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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 Boston family photographers
Chau V.
Mark was an amazing photographer to work with. We did an outdoor photoshoot for my graduation portraits and Mark was prompt, responsive, and professional. My family and I love the photos we received. I highly recommend Mark.
Mark Wilson ImagesMark Wilson Images
Thumbtack Customer
Stop the search, you have found your photographer! Jim is skilled, focused, and creative. He has a manner that immediately puts one at ease, as I'd you have known him forever. He was able to capture beautiful and poignant images of my family with nothing but a camera- no props, no decorations, and in very little space. We had a very impromptu photo session in which we packed up kids and puppies and went to my daughter' college apartment to take photos. Without backgrounds or props, Jim was able to capture the magic of my family, our personalities, and our love of each have other. We had family pajama pics done, and Jim even showed up in his own pjs!!! I highly recommend Jim Barbere Photography. Look no further.
Jim Barbere PhotographyJim Barbere Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Frank was great. He was patient especially when the weather didn't cooperate! He took wonderful family photos that we will cherish forever. I highly recommend him!
Frank Bordonaro, PhotographerFrank Bordonaro, Photographer
Ana L.
Very happy with our experience. It’s clear that Navdeep truly loves photography and he is passionate about his work. He went above and beyond making sure he would get the best lighting and landscape. He helped us pose as well. Highly recommended for family pictures!
Navdeep PhotographyNavdeep Photography
Shannon V.
Henry is AMAZING!! My son instantly adored him because he was so fun and silly. Getting a 7-year old boy to want to do a photo shoot is no easy task, but Henry nailed it! He made my little guy feel comfortable and eager to strike a pose. He was on time, listened to what I wanted, came up with great ideas and send me the photos within a couple of hours. The photos are all so beautiful! I can’t wait to frame a few for Christmas gifts for the family. I can’t say enough about how much we all enjoyed working with him. I’ll definitely hire him again soon! 100% recommended!
Rayra M.
Choosing Henry to take our wedding photos was the best thing we did, he chose a perfect spot and directed us well during the photoshoot, he was so nice and really patient as we had a little dog in the picture too! We were amazed with the quality of the pictures, my whole family and friends loved it . He is passionate with his work and we could see he was excited for us, always giving different ideas for the photos, my husband is not huge fan of photos, but he loved Henry directions. We will definitely book more photoshoots with him. Thanks so much Henry, looking forward to seeing you again. We highly recommend him to anyone looking for an incredible professional and amazing pictures.
Henry Hertzler PhotographyHenry Hertzler Photography
Priyanka S.
Eric was fantastic and I highly recommend him to anyone that wants beautiful pictures. We wanted to do a little family photoshoot while in Boston and I decided to hire Eric because of his professional and prompt response. We have a toddler with testy temperament so I wasn't sure how well the shoot was going to go but Eric suggested great spots and poses and was able to quickly capture smiles and candid moments. We were blown away when we got the pictures, he captured all of us so well. We try to do photo shoots whenever we travel so have worked with several photographers but Eric is one of the nicest, accommodating, highly professional photographer. The pictures he took are also some of our favorites. Would gladly recommend and hire him again!
Eric Kolibas PhotographyEric Kolibas Photography
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