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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 Minneapolis photo shoots
Tyler F.
I had a blast doing a photo shoot. Would definitely recommend for someone who is looking for a great photographer.
All Around ProductionAll Around Production
Wendy H.
Great guy! Mark really brought out the personality of my son during the photo shoot. Excellent photos!
Mark Basel PhotographyMark Basel Photography
Jazzmyne W.
Pallavi is everything that I could've wanted in a photographer for my birthday photo shoot. She responds back so quickly and was full of so much experience and many ideas that we were able to incorporate into the shoot. I couldn't imagine my 30th birthday photo shoot any other way. She did an amazing job and I'm so so happy!
Shutter Glee PhotographyShutter Glee Photography
Amy W.
Shannon was very responsive to my needs. She was very open to my ideas, color schemes, outfits and poses. She also offered her own expertise and we came out with some really nice photos. I had never done a photo shoot before, so I did not know what to expect. But it was fun and easy and she was very punctual the day of the shoot and with photo editing. I will use her again in the Spring for another photo shoot. Thank you, Shannon!
Lens Go WanderLens Go Wander
Emily F.
I am so impressed with how our family photos turned out. Shannon was so patient and helpful during a somewhat stressful photo shoot with three small kiddos. I can’t wait for our next shoot as I will be booking with Shannon again :)
Lens Go WanderLens Go Wander
Peaches G.
He was amazing. Very comfortable to shoot with. Responsive as well. He did An amazing job with my shoot. Very accommodating to me my shoot request and location. We got all the angles. Overall an amazing experience and more overall an amazing photographer
Adam N.
Parker was fun to work with. Loved his direction and vision for the photographs. Highly recommend him for your shoot.
Parker Johnson PhotographyParker Johnson Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Giliane did a fantastic job on our daughters senior photos. She was very professional and yet also companionate in helping ease a pre photo shoot dilemma. She got out daughter to relax, laugh and have fun during the session. Giliane is very creative and worked with our daughter to help create her own special touch on her photos with the props she brought with to the shoot. All of the photos turned out so beautiful! I would definitely recommend Giliane for your go to photographer for any occasion. Absolutely an amazing photographer!!!
Giliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLCGiliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLC
Steven M.
Working with Jeannette was amazing and she helped make our engagement photo shoot truly special! She was so friendly, professional, and easy to work with. Jeannette was very responsive and was terrific at coordinating with us ahead of time so that everything went smoothly on the day of the shoot. She captured so many special moments and used her expertise to set us up for great photos while also giving us the flexibility to express our individuality in the photo shoot. It was a great experience and the photos were really beautiful! Jeannette did an amazing job and we would absolutely work with her again!
Jeannette Appold PhotographyJeannette Appold Photography
Olga H.
We had great photo shoot with James. James is very professional, personal, fun to work with and the photos were wonderful. Would definitely recommend James to anybody interested in good quality professional photos. Thank you very much!
JG StudiosJG Studios
Darshan B.
Our photo shoot was planned last minute on a very cold day, but Laura guided us through the shoot and made it a great experience for us. She was very professional, friendly, and we had a lot of fun working with Laura!
Laura Brenden PhotographyLaura Brenden Photography
Shashindra H.
Love working with Youssouf, Excellent photographer and good person. had quite fun during shoot and it made more beautiful experience.
All Around ProductionAll Around Production
Thumbtack Customer
Giliane did a great job with my photo shoot. She was very creative, professional, made me feel comfortable and confident and took wonderful photos. I would highly recommend her!
Giliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLCGiliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLC
Stephanie A.
Emily was a great communicator, she took into account the ideas my husband and I wanted for our couple's photo shoot. It was a pleasant experience.
Emily's Photography - Weddings and EngagementsEmily's Photography - Weddings and Engagements
Naomie B.
James is one of the best photographers I had worked with so far. The photos are excellents I like the results so much. James is also very friendly. I had a great time during the shooting.
JG StudiosJG Studios
Thumbtack Customer
Working with Elle was wonderful! I was doing a fashion shoot and it was so fun! She's very nice, funny, and professional, the shoot went like that! She has a very keen eye and did wonderful work! Very happy with my photos. Thanks, Elle!
Nouvelle Design StudioNouvelle Design Studio
Shari H.
I was so impressed with the care and attention Liz provided to my photo shoot request. She really took the time to get to know me.
Liz Hauck PhotographyLiz Hauck Photography
Jill s.
Very friendly and great working with her! She shared a few sneak peak pictures right after the shoot! We are excited to see the final photos!!
Sara Tucker PhotographySara Tucker Photography
Amy A.
I had booked a photographer to do a 6 month photo shoot for our baby about 6 weeks in advance. The photographer contacted me at 11pm the night before the scheduled shoot saying she had to cancel last minute due to illness. I hopped on Thumbtack in a panic looking to secure a backup photographer. Mango Media MN (Adeel) responded to my inquiry within minutes. We were coordinating around midnight to arrange for him to come to my home at 10:30am the next day for the shoot. He was on time and very pleasant to work with. I also had a very quick turnaround request for the photos and he was able to accommodate. Everyone loves our photos and we were able to capture our baby during a special milestone. We are very happy he was available and so accommodating on such short notice. And we love the pictures! Thanks Adeel!
Mango MediaMango Media
Alexandra M.
My fiancé and I had a wonderful experience for our engagement photo shoot! Pallavi was so professional and had a lot of great ideas for us! She also communicated with us very well! We would recommend her as a photographer :)
Shutter Glee PhotographyShutter Glee Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Just had our photo shoot last night, haven't seen the pictures yet, but am very pleased with everything. I expect the photos will be great. It was a wonderful evening "on location" at the Sculpture Garden---Julia made great use of the natural lighting and the environment.
Julia Auerbach PhotographyJulia Auerbach Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I am not someone who takes the time to write reviews - but in the circumstance of Courtney's service and our experience during the shoot, I felt it necessary to provide important feedback to other potential customers. Courtney went above and beyond my expectations: she was easy to work with, fun and energetic, and flexible with our somewhat different shoot (we did a photo shoot as part of a bachlorette party). We just received our pictures back and are beyond happy with the quality and clarity of all of the photos. I would highly recommend Courtney and hope I get the privilege to work with her again in the future!
CC Photo ArtsCC Photo Arts
Paula M.
Charnell was wonderful! She took my daughter’s senior pictures and instantly made her feel comfortable. The photo shoot was fun and Charnell had a lot of great ideas to suggest for backdrops and poses.
Charnell Timms PhotographyCharnell Timms Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Elaine helped myself and a co-worker with headshots for a relaunched web site. She quoted us a great price and was efficient with our time. She was engaging and easy to work with during the photography shoot.
Elaine Goepfert PhotographyElaine Goepfert Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Elaine, did a fabulous job! I can't say enough great things. She made me feel very comfortable and made the shoot enjoyable and fun. I can't wait to see the photos :)
Elaine Goepfert PhotographyElaine Goepfert Photography
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