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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 Long Island City professional photographers
Cynthia S.
Philicia was so professional and took beautiful photos Thank you !!!!
Philmont Photography (read bio before contacting)Philmont Photography (read bio before contacting)
Thumbtack Customer
Hassan was very professional. I hired him to photograph my mother's 70th Birthday, the pictures were great. His price quote was very resonable compared to what other photographers were quoting. I will definitely hire him again.
NYC_Man PhotographyNYC_Man Photography
Mary H.
I worked with Kevin and he was professional, friendly and took amazing photos. I would highly recommend him and also the AI editing through Candidly.
Candidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer - NYCCandidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer - NYC
Taylor K.
Steven did an incredible job shooting my surprise engagement! Not only did the photos come out fantastic, but he kept me sane throughout the planning process by being extremely responsive to all of my emails/calls and offering his professional advice. Within hours of the proposal we received teaser photos and quickly after that an easy to use gallery. It was truly a pleasure working with Steven and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a reliable and very talented photographer!
Steven Michael PhotographySteven Michael Photography
Joseph C.
I hired Chris to take photos of my Engagement proposal. He was where he needed to be on time, and very professional with his work. I would highly recommend.
Lenore G.
Noel was very professional, and responsive. I am more than pleased with how my photos turned out. I would recommend him, and work with him again in the future.
EnVisionsPhotography LLCEnVisionsPhotography LLC
Hector r.
I hired Maria for a photo shoot of my daughters sweet sixteen. She is very professional, super cool and made everyone feel comfortable. She deliver all the picture the next day of the event. My daughter loves every single picture
Maria A Vullo LLCMaria A Vullo LLC
Luíza H.
We loved our maternity photos! Chirs was professional, responsible and was very attentive to details. The pictures look very beautiful and we are very happy and satisfied with his work. He allowed us to be totally comfortable and he listed to all of our needs. We recommend Chris and will certainly hire him in the future again!
Stephanie C.
Working with Mary was absolutely wonderful. She is very professional yet was able to make us feel relaxed and at ease. Our engagement photoshoot was fun and easy going, it was like having a friend take our picture(s). What was even more impressive was how she worked our son into the pictures. He can be very energetic at times and she still managed to get some great shots of our family. Our photos came out beautiful and they didn't looked posed or stiff. They flowed naturally and were candid, which is exactly what I was looking for. She exceeded my expectations and was amazing for the price I paid. I would HIGHLY recommend Mary for your photo needs.
MaryMor PhotographyMaryMor Photography
Milica S.
We had an amazing experience working with Emily! She is very professional and talented. She made us feel very comfortable and did a beautiful job at photographing our wedding! She went above and beyond to catch great moments, has a great eye and her pictures cary a beautiful aesthetic feel without feeling posed. We got the pictures in less then 5 days and they are beautiful, we can't say enough good things about Emily.
Emily Frances OlsonEmily Frances Olson
Thumbtack Customer
We really enjoyed our experience with Logan! She photographed us for our engagement shoot and stayed with us for about 2 hours. We found Logan very professional, accommodating, and cheerful; it was easy to spend a few hours with her and she made my fiancé seem so natural in her pictures (even though he's quite camera shy). We also really appreciated that once the shoot was over, Logan was great in staying in contact and making sure we got the edited final selection quickly and that we were happy with them. Simply a pleasure to work with her!
Logan Roquemore PhotographyLogan Roquemore Photography
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