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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 professional photographers
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
Thumbtack Customer
Giliane took newborn photos of our 3 week old son and did an outstanding job. Her passion and love of photography is evident by her professionalism, kindness and final photos. You will not be disappointed by her, or her work.
Giliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLCGiliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Chris exceeded my expectations for my professional headshot photo. For a very reasonable price, he gave me several professional photographs for the price of one. I have many excellent ones to choose from.
Simon H.
Shutter Glee Photography was a great experience, very professional and at a great price
Shutter Glee PhotographyShutter Glee Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Sarah is a fun, professional and outstanding photographer! I would recommend her to anyone!
Iris Studios PhotographyIris Studios Photography
Danielle S.
Elle was fantastic. She was able to work within a tight schedule and was very responsive to our needs. I highly recommend this photographer and her artistic approach for your professional photography needs.
Nouvelle Design StudioNouvelle Design Studio
Thumbtack Customer
Liam is a great photographer and very professional. I would definitely use Liam again!
Liam Flahive, PhotographerLiam Flahive, Photographer
Arineith I.
Pallavi was very professional and experienced with directing my family and I to get the best photos.
Shutter Glee PhotographyShutter Glee Photography
Victoria S.
We enjoyed working with Stephie and Tony for our wedding photos. Very professional and organized, exactly what we needed during a hectic day. Our sneak peek photos looked great!
Welcome Love PhotographyWelcome Love Photography
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
Thumbtack Customer
Dave is very professional and easy to work with. I had some headshot photos taken of my son and they turned out great. I am very happy with the photos. I liked that he was able to take the photos wherever we wanted to make it convenient. Brooklyn Park, MN
Dave Haas PhotographyDave Haas Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Completely flexible- professional :) Really enjoyed working with her. The photos were awesome. Thank you!!!
I Love Photography LLCI Love Photography LLC
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
Caroline S.
Sara Tucker is a gifted photographer! I'm thrilled with the publicity photos she took of me, and she also excelled at responsiveness, punctuality, professionalism, and generally going the extra mile. It was also an incredible value. She's a treasure!
Sara Tucker PhotographySara Tucker Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Dave is personable and professional. He tailored the photo session to my son. I would highly recommend him.
Dave Haas PhotographyDave Haas Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Nicole is a hardworking and professional photographer. We were so very impressed with her. She was respectful of what we wanted but also brought in her creativity. Do yourself a favor and pick Nicole and Little Mac Design as your photographer.
Little Mac DesignLittle Mac Design
Tiffany V.
Truly a professional! Very comfortable around our family of 6. Photos turned out just amazing! Definitely recommend!!
Noemi PhotographyNoemi Photography
Shelley M.
TJ photographed our son’s wedding in August and everyone involved enjoyed working with him, from beginning to end. TJ thoughtfully met with the family in advance to insure the bride and groom would be completely satisfied with their photographs. TJ was professional, friendly, Covid-careful, dependable and flexible. We now have so many photos to remember this joyful moment in our lives.
Megan W.
Matthias was professional, efficient and accommodating at our event. I would highly recommend him for any photography needs you have.
Orfield PhotographyOrfield Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Brandon was a talented and professional photographer to work with. He was very collaborative but also had a good vision of what he wanted to achieve.
Brandon HanBrandon Han
Julie G.
I haven’t received the photo yet (just hd the event last night) but Mathias was very professional and easy to work with at our event!
Orfield PhotographyOrfield Photography
Stacy D.
I hired Laura to do our daughters senior photos. Laura was so responsive and just a pleasure to work with. My daughters photos turned out beautiful and we even got a few family photos in too! Unfortunately we had to wait until December to take pictures due to my daughter's braces, but you can't even tell we were all freezing. We had our daughters photos within a week and can order professional prints through Laura, and/or download and print the photos on our own. I would highly recommend her and hope to use her again in the future!
Laura Brenden PhotographyLaura Brenden Photography
Nikhil V.
Working with Ethan was nothing short of a professional and forward-thinking experience. As someone creating a new brand that needed photography work, having Ethan’s perspective, feedback, and creative suggestions was essential in helping craft an solid photo shoot aimed at candids and portraits. Would definitely suggest him for anyone looking for a solid photographer who also has a clear and flexible post-shoot editing process as well.
EthanStrom PhotographyEthanStrom Photography
Anna P.
Pallavi was awesome! I went to her for a professional headshot and the result of the final photo was beyond my expectations. She works with you to make sure you get exactly what you want. She really has a great eye for photography. I highly recommend her!
Shutter Glee PhotographyShutter Glee Photography
Lisa S.
I highly recommend Sara Tucker Photography to anyone wanting affordable and quality photos! Sara is professional, fun, friendly and created a stress free experience that everyone in our wedding party enjoyed. She went above & beyond my expectations and we love our pictures!
Sara Tucker PhotographySara Tucker Photography
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