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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.

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 professional photographers
Thumbtack Customer
photo session was on time and professional. Photos turned out great.
Photography by CambraePhotography by Cambrae
Lexi A.
Artem arrived early and was very professional. We are looking forward to seeing the professional photos Artem took of our doctors and will be in touch to schedule staff photos. Great experience!
Artem FrolovArtem Frolov
Deborah A.
Misty was professional, flexible, responsive and produced lovely photos.
Misty Lohn PhotographyMisty Lohn Photography
Raquel R.
Great working with Zach, very professional communication and great quality photos!
Zach Finch PhotographyZach Finch Photography
Gina V.
Such a wonderful and talented photographer! Very professional and timely. Natalie also did such a great job editing our memories and photos. She captured our wedding day perfectly ! Would recommend Natalie to anyone looking for a photographer, shes wonderful to work with!
Natalie Secrest PhotoNatalie Secrest Photo
Elan C.
Kari was wonderful. We were under a tight deadline with Senior photos and she gave us the most beautiful photos of our son the next day! I will go to her every time I need professional photos done! She is amazing!
Kari Wilde PhotographyKari Wilde Photography
Jen T.
Professional and spent a lot of time to ensure we got the photos we wanted.
Jennifer Bennett PhotographyJennifer Bennett Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Quoted session within an hour of my post. Hours were flexible. Took the time to get it done right. I've had professional photos made where the photographer took a few shots and called it good. Mr Smith took... a lot. He expertly selected and edited the best. Picking the right photos was tough; picking the right photographer is not.
Patrick F Smith  PhotographyPatrick F Smith Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Professional, experimental, kick-ass photographer! She's got one heck of an eye! Will be using again!
Rose Quinn PhotographyRose Quinn Photography
Porsche B.
Patrick was responsive, professional and a great photographer to work with. I'm looking forward to working with him again in the future.
Patrick F Smith  PhotographyPatrick F Smith Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Kelly has an amazing ability to see who you really are and capture that through her camera. She's extremely professional, takes amazing photographs, and is a lot of fun to work with. She's hands-down the best photographer in the area.
Kelly Mooney PhotographyKelly Mooney Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Having your picture taken can sometimes be uncomfortable. Irene made it a pleasurable experience. The results were great! Thank you! I would highly recommend Elena Rose Photography to anyone needing professional headshot photos.
Elena Rose PhotographyElena Rose Photography
Thumbtack Customer
What an amazing experience working with Cambrae was! She made the photo session so much fun, I immediately felt at ease and all my apprehension disappeared. The finished product is simply stunning and is a photo I am proud to use for professional and personal settings. I HIGHLY recommend Cambrae, she is a gifted photographer with a heart of gold!
Photography by CambraePhotography by Cambrae
Heather C.
My wife and I hired Chris as our wedding photographer. He was professional, arrived early, and was flexible with our requests. Everyone loved the photos he took. He found some great backgrounds near our venue to use. The pictures ranged from very candid to staged; but all of them looked awesome! We were lucky to have hired such a great photographer last minute. We'd highly recommend Chris to anyone looking for an event photographer.
Chris BrodellChris Brodell
Thumbtack Customer
Patrick is the most professional, experienced, kind, and fun photographer that I’ve had the pleasure of shooting with. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs headshot, family, and / or any important events. Patrick conducts himself with utmost professionalism. He takes time to explain the process and goes extra miles to make the person feel at east, comfortable, and confident! Patrick also takes in and respects my input and preference. His knowledge about photography and intuition about people, give him the ability to capture an individual's unique beauty and reflect his / her personality. Patrick is a passionate artist, who truly loves photography. His charge is reasonable for the quality and quantity of the photos. And most of all, the whole photography is a pleasant enjoyable, non-commercial, real, and fun experience!
Patrick F Smith  PhotographyPatrick F Smith Photography
Maiya A.
I highly recommend Zach as a photographer! We were running late and he worked with our schedule and got some great outdoor photos even though the light was fading. He was professional, friendly, and easy going and that helped us relax and have a fun session!
Zach Finch PhotographyZach Finch Photography
Felice D.
I have never had a better experience working with a photographer. Patrick made the photo shoot fun, amazingly​, and addressed the challenges that women of a certain age have to face when taking photos with professionalism and a willingness to make edits several times. His pictures are just beautiful and make me look my best even though I am no longer in my 30s...or 40s. I am going to hire him to take photos of my daughter and her new husband for their anniversary.
Patrick F Smith  PhotographyPatrick F Smith Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Christopher to photograph my wedding. We had a very small backyard ceremony and reception, and I wanted someone to capture that without the whole "wedding photography" spectacle. Christopher was the perfect choice! Neither my husband or I like to have our photo taken, but he made us feel comfortable and at ease, and took some fantastic photos that we actually like. Christopher is professional, talented, and a joy to work with. I would hire him again in a heartbeat and recommend him to my friends.
Christopher Cook PhotographyChristopher Cook Photography
Trang D.
Tyler is the amazing photographer who is punctual, professional and good hearted. I like working with Tyler through my reception as he has been always nice, warm and engaging everyone in my family in each photo. Not only me, but my whole family had good comments about Tyler and his work. God blessed me to have found Tyler as the photographer for my family party.
T. Duvall PhotographyT. Duvall Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Katie helped us with newborn photos of our first baby boy (10 days old). The entire process - from hiring, answering questions, responsiveness, professionalism to execution & delivery of the final product was seamless. We are very happy with the quality of the photos and look forward to enjoying them for many years to come! I would absolutely recommend Katie be considered for portrait photography projects you may have.
Katie Gail PhotographyKatie Gail Photography
Nicole O.
Maria is wonderful! It was my first time getting professional photos done and she really made me feel more relaxed and at ease. She is very skilled and knows how to make each shot look beautiful. If you’re looking for a photographer, I would definitely recommend Maria!!
Maria Orlova photographyMaria Orlova photography
Corey W.
Zach made the entire process seamless! He was so kind, creative with the lighting and produced beautiful & professional headshots for my private practice. I highly recommend Zach for your professional photography needs!
Zach Finch PhotographyZach Finch Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Schanel James Photography took my daughter' s senior portraits and we love them! She is professional, fun, and talented. I highly recommend.
Schanel James PhotographySchanel James Photography
Thumbtack Customer
The photo session was great! Patrick is a really interesting, charming and professional person that made me feel welcome and comfortable. He told me about the session process and also gave me some ideas on what the extra selection process is and what to expect, or not expect. In addition I asked him to bring in a make up and hair stylist. This was Ashley Godish. She was also great to work with. Charming and professional, she also helped during the session and helped me relax and feel confident. I am talking with my wife about doing a make up and photo session it was so enjoyable. I highly recommend Patrick F Smith as a photographer for any photography need. Bob Greene, A star waiting to be born
Patrick F Smith  PhotographyPatrick F Smith Photography
Wesley H.
The entire experience from beginning to end was thoughtful and professional. The pictures came out wonderful. Brooke is an incredible photographer. My wife and I could not be more pleased!
Brooke Young PhotographyBrooke Young Photography
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