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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 Buffalo professional photographers
Thumbtack Customer
Cheryl was very professional, worked well with our daughter, and the photos turned out great! We were very happy with our decision to have Cheryl take our photos.
UniArt DesignsUniArt Designs
Casey O.
Working with Lisa was amazing! She took beautiful photos of our wedding. We couldn’t have found a better photographer for our photos (which will last us a lifetime). Lisa is very sweet and professional. She takes pride in her work, has a natural talent for photography, and strives to go above and beyond for everyone. Throughout our day with Lisa, it was very evident she loves what she does! Your photos will be captured with precision and skill.
Russell PhotographyRussell Photography
Chuck G.
Cheryl Ann delivered a variety of creative photos and within our budget. She was very accommodating to our deadline. It couldn't have been easier. I would highly recommend Cheryl Ann for great professional photos at a fair price.
UniArt DesignsUniArt Designs
Hannah G.
David's photos were exactly what I needed, and he was professional and prompt both at the event and in providing the final product.
David Marino PhotographyDavid Marino Photography
April T.
Ria is great to work with - she's professional, flexible, and had a quick turn around for three, short event (non-wedding) photography engagements. Her experience clearly shows in the well composed, well lit photos she produces. We'll hire her again!
Ria Tafani PhotographyRia Tafani Photography
Nathaniel P.
Very professional, when discussing the type of photos wanted gave good direction to help us achieve the image while also being flexible for spur of the moment family or group pictures. If there is an occasion where I would need a photographer I would call Carl again
A Moment in Time Photography and VideographyA Moment in Time Photography and Videography
Amanda P.
Kiran did our Save the Date photos and we hired her that day for our wedding. She was so laid-back and easy to talk to, but professional at the same time. The photos turned out amazing, and I can't wait to have her at the wedding next year. I'd highly recommend her for your event.
Kiran KandolaKiran Kandola
Blanca E.
For my first experience ever hiring a professional photographer, I must say I'm satisfied with the work. Andrew and his team were amazing to work with. Definitely will recommend!
TAJ PhotographyTAJ Photography
Mary K.
I just booked Russell Photography for my wedding. Lisa came over as very professional with very reasonable prices with a lot included in her package. I can't wait to work with her!
Russell PhotographyRussell Photography
Geraldine N.
Carl and his wife Caroline were a dream to work with!! I hired them for a 50th high school class reunion and they made sure everyone's photos were taken and they also brought a printer to venue for those people who wanted their pics immediately. They also brought a red drop cloth with my school color as a backdrop. I compared prices of numerous photographers for my event, and they had by far, the best prices. If I have another occasion where I need a professional photographer, I would hire Images by Gerace in a heartbeat!! They were wonderful!!
A Moment in Time Photography and VideographyA Moment in Time Photography and Videography
Thumbtack Customer
Professional photos for job applications, very well-done. Mr. Gerace took time to ask about what I wanted out of the photos. He was thoughtful about the details and included my input while editing. I enjoyed his candor and his efforts to fit the final product to my wishes. Very friendly, positive, and a great listener. A thoroughly enjoyable experience! Would certainly recommend to friends!
A Moment in Time Photography and VideographyA Moment in Time Photography and Videography
Tom W.
He did research on a project to honor my father, a Bflo firefighter. His work entailed documented research as well as daylight photography. The results were exceptional! I would give him my highest and unqualified recommendation. Kudos to his skill and professionalism
A Moment in Time Photography and VideographyA Moment in Time Photography and Videography
Connie V.
Andy made our family portrait day absolutely wonderful! He was very professional, open to our ideas and lots of fun to work with. The quality of his photos are gorgeous and he takes so many of them, so that you don’t get stuck with limited choices (especially if some of them you would prefer that he hits the delete button afterwards 😂). Very responsive to messages, attentive and the final edits and high resolution photos are beautiful! I would highly recommend him, you won’t be disappointed!
AndyCfotos LLCAndyCfotos LLC
Dave R.
Pete/Eagle really blew us away here at Lyft. He did high quality head-shots and made our drivers feel welcomed and valued. Pete is extremely open-minded and personable. I enjoyed getting to know him personally in addition to the awesome professional experience he provided for our special event. Highly recommend! Dave R. Lyft Pete was on-time, ready to go, and completely flexible with our non-traditional photo set-up. He came a few days before to scope out our space and make sure that he'd be able to provide the best possible photos for us. On the day of, he helped ensure that every single person got the best photo possible by chatting and laughing with them to make them feel comfortable. Highly recommended. Nick M. Lyft
Eagle 1  Photography NY.Eagle 1 Photography NY.
Sydney C.
Being in a same sex relationship your first thought is. « Oh no what if they don’t want to do it » Karl was amazing , not only was he more than willing to shoot our moment but he was fun with it. My partner hasn’t done professional photos. I am used to them , sometimes worried about how ill look in them. Karl had a way of capturing the moment so effortlessly. The photos were not planned most of the time and those came out the best. He will definitely be considered for the big day. If your looking for someone who will capture your moment , and make it feel effortless. Karl is the one to choose.
Karl Cassion PhotographyKarl Cassion Photography
Sonika S.
We enjoyed working with Lisa. Lisa is very creative and her work is very professional. She did our maternity photoshoot and we loved our photos! We will highly recommend her to our friends and family! We look forward to working with you again :) thank you once again for the lovely and memorable pictures!!
Lisa’s Journey PhotographyLisa’s Journey Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I contracted with Vince for a professional photo to be used in multiple on-line profiles as well as a number of professional publications. Vincent's portfolio stood out with respect to his excellent creative eye. No studio, blue backdrop with Vince's work, he takes the time to ensure the message you hope to convey comes through! I turned the creative completely over to Vince and was extremely pleased with the result. Vince took the time to travel to five separate shoot venues in Buffalo's First Ward, during a sunny but very windy, cold spring afternoon He delivered fantastically creative, artistic photos. He has an extremely talented eye not only shooting, but also on the editing system where he takes great shots to an unbelievable professionally finished look. I was also impressed by the manner in which he treated his assistant Joe, taking time to "teach" the enthusiastic young man. I have already discussed additional future jobs with Vince. If you want something extraordinary, Vince Lopez is your answer. See result at
Vincent Lopez PhotographyVincent Lopez Photography
Isaac S.
Leonardo was professional, kind and enthusiastic throughout the whole process. He was very responsive. We were in a difficult to find location for a surprise engagement and he was able to get to the right spot on time and discretely to keep it a surprise. He was easy to work with and made us feel very comfortable throughout the shoot. Not to mention the prices are fantastic. He even included extra photos for free which was so sweet!
Mochi Media StudioMochi Media Studio
Ellie B.
Working with Tom was wonderful. He responded to messages quickly and really got to know us as a couple. We’re not huge picture people but wanted professional photos done for our wedding, and Tom made them painless! He takes his time to make sure the focus and the lighting is just right so you have the perfect picture. We’re very thankful we had the chance to work with Tom and would highly recommend him to anyone!
Thomas MizzoniThomas Mizzoni
Thumbtack Customer
Wow - What a pleasure to work with David Marino Photography! I was visiting Buffalo before starting a new job when my new boss sent an email request for a head shot and I found David Marino on Thumbtack. He responded right away and took care of me the very next day at a competitive price. He was on time, thorough and friendly. He did everything exactly as he said he would and I am very pleased with the results! Laurie Lupke - Real Estate Professional, Tampa, Florida
David Marino PhotographyDavid Marino Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Carl's services for our baby shower. Carl was very professional. He was prompt in replying to messages and calls. He was at the venue well before time to set up his equipment. He was well prepared to take pictures of our guests as they arrived. He also had an onsite printer if one was interested in taking prints right then and there. Turn around time for our photos were about 72 hrs and we were pleased with the quality and the quantity of pictures he had taken. He and his assistant were cordial with our guests. We would definitely consider him for our next event.
A Moment in Time Photography and VideographyA Moment in Time Photography and Videography
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