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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a photographer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a photographer, see if the photographer can take photos outdoors or in a large space so all involved parties can maintain the recommended distance between themselves. You should also sanitize surfaces, avoid handshakes, don’t make any other physical contact and use digital platforms to complete payments. Speak with a local photographer in your area to put a strategy in place.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Cambridge professional photographers
Bilal R.
Professional photographer that I highly recommend.
Makartichan PhotographyMakartichan Photography
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
Phoebe m.
Top notch professionalism, excellence of work, & quality of experience. I recommend Caparell Photography 100%.
Caparell PhotographyCaparell Photography
Zahra R.
I loved the service I received. Mark was very professional and I loved the final photo.
Mark Wilson ImagesMark Wilson Images
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Jean L.
Chuck was easy to reach, responded quickly and was extraordinarily professional. As I am located in another state I especially appreciated his willingness to coordinate with our subject to decide on the photo location. We loved all of his photos and got exactly what we needed to complete a magazine project on time.
Chuck NackeChuck Nacke
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
Suresh K.
Veera came on time and professional throughout the event. Photos came out really good. We really appreciated his prompt response to our questions. We will highly recommend him. Suresh
vssp photographyvssp photography
Belle H.
My initial review was based on Frank's availability for my wedding. It was all downhill after the photos were taken. 95 % of my requested photo croppings, enhancements, etc...WERE NOT DONE. The album size I requested WAS NOT the ALBUM size he ordered. The photos for the album and loose photos for myself and family were cropped according to HIS LIKES ONLY-- only 5% were of the size requested (some 4 x 6 inch photos). He obviously did not order from my final order request submitted, yet has been trying to force the album upon me as, "This is EXACTLY what you ordered, " when he knows it is not. He even stated to me on the phone (as I live outside of Massachussettes now) words very close (I quickly wrote them as he said them)."WHY would I ask YOU FOR YOUR opinion, I'm the photographer I DO WHAT I LIKE, NOT WHAT YOU think is right..." Wow!! And this is the 21st century? Whether or not Frank knew I was the professional woman that I am today (a professional woman who worked her way through college (Harvard) and medical school (USC) without a penny contribution from ANYONE else) I do expect another professional or non-prof. to treat me with courtesy, and to not try to usurp my dignity, the way Frank has been doing. Sincerely, Belle
Frank Bordonaro, PhotographerFrank Bordonaro, Photographer
Zainab H.
Elyse did a wonderful job making us comfortable for a fall family photoshoot. Very professional and sweet. She found beautiful, quiet spots for us and suggested nice poses. I am yet to receive the final work product (we got photos taken just yesterday) but I’m sure she got some great shots of us! Highly recommend Elyse for family and outdoor photo sessions!!
Elyse Pono PhotographyElyse Pono Photography
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