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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.

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.

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 Tigard portrait photographers
Lucia S.
My daughter had fun getting her senior portraits taken. The photographer was so nice and got my daughter to even laugh during the shoot. She felt comfortable with the entire process. The end result was phenomenal! Highly guaranteed! And will definitely use for our future portrait needs.
Shea Cutler PhotographyShea Cutler 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
Taylor W.
Mary was absolutely wonderful. She created a comfortable and relaxed environment that fostered great pictures. Especially for the price, I couldn't have gotten anyone better to do our engagement photos or portraits. Not to mention, photos come with the price, and she delivered a wide array of photos that were all beautiful.
Mary Berrien PhotographyMary Berrien Photography
Gianna D.
Tas is awesome! He went above and beyond what I was expecting for my senior portraits and they turned out beautiful! He made great suggestions that created beautiful photos but also made sure that everything I wanted was taken as well. Such an amazing and personable photographer! I would definitely recommend him!
Tasman Alexander PhotographyTasman Alexander 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
Thumbtack Customer
We used thumbtack to look for portrait photographer for our small startup business. Among all interested photographers, Patrick provided the most prompt responses to all of our requests. He listened to our ideas and made several good suggestions on how and where to shoot. And he was willing to work around our busy work schedule. Overall a great experience. Our pictures turn out really nice. We'd highly recommend Patrick.
Patrick F Smith  PhotographyPatrick F Smith Photography
Bobby B.
Zach Finch, not only has an incredible eye for candids and portraits but he works well outdoors which can be a difficult skill to master. That is photos without a heavy amount of lightening. The best thing about working with Zach along side the stunning images that he magically captures is his attitude, positive, creative and humble the whole way through. 100% recommend anyone to spend a little time with this creative force!
Zach Finch PhotographyZach Finch Photography
Sophia H.
Initially I was really nervous to take these as I had never had portraits done before. I didn’t know what to expect, and I thought it’d be really awkward the whole time. To my surprise, Zach was super relaxed and welcoming which made the whole experience really fun! He got the photos back to me quickly and they turned out better than I could have imagined! Can’t recommend enough.
Zach Finch PhotographyZach Finch Photography
David D.
Jonah is definitely a pro at what he does! The experience was great! He’s very patient, helpful, and guides you along the process while providing an experience unlike any other. I didn’t have the opportunity to work on my senior portraits for high school, so as a senior in college, it was nice to poke some fun at the idea, and I’m glad Jonah was up for it The photos were absolutely amazing. I will definitely reach out to him more often for any future events!
Jonah E. Fisher PhotographyJonah E. Fisher Photography
Thumbtack Customer
My daughter was reluctant to do Senior portraits. She doesn't feel like she looks good in any photo. I shared my concerns and my daughters concerns with Kelly prior to our session. She easily put us both at ease. My daughter was still nervous and unsure at the start of the photo session. Kelly quickly made my daughter feel comfortable. Kelly showed my daughter how beautiful her pictures were going to be through the camera view screen on one of her first shots. From then on the session became fun for my shy introverted child whom the previous night was crying and convinced no good would come out of it. Kelly was very personable, sincere and professional from the first communication to the final product. She really understands not all Seniors fit into a set mold, Kelly was really open to thinking outside the box and helping find and photograph my daughters true self.
Kelly Mooney PhotographyKelly Mooney 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
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