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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Columbus photo shoots
Matt H.
Kayla was helpful throughout the whole process in planning our photo shoot!
Kayla Bell PhotographyKayla Bell Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Cameron was extremely flexible with his schedule. I wish we had more time for the photo shoot.
Cameron HarrisonCameron Harrison
Tara T.
My husband and I had a one hour shoot with Kelly in a local park. She was punctual and had already scoped out some locations to shoot. Kelly was friendly and made both of us feel comfortable while taking photos. We then walked to our house and took photos with our two dogs (who were not very cooperative). Kelly was patient and understanding the entire time. She sent us 31 great photos which made choosing a few for our holiday card very difficult! I won’t hesitate to contact Kelly in the future for a photography shoot.
Kelly Koolhoven PhotographyKelly Koolhoven Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I did a boudoir shoot. Reasonable pricing for shoot. Professional. Made me feel very comfortable. Photo packages are a little pricey but overall very pleased. Would definitely refer any friends or family to him
Photography by GillilanPhotography by Gillilan
Mary D.
Elyse was very responsive. She was very positive during our photo shoot and made us both feel comfortable. Our photos turned out nice and we have had lots of compliments.
Elyse K PhotographyElyse K Photography
Ilana S.
Natalie took some graduation photos for me, and she was an absolute delight to work with! She was early for our appointment, took appropriate COVID-19 precautions, and was so much fun during the photo shoot. Her enthusiasm for her work was infectious, and her photos were exactly what I was looking for. I have already had many compliments on the shots I have shared. Natalie was also super quick with turning the photos around — I had them only a day after our photo shoot! I was super impressed with Natalie and her work — highly recommend.
Natalie Balallo PhotographyNatalie Balallo Photography
Heather B.
My boyfriend and I LOVED working with Patrick! We hired him for a couple’s boudoir shoot and the whole experience was fantastic: he was very responsive to texts and emails, he was warm and patient and professional during the shoot (even arrived 15 minutes early), he went above and beyond in the number of quality edited photos he provided afterwards, and a very quick turn-around in preview photos and edited photos. We’d recommend him in a heartbeat :)
Creekstone PhotographyCreekstone Photography
Rahmo A.
Nitin was awesome. He came equipped, very patient, friendly, professional and great work! He helped suggest poses we should take for maternity photos. I would recommend and rehire for another photo shoot.
NitsyDeGo PhotographyNitsyDeGo Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Fabulous session! A professionally trained photographer who can capture the essence of personality. Eunice put me completely at ease and I have not had positive experiences with previous photo shoots. She made me look beautiful.
Eunice Montenegro PhotographyEunice Montenegro Photography
Alex G.
Brock - thank you for the photo shoot today! Your pictures are excellent and your professionalism exceeded my expectations. Your fees are the best. Highly recommended! A++
BLC ImagesBLC Images
Addie P.
Shawtography was excellent to work with. He scouted the venue and sent a mood board for me to review and add input. On the day of, he was organized and professional. We loved the final photos from our pre-wedding couples photo shoot.
ShawtographyShawtography
Tale O.
My wife and I loved working with Harry. He took his time and help walk us through the process of a first time photo shoot. We had a blast and the photos just viewing from his camera was amazing!
Harry Acosta PhotographyHarry Acosta Photography
Linda M.
John R Photo is an amazing photographer, and his display of professionalism and customer service are top-notched. He was fun, personable, accommodating, and easy to work with. The dancers were thrilled with the creativity that he exhibited during their photo shoot. We were very happy with the photos and hope to work with him again next year. I highly recommend John!
John R PhotoJohn R Photo
Michael S.
Thanks for great photo experience. You were prepared, a great communicator, and helped us move thru the shoot with our group that included two babies. You're fun to be around too!
Honeycutt photographyHoneycutt photography
Monique M.
Kayla was wonderful! My fiancé and I had a great time shooting with her and will for sure do it again in warmer weather. Highly recommend her for any type of photos you are looking for!
Kayla Bell PhotographyKayla Bell Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Jimmy was very patient and let us explore different areas of the park while shooting our outdoor family photos. He was especially patient while taking pictures of our 3 month old.
Jimmy Sadler PhotographyJimmy Sadler Photography
Dan W.
Chloe did an excellent job for the engagement shoot and was able to find a great hiding spot to capture the moment. The photos all turned out amazing! Highly recommend working with her for any projects you may have.
Chloe Tarrier Photography & Design Ltd.Chloe Tarrier Photography & Design Ltd.
Thumbtack Customer
Corey photographed a surprise engagement for me on relatively short notice. He listened to my vision, scouted the location in advance to ensure it could work, and then he executed flawlessly during the proposal. We were thrilled with the final photos despite the shoot occurring in less than desirable weather conditions. I highly recommend working with Corey.
Cory N. Cates PhotographyCory N. Cates Photography
Brian M.
Kelly was great to work with. Quick response to our inquiry and always prompt follow ups. She was at our agreed upon meeting location in advance and ready to go when my family arrived. Worked well with multigenerational participants in the photo shoot and efficiently worked through the sets. Would contact Kelly again the next time need photography done.
Kelly Koolhoven PhotographyKelly Koolhoven Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I have nothing but praise for Sean Gillian! From start to finish his professionalism and kind character made my boudior shoot one of kind. He made me feel comfortable and confident while trying something very new and personal. Not only that, his attention to detail and conduct throughout the shoot was something I never expected. I will be returning to Sean Gillian for all my photography needs!
Photography by GillilanPhotography by Gillilan
Zoe A.
Working with Kelly was a great experience, and the photos she took are fantastic! I had never had a professional headshot done before, and didn't know quite what to expect. Kelly was prompt in communicating and answering questions, gave me tips on where to have the shoot and what to wear, and was an overall pleasure to work with. The photos came out beautifully and she had them to me by the next day! I will definitely work with Kelly again next time I need a photographer!
Kelly Koolhoven PhotographyKelly Koolhoven Photography
Tera j.
Harry was absolutely amazing! I was very pessimistic and thought I would end up unhappy with all my photos based on my history with other photographers, but Harry was different. He instructed my boyfriend and I to do certain poses and suggessted different backgrounds for us; which worked out very well. When I received the photos back and edited in a timely manner, I was very pleased with them. I was excited to have a lot more photos that I liked compared to other shoots I've done with different photographers. He has a talented, creative outlook with photography and his editing skills are impeccable. I highly recommend Harry.
Harry Acosta PhotographyHarry Acosta Photography
Anne F.
Kelly was amazing! Super quick to respond, and she was able to set up a shoot for us right away. It’s amazing what she was able to capture in less than 30 minutes! And the photographs are stunning. Amazing quality in a much shorter turnaround time than others!
Kelly Koolhoven PhotographyKelly Koolhoven Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We contacted Elyse for our 1st wedding anniversary photo shoot at outdoor location. She did a fabulous job. It was a memorable experience for us. She was very friendly and we were comfortable with her right away. We really enjoyed the shoot and it was fun. And the photos came out awesome, we just love it!! We will remember this photoshoot for a long time. Elyse loves her work and she is very good at that and she is very professional, she has lot of patience and right attitude. She delivered us a quality product! Thank you Elyse for making our anniversary so special.. We really look forward to collaborating with you again for future occasions..
Elyse K PhotographyElyse K Photography
Brooke H.
Eunice did an amazing job. We chose her to take some family photos for us and were blown away with the final product. Not only is she a terrific photographer, but everything was beautifully edited as well. I was afraid to end up having our pictures taken by a “person who owns a camera” rather than a true photographer. But Eunice exceeded my expectations, she is a true artist! She made us feel at ease during the shoot so we would have natural looking shots, spent extra time taking tons of photos, and delivered more than we had anticipated in a timely fashion. We will use her for any of our photo needs for as long as she is available!
Eunice Montenegro PhotographyEunice Montenegro Photography
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