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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 Upper Manhattan photo shoots
Gloria G.
A professional photographer. It was freezing cold that day and he was still there working on my photo shoot. He is patient and made me feel comfortable. Ones again Thanks for going above and beyond on my photo shooting!!!
Angry Lensman MediaAngry Lensman Media
Denise P.
good quality photographic shoots very punctual
Jovana Obradovic PhotographyJovana Obradovic Photography
Mike M.
FA Photography was prompt in setting up the shoot.
F.A PhotographyF.A Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Excelent person very good photos very good option for photo shoot in NYC!
Johan Ospina Photography™Johan Ospina Photography™
Thumbtack Customer
She's chill and shoots amazing photos. Love Lena.
Lena Di PhotographyLena Di Photography
Tim S.
Kevin is a true pro. He makes you feel comfortable and confident when shooting photos. He was very responsive to scheduling the shoot and communicated regularly until the shoot. He asks you questions about what you're looking for and meets those requirements in the shoot. The turnaround time for getting my final shots was punctual. Nice guy and good photographer.
Kevin LabeckKevin Labeck
Thumbtack Customer
We have not yet had our family photo shoot, but Loren has been very helpful in providing me with all the necessary information. We are looking forward to meeting her at our photo shoot in march 2015.
Bebe Cherie PhotographyBebe Cherie Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Joe did a celebrity photo and video shoot. Pics came out great!
Joe Jenkins PhotographyJoe Jenkins Photography
Rosa T.
Cheyanna was amazing to work with. During the photo shoot she made my fiancé and I feel super comfortable and made the engagement shoot process fun. She sent me the final gallery of photos quickly and the final product was absolutely beautiful!
Cheyanna De Nicola PhotographyCheyanna De Nicola Photography
K.C. O.
We loved working with Michelle and the photos came out beautifully! She seemed to know all the best locations in Central Park to shoot, and had some great ideas for poses. The photos looked lovely and we had fun during the shoot!
Wandermore PhotographyWandermore Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Zack was very attentive to my needs in my fashion photo shoot! He was helpful, and was willing to go out of his way to support my shoot. Thanks Zack!
Zachary Schulman PhotographyZachary Schulman Photography
Thumbtack Customer
He provided a surprise proposal photo shoot. He was awesome, everything went perfectly.
Matthew Raney Photography LLCMatthew Raney Photography LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Joe was great! He knows his stuff and I am pleased with my photo shoot. Would highly recommend if you need a photographer!
Joe Jenkins PhotographyJoe Jenkins Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Cheyanna did a fantastic job for an engagement photo shoot. She was professional and gave my fiancé and I guidance on how to pose. She was event helpful prior to the photo shoot in terms of flexibility in scheduling and advice on wardrobe and location. Really happy with the value and quality of the final product
Cheyanna De Nicola PhotographyCheyanna De Nicola Photography
James E.
Great customer service and great photos! Photos shoot was comfortable and not rushed. Couldn't have asked for more. I highly recommend John Branch IV.
John Branch IV Photography  |  Wedding PhotographyJohn Branch IV Photography | Wedding Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I'm very happy with my maternity photos! I was originally hoping for an outdoor maternity photo shoot however I came to my senses and realize I needed a studio session. Paul was very responsive and very easy to work with in planning the photo shoot. he made me feel Very comfortable from the start! The photos turned out fantastic and I will cherish them always.
Paul Morejon Photography StudioPaul Morejon Photography Studio
J. H.
We really enjoyed working with Robson Costa Photography! We loved the end product and the photo shoot was so fun. We highly recommend him!
Robson Costa PhotographyRobson Costa Photography
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
Samantha S.
Alena is so wonderful and we can't recommend her enough! We had an amazing 3 hour engagement shoot with her in NYC. Our photos are phenomenal. Alena is extremely talented and knew plenty of beautiful locations for our photos. We felt very comfortable with her, including when we took photos with our dog. Highly recommend her for any kind of photo shoot.
TheABview PhotographyTheABview Photography
Monaliza S.
I really enjoyed working with Kevin at 7ography— I booked him for an engagement photo shoot and am so excited to use my photos for my wedding website, on save the date cards, and my social media accounts. He delivered a really great mix of posed, candid, and artsy photos which I really appreciated! The turnaround time between my photo shoot and photo delivery was also spectacular!! I definitely recommend.
7ography7ography
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Jenna for an engagement photo shoot in Central Park. Working with her before, during, and after the shoot was a pleasure. She was very responsive as we were making arrangements for the shoot. During the shoot she was patient with our requests and showed us new spots we didn't know. We are very happy with our pictures!
Jenna Filia PhotographyJenna Filia Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Hired Christopher for an engagement photo shoot at Rockefeller Center. The whole process was fantastically easy, great communication and photographs! Easy to access website, would definitely recommend!
Luxe by Lindsay PhotographyLuxe by Lindsay Photography
Molly G.
While on vacation in NYC we hired Mary and her partner for an engagement photo shoot. They were easy and fun to work with, very talented, and clearly had experience shooting in the area we chose. We’re extremely satisfied with the photos we received and wish we could hire them for our wedding!
MaryMor Photography LLCMaryMor Photography LLC
Jillian N.
Great experience! The photographer was great and very knowledgeable. He suggested some great options for photo poses and provided helpful feedback during the shoot. Would definitely recommend!
48 Shots Photography48 Shots Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I never have my photo shoot after like one day he stopped contacting me
VIP EVENT BOOTHS (Photo Booth Rental)VIP EVENT BOOTHS (Photo Booth Rental)
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