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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Cambridge professional photographers
Basil H.
Dave is an awesome photographer and awesome human. Great photographs -- I specifically got headshots for professional/academic purposes -- and you might even learn some lessons about photography.
Herring PhotographyHerring Photography
Brianni L.
An was amazing! Definitely would recommend for anyone trying to get a professional photo.
AnOriginal PhotographyAnOriginal Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Mark was very professional and provided our photos the next day. He captured pictures for our event that will help us remember it for years to come. I highly recommend Mark for any event that you want great professional photos!
Mark Wilson ImagesMark Wilson Images
Jovin M.
Mark was on time for the job and did an amazing work taking and processing our photos. We got our photos in a less than a day! He was professional in every aspect. I highly recommend Mark for any photography session and I will definitely be working with Mark again.
Mark Wilson ImagesMark Wilson Images
Zahra R.
I loved the service I received. Mark was very professional and I loved the final photo.
Mark Wilson ImagesMark Wilson Images
Phoebe m.
Top notch professionalism, excellence of work, & quality of experience. I recommend Caparell Photography 100%.
Caparell PhotographyCaparell 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
Tess M.
Hayden is professional and skilled and his photos came out beautifully. I would work with him again
Hayden VisualsHayden Visuals
Jill W.
Katerina took my graduation photos on very short notice. She was incredibly easy to work with and extremely professional. My entire family was impressed with her level of professionalism. She also delivered high-quality photos prior to the expected date. I would highly recommend her services.
Katerina Ivannikova PhotographyKaterina Ivannikova Photography
Thumbtack Customer
She is very patient and really wants people to have great photos. I think her style of photography for professional headshots though different from some others, is definitely to my liking. I highly recommend her!
Anastasia Sierra PhotographyAnastasia Sierra Photography
Laura J.
Kate is simply incredible! She was professional, made us feel comfortable, and clearly has a great eye for photography. We can't wait to frame so many of the photos she took. Highly recommend her for capturing special events.
K•Walsh PhotographyK•Walsh Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Page was a great photographer! Professional, friendly, and very efficient. I was very happy with the shots. I definitely recommend her.
Paige V. BurnsPaige V. Burns
Diana J.
Jessica N. Agnese is an exceptional and talented photographer! Even though it was not easy to find a photographer who was available to take my graduation portraits, Agnese was the right fit who helped me in a difficult moment. She was flexible, available, and ready to take photos the next day. She was very good at handling the client’s circumstances. Agnese was true to her word by arriving the next day to take my memorable graduation portraits. She was punctual, professional, and she did not make me feel stressed during the entire photography session. She was cooperative and made my graduation photography moment a great experience no matter the circumstances when it was a cold day and getting dark that she provided lighting and made my pictures look professional with lighting. Overall, I like the final results of the photos and I am a satisfied customer.
Katherine L.
Morgan was absolutely amazing to work with! I had an amazing time posing for photos and laughing with her. She made me feel like a model and I look like one too ;) I highly recommend using her for your future projects. I was able to obtain yoga photos, professional headshots, and fun photos for dating profiles and more in one session.
Morgan Wynne PhotographyMorgan Wynne Photography
Judith F.
Navdeep was very professional and extremely responsive to my many inquiries! I will definitively hire him again for future photo shoots.
Navdeep PhotographyNavdeep Photography
Thumbtack Customer
A last minute family portrait the day after Christmas. Anastasia was prompt, professional, and fun to work with! We are very happy with the photos.
Anastasia Aranovich PhotographyAnastasia Aranovich Photography
Sarah D.
Greg shot our event last night and was punctual, professional and thoughtful about his work. Looking forward to seeing the photos!
Caparell PhotographyCaparell Photography
Kathy L.
Rocco was great! He was professional yet warm and friendly. He made everyone in the family comfortable while taking fantastic photos!
Rocco's Photo TavernRocco's Photo Tavern
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
Louise K.
Navdeep was amazing to work with. He is not only professional, but extremely patient as we had several different types of pictures taken in one photo shoot. He suggested photo and setting recommendations and truly cares about the quality of the shots he takes. He also shared them with us to ensure we were happy before moving onto the next set of pictures. I highly recommend Navdeep for your photo shoot. You will be glad you chose him for your memorable photos.
Navdeep PhotographyNavdeep Photography
Lisa P.
Professional, talented, friendly; Ivan was great to work with and provided quick turn-around of our photos. Look forward to working with him again in the future!
Mind on PhotographyMind on Photography
Julia E.
My experience with Navdeep was excellent. He was very responsive and replied quickly. The photos are done professionally and they are simply great! I would highly recommend him!
Navdeep PhotographyNavdeep Photography
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.
Sonja W.
Mark was super creative, very professional and adapted so well to all of our (spur of the moment) photo needs. Wonderful experience. I recommend him 100%
Mark Wilson ImagesMark Wilson Images
Viji k.
Carmen is a wonderful photographer, understanding our needs well and delivering beautiful pictures. We would definitely hire Carmen again for our next photoshoot. Highly recommend this amazing professional.
Carmen MihaiCarmen Mihai
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