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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Inner Harbor professional photographers
Sharon r.
We needed graduation photographs of our son. Msf-Photography was absolutely wonderful to work with. So professional and talented. The photographs came out beautiful. We love the quality of the work and highly recommend Msf-photography!!!
Kevin G.
Absolute blast to work with Jason. Very professional photographer! Highly recommend him to anyone looking to get beautiful photos!
Jason Herd PhotographyJason Herd Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Friendly, professional, and great photos. Very happy customer.
Pure Light ImagesPure Light Images
Thumbtack Customer
I had the greatest experience with 95 Images Photography. The photographer was so friendly and professional. He went above and beyond to capture all the special moments of my event. The photos are fantastic. Ronnie exceeded all my expectations!
95 Images95 Images
Thumbtack Customer
Robert was perfect! Our photos were beautiful. He communicated well and got the photos back to us quickly. He was very professional throughout the entire experience.
Mang PhotoMang Photo
Daniel T.
Tabitha and Lumen Lotus Photography are great. The photos were excellent, the professionalism was appreciated, and the personal touch will ensure they help us capture more special moments in the future.
Lumen Lotus PhotographyLumen Lotus Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Doug delivered high quality photos with a very fast turnaround. He was professional and communicative throughout the entire process. We are thrilled with the photos and will definitely hire him again!
Doug Sanford photographsDoug Sanford photographs
Shar J.
I worked with Quantized Pixels on photos for my website. He was extremely professional, punctual and did an excellent job. Very talented photographer with a gift for lighting, setting the scene and staging. I would recommend him to friends, colleagues and anyone who is looking for a competent photographer.
Quantized Pixels LLCQuantized Pixels LLC
Ayanna W.
The photoshoot was AMAZING!! Very patient, professional, and flexible! The photos were great quality and came in very timely manner. Definitely would recommend Fourth Photography to everyone looking for great quality at a reasonable price!
Fourth Photography, LLC & 360 BoothFourth Photography, LLC & 360 Booth
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional and easy to work with. It was a pleasure to have Greg do our office staff photos.
Greg Dohler PhotographyGreg Dohler Photography
Tashonda F.
Truly an excellent photographer. We were truly blessed to have someone so professional capture our event. The quality of the photos are beyond words. You can see for yourself. There is nothing like working with a knowledgable, warm, respectful professional. Highly recommend. Worth every single penny.
Delgado PhotosDelgado Photos
Garrett S.
Jinsang was amazing to work with and capture beautiful photos! Extremely responsive and professional. Will definitely be working with him again.
Jinsang Hong PhotographyJinsang Hong Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Kylee made beautiful photos. She responded to all my questions and was flexible on scheduling. Sometimes she responded slowly, and the photos were returned with a delay. But she more than made up for it with her professionalism and skills.
Colfox Photography (MD)Colfox Photography (MD)
Andrea w.
I love my photos! He did a very good job making my 9 Year old feel comfortable in front of the camera. He was professional and knew how to bring the best out of us to capture the best photo.
ACB Precision Focus PhotographyACB Precision Focus Photography
Pheniox Q.
He was very nice, I felt very comfortable and my my boyfriend did too...he was very professional and his photo shots for my birthday were great. I’m going to use him for all my photos
Limyt Breaker photographerLimyt Breaker photographer
Thumbtack Customer
Robert was very professional, showed up on time, and snapped the photos we needed of our event. He was exactly what we needed for a great price. My only complaint would be that it took 2 weeks to get all of the final photos.
Mang PhotoMang Photo
Artricia L.
Rashaad did a great job with helping me feel comfortable(especially because I don't really like taking photos), very professional and punctual. I received my photos in less than a week. I also like the quality of them.
Classic Moments Photography LLCClassic Moments Photography LLC
Abrar B.
I was lucky to work with him he is so professional and patient thr photos was so great and nice shoot Thank u
Images By ChristianiImages By Christiani
Thumbtack Customer
Cathy was a pleasure to work with and I wouldn't hesitate to work with her again. I hired her for a remote job (I'm in Seattle), and everything went smoothly. My client (the person in the photos) reported that Cathy was extremely professional and friendly. On top of that, the photos turned out great!
Folashade O.
I had a great experience with ZenLens Photography once again. His professionalism was amazing and we truly did have a lot of fun!
Jason Herd PhotographyJason Herd Photography
William M.
Greg was very professional when he did our photo shoot last year, and the pics were great for our holiday card.
Greg Dohler PhotographyGreg Dohler Photography
Nneka N.
Wave 27 Photography was very professional and punctual. They helped us out with choosing poses and positioned us very well. Would definitely recommend.
Wave 27 Photography LLCWave 27 Photography LLC
Emma S.
I love working with her she was very professional my photo was back in no time and I love everyone will be using her again for my wedding.
Dom Design Photography & MediaDom Design Photography & Media
Sarah F.
Graham was absolutely wonderful to work with. Very easy going while maintaining appropriate professionalism. Our corporate headshots and team photos turned out great.
Graham Snodgrass PhotographyGraham Snodgrass Photography
Adèle S.
I worked with Greg for a conference (70 persons, scientific presentations). His photos are really good, communication was easy. high quality and professionalism , I recommend!
Greg Dohler PhotographyGreg Dohler Photography
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