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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 Cincinnati professional photographers
Cindi A.
Relaxed atmosphere with individualized professional photography. Matched my photography sessions pictures with my professional objectives. Experienced and easy to work with during the session. Efficient with final photos editing and setting up an online gallery link.
Jill Matthews PhotographyJill Matthews Photography
Noah K.
Joe was very professional in taking candid photos for our event. He was punctual and got us the exact kind of quality photos we were looking for.
Joe Hatton PhotoJoe Hatton Photo
Joe M.
Great honest work. On time and professional. Great photos and fair pricing.
BigChamps photographyBigChamps photography
Charles K.
Wonderful experience, professional veteran photographer, excellent turnaround time, highly recommend
Louise Erdeljohn PhotographyLouise Erdeljohn Photography
Pamela c.
Great guy very professional and the photos were really nice. I will call him again.
Amber M.
Very professional & high quality! If you're searching for a photography service I'd highly recommend this one!
ALT240 PhotographyALT240 Photography
Mary J.
Louise made my photography session a wonderful experience. She did a great job and made the process so much easier for me and I had a wonderful photograph to use professionally. It was perfect! Her work quality, professionalism, responsiveness, value and punctuality were all excellent!
Louise Erdeljohn PhotographyLouise Erdeljohn Photography
Jennifer P.
Exceeded my expectations- I had a very short timeline for getting these photos, and Chris was quick to respond and schedule, but more than that, she was remarkably quick on the turnaround of the actual photos. She was professional and friendly - great to work with!
Chris Armstrong PhotographyChris Armstrong Photography
Diane H.
My initial phone contact with Moreland Photography was positive, professional and reassuring. The event to be photographed does not occur, however, for over two months so I would have to wait until after that to give a full review.
Moreland PhotographyMoreland Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Roy was extremely professional and responsive. a pleasure to work with. The photos captured exactly what we requested. he completed on time, in budget and kept us posted throughout the process. I will hire Roy again for future photography needs.
Shutter's Edge PhotographyShutter's Edge Photography
Hannah B.
10/10 highly recommend! He was very responsive and attentive to our needs at our reception. We gave him pretty much a free reign to work his photography magic and the photos turned out wonderful! He is also very polite and kind. He even edited our photos through the holidays so we could get our pictures back within 2 weeks! If you are looking for a flexible, professional, and affordable photographer, he is the one!
Richard M PhotographyRichard M Photography
Joey H.
Without a doubt Sam was the best choice for a photographer! He’s attention to detail and creative techniques is what makes him stand out more than any other photographer. He made us very comfortable and relaxed given the first time we met him was at our wedding. The way he works the camera is outstanding. Plus unlike other photographers, Sam was able to deliver an amazing portfolio of our wedding photos within a two weeks. If your looking for a photographer that is professional, a visionary, creative and likes to have fun while working then I fully suggest you give Sam a call. Very respectful and intelligent.
Samuel Walker PhotographySamuel Walker Photography
Rosie S.
I hired Chris in May 2018 because I needed professional author photos that looked great and set a particular mood. Her package was not only a great value, but she was the first photographer to get back to me with answers to my questions. I quickly booked a photoshoot with her. The photoshoot was a lot of fun, and Chris moved me around the studio to get different poses under the perfect lighting. She was extremely friendly and professional. Within a few days, she sent me the gallery of photos. They were all so great that I ended up buying more than I'd originally bargained for. I plan on using multiple on various storefronts or even switching them out from time to time to let them all shine! I'm attaching photos that Chris took so you can see the various set-ups we used. If you are looking for a photographer to take professional photos of you, Chris is a fantastic choice. She's easy to work with and gets the job done in a short time. This was my first time hiring on Thumbtack and Chris made sure it was a wonderful experience. Thank you!
Chris Armstrong PhotographyChris Armstrong Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Jill was very professional and very patient. The photo shoot that I wanted, was not your traditional shoot. There were several obstacles that had to be over come. I was wondering if it would ever happen. Finally, everything fell into place. The photo shoot I requested turned out perfect. Jill is a great photographer, with great ideas. I am very glad I was able to get together with Jill for this project. I highly recommend her.
Jill Matthews PhotographyJill Matthews Photography
Grant R.
Taylor is an amazing photographer and absolutely exceptional professional! She was able to take all of the photos we wanted plus many many more. She had preview photos for us within an AMAZING amount of time. She did an INCREDIBLE job with our two sons [who are very difficult to keep engaged...especially at the end of a day around dinner time... We will absolutely look for Taylor in future endeavors and HOPE she is available as she is incredible!
Taylor Thompson Photo & VideoTaylor Thompson Photo & Video
Thai N.
Candidly photographer in Cincinnati did a horrible job! The pictures were low quality, sometimes blurry, and dark. It was apparent early on that the photographer was inexperienced. She could not get the camera to work accordingly because it was not her camera. She told me that she borrowed the camera from her boyfriend. A camera she had never used before and was, of course, not familiar with its functions. I was very disappointed because the event was my mom's 70th birthday celebration and we wanted a photographer to help us capture the beauty and the magic of the celebration. What we got was garbage. Even my 6-year-old can take better pictures. I have used professional photographers every year for different events so I know what quality professional pictures look like and these were far from that. The photographer is a very nice and honest person (which is why I know all of this detail), but she is not a professional photographer. I felt that Candidly lied to us. They displayed the portfolio of the "Cincinnati Photographer" that was amazing when they responded to my bid for a photographer in Cincinnati. However, the photographer who showed up was, undoubtedly, not the person who took those portfolio pictures. It is sad to know that Candidly sent a novice to practice shooting pictures at our mom's 70th birthday. Our mom was very upset when she saw the pictures. I was very embarrassed that I hired Candidly. If there is such a thing as -1 star, I would give that to Candidly. Shame on you. You should give us our money back. This is not how you run a business. Unhappy customer from California.
Candidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer - CincyCandidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer - Cincy
Vanessa D.
Johna has been wonderful to work with. She is quick to respond to communications and she is always professional and pleasant. She is a talented photographer and I would recommend her services to everyone.
Johna R. Denault PhotographyJohna R. Denault Photography
Teri W.
Louise was so easy to work with. She suggested a couple of poses, which worked much better than mine. Her professionalism and skill was superb. Great value for the cost! . She also got back to me quickly about the appointment, was flexible about changing the time once and and got the photographs to me quickly. You can't go wrong with Erdeljohn Photography.
Louise Erdeljohn PhotographyLouise Erdeljohn Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Jill Matthews is absolutely Amazing. Jill has a great vision and the photographs and video are mind blowing. Jill is professional, prepared, and a joy to work with. The engagement Session was phenomenal and the wedding pictures exceeded that. Spend the money it is worth every cent. Jill will capture you at your best and create special memories that will last for years. We would highly recommend Jill for any photographs and/or video for any occasion.
Jill Matthews PhotographyJill Matthews Photography
Casey H.
Angie photographed our wedding reception and we could not have been happier. I was so worried when I didn’t really like the non-professional photos, but then we received our pictures from Angie - Wow!! She has a great eye and the quality of the pictures are just outstanding. She is priced right and easy to work with. I would recommend her to everybody. Love our pictures and our experience!!!
Angie Lipscomb PhotographyAngie Lipscomb Photography
Ema R.
Bruce was very professional and helpful. We were late for the appointment and he still managed to give us the time and capture beautiful family photos. He was patient with us and our toddler. I would highly recommend him.
Bruce Crippen Photography LLCBruce Crippen Photography LLC
Sachneet k.
He is the best photographer I could have hired for my special day. I booked him 12-14 hours before my event and he was amazing. I got lucky that I found him. He is extremely professional and I am waiting to see the final photos. He showed me some samples of my pictures a couple of hours after my event. I already love them. Joe was there before time and stayed extra even though it was freezing.
Joe Hatton PhotoJoe Hatton Photo
Moshe A.
Working with John was a treat! He was very helpful with helping me get the perfect headshot, and he was flexible and friendly throughout the entire process. Super high quality work for an amazing price. I'd recommend John to anyone looking for a courteous and professional photographer in the Cincinnati area.
Denekqua J.
Joanna was very professional and on time she made me and my fiancé feel very comfortable and she made things easy everybody loves our pictures she did a beautiful job I would hire her again and recommend her to anybody that needs a photographer 😊
Joanna Scholle photographyJoanna Scholle photography
Patricia R.
I was looking for a photographer for a maternity photo shoot and found Joe. We did it in our house, he was very professional, punctual and was great with my daughter (even though she wasn’t in the mood) - he was able to get some beautiful pictures that will most definitely be on our walls very soon. He did exactly what I was looking for and made us feel pretty comfortable, also helping with posing which was great because we know nothing about that 😅 We will most definitely be contacting him again for more!!
Joe Hatton PhotoJoe Hatton Photo
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