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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.

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 photo shoots
Thumbtack Customer
It was a pleasure working with Jeremiah, he was on time and open to any ideas about my private photo shoot. Good luck Jeremiah
Jeremiah Sjoberg PhotographyJeremiah Sjoberg Photography
Reginald j.
A very fun photo shoot after just graduating academy. Incredibly professional and would absolutely work with again in the future, Highly Recommended A+
Kristen LeClair's PhotographyKristen LeClair's Photography
Nyla P.
Lindsey was amazing to work with for my senior photos! She took the time to understand what I was looking for, recommend locations, and creatively design a photo shoot that wasn’t your typical yearbook pictures. I’d highly recommend her!
Lensy Michelle PhotographyLensy Michelle Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding job! Super easy to set up, had an opening the next day. Very professional, fast, received photos day of shoot. Would recommend!
Mark Wilson ImagesMark Wilson Images
Thumbtack Customer
Not only was the photography great, but he met with me personally before the shoot to understand what I needed and again to deliver the work product. He's the consummate professional.
Chuck NackeChuck Nacke
Sam Z.
Phi is very professional, accommodative, and over-delivers. Shooting photos with Phi is fun (he even offered free vodka to loosen us up during photoshoot).
Emse StudiosEmse Studios
Jessica M.
We had a great time taking photos in Boston. Marcus kept the photo shoot interactive and fun. He is open to suggestions and provides a creative eye when needed. Would highly recommend his work. The photos taken were stunning. He takes pride in his craft. Thank you!
Marcus Medley PhotographyMarcus Medley Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Shooting with Nhan and Dat was an absolute pleasure. They took the time to scope out our location and find all the perfect places for our photos. They were very professional and personable, my fiancé and I had a great time and experience. The photos are all stunning!!
Arborway StudioArborway Studio
Thumbtack Customer
We had a great time during our photo shoot with Elyse! She made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera. We can't wait to see the pictures!
Elyse Pono PhotographyElyse Pono Photography
Agnes V.
The photo session went extremely well and we are very happy with the results. The service was professional, efficient, and best of all we felt very comfortable and the shoot was so much fun.
Emse StudiosEmse Studios
Thumbtack Customer
Marcus took photos of our family (myself, my husband and two year old daughter) in the Boston Public Garden. Leading up to the photo shoot he was extremely professional and responsive, and even accommodated a change in our schedule too - and he did not disappoint during or after the photo shoot either! He was well prepared and thoughtful throughout. Our 2 year old can be a handful and he handled us with patience and somehow even magically captured some wonderful shots of her and us! The finished product was exceptional and we are thrilled with the photos that Marcus took of our family! We hope to have him photograph us again in the future and would not hesitate to recommend him to our friends or family!
Marcus Medley PhotographyMarcus Medley Photography
Allan R.
Jeanne brings a natural smile and enthusiasm with her photography. She was the right person for the outdoor event we held. It comprised 200 youth lacrosse players, music, and parents. Lots of energy and Jeanne was excited to shoot it - she was contagious! Loved having her shoot our event as she engaged and moved throughout the event for 3 hours!
Paradiso PhotographyParadiso Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Elyse for our engagement/pre-wedding photo session. Elyse is very flexible and accommodating. She helped us pick locations and made us extremely comfortable during the shoot. I would definitely recommend her! Looking forward to our photos now! :)
Elyse Pono PhotographyElyse Pono Photography
Reagan D.
Such a unprofessional photographer. He committed a time a day ahead and i gave him the exact address to meet for the shoot but he let me wait for hours behind the schedule until he didnt show up at all! Dont hire this stupid photographer...he is bogus. He will just waste your time waiting for nothing. He must be called UNPROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER!!!! VERY NASTY!!!
Bristol Aerial ProductionsBristol Aerial Productions
Natalie C.
Mark at AeroSnap was great to work with. He made us feel very comfortable while taking our engagement photos and had some really creative ideas too! Mark put a lot of effort into our shoot and photo edits, and was always willing to go above and beyond to make sure we were happy. The photos turned out great and we had so many to choose from.
AeroSnap Studios, LLCAeroSnap Studios, LLC
Jesse R.
Rayleen is absolutely amazing! From the beginning, she was extremely professional and gave us good advice before we even met her. She recommended places for our photos and was flexible in scheduling it. During the shoot, she was fun to work with and her photos greatly exceeded our expectations! We could not recommend her more highly!
Meraki Photo, Inc.Meraki Photo, Inc.
Ana D.
Stephanie was marvellous! From the first message exchange - quick to answer initial inquiry, to send the contract over, to answer any questions and finally - to deliver absolutely beautiful photos. The shoot itself was light and easy. Our son isn't the most patient baby - but she was calm and just shot away, managing to capture some real gems! Thank you Stephanie! We'll be back for another shoot!
Stephanie Berenson Photography, LLCStephanie Berenson Photography, LLC
Hope B.
We had an anniversary shoot with Sharon and enjoyed every minute of it. She has a great eye and we can’t wait to see the photos when they are finished. If we are ever in Boston again, we will use her if we get the opportunity.
Celia G.
Great experience, really listened to what I wanted from the photo shoot as well as giving great suggestions for improvement. Lovely to work with, punctual and friendly. Helpful at directing posture/pose improvement while allowing for capture of spontaneous moments.
Paradiso PhotographyParadiso Photography
Thumbtack Customer
My photo shoot with Scott was great, it was for my residency program application, I like his suggestion to get this photo shoot in Boston common park in that sunny beautiful day. There was a problem with the time and scheduling at the beginning but I understand his excuse and he is really nice and good photographer, I feel comfortable talking to him while he taking the photos which makes them more natural, and I think that he know the angles that he should take the pic from. I like how he use the focusing to make the background so beautiful in my pics. I like all my pics and I it was difficult to choose one for my application because most of them are good. I highly recommend him and I think that I will have a second photo session with him soon if I get accepted in a residency program !
Scott NewlandScott Newland
Melanie R.
Sara was wonderful to work with throughout the entire process, from the planning stage of the photo shoot to the final edits. She is highly professional. Sara listened and heard my ideas for the project while bringing her creativity and expertise to the table. Sara created t
Sara M PhotographySara M Photography
Rachel S.
We worked with James on our engagement shoot in Boston. James was such a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process. He was responsive and engaging as we were planning out locations of where we wanted to shoot and was extremely flexible on making sure that we hit all of the spots we wanted to. Along the way, he was extremely creative, fun, upbeat, and artistic, making suggestions of other interesting spots to stop and shoot which turned out for some really cool photos. Aside from being such a pleasure to work with, he sent us a few shots right after the shoot and they were AMAZING. The lighting, the angles, the creativity behind every shot was awesome. We're so so happy with the way they came out and would highly recommend working with him!
James Saulsky PhotographyJames Saulsky Photography
Abram W.
I hired AnOriginal to shoot my company's holiday party. An printed photos for our guests to take home with them on the spot and she designed custom frames to print on the photos that went along with the theme of our event, so the employees had a souvenir with the details on it. The print out quality was great. An was fantastic. She was super responsive, had great energy and was super professional. Most importantly, her photos looked great. I would use An again for my next event.
AnOriginal PhotographyAnOriginal Photography
Trina B.
It was great working with Gabrielle. She was very patient and made sure we liked the images during the photo shoot. The pictures came out great which we got the same day! I would definitely use her again. I highly recommend!
Gabrielle Marie PhotographyGabrielle Marie Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Jayme helped to shoot a surprise proposal to my now-fiancee. She was extremely helpful throughout the entire process, helping me to think through planning and assisting with setup at the venue. She had wonderfully creative suggestions and captured our special moment with artistic flair. She was also generous with her time, shooting several photos of us outside shortly after the proposal. We would highly recommend her to our friends and to users on Thumbtack. Get in touch with her now!
Fly by the Moon Media  (new name same owner)Fly by the Moon Media (new name same owner)
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