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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.

How much does it cost for a photographer for a wedding?

Finding the right wedding photographer can make a big difference for your ceremony. Nationally, the average wedding photographer’s price ranges from $800 to $1,000, but costs can be much higher in areas like Chicago, New York or Los Angeles where some couples spend $2,000 to $5,000 or more for the photographer they want. Factors that can affect your wedding photographer prices include the photographer’s reputation and experience. Heavy hitters can command top rates, especially during wedding-season weekends. Day of the week also affects your cost. You may get a $200 discount on wedding photographer prices if you get married on a Friday in November rather than a Saturday in June. Time onsite is also an important cost factor. Hiring a photographer to snap photos from the moment you wake up until after last call at the reception is going to cost more than five hours of pictures during the day. Multiple photographers, special lighting, and videography will also increase your costs. Ultimately you want to find someone who has a style you love and can provide the number of edited shots you want for a price you can handle. Learn more about hiring a wedding photographer.

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.

Reviews for Cambridge photo shoots
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience from the start to the end. Katie was extremely flexible, gave us the whole package and it was a lot of fun to work with her during the whole shoot. The photo's were beyond expectations and well edited. Would highly recommend Katie if you're thinking of a photo shoot.
Katie Salerno PhotographyKatie Salerno Photography
Mazi K.
Very easy to work with, fun, and the photos looked exactly like I envisioned them before the shoot.
Shell Hofstadter PhotographyShell Hofstadter Photography
Shannon B.
Great photo shoot with Mark. Very personable, helpful, and we received fantastic head shots. Highly recommended!
Mark Wilson ImagesMark Wilson Images
Thumbtack Customer
Ivan arrived early for our shoot, was very professional and easy to work with, and was extremely adaptable to the environment. He offered creative suggestions for photo locations given the angles, lighting, and overall feel of the space. He has an artistic flair both during the shoot and post-production processing of the photos. I enjoyed working with him and would highly recommend him for any headshot or group photo.
Mind on PhotographyMind on Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Mark is a professional photographer who takes great candid and posed photos. He was on time for my outdoor graduation shooting. I thank him for being flexible and patient. I had a wonderful experience with him.
Mark Wilson ImagesMark Wilson Images
Sarah D.
Professional, responsive and talented. We scheduled a shoot about 3 weeks ahead and received our photos 3 weeks later. Would hire again!
Meraki Photo, Inc.Meraki Photo, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Jeanne came in in a pinch when we had a hard time finding a last-minute photographer for a grad school admissions event. She got photos turned around within 2 days of the shoot and they were of AMAZING quality. Great photographer to work with. We highly recommend her!
Paradiso PhotographyParadiso Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Diane could not have been a better choice. She did a wonderful photo shoot as a gift to a close friend. She did a fabulous job - and I would highly recommend her!
Diane Brophy PhotographyDiane Brophy Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Anastasia was amazing to work with. She was very flexible with my schedule in terms of organizing the shoot and then again with ordering and picking up my photo album. She also made me feel incredibly comfortable during our photo session, offering me expert posing advice and working with me to use all the outfits I wanted to include. Her pictures came out gorgeous, and I've never felt more sexy and beautiful. I strongly recommend using her for your next boudoir shoot or any other kind of photography you need, she is amazing.
Anastasia Aranovich PhotographyAnastasia Aranovich Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Anastasia to take bridal boudoir photos for me to make a photo book for my fiance. I had some very specific photos in mind, and she understood my vision immediately and added creatively to it. The pictures came out absolutely gorgeous, and I was so thrilled with them! She also made the photo shoot process very comfortable and fun. I'd highly recommend her to anyone!
Anastasia Aranovich PhotographyAnastasia Aranovich Photography
Gogo H.
Sarah is nice and easygoing. With several discussions (even ONE face-to-face), she suggested the best shooting time and amazing locations in downtown Boston. The session is smooth and joyful. There are more than a hundred edited photos (basic touch up with vintage feeling) :D SIMPLY AMAZING!
Sarah Gates PhotographySarah Gates Photography
Achala c.
Lindsey was amazing to work with for our engagement photos! She listened to all of our thoughts and ideas carefully, and was extremely prepared with different locations and poses for the shoot. I was slightly nervous about being in front of the camera and looking natural, but Lindsey made us feel really comfortable and I could let down my guard a little. Our photos came out great as a result! Definitely recommend to anyone!
Lensy Michelle PhotographyLensy Michelle Photography
Thumbtack Customer
From start to finish, Katie was a pleasure to work with! I needed headshot to use professionally and she was great at finding an appropriate background for my photos, collaborating with me during the shoot to get a sense of what I thought was working or not, and making subtle suggestions about how to pose, etc... In the editing stage, she was so great at giving me a few previews almost immediately after the shoot and had the final shots to me within the week! And I LOVE the final product!!! Kate has a great eye! I could not be happier and would recommend her without hesitation!
Katie Salerno PhotographyKatie Salerno Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Mark was asked to shoot a concert at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge in which about 150 singers would be on stage. He arrived early and stayed a bit past our allotted time and the photos he sent us were exactly what we had hoped for. It was great working with him and if we're back there for another concert next year, we'll definitely call him up!
Mark Wilson ImagesMark Wilson Images
Thumbtack Customer
I had to select a photographer sight unseen for a magazine cover subject in Boston, and was a bit anxious that I wouldn't be on site for the shoot. I need not have worried. Brian handled everything and produced several great cover options that reflected the look and feel we were trying to capture. I'm very glad to have worked with him and would recommend him without hesitation.
Brian Smith PhotographyBrian Smith Photography
Craig W.
I hired Zvi for a professional/LinkedIn headshot because he had the best prices in the area and he was very flexible in working with my schedule and short timeline. The experience was great, he was very thorough and was efficient. He took over 50 proofs and provided them to me that evening. It was difficult to select just one because he did a great job with offering different lighting and backgrounds. I selected my favorite and he provided the final, touched-up photo within 24 hours of the photo shoot. I would highly recommend him for anyone looking for a quality headshot, for a very reasonable price!
Zvi Jalfin PhotographyZvi Jalfin Photography
Hannah W.
Lindsey did a great job helping me with the process of the photoshoot. She is very thoughtful about what I was looking for and how to make it work best in a photograph. Lindsey has a fun spirt and made the shoot an enjoyable day. We were able to come up with a few locations that were creative and spontaneous for my graduation announcement. She made me feel beautiful with her edits, so I am confident to share the images with friends, family, portfolio, etc. Thank you!
Lensy Michelle PhotographyLensy Michelle Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Jeremiah could not have made our session today more fun. My husband and I were hoping to capture this moment in time before our first baby arrives, and Jeremiah was the perfect person. He strikes a perfect balance between being very easy-going while also giving clear direction for posing. I was really impressed with his attention to detail (even as tiny as misplaced strands of hair or placement of fingers)...because those little things really do make a difference the quality of the photo! We felt natural and comfortable during the whole shoot. Jeremiah let us look through the photos on his camera before he left, and we can hardly contain our excitement about seeing them again and sharing with our families. THANK YOU, Jeremiah!
Jeremiah Sjoberg PhotographyJeremiah Sjoberg Photography
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