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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.

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.

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.

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.
Reviews for Buffalo professional photographers
Thumbtack Customer
We had our family photos taken in Delaware park with Yizi. Great experience. She is professional and very patient. We love the photos.
Easy Photography StudioEasy Photography Studio
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
Thumbtack Customer
Andre was a professional and a pleasure to work with. He was able to capture by personality in the headshots he took. The photos were excellent quality but not sized 8 X 10 which is standard for auditioning films, tv, and modeling. Improvements: agree on set time from start to finish for photo shoot and clarify total price BEFORE photo shoot so I do not exceed my aspiring actress/model budget. It is likely that I will hire Andre again for my next photo project. SR Graham
Photographic ExpressionsPhotographic Expressions
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
Images by Gerace LLC “Certified PPAImages by Gerace LLC “Certified PPA
Philip H.
I went to Tara to get college graduation photos taken. I'd recommend her to anybody. Excellent work at an affordable price. Very professional.
TBC PhotoTBC Photo
Thumbtack Customer
Andre is a true professional. Very experienced. He did a great job. I will definitely recommend him when people ask for a good photographer.
Photographic ExpressionsPhotographic Expressions
Moira A.
Lily Catherine Photography photographed our medium-sized wedding & we could not be more pleased with our choice. Firstly, the photos of our day turned out lovely: a nice mix of traditional and artistic, black and white & color, posed & candid. Lily is excellent at capturing people at their most flattering moment. She was also very good with arranging & very patient with taking group shots of our families. Lily was professional from beginning to end, even helping to communicate instructions to the DJ to keep the reception moving smoothly. When we opted for a package that included an engagement photo session (& we were already technically married), she kindly provided us with a separate family photo session with our infant son. (These pictures were great too!) I would wholeheartedly recommend Lily to other couples looking for a talented photographer at a reasonable price.
Lily Catherine PhotographyLily Catherine Photography
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
Thumbtack Customer
I went into this photo shoot never doing one before and really not sure what to expect. Yizi was very warm and welcoming and took amazing photos of my boyfriend and I. If we ever have another occasion where we need photos we will always go back to Yizi. Her Professionalism was outstanding and really had a way with setting up poses that read great on the camera. She also brought awesome props to help the theme of our "Valentine Photo Shoot." Honestly if you're nervous to do something like this or you don't know where to start Go Yizi she makes it all very easy!
Easy Photography StudioEasy Photography Studio
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
Catherine C.
Chris did a great job with our family photos. He was very quick to respond to any questions. He is very professional. I would use him again and recommend his services.
2Sons Graphix & Photography2Sons Graphix & 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!!
Images by Gerace LLC “Certified PPAImages by Gerace LLC “Certified PPA
Thumbtack Customer
My experience with Lily Gerhardt was terrific. She took photos of our civil service wedding which was taken place at Buffalo City Hall on Friday October 31st. She was early and talked with my in laws while my parents and I were parking. Lily took photos of the ceremony and then took some shots outside with our parents and my husband on the steps of City Hall. She took her time, she was very professional and very sweet. She posted some of the photos on Facebook right away and my husband and I were pleased with the few shots we saw before she sent us the CD! We received the CD the next day and loved the photos. I would highly recommend Lily. Great job and thank you.
Lily Catherine PhotographyLily Catherine Photography
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!
Images by Gerace LLC “Certified PPAImages by Gerace LLC “Certified PPA
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
Images by Gerace LLC “Certified PPAImages by Gerace LLC “Certified PPA
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.
Arielle B.
Zach and Olivia were so wonderful to work with from the beginning. We could not have chosen a better duo to document our wedding day. We got our sneak peeks back on the day after the wedding. The photos ZAM took were exactly what we wanted. They were timeless, classy, dramatic, and professional. Zach and Olivia captured our day perfectly and I have confidence that when we get the rest of our photos back they will continue to tell the most beautiful story that was our wedding day. We had the most wonderful time with Zach and Olivia. They were wonderful to work with. If there is one most important vendor for your wedding, it is your photographers. They help you keep the memories that you make on one of the most beautiful days of your life. Zach and Olivia have done just that and more and we cannot recommend them enough!!
ZAM PhotoZAM Photo
Brenda E.
We highly recommend Emily for your wedding or any other photography needs. We got married in June 2019, and Emily’s work ensured we will remember our special day for the rest of our lives. To start, Emily was extremely communicative leading up to our wedding - checking in with us and making sure she had all the details in advance. When the day came, she was prepared, professional, and friendly. During our ceremony and reception, she went above and beyond to make our day special - she even helped coordinate among the other vendors to help everything run smoothly. The best part about working with Emily though, were the pictures. She has a real talent for finding both special moments and creative spaces to capture stunning photos. As she worked with us, we could see that she was not merely a skilled photographer, but an artist who had fine tuned her craft.
Emily Lar PhotographyEmily Lar 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 www.LinkedIn.com/in/gnerogic
Vincent Lopez PhotographyVincent Lopez Photography
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.
Images by Gerace LLC “Certified PPAImages by Gerace LLC “Certified PPA
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