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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.

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.

Reviews for Asheville family photographers
Rawson P.
We loved working with Ashley for our family photos! She had great ideas for shooting natural and candid photos at our outdoor location and had scoped out the area to find beautiful settings. She was really fun to work with and took wonderful photos of the kids and our family! We look forward to working with Ashley again and would recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer! On top of all that she delivered our final photos incredibly quickly and was responsive throughout our planning and post-shoot communications. We couldn’t be happier with our photos and our experience working with Ashley!
Ashley Cohen PhotographyAshley Cohen Photography
British T.
This was perfect! We were in town for the week and I really wanted to be able get some family photos (for the first time ever!). The spot they found for us was perfect. The turnaround time on the photos was amazing. Fully recommend!!
KK PhotographyKK Photography
Michelle H.
We met with Lyn while on a family vacation in Asheville. We've only seen one sneak peak of the family photo shoot so far and can't wait to see the rest! Lyn was great to work with, easygoing, funny, friendly and made it a pleasure to have a family shoot with 15 people. We had a last minute change of location and Lyn was able to accommodate without issue and suggested a great place for us to meet. Update: Lyn is fabulous!!! The photos were wonderful and she was able to help us with a special request after the fact that involved a lot of editing and hard work. Our family is thrilled with the photos and would highly recommend Lyn to anyone in the area.
madeyoulookphotographymadeyoulookphotography
Allison J.
Amy did an amazing job capturing our family! She had creative ways to get my 10 and 7 yr olds to relax and the photos show each of their personalities. She took her time and her relaxed style allowed for great family photos! We look forward to working with Amy again! Can't recommend her enough!
Amy Weits Photography & DesignsAmy Weits Photography & Designs
Thumbtack Customer
Jennifer and Joe gave my family and I the most incredible family photo shoot we have ever had. Our pictures turned out better than expected and we had fun doing them. You can definitely tell they love what they do and are incredible photographers. We couldn't have asked for a better day or a better experience.
JCM PhotographyJCM Photography
Angela K.
When COVID changed our summer vacation plans I had to find a new photographer in our new vacation spot. I found Maddie on Thumbtack and we began communicating about family photos. I told her what I was after and she delivered. She was fun and made the whole process easy. I love the final images and would recommend her to others for family photos anytime! If you are in the Asheville area look her up!
Maddie Kay PhotographyMaddie Kay Photography
Crystal J.
Georgie did a great job with our family photos we like to do the day after Thanksgiving every year. We really enjoyed her passion for photography and her energy while capturing some very candid and fun moments with our family, including 5 dogs. Even though we were in a race for time against the sunset and the park's closing time, she managed to keep the group and poses moving along to give us a variety of photos. She was very understanding and handled all our questions/concerns admirably. I highly recommend Georgie's services.
Red Collar PhotographyRed Collar Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Jessica was a pleasure to work with, making the photo shoot comfortable and fun for the whole family. She was professional, responsive, and punctual. Her prices were reasonable and her work was lovely. She did a great job and we have a photographic treasure to remember our 30th anniversary. Thank you, Jessica!
Jessica Merithew PhotographyJessica Merithew Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Jennifer and Joe were absolutely wonderful. Complete professionals, but so fun to work with and talk to. They had a great eye for the time of day that would be best for the photo shoot of my family (the lighting) and they picked the most beautiful location. They were extremely patient with my crazy family and just kept a smile on their faces the entire time. I highly, HIGHLY, recommend them.
JCM PhotographyJCM Photography
Mark A.
My overall experience will Avl Foto was simply amazing. From the first time that I spoke with Kate to the final photos were recieved I couldn't have asked for the process to be any better. Kate was incredible to work with and my children really enjoy their our personal photos she did for them. My family now has some amazing images to remember our vacation to North Carolina thanks to Kate and AVL Foto.
AVL Foto, Inc.AVL Foto, Inc.
Jovonnie A.
Our time with Kate Peele was just wonderful! We celebrated a 75th birthday and she captured the family so beautifully with her use of natural light. Her eye is exactly what I had dreamed of, especially in many of the candid shots. We even had a couple of quick wardrobe changes and she was able to shoot our daughter and grandson, along with their Golden Retriever beautifully for their Christmas cards! Kate’s personal touches and communication with us prior to our arrival in Asheville was invaluable. We all laughed and had fun during the family photo shoot! Look no further, because you simply don’t need to. The photographer you want and need is Kate Peele! Jovonnie Androy McInerney November 2018
AVL Foto, Inc.AVL Foto, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
I needed someone to capture my proposal, secretly! Joe did an amazing job at helping with this process. Not only did he get the shots, but we also had a mini "photo-shoot" after the proposal with both families. Additionally, Joe met me the day before to walk through everything, and they even checked for events in the surrounding, immediate area to make sure my plan would not be interrupted. Great communication, people, and photographer(s). I highly recommend using Jennifer and Joe!
JCM PhotographyJCM Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I can't describe how uncomfortable it is to have to leave a review like this for someone I know is very talented, but it unfortunately the unprofessional experience that my family and I had 1day before the most important family pictures we'd ever have. Sarah Katie Mccranie and I had a great deal of back and forth by Thumbtack messaging for a few months regarding my parents 50th wedding anniversary. She was very responsive, patient with all of our questions and her pictures were beautiful. She was understanding that it took a long time for me to finally call her on the phone due to my exhausting schedule. We finally spoke for a long time on the phone just under 2 weeks before, and though she was pleasant enough, I got a bad vibe from her super laid back style of speaking. We left it that I would text her the address and she would get back to me on ideas for shoot location. I texted her the address and I explained we weren't from the area, knew nothing and though waterfalls would be nice they weren't necessary. I asked about payment before or on day of the shoot. She said either before or day of. I wasn't about to do before, especially with my bad feeling about her. 10 DAYS went by and I heard NOTHING. We arrived on Sunday and the shoot was Tuesday. I texted her Sunday night around 10 to tell her we were a little concerned we hadn't heard anything. Monday morning, texted her again. FINALLY Monday afternoon at 2:30 I get a text. "Yesterday was Father's Day... I was with my family and children". 8 minutes later: "Yes tomorrow is confirmed.. And I am usually paid on the day of the shoot. As far as waterfall locations near your cabin... Most are an hour away". I should also mention this was the day before the shoot and she found NOTHING for us!!! I specifically told her it didn't have to be waterfalls and WE WEREN'T FROM THE AREA . We quickly told Katie we found someone else, and truthfully she didn't seem to care. Luckily we scrambled and found another photographer couple, Joe and Jenny who were FANTASTIC, professional, pictures stunning. It was meant to be!!! They fit us into their extremely busy schedule and made us feel so relaxed, special and taken care of. Moral of the story...always trust your instincts!!!
One Love PhotographyOne Love Photography
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