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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.

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 Kettering professional photographers
Lauren F.
Mani is extremely talented and an absolutely amazing photographer! Him and his partner really made my wedding day memories beautiful with the absolutely gorgeous photos he took. I have worked with many professional photographers in the past but none as up beat friendly and talented as him and his partner Ms Bell. His work and quality of photos are out of this world and highly recommended Mani and Bell for any event engagements, wedding, family photos, maternity photos and baby’s first photos. You won’t be disappointed in the slightest because they really go above and beyond for making you feel like what ever the event is is their first and biggest priority. Thank you so much for capturing beautiful memories that I can now share for years to come.
Mani Pannu PhotographyMani Pannu Photography
Yolanda W.
Emily did an amazing job on the photography job . She was very professional the entire session and had no problem making her smile. I highly recommend her service.
Swivels ProductionsSwivels Productions
Sadie h.
Nitin was absolutely wonderful! He made the trip over to Dayton to take my fiancé and I’s engagement photos. He was full of ideas and very professional. Would definitely recommend.
NitsyDeGo PhotographyNitsyDeGo Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Exceptionally professional, thoughtfully priced, wonderfully prepared and I am thoroughly pleased! Thank you for beautifully capturing our memories. You simply can't go wrong booking L. Michael Cotton photography!
L. Michael Cotton PhotographyL. Michael Cotton Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Mike was a pleasure to work with - was affordable and accommodating to our needs. He made the process very easy for me to coordinate our team for professional head-shots - he brought the backgrounds, the lighting, and a laptop so each person could see their photo in real time (and eliminate coming back for retakes). He even took additional group shots and worked around a projection challenge we encountered. Very pleased!
L. Michael Cotton PhotographyL. Michael Cotton Photography
Joseph B.
Terry is a consummate professional! From day one, he responded early to our questions (both in the app, and later, in email). He scheduled time on the weekend to meet us for coffee (socially distant, of course). Even before the coffee meet-and-greet, he went to our venue and took pictures of it so he would be familiar with it if/when we asked questions, and so he could show US some of his own photos of the venue. Throughout the process, he kept us informed early, was flexible with scheduling (we had rain the day of the event, and scheduled some weekend time later, when the weather was better), and when he was able to bring in his photo partner, worked exceptionally well with her, and made us and our family feel completely welcome and appropriately involved in the process. We definitely WILL work with Terry again. He's wonderful!
Terry Hampton Photography, LLCTerry Hampton Photography, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Scott was wonderful. He sent me links so I could review his photography. He and his wife Andrea met with us at the venue a few weeks before the wedding. He came up with several great ideas for photos. He asked us many questions so he could get an idea of what we were interested in. He encouraged us to look at other wedding photos and to e-mail him any pictures or thoughts we had. We e-mailed several things to him and he incorporated those pictures into the evening event. While Scott was busy doing professional shots, his wife was busy taking many candid shots. They worked very well together. Scott has a very good eye and great ideas. They made us feel comfortable and at ease. As promised, the next day he had several shots ready and e-mailed them to me for social media. I am very excited to see the rest of the pictures when they are processed. He came early and took as many pictures as possible before the ceremony so my guests weren't waiting a long time afterward for us to finish. He and his wife were also kind and considerate if things didn't go exactly as we planned. I am extremely pleased and would recommend Scott to my family and friends. I would also use him again for any future events I might have.
Scott Schwartz PhotographyScott Schwartz Photography
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