RealThe Marvelous Real
Jacqueline R.
Joe did an incredible job. Not only did he take beautiful photos of my family, but he captured special moments in the form of candid shots that have now become some of our all time favorites. His responsiveness and kindness helped make us comfortable. Highly recommend.
Joe Halpin PhotographyJoe Halpin Photography
Dale B.
Unlike the standard $2000+ wedding photo offers we received, Metin understood that we were having a small, family wedding with limited needs and a limited budget. He met with us at the venue weeks before the event, then came on time and worked tirelessly for four hours to chronicle every moment of our ceremony and reception. We are very happy with the memories he provided us. Highly recommended.
Picaboost Photography StudiosPicaboost Photography Studios
Thumbtack Customer
Garrett took pictures at my son's Bar Mitzvah celebration. It was a large event and he did a fantastic job covering all areas (indoor and outdoor). Garrett took many group pictures that we requested, took great candid photos (some of kids playing sports that were AMAZING shots) and also got a variety of indoor group shots. He's creative and had the kids do some fun things which created wonderful memories! I highly recommend Garret!
Garrett Strang Professional PhotographyGarrett Strang Professional Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Cristi was fantastic! Exceeded our expectations and was a professional in every sense of the word. Loved that he was early which gave us a chance to see if our preferred location would work. He pointed out that we would have the sun in our eyes, not good and found another spot close by which was perfect! We were a large family group with lots of strong personalities. He was able to get us to move along and used humor to make our session fun. Very easy to communicate with and quickly answered all of my questions. We were all coming in from different states and he was very nice about working with the tight schedule we had. I would definitely use him again if I needed a professional photographer for ANY occasion. The pictures come out wonderful and everyone was surprised at how he was able to get us to quit talking long enough to have us all looking in the right direction. Thank you Cristi for making this a fun family memory with loads of beautiful pictures as well!
Cristi's PhotographyCristi's Photography
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