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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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 Saint Louis professional photographers
Sarah J.
Very professional and great photos. Easy to work with
Heidi Zeigler PhotographyHeidi Zeigler Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Darin did a last minute job photographing an outdoor corporate volunteer event in St. Louis. He was professional, easy to work with, and the photos are fantastic!
Dear Hart PhotographyDear Hart Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Ashley was professional, engaging, filled with good ideas and suggestions for locations to shoot our family photo. The photographs captured us. Ashley's personality encourages relaxation and confidence!
Pink Print PhotographyPink Print Photography
Karla R.
Working with Now You See It Photography was an Excellent experience! The shooting environment was clean, open, accessible and inviting. The photographer was gracious, prompt, extremely professional and courteous. He is at the height of the photography game in St. Louis. As a native New Yorker, I have had numerous experiences dealing with photographers. Richard is at the top of the chart and I feel extremely happy referring his services to those who have photography needs. I have found my St. Louis photographer! My photos are Amazing!
Now You See It Photography LLCNow You See It Photography LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Jess took some outside family photos of us with our 14 month old son, she was very professional and very nice, we loved her quality work, the photos are absolutely beautiful, I defiantly recommend her for your photo needs.
Jess Newbury PhotographyJess Newbury Photography
Jennifer D.
Andre was amazing to work with for my daughter’s senior pictures. He was incredibly responsive, professional and thorough. He sought out information to learn what we were looking for and worked very hard to deliver the type of photos we were looking for. He took fun, posed and beautiful photos of my daughter that captured her personality and we received the proofs very quickly. I was incredibly impressed and will be using MayneStream Photography for all future professional photos!
MayneStream Photography LLCMayneStream Photography LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Davidjstudios came to my office and took professional photographs for me for my firm's website. David was prompt, quick, and very professional. He did a fantastic job during the shoot, and it was hard to pick just one because so many were good. One coworker told me I photograph well as she was helping me choose one, but the truth is David photographs well :) My photograph online is flawless. And I could not have asked for a better experience. Thank you!
David J PhotographyDavid J Photography
Jordan S.
Wonderful service! Photographer was patient and took as many photos as I asked for until we got one I loved (hired for a professional headshot). Very polite, responsive, and flexible with scheduling. Highly recommend.
High Ridge PhotoHigh Ridge Photo
Thumbtack Customer
Prink print photography did a great job for 2 events on two different days for the engagement ceremony. Both photographers arrived before the time and were both good and professional....excellent job and I am very pleased!
Pink Print PhotographyPink Print Photography
Pauline L.
giovanna was professional, warm, creative and responsive to what u want and works w u to get awesome photos
Giovanna von Nida Photography, LLCGiovanna von Nida Photography, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Mike was on time, knew what it meant to be professional and provided high quality photos from our weekend event.
Michael WeaverMichael Weaver
Deborah M.
We had a wonderful experience in our photo shoot with Phil. He was professional, fun, and made our entire family enjoy the experience. His photos have captured the personality and joy in our family. I can highly recommend Phil.
Photos By PhilPhotos By Phil
Thumbtack Customer
My union hired Ashley Cooper of Pink Print Photography to photograph 2 days of our Next Wave Assembly - a weekend conference with the young members of my union. I selected Cooper's bid because she promised we would have 2 photographers covering the event daily. Cooper of Pink Print Photography subcontracted the job. Cooper put a bid out on Craigslist and hired Alex Kelly, a woman who had no formal training as a photographer. It was Kelly's first professional photography assignment. Kelly was so inexperienced that she had no understanding of how to share photographs electronically. She doesn't even know what an FTP site is. Cooper of Pink Print Photography endangered the members of my union by bringing someone who was unknown to our conference. This is such an unethical, unscrupulous practice. We will not endorse this unprofessional work ethic. Ashley Cooper and Pink Print Photography endangered the young members of my union (
Pink Print PhotographyPink Print Photography
Nancy B.
My experience with Valdez Photography exceeded expectations. Amanda is a true professional, jumped in head first at our conference and our attendees and staff loved working with her. Her photos were excellent. I would hire her again without hesitation.
McCaleb Event PhotographyMcCaleb Event Photography
Tiessea D.
Phil was great to work with leading up to and the day of our shoot. He was professional, punctual, and captured everything we wanted to express in our maternity photos. He was fun to work with and makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera. Our photos are beautiful!
Photos By PhilPhotos By Phil
Jasmine B.
My experience working with Phil was great! He was very professional and I received great quality photos for the price. He certainly delivered!
Photos By PhilPhotos By Phil
Brandi F.
Sarah was the photographer for an event I was the Wedding Planner at. She was prompt amc attentive. The bride was not very polite and was very late but Sarah remained professional. Sarah even helped others with preperation task while waiting (definitely above and beyond). Sarah is a professional from her demeanor and presence at work to the quality of her photos... which you are sure to love!!! Highly recommend!!
Sheet Photography LLCSheet Photography LLC
Casey D.
Extremely good photographer. Very knowledgeable, excellent equipment, manages lighting and positioning well. Also very professional, friendly, kind, and an interesting person to talk to.
Coblitz Creative Concepts LLCCoblitz Creative Concepts LLC
Sabin N.
Photos by Phil was a fantastic experience! I needed quality professional headshots and was pressed for time. Not only is Phil is an excellent photographer, he is very easy to work with, very attentive and accommodating of your schedule. He met me on location and arrived early with all the necessary equipment. Before taking any photos, we went over the project and he asked detailed questions about the types of photos I wanted. He provided good direction and made adjustments until we got the right shots. Phil is very quick and efficient. He was able to send me the proofs within a few hours and after I selected the photos I wanted, he was able to edit and have final pictures ready for me the next day. I highly recommend Photos By Phil for all your photo needs! I will definitely be contacting Phil for future projects!
Photos By PhilPhotos By Phil
Susan G.
Mike was professional, easy to work with, talented, responsive, and punctual. He arrived early for set up so no rush before photo time. The photographs turned out great - everyone loved them! I would definitely recommend Mike and will hire him again. Thanks again, Mike, for the great job you did on a weeks notice.
Mike Czopek PhotographyMike Czopek Photography
Caitlin C.
I highly recommend hiring Krysti for professional photos! I was looking to take a new photo for my LinkedIn profile and work profile. I met Krysti in Tower Grove Park the day after submitting a request on Thumbtack. She knew the park and lighting well and walked me around to various locations with different poses and angles. After the photo shoot she uploaded and edited the photos and sent me a link to download them that evening! Even though newer cell phones have great photo capabilities, I’m still glad I hired Krysti. She knew more about poses, positioning and lighting than my friends could have ever done with me on an iPhone. I highly recommend you hire her!
Photography by KrystiPhotography by Krysti
Aj S.
Dave is a true professional. Extremely knowledgeable in photography, and his results speak for themself. It’s good to see someone really enjoying what they do. You can be yourself with his comfortable and easy-going demeanor and environment. I absolutely will be using Coblitz Creative Concepts, LLC for all my future photography needs. An all around class act!!!
Coblitz Creative Concepts LLCCoblitz Creative Concepts LLC
Rachel C.
Darin did a wonderful job photographing our large family. He was on time, funny, professional, and made sure we got some great shots of everyone. Would definitely recommend!
Dear Hart PhotographyDear Hart Photography
Patti T.
Andre is a true professional...preparing in advance, arriving on time and taking the most amazing photos!! He is a gracious man and extremely talented. A complete joy to work with . I highly recommend him for your next event.
MayneStream Photography LLCMayneStream Photography LLC
Jodi T.
Phil was professional, kind and helpful from the first moment I contacted him through to the very end. The photos were absolutely beautiful and he created incredible memories for my family. Thank you Phil!
Photos By PhilPhotos By Phil
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