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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 New York affordable photographers
Katie B.
Great to work with, affordable, and we got a ton of high-quality photos for our event. We were stuck needing a last-minute photographer, and SilkWay really pulled through for us.
SlikWay Photo & Video ProductionSlikWay Photo & Video Production
Thumbtack Customer
Michael offered me 3 different looks. All photos were meticulous and quite affordable. I would definitely recommend to friends and family.
Michael Letterlough Jr. PhotographyMichael Letterlough Jr. Photography
Daeshia C.
very professional, open-minded and fun! i needed a photographer as soon as possible and she didn’t waste anytime responding. photos came back within a short reasonable time. definitely will reach out again. also, very affordable and worth the cost!
Valerie Terranova PhotographyValerie Terranova Photography
Dara F.
Victoria was wonderful! Not only was she incredibly affordable, she really went above and beyond. From scoping out the area weeks before the wedding for prime outdoor back drops, to her responsiveness, and of course the photos were beautiful. She was so easy to work with and really made us feel great on our special day. I would recommend Victoria to everyone for their wedding photos. She was great!
Victoria Lodi PhotographyVictoria Lodi Photography
Penny B.
Aaahhhh Mary Mor!! I found her on Thumbtack and was looking for an affordable but quality photographer to take some pics of my husband and I for our first visit to NYC. We were celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary and I wanted some nice photos to remember the trip! Mary and her assistant delivered and then some! They were both kind, funny, patient and have an incredible eye for the shot. Most of these photos are with her camera, but one she took with my iPhone and taught me how to edit. Highly recommend this dynamic duo 💜
MaryMor Photography LLCMaryMor Photography LLC
Valerie T.
Michel was an amazing photographer! We came in from out of town and asked for a very specific/small time frame. He was happy to accommodate and picked the most beautiful places in Central Park. He was kind, professional, and affordable. We feel so lucky to have found him on thumbtack! Thank you
Michel Nafziger PhotographyMichel Nafziger Photography
Luis P.
This was the first time I tried using this app to try to find a photographer for a very specific photo. I wasn’t sure if I was gonna get a response from anyone, but JOCO Media responded in less than 12 hours. Talking to Joel, he made me feel very confident about this picture I was trying to capture, but more importantly as a Student at Fordham Univeristy the price was extremely affordable, and Joel was able to work around my class schedule! Thanks again Joel!
JOCO MediaJOCO Media
Therese A.
Maria was very friendly and professional before, during, and after the event. She took both spontaneous and standing pictures of us and even of our guests whenever they requested. The price was very affordable and she sent us the final pictures within 24 hrs of the event as she promised. We loved her work and highly recommend her if you are searching for a photographer to take nice memorable pictures of your event. Thank you Maria!!
Maria A Vullo LLCMaria A Vullo LLC
Ronide C.
This was our first time taking professional pictures and we are so happy that we got to share this experience with Mary! Mary captured every moment from city hall all the way to dumbo Brooklyn to take breathtaking photos. It was also at a very affordable price! We even went over the time limit and she didn’t rush us at all! Mary is a patient and kind human being and we can’t wait to work with her again! Book her!!!! I promise you will not regret it !!!! 💛💛💛
MaryMor Photography LLCMaryMor Photography LLC
Isaac S.
Kevin is easily one of the best photographers i have worked with. He is kind, hospitable and extremely professional! He has an amazing studio setup which is super clean and even smells fantastic. His studio includes many different colored backgrounds and ample supply of professional lighting equipment. I believe Kevin shoots on a Canon 5d Mark 3 and the best part is that he has a tethered setup via lightroom. ( This means you can see your photos live on a tv display he has linked up as you or your model is being shot ). Kevin shot over 700 photos for my project and not once did he complain or show any sign of frustration ( very rare to find ). At the end of our shoot, he provided me with a complimentary 8GB Sony Usb flash drive for my photos. This is great because i dont have to go through the hassle of downloading my images from google drive or dropbox. To top it off, Kevin has a super affordable rate, even better than some of the less experienced and less equipped photographers i have worked with in the past! I will most definitely be working with Kevin again on future projects!
Kevin WoKevin Wo
Elizabeth H.
We were in the bind needing a headshot including makeup and hair "like tomorrow" in NYC. Dorothy went to great strides to have everything organized within a couple of hours of contacting her. As soon as we landed in NYC, Dorothy Shi and Chris Lanston [makeup and hair] went to work creating a masterpiece for musical theatre to be used at a Broadway audition for my daughter. By the time we walked out of the studio we had edited photos ready to use. Her prices were outstanding as I really expected to pay 5x as much in Manhattan which makes it affordable to use her more often. In addition, Dorothy connected us with two talent agencies we otherwise wouldn't have known. We will definitely be using Dorothy for all of our photography needs in NYC.
Dorothy Shi StudioDorothy Shi Studio
Helaina H.
Working with Yun Li is one of the best experiences I have had, not only on Thumbtack, but with any photographer. From our first phone call, she made me feel like she truly cared about our entire experience and the fact that these photos held special sentimental meaning to us. She made it her priority to answer all of our questions in an extremely timely and friendly way, and to make sure we were happy. At no point did we ever feel pressured, worried, nervous, or uncertain of what to expect. Her positive spirit and generosity with her time remained throughout the duration of our project—she treated it like a collaboration and we felt like we were all part of a team. Her raw talent shows through her magical edits and photo composition, and in the way that despite being in a very crowded area, she can position you and herself in a way that makes it look like there was not another soul in sight, or, at least, in the frame. On the other hand, she can work crowds into a photo in a unique and artful way as well, because she is so versatile. Her vibrant use of color and intuition with depth perception are superb. Yun Li was so kind and thoughtful about everything from her emails to her pose suggestions, and she is one of those rare individuals for whom you know that her passion for the work is more important than anything else. We felt like the value was absolutely incredible, as it is rare to find someone that is flexible and affordable but produces the quality work of someone who could easily charge a great deal more. I would recommend Yun Li hundreds of times over and we will absolutely come back to her for our next photo shoot as well.
Yun Li PhotographyYun Li Photography
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