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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.
Reviews for Charlotte portrait photographers
Anita E.
Took family portraits at Romare Bearden Park. She was on time, made us feel comfortable, and took great photos. We are extremely pleased with ho the portraits turned out. Thank you!
Shirley Nim PhotographyShirley Nim Photography
Audrey F.
This was my first time getting g professional pictures taken. I wanted them to be special because it was for family portraits. I started to select the most expensive person thinking they must be great at photography, great at everything except their prices. I did more research and viewed Shirley’s work. Wow. The photos were crisp and clear. Here pricing is very fair for the photography market. I also like her responsiveness to my email and text. Shirley has suggested different poses and I absolutely love it! Her flexibility fit right into my schedule. Shirley was also pleasant, punctual, and made my family feel at ease when taking the portraits. I received all of our portraits in a manner. This is why I rate Shirley Nim a 5 Star Photographer.
Shirley Nim PhotographyShirley Nim Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Variety of life portraits. Rich was very accommodating. He has an out-of-the-box, creative spiritual. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing a versatile photographer.
Rich Taylor PhotographyRich Taylor Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Bryson Warntz is a very talented photographer and graphic artist. He went over and beyond my modeling photography needs! I was exceptionally pleased with his work! He also is very personable and made me feel very comfortable while taking my portraits. I was very impressed with my professionally retouched photos! I would recommend Bryson for any photography or graphic design needs!! He is very reasonable on pricing and I'm sure I will be in need of his services again in the near future!!!!
Bryson WarntzBryson Warntz
Thumbtack Customer
I had a wonderful experience working with Richard. My portraits were taken in a park that happened to be crowded on the day we were scheduled to shoot. I was nervous and self-conscious of being photographed in public. Working with Richard was easy. He allowed me to be myself and immediately I felt at ease and comfortable in my own skin. Richard was able to capture stunning candid moments of myself in really beautiful places and I could not have asked for better results. I hope to work again with him in the future and would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a true professional artist.
Rich Taylor PhotographyRich Taylor Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I began my search for a photographer on Thumbtack back in May after I decided I needed to revamp my website and update it with new self-portraits. After reviewing a handful of photographers here and other freelance sites, I came across Karenina's website. I must say I was impressed by her portfolio of work. Even though her work almost 100% focused on weddings, I couldn't deny the quality of her photos and wanted to see if I could get this same quality for the kind of photos I wanted to take. I officially went with Karenina and reached out. We originally planned on a May shoot but due to schedule and weather conflicts we finally did the shoot in June. I really appreciate that Karenina was very flexible as far as scheduling. And that even though her focus is weddings, she was open to hearing about my own photography needs and was willing to work with me. My experience with Karenina was nothing short of terrific! Karenina made sure we covered a variety of poses and backgrounds within our location. And as I imagined, the photos came out awesome! I was more than satisfied with how everything turned out! I was also pleased with the timing of which the images were processed and made available. I look back and I am pleased with my decision to work with this awesome professional. If you're looking for someone who is professional, flexible, and quality focused, I would definitely recommend Karenina for your photography needs. Thanks Karen!
Karenina H. PhotographyKarenina H. Photography
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