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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

Reviews for Detroit photo shoots
Jeremy E.
Darrel was easy to work with and got finished photos back to me within 48 hours of the shoot. The shoot never felt rushed and there were lots of shots to choose from.
Darrel Ellis PhotographyDarrel Ellis Photography
Nilesh P.
Great experience with Michael. Showed up early and was accommodating on the day of the photo shoot. Would hire again for future projects
Click PhotographyClick Photography
Paul G.
Robert and his wife were great to work with. I booked them for an hour for family/surprise proposal photos along the Detroit Riverfront. I chatted with Robert beforehand to discuss details and coordinate logistics. On the day of the shoot, they were in communication beforehand, and were at the shoot location on time. During the shoot, Robert and his wife were great to work with and made any of our requests for specific shots work. We ended up with some great photos!
Yandura PhotographyYandura Photography
Mellodie H.
Iles Art photography was great! Very nice, patient, timely and professional. I would love to do another shoot with her! Awesome experience!
Iles Art PhotographyIles Art Photography
Samantha B.
Hussein was amazing! He was the first professional I had reached out to and I’m so glad I did. I sent him a few photos of examples of what I wanted and he went above and beyond while taking pictures for my maternity shoot! When I reached out he responded within minutes and we were able to get the shoot done within the same week, he was very accommodating when figuring out when to schedule the shoot. Loved his professionalism and work, the photos are being sent only a few days after the shoot which is awesome! He did a great job and I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is looking to get professional photos done!
Darius B.
This guy is an amazing artist. I had him shoot my album cover photos and he did an amazing job. Professional, timely, and a great collaborator.
D. Soto PhotographyD. Soto Photography
Anthony M.
April was very lively and friendly. She was also very receptive to my photo shoot vision and even gave pointers during the shoot to really expand on my theme and make it look even more amazing. I would certainly do more projects with her.
Red Couch DigitalRed Couch Digital
Awaiting the finished product from our family photo shoot Sunday 7/3... KT"s prompt responsiveness, punctuality & professionalism were indeed top notch. Eagerly looking forward the final package. :-)
KT PhotographyKT Photography
Hannah C.
Athena is amazing! From the minute we messaged her looking to book an engagement photo session, we knew we were in good hands. She was extremely responsive and helpful prior to the shoot. Not being from the area, it was great to have her insight on the best photo locations. My fiancé and I had never had our photos taken professionally, so we were initially not sure what to expect. However, upon arrival, any nerves we had immediately disappeared. She was so great to work with—we had so much fun. It’s clear she has a lot of experience. The “sneak peek” photos she has shown us from the shoot so far came out amazing and we are so excited to see the rest. I highly recommend Athena for anyone looking for a photographer in the area!
Athena Mishiyev PhotographyAthena Mishiyev Photography
Sonali S.
Loved doing our engagement photo shoot with Ryan! He is quick to respond to every message and was very accommodating to set up a time amidst our busy schedules. He took photos for us in two locations and provided an online gallery within 2 weeks! The pictures turned out fantastic and we are very happy with the results. Would highly recommend.
J&C PhotographyJ&C Photography
Fuhad M.
Justin was the perfect photographer to shoot our surprise proposal picture. He took the time to get their earlier then me and start to give me ideas of where the pictures looked the best and so on. The quality of the pictures came out awesome. Also Justin’s personality was great! Very outgoing and helpful and funny! Me and my fiancé both loved the pictures Justin helped up get.
Justin McAfeeJustin McAfee
Dominique E.
If you had an doubts just book her. She is very sweet and accommodating my husband had a Endodontist appointment that got moved to the same day as the photo shoot. The dentist took three hours to do the work so we were running late she was very accommodating with the time that we would arrive even though her son started school the next day. We appreciate her being so kind and accommodating so if you have any doubts just book with her you won’t regret it
Lasting Memories PhotographyLasting Memories Photography
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