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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.

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.

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.
Reviews for Brooklyn portrait photographers
Krystal H.
Hans did modern portraits for my family last weekend and the photos were phenomenal. He was very professional and continued to take photos even when it began to rain. I would absolutely recommend shooting with Hans!
Hans Gonzalez PhotographyHans Gonzalez Photography
Anastasia K.
Liza is a wonderful photographer who makes stunning and natural-looking portraits. However simple or complex picture you need, she can shoot it for you :-) After the session I now have dozens of professional photos to use for profile pics, websites etc. Highly recommend!
Liza Kanaeva-Hunsicker StudioLiza Kanaeva-Hunsicker Studio
Kevin M.
Tohid is a great guy and very talented photographer. He has an eye for a great shot. I hired him to take some portrait photos. He traveled from the city out to my home on Long Island. He was very personable and made the process very easy. I would highly recommend him and will call him again for future photography work.
Monolith Images Studios NYCMonolith Images Studios NYC
Thumbtack Customer
I met Steven this afternoon for a portrait photo shoot. What an amazingly wonderful photographer, artist and person. He genuinely loves what he does and is awesome at it. I consider myself a non-photogenic person who severely dislikes the camera on me, Steven helped ease my anxiety and fears and just made the experience fun, memorable and engaging. One can also tell he is passionate about his art, photography and bringing experiences to life. He even got on the floor to make shots, I mean, absolutely awesome. Would highly recommend using Steven for your portraits. I know for any future photography work, I will be using him again. Thanks again Steven! Thanks thumbtack for connecting me with an amazing photographer who provided exceptional service!
Steven Duarte PhotographySteven Duarte Photography
Sabrina P.
Tina took newborn portraits for me. She was responsive with excellent follow-up from the moment Thumbtack put us in touch. In person, she was prepared, punctual, professional and kind. Within 24 hours of the photo session, she sent me the finished digital images, and we received a range of different photos with the baby looking beautiful in all of them.
Tina B FotoTina B Foto
Sam M.
Justin did a fantastic job with my portrait photos for my dating profile. It was my first time ever taking professional pictures… he helped me ease into it, find my best angles, was a great conversationalist and ultimately left me with 4 great shots to choose from. Will be repeating some day!
Justin T. Shockley PhotographyJustin T. Shockley Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Steven is incredible to work with! He captured candid portraits of us (myself, husband, dog) that are so beautifully framed and composed. He is wonderful with using light, and made us feel so comfortable. It truly was a pleasure and I can't say enough about how talented he is. We love our photos so much! Thank you Steven!!!
Steven Duarte PhotographySteven Duarte Photography
Nina D.
Lizzie was amazing! We had a short portrait photoshoot in the city, and I’m very happy with the results. She arrived earlier to check the place and find the best spots, so by the time we started, she already had a few ideas for me to discuss! (For me it was an impromptu session, so her initiative was very helpful). Overall, during the shoot, Lizzie made me feel very comfortable, making sure that we’re on the same page and had the same vision on which pictures to consider successful. Highly recommend her, especially if you don’t do photo shoots too often and might feel uncomfortable in front of the camera.
Lumiere Studio by Lizzie GLumiere Studio by Lizzie G
Michael P.
I was so happy with Liza's work. I needed a professional portrait and I was quite particular: I wanted to look mature and professional but I also wanted to look casual and natural. The results exceeded my expectations. Liza's studio is filled with wonderful natural light and she provides an array of seamless paper backdrops in various colors. After an hour shoot, she provides literally 100+ shots from the shoot from you to choose from. That is an incredible deal for the price. I've attached here my favorite shot from the session - it wasn't the photo I ended up choosing for my purpose, but I love it. Definitely book Liza.
Liza Kanaeva-Hunsicker StudioLiza Kanaeva-Hunsicker Studio
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