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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.

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.

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 Apple Valley professional photographers
James P.
My headshot photo session with Mark was A+ experience...Very professional...Quality of photos was great....
Mark Basel PhotographyMark Basel Photography
Lisa P.
Jessie was awesome. Very friendly and professional. The photos were beautiful!
Jessica Strobel PhotographyJessica Strobel Photography
Jacqueline F.
Mike was friendly and engaging. Great photo session with professional results!
Michael MarrenMichael Marren
Danielle F.
Erica was very friendly and professional. I cant wait to see the photos.
Erica Johanna PhotographyErica Johanna Photography
Erin G.
Really easy going, approachable person. I had never done a professional photo shoot and Mark made me feel very comfortable and at ease...even had some fun pointers for a great photo! Quick proofs and final photos too. Great value.
Mark Basel PhotographyMark Basel Photography
Brittany M.
Absolutely stunning! Crying happy tears! Amazing photographs, so professional and kind! Better then I could have imagined! 🥰. Thank you so much for doing this for us. Highly recommend to anyone needing photos!
Shutter Glee PhotographyShutter Glee Photography
Myron H.
Excellent experience! We are very satisfied with the photographer. She was very professional and personable. Even though the weather did not cooperate for our shoot she was very flexible with good ideas to make the shoot very successful! The costs we very affordable and I highly recommend this photographer for family photos. Myron Hoffman
SLicK ImagesSLicK Images
Christopher D.
Jeremy was really great - he was friendly, professional, and took beautiful photos. I'd totally hire him again.
Moede PhotographyMoede Photography
Molly S.
Jake was incredibly professional & easy to work with. He was very flexible with our quirks and the photos turned out beautiful!
Two Oaks PhotographyTwo Oaks Photography
Shuo W.
Mark was excellent. He absolutely knows what he's doing as a portrait/headshot photographer. His studio, setup, and equipment are top notch. For me, the goal of this was to have headsets for the next 5-10 years that I can use in professional environments and on linkedIn. I think having good photos for presentations is one of the subtle details that are important. Mark was able to finalize some excellent photos that I am 100% satisfied with. If I ever to do something else with photography (family photos, etc.), I'd go to Mark first.
Mark Basel PhotographyMark Basel Photography
Tom K.
Nice setting. Very professional and bent over backwards to get the best photos possible. Fair pricing..Nice experience.
BJK Digital ImagingBJK Digital Imaging
Ashley C.
Hired for my daughters first birthday party and was very impressed! Travis was friendly and professional and took awesome photos. Will hire again!
Rachel K.
Abbigail was super professional and was so creative when it came to the location and poses! Super excited to see how the photos turned out!
Abbigail Doeden PhotographyAbbigail Doeden Photography
Deric M.
Dann did a phenomenal job on my professional head shot photo session. He took the time to make sure every shot was perfect and always asked for my input during the session. I will definitely be using Dann again in the future for any professional photo sessions. I am very glad that I selected Dann and extremely pleased with the end product.
dann kasallis photography llcdann kasallis photography llc
Alan B.
Elle was great, very quick to respond and took great photos. I was nervous since she has some really good prices compared to others but she surely doesn’t lack in quality or professionalism. She was a joy to work with and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a quality Photographer.
Nouvelle Design StudioNouvelle Design Studio
Peter K.
Mark was a pleasure to work with. His level of professionalism exceeded my expectations. I needed a quick turnaround on my headshots. He recognized my sense of urgency and was very responsive to my needs. His personality made the photo session enjoyable. I received my proofs in the timeline he promised. Once I selected the photos I wanted from the proofs, he did a great job of putting the finishing touches on them and returning them to me in the expected time frame. I will definitely use Mark again for my professional photo needs.
Mark Basel PhotographyMark Basel Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Elle is a wonderful photographer, very sweet,honest energetic, and fun. She takes amazing pictures and whatever you specifically want she'll find a way to get it accomplished. If I were to ever take professional pictures again it would mist definitely be with Elle no doubt about it! If your looking for a great photographer, this is who you want!
Nouvelle Design StudioNouvelle Design Studio
Becky S.
John was fantastic! He was professional and took his time. John captured some brilliant and very natural photos of our son. Our son is rather camera shy, but John put him at ease very quickly. Also, turnaround time on the photos was unbelievably fast. I would highly recommend him for senior portraits.
J. Quentin PhotoJ. Quentin Photo
Janet W.
Tim is very talented and has a very professional demeanor. He was reliable and prompt and id a great job with senior photos for my son. I would definitely recommend him!
Tim and Madie Photography LLCTim and Madie Photography LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Michael was extremely professional, his studio was set up to take some awesome photos. It was a simple process, as I was just needing a head shot. I highly recommend Michael!
Michael MarrenMichael Marren
Judi N.
It was wonderful to work with Stephie for an outside photo session of our family, including four adults, a baby and a dog. Stephie was creative, professional, and patient, and the pictures turned out wonderfully. Highly recommend!
Welcome Love PhotographyWelcome Love Photography
Thumbtack Customer
An excellent choice for your photographic needs - Elle is friendly, calm, professional and will coach you for the best shots if you need it. Cool studio in an old lowertown building, with opportunity for unique outdoor shots too. Would highly recommend. J.
Nouvelle Design StudioNouvelle Design Studio
Thumbtack Customer
We asked Rory to photograph us at several favorite Twin City locations to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We had an excellent experience working with him. He helped us pick some ideal locations, came up with new ideas that worked really well and he was really good at his job. It was a four hours shoot but he was enthusiastic and professional to the very end. I warmly recommend Rory for any similar photography events!
Rory Thomas ProductionsRory Thomas Productions
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you for a great first time experience with professional pictures being taken of our baby! We look forward to see how the pictures turn out and also look forward to our next baby photo session down the road!
Giliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLCGiliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Marla came prepared to take photo's of our Staff wearing our Laser Safety Eyewear and several pets sporting laser protection for Veterinarians. She was very professional and I received the photos within two business days. They looked SUPER. I have already started to strip out the backgrounds on the high resolution images that she provided to be used on our website and marketing material. I had 5 other offers for this job and she was just slightly higher in price, but the quantity, quality and just looking at her other works and background made me glad that I went with her. I would highly recommend her for your next photo project.
Marla Olivia PhotographyMarla Olivia Photography
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