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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a photographer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a photographer, see if the photographer can take photos outdoors or in a large space so all involved parties can maintain the recommended distance between themselves. You should also sanitize surfaces, avoid handshakes, don’t make any other physical contact and use digital platforms to complete payments. Speak with a local photographer in your area to put a strategy in place.

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.

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.

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 Harlem professional photographers
Dan A.
Great photos, very professional
Photo by MariachiPhoto by Mariachi
Les R.
Great photos, very professional!
NYC Headshot SpotNYC Headshot Spot
Kealyn G.
Professional, accommodating, and takes great photos!
Kaddy Tsang PhotographyKaddy Tsang Photography
William R.
Kat was amazing! She photographed my engagement and was super responsive and took excellent professional photos. Highly recommend.
Katrine Moite PhotographyKatrine Moite Photography
Roser S.
Ir was the first time I had a professional portrait photo experience, and thanks to the professionalism of these young and expert photographers, it was a fun one and the results speak for themselves. Thanks.
Blue Haus PhotographyBlue Haus Photography
Matthew K.
Fast, professional, great photos. Highly recommended
Miles PhotographyMiles Photography
Sofia D.
Needed professional photos for myself and two associates. Jovana was great to work with, responsive, easy to communicate with, and the photos turned out great!
Jovana Obradovic PhotographyJovana Obradovic Photography
Nicole S.
She is very professional and I loved all the photos:)
Photo by MariachiPhoto by Mariachi
Kianndra c.
Needed a photographer for my graduation with very short notice he was easy to reach and was a completely wonderful photographer. Very satisfied with the quality of his photos. He was very professional, patient and friendly. Highly recommend !
Oliver PhotographyOliver Photography
Alice D.
Laura is an excellent photographer! It was a great pleasure to work with her. She responded quickly and took high-quality photos with professionalism. Highly recommended!
Laura Jane Brett PhotographyLaura Jane Brett Photography
David S.
She took amazing photos in a challenging environment with dark light. She brought an assistant. It was very professional quality photos, covering everyone at the party. Great for professional events and parties. Definitely recommend!
Photo by MariachiPhoto by Mariachi
David K.
An overall fantastic experience working with Eugene - professional , pleasure to work with and the quality of the photos is amazing!. Would work with him again on any photography projects.
Eugene KrasnaokEugene Krasnaok
Julie W.
Eugene is professional and courteous, and his skill as a photographer exceeded expectations.
Eugene KrasnaokEugene Krasnaok
Kristin T.
Super responsive, professional, thoughtful, and patient photographer. He was particularly great with my small children and we got some amazing photos of our family!
Reyes Photography ServiceReyes Photography Service
Geoff B.
Wonderful professional photographer. Was very communicative throughout the process, showed up punctually, organized the shoot and delivered beautiful photos promptly as agreed. Highly recommended
Photo by MariachiPhoto by Mariachi
Scott W.
Any professional knows to shoot in raw so that the photos can be conferted to high res jpegs later for print. who doesn't want their engagement photos printed?
Maria A Vullo LLCMaria A Vullo LLC
Vennissa S.
It was nice working with Dag. He was professional and has a good eye for capturing details in his photos. He was prompt and friendly. And the turnaround time for the photos was really great!
Dagomatic PhotographyDagomatic Photography
Cristina V.
Hired a photographer for my daughter’s multi-location 21st and Brandon and Reyna were l very professional, punctual and accommodating - speedy delivery of an excellent set of photos.
Candidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer - NYCCandidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer - NYC
Joe M.
Jovana was amazing g. She was early, professionally, and took extraordinary photos.
Jovana Obradovic PhotographyJovana Obradovic Photography
Carina S.
Jeff is an incredible photographer in every sense. He was kind, professional, and very accommodating to our company's needs for an entire office's headshots. I would HIGHLY recommend Jeffrey Rosenberg Photography and Virtual360ny to any company in need of a professional photographer. Thanks so much for your wonderful work Jeff!!! HYPR appreciates you.
VIRTUAL360NY, JEFFREY ROSENBERG PHOTOGRAPHYVIRTUAL360NY, JEFFREY ROSENBERG PHOTOGRAPHY
Jewell S.
This was only my second time doing a professional photo shoot and Philicia made it so easy to work with her. I needed new professional photos for my website and other marketing, and they came out beautifully. I'm super happy with the results and would highly recommend working with Philmont Photography if you have a chance.
Philmont Photography (read bio before contacting)Philmont Photography (read bio before contacting)
Tan M.
A pleasure to work with. Great photography and very professional and helpful. Highly recommended.
Alex Basiri SilkWay Picture ProductionAlex Basiri SilkWay Picture Production
Michael M.
Mark is Very hard worker, professional and great photographer! Mike Madsen
Pristine Photos & VideosPristine Photos & Videos
Aniela d.
Juliana is a great professional! She was very responsive and friendly since the beggining of our contact. During the photoshoot, she was very professional and yet flexible, taking into account our oppinion and suggestions. Her photo editing work was also great and the photos were shared digitally really quickly. Summing up, she is an excelent and complete portrait photographer! Thanks to Juliana for the amazing photo shoot in our very special moment!
Juliana Magalhaes PhotographyJuliana Magalhaes Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I was looking for a photographer to take some professional shots. Florence was the most professional photographer I have used in a long time. My photos were just taken so I'm waiting for the finished product and I have not doubt that they are going to be fantastic. I would highly recommend her. Great experience using Thumbtack!
Florence MontmareFlorence Montmare
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