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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Reviews for Portland affordable photographers
Megan R.
Natalie is amazing!! I couldn’t have picked a better photographer. Affordable, very talented, and the nicest lady you’ll ever meet! Contact her today and you’ll have no regrets.
Natalie Secrest PhotoNatalie Secrest Photo
Kaela L.
We had an amazing experience with Kari, we had a very large group and she was able to give us lots of direction and get great photos with all of us! She was also very prompt when responding to messages and also offered very affordable pricing.
Kari Wilde PhotographyKari Wilde Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Yvette to help me create some headshots for an upcoming audition. I had never worked with a photographer before, and she made the experience both easy and enjoyable. She was both friendly and professional, her skill with a camera left us with several beautiful photos, combined with the wonderfully affordable price makes her someone I would not only hire again, but would recommend to all of my friends!
Yvette Leizorek PhotographyYvette Leizorek Photography
Alyssa H.
Igor is so kind, professional, and fun to work with. He made my fiancé and I feel so comfortable at our engagement shoot. It was such a fun experience and we couldn’t have asked for a better photographer. Not to mention, it was so affordable. And our pictures are amazing! He knew exactly how to pose us and where to get the best shots. We couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.
Melissa M.
Maria's work is AMAZING. She's such an artist, truly passionate about her craft, and very affordable for the exceptional quality she provides. I'm absolutely blown away with how lovely the photos are, and how quickly she was able to turn around proofs. Maria is very professional, approachable, a great director, and so precise. She was an absolute pleasure to work with, and I'd hire her again and again.
Maria Orlova photographyMaria Orlova photography
Thumbtack Customer
Katharine was available at the last minute to provide photography for our event. She was easy to communicate with before and during the event. She prepared me well with what to expect and followed through exactly as she had described. She provided prompt follow up and high quality pictures. All in all, she did a great job at an affordable price. I would work with her again and recommend her to others.
Katharine Kimball PhotographyKatharine Kimball Photography
Silas K.
The Squirrel Master was everything we could have hoped for in a photographer. He is easygoing and went with the theme of our Anniversary/Wedding: "Choose Your Own Adventure" We had our "official" ceremony on our 10 year anniversary. What I believed at the time was that when I was searching costs for a some simple pictures to mark our occasion it could be that when a professional puts their name in the hat for bids; there may be a minimum for a certain type of project. I could be severely mistaken, but I found when I put in wedding the prices were out of our budget and when I put in anniversary they were affordable on what little we were working with. Aaron not only responded promptly and listened patiently as I explained our situation, he went the extra mile during our 50 minute conversation by asking how he could best serve our needs and limited budget. Mr. Diamond went as far as working a partial service swap so it left us funds to divert elsewhere. We can not praise him any higher than by saying we will hopefully have one of his fabulous pictures hung in our dwellings for as long as we both shall live. Thank you Aaron, you are appreciated and I am working Sunday the 25th if you still want to take those pics of the Gorge.
Aaron Diamond PhotographyAaron Diamond Photography
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