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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 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.
Reviews for Portland family photographers
Sara R.
Stefani was great to work with, and the family photos are wonderful.
Stefani Rose PhotographyStefani Rose Photography
Trisha G.
“Recently we had the pleasure of doing our family photo shoot with Zach, he was amazing and worked well with our large family. We not only got amazing quality of photos but he also kept checking to make sure it was exactly what I wanted! If you are looking for an amazing photographer look no further!”
Zach Finch PhotographyZach Finch Photography
Alexandra W.
Zach did an amazing job on some family photos of my husband and I with our two dogs. He was really patient with our dogs and easy/friendly to work with. We will definitely be using him again when we need photos. Our photos came out beautiful. We are excited to hang them up and share them with our family!
Zach Finch PhotographyZach Finch Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I had an amazing experience and would recommend Jennifer. She took amazing maternity photos and we were so impressed that we hired her again for our newborns photos! Jennifer is the new Dixon family photographer!
Jennifer Bennett PhotographyJennifer Bennett Photography
Michelle F.
We really enjoyed working with Taras! He took beautiful photos of my family. We would definitely recommend him.
Taras & Alla Yasniy PhotographyTaras & Alla Yasniy Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We met up with Jensen for some family photographs, and she was excellent to work with. Timely, personable, and a joy to be around. The preview images look really nice, and we're excited to see the remainder of the photos in a few weeks.
Rose Quinn PhotographyRose Quinn Photography
Dan H.
Lois was great for our family photos. She was great with our little kid (2 years old) and dog who are definitely not the easiest to take photos of. We were very happy with how everything turned out.
Lois M PhotographyLois M Photography
Carrie S.
I'm really glad I chose Kallol to do our family portraits. He was punctual and easy to work with. His photos exceeded expectations! A great value.
Kallol PhotographyKallol Photography
David T.
Our pictures turned out pretty nice. We really wanted more 'family' photos and only got 1 or two of the entire family. Lots of our daughter, which is great. We also would have liked a little more direction for where to be located. Many of the pictures have my wife's face covered by her hair and the photographer never once pointed out that should be corrected. Very costly for the overall experience.
Rachel Brookstein PhotographyRachel Brookstein Photography
Annelise M.
Stefani was a pleasure to work with, She provided clear communication, timely delivery of our photos, and good direction during our shoot. She was fun to work with and gave us good ideas for posing during the shoot. We are very happy with the family photos and will treasure them for years to come!
Stefani Rose PhotographyStefani Rose Photography
Kendra J.
We absolutely loved having our family photos taken by Maria! She made us feel comfortable and gave us tips for how to make the photos look natural and not awkward (as we usually tend to feel). We will definitely be using her again! Thank you Maria!
Maria Orlova photographyMaria Orlova photography
Keesa G.
Zach was great and I highly recommend him! He was friendly, easy to work with, gave great suggestions for poses, and found several good scenes in the little foresty area where we took our family photos. We we’re even able to includ our two dogs in a couple photos!
Zach Finch PhotographyZach Finch Photography
Corey E.
Max was absolutely awesome! We wanted some fun family photos that weren’t stuffy or staged. He scouted a location and made my fiancé and young son feel extremely comfortable and at ease during the shoot. His communication leading up to and past the work was professional and punctual. We are obsessed with the results he provided and would highly recommend Max for any of your photography needs
Max BenedictMax Benedict
Seana S.
BEYOND HAPPY!! Zach was so easy to work with. He made us feel comfortable and was incredibly patient and good with our 3 yr old son. He was very professional and knows the area so well. All around fantastic experience for our first family photo experience. We will definitely be contacting him for future pictures.
Zach Finch PhotographyZach Finch Photography
Abi R.
Katie captured beautiful pictures of our family. She was very professional, courteous and communicative. The price was very reasonable and she delivered professional quality pictures on time. She made us feel very comfortable during the shoot and accommodated all our requests. We couldn't have asked for a better photographer! I highly recommend her services.
That One Adventure PhotographyThat One Adventure Photography
Lakshmi M.
I reached out to Zach via Thumbtack in order to set up some family photos and graduation portraits. He responded very quickly and was really pleasant to interact with online and over the phone. He walked me through the next steps and we were able to set up a time and date for the shoot that fit my schedule. He had great tips for locations since I was new to the area. Zach helped pose me and my family and didn't make us feel awkward at all. We had a great mix of candid shots and posed pictures to choose from for the final product. All the edits were great as well!
Zach Finch PhotographyZach Finch Photography
Laura A.
Jonah was great! I wanted a last minute family shoot before Christmas and he fit us into his schedule. We all felt really at ease with him, even those who are camera shy. He gave great tips on how to stand, where to put hands, etc. He did some more posed shots, as well as more candid, natural shots. His studio is on an alpaca farm so we were able to get photos in many different settings outdoors, as well as some in his studio. Not only did we get great photos, but we had a lot of fun too. Highly recommend Jonah!!
Jonah E. Fisher PhotographyJonah E. Fisher Photography
Gina M.
Katie has been such a pleasure to work with. Her responsiveness was very helpful as I can sometimes lose steam on projects like this. She was flexible with my schedule and offered to meet at a location convenient for us. Best of all she made my family and me very at ease - even offering my son a surprise for being a sport during our photo session. I would recommend Katie to anyone. She's a total pro!
That One Adventure PhotographyThat One Adventure Photography
Madison B.
Kari is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer. Everyone was so comfortable around her and in front of the camera. Kari was extremely patient with our girls and even let them help come up with ideas for poses and activities. It was a beautiful session and the entire family had so much fun! We have so many favorites from this session it has been a struggle to choose what to print. THANK YOU KARI!
Kari Wilde PhotographyKari Wilde Photography
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