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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for New York affordable photographers
Sierra J.
The photos she took were beautiful and for an affordable price. It was a pleasure to work with Magdalene.
ONE Wild + Precious PhotographyONE Wild + Precious Photography
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.
SilkWay Picture ProductionSilkWay Picture 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
Kevin S.
Dorothy is a true industry professional. When you work with her you are not just getting professional photos, she provides a wealth of information and advice and connections. I was, quite literally, working with an agent later that day. All this to say, not only were the photos exceptional and affordable, she was an absolute pleasure to work with.
Dorothy Shi StudioDorothy Shi Studio
Anissa b.
It was a pleasure working with Travis. He was very courteous and made me feel comfortable working with him. My session was scheduled last minute as I was visiting from out of state. I needed a photographer within less than 24 hours notice. Travis went above and beyond to work with my schedule, and produced quality photos at an affordable price.
Stellar Sherwood PhotographyStellar Sherwood 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
Thumbtack Customer
Samantha was a pleasure to work with! I hired her for my students' piano recital. She was punctual, polite, easy to talk to and communicate with (which was a huge plus for me because I was so high strung and stressed out the day of the event!) and delivered photos after a reasonable time frame. Her photos are beautiful too, though a few were a little blurry. But the plus side is she is also very affordable to hire :)
Samantha B.Samantha B.
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
Adrianna L.
It was a pleasure to work with Adam, and I would highly recommend him after my experience! I especially greatly appreciated how he set up a time prior to the photo shoot to talk to me via phone to better understand what I was looking for, to confirm the location and provide suggestions, and to go over the process and tips in terms of what to wear for the photo shoot, confirming the scheduling, etc. His responsiveness was excellent. On the morning of the photo shoot, he was punctual, very professional, and did a wonderful job with the photos. My fiance and I were very happy with the beautiful, professional quality of the photos. Adam also worked that same day to get the finished collection of photos to us the next day, so it was very prompt! Pickle Pie Photography has a nice website interface that you can access as a customer after the photos are finished to view the photos with high-quality resolution as well as options to order prints. Overall, an extremely smooth and professional experience, and affordable. I would very highly recommend!
Pickle Pie PhotographyPickle Pie Photography
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
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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