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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.

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.

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 Louisville professional photographers
Leah R.
Very responsive and professional. Excellent photos!
Stone Soup ProductionsStone Soup Productions
Emma S.
My experience was outstanding! The skill, attentiveness and professionalism of Shannon Wells made me feel confident that I came to the right photographer! I love my photos!! Thanks again!!!
Leigh PhotographyLeigh Photography
David D.
I had a very short deadline to submit a photograph for an award. I did not have a recent photograph and contacted Leigh Photography. I was given an appointment within 24 hours and the quality was SUPERB. Shannon spent time with me, took a large number of still photographs in several different scenarios and had them online to review within a hour. Her professionalism was beyond reproach and her choice of photographs both for submission and for my own use were absolutely superb. I highly recommend Leigh Photography.
Leigh PhotographyLeigh Photography
Todd L.
I had an excellent experience getting my business portraits at Leigh Photography. The photographer is friendly, experienced, professional and talented. Also, it's a very nice studio. I highly recommend this business.
Leigh PhotographyLeigh Photography
Randi H.
The photography duo at GJT photography is incredibly professional. They are warm, kind and helpful. They are very transparent about the entire process, and have fair prices. They made us feel completely comfortable and confident at our engagement photo shoot. The quality of the photos are pristine, but the quality of their service is even better. Would definitely recommend them to anyone. Can’t wait for them to shoot our wedding!
GJT Photography & VideographyGJT Photography & Videography
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional and accommodating on short notice. I would use her again for my photography needs.
Leigh PhotographyLeigh Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Leigh Photography was a great experience! Very professional - made the process of getting a professioal headshot simple and effective.
Leigh PhotographyLeigh Photography
It was wonderful working with Leigh Photography. The work was fast and very professional and the pictures turned out fabulous! Thank you!
Leigh PhotographyLeigh Photography
Linda K.
Brian was great to work with. He was professional, exceptionally prepared, attentive to our needs, unobtrusive to our guests, and his photos are fabulous!
Brian Bohannon PhotographyBrian Bohannon Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Jacque was fantastic! Very professional and went out of her way to make out pictures amazing. We will be going back to her for years an when we start a family JCSS will be the only to photograph all of our special moments. I can't speak highly enough of Jacque or her talent as a photographer.
JCSS PhotographyJCSS Photography
Deuce T.
Ben did a great job and have already hired him for a second job. He was early, professional, turned around the photos really quick, and helped stage and organize quality shots
Ben Neely PhotographyBen Neely Photography
Kaila F.
I had a wonderful experience with Shannon. She was efficient, professional, and kind. She responds to queries quickly. She's an amazing photographer, and my finished product was lovely. I'd hire her again. No doubt.
Leigh PhotographyLeigh Photography
Michael P.
Shannon is very nice. Her bubbly personality makes you feel comfortable. My pictures turned out great. Pricing was reasonable for the professional session and high quality photos. I highly recommend.
Leigh PhotographyLeigh Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Shannon is a terrific photographer and a consummate professional. She arrived early to set up, waited patiently for her subjects to prepare themselves, and returned a finished product in a timely manner. We will definitely hire Shannon again.
Leigh PhotographyLeigh Photography
Vrushali K.
Mike is very professional and has done an excellent job! All pictures have turned out great and we greatly appreciate the work MRC photography has done! We will definitely recommend to our friends for future projects. Thanks.
MRC PhotographyMRC Photography
Holly J.
Callie was absolutely wonderful. She was great with easing the anxiety of having someone take your photo. She was wonderful with our dog who is very much a part of our family too. Any questions I had she answered them very quickly, and very professional.
Callie Shelley PhotographyCallie Shelley Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Shannon is a pro! Beautiful work, delivered promptly--couldn't be happier! The headshots she made me have served me well in my career as a musician and will continue to serve me well, I am sure. I will be calling her again the next time I need professional photos.
Leigh PhotographyLeigh Photography
Heather M.
Destiny was so pleasant to work with she arrived on time and ready to work, she was completely professional and did a really great job my family is actually going to hire her again to do more family pictures in the future I highly recommend her as a photographer we were very pleased!
House of Magnolias PhotographyHouse of Magnolias Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I just did an engagement photo shoot with Beth and she was awesome! I had never done a professional shoot before so I was super nervous, and Beth made the experience easy and fun! Plus I LOVE her work! I would highly reccomend her to anyone after working with her for just a short period.
Beth Sumners PhotographyBeth Sumners Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Shannon was flexible and so easy to work with. She has a sweet demeanor and completely professional. Her photographs really captured some fun moments as we kicked off a bachelorette weekend, in Louisville. She got back to us with our images so quickly. She did a great job and would consider her for other events in the future.
Leigh PhotographyLeigh Photography
Laurie S.
Pascal was truly the best to work with. I needed a photo for LinkedIn with a quick turnaround & he fit me in with short notice. It was freezing outside and he didn’t complain once. He’s professional, kind & has the patience of a saint (trust me, I tested it). I can’t wait to work with him again in the future. If you have the chance to work with Mr. Lola, I highly recommend you do.
Thumbtack Customer
Gary was a pleasure to work with. He was very professional, efficient, and available on short notice. I provided him with a shot list for the Louisville Golf Expo that he delivered on, and was also able to capture much more. He provided all high-res images via DropBox within a couple days of shooting, and all look great. Looking forward to contacting Gary / Moon & Star Photography for our future events!
Moon & Star Professional PhotographyMoon & Star Professional Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Shannon did an amazing job on my professional headshot. I was dreading the process but she listened to my needs and collaborated with me to get a shot that was just perfect. In fact, I had several great ones to choose from! She was professional, has an awesome studio that enables her to change backgrounds, lighting, etc. and she sent final pics to me the same afternoon. Not only is Shannon a talented photographer, the service she provided exceeded my expectations. I could not be more pleased with the process or the product. I am planning to schedule pics of my kids next!
Leigh PhotographyLeigh Photography
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