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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 Chapel Hill professional photographers
Rene L.
The best photos I have taken, excellent and professional work!
Sara Gibson PhotographySara Gibson Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Steve took my professional photos and headshots. The experience was superb. I felt relaxed and the photos came out great! I highly recommend working with Steve.
Novitsky Photography LLCNovitsky Photography LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Very easy to work with and professional! Lovely photos. We were very pleased with the results.
Kelley Bennett PhotographyKelley Bennett Photography
Jessica M.
Mark was the first to respond on thumbtack. The process was easy. He was very flexible with scheduling. I met him at this house for the photo shoot. He then turned the pics into professional, polished headshots! I’m very happy with the process & the quality of the photos. I would definitely recommend Mark Terry for your photo needs.
Mark Terry Photo VideoMark Terry Photo Video
Bailey D.
To start off, Nick was incredibly responsive. He was the first to respond to my Thumbtack request, had a flexible schedule, and I was impressed by his online portfolio. When the day of our "photoshoot" came, I could tell he had put immense thought into the project. He took me to great spots all over town for outdoor photos. To top it off, the photos turned out great. As photography goes, I am not a fan of having my photo taken, but needed a professional headshot. I was nervous, but Nick put me at ease after just a few minutes. In just under 2 hours we had tons of great photos, and I was having tons of fun. I'd hire him again in a heartbeat.
Nick Hobby PhotographyNick Hobby Photography
Tina M.
Working with Mehmet was stress-free and enjoyable. We really enjoyed his direction, clarity, and professionalism. We will definitely be recommending Mehmet to our colleagues and friends who are considering hiring a photographer for their milestone events. We spent a considerable amount of time reviewing photographers in the area - we are so, so happy that we chose Mehmet for his beautiful work!!
Mehmet Demirci Photography LLCMehmet Demirci Photography LLC
Caroline B.
Amazing pictures! Also a wonderful, fun person who put me 100% at ease to be myself in photos. He has a very artistic eye for lighting and gives direction very well. This was a 10/10 experience from the first communication to the shoot and how quickly he works on sending photos and edits. I cannot recommend Mehmet and his professionalism enough.
Mehmet Demirci Photography LLCMehmet Demirci Photography LLC
Amanda L.
If I could leave more than 5 stars, I would! He is very patient, professional and creative in his work and provided me with many high quality photos that were beautifully edited and sent to me the very next day. I would highly recommend Ayhan to anyone looking for an overall fabulous experience and great photos to remember your special day!
Ayhan Photography - Faceinlens CreativeAyhan Photography - Faceinlens Creative
Riley in Clyde Hill R.
Sara photographed a family luncheon for our group of about 50. She did a great job of being professional, friendly and engaged but not interfering with the experience of the guests and event. Her communication was quick, clear and accurate. The photos that she took were bright, fun, varied and offered everyone great visual memories of an important event. Her pricing was excellent. We would use her services again and recommend her enthusiastically.
Carolina Noir PhotographyCarolina Noir Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I wanted to update my digital and professional files and Robert quickly provided a quote with clear expectation, guidelines and a reasonable quote. Robert and his assistant were professional, efficient and anxious to understand what I required as well as flexible and creative enough to make suggestions. I would recommend Robert Filcsik to anyone who would like a professional photography session.
Headshots & Corporate PhotographyHeadshots & Corporate Photography
Leila H.
Mehmet did an incredible job on our wedding. He was punctual, professional, friendly and he is so talented. We were happy with how easy it was to work with him before and on our wedding day. And we’re thrilled with how beautiful our photos turned out.
Mehmet Demirci Photography LLCMehmet Demirci Photography LLC
Vandhana B.
Simply put, Daniel is an incredible photographer. My business headshots came out even better than I imagined. I’ve had headshots taken in the past and this was by far my best experience. Daniel was extremely kind and professional to work with, and when I had to change my appointment time at the last minute, he was more than willing to accommodate me. Daniel had very creative ideas to make my headshot more contemporary and aesthetic. The experience was smooth, easy, and he sent over the images on the same day. I am thrilled with my headshots and would absolutely recommend Daniel to anyone looking for amazing photographs. His work is outstanding.
Daniel Turbert Photography LLCDaniel Turbert Photography LLC
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