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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a photographer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a photographer, see if the photographer can take photos outdoors or in a large space so all involved parties can maintain the recommended distance between themselves. You should also sanitize surfaces, avoid handshakes, don’t make any other physical contact and use digital platforms to complete payments. Speak with a local photographer in your area to put a strategy in place.

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.

Reviews for Philadelphia creative photographers
Ajay M.
Sophia was excellent to work with! She provided excellent quality work and creative ideas for our engagement photo shoot. We were very pleased with her photos and she was able to provide us with copies in a timely manner. I highly recommend working with this photographer!
Photo By Sophia LLCPhoto By Sophia LLC
Sean P.
My (now) fiance and I loved working with him! He is creative, flexible, and professional - a combination of traits not many photographers have. I highly recommend!
Raw But Meaningful LLCRaw But Meaningful LLC
Natasha S.
Di is an excellent photographer! She was so friendly, accommodating and creative, and was actually invested in how the photos turned out. She even took us to an additional spot just so we could get extra photos in a cute spot. She also got the photos back to us super quickly and they were beautiful — 10/10 would recommend :)
Every Angle PhillyEvery Angle Philly
Thumbtack Customer
I had a great experience working with Jim. I hired him for a creative photo project, and he was responsive, courteous, and very professional. Jim delivered exactly what I needed; his photos were terrific, and his services were priced competitively. I highly and enthusiastically recommend Jim Greipp when you need high-quality photography in the Philadelphia area.
Pau Hana ProductionsPau Hana Productions
Rupal P.
Brian was amazing for our fall photo shoot. He tailored the shoot to our vision, incorporated ideas we had, was very patient, and had lots of creative shots. He took more shots than we had originally discussed and was very timely in getting the final photo album to us. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for an easy-going, patient, and talented photographer!
Brian Newson PhotographyBrian Newson Photography
Sam A.
One of the best photographers that We’ve ever had…. I’m really so glad that we picked him for our graduation photo session… his prices were very reasonable, our session was in Philly and he came from New York and he didn’t charge us for traveling fees… also he showed up 15 minutes earlier to our session to check the area and adjust the camera settings… He was so creative with a lot of great pose ideas… He would do anything just to take the perfect picture at the perfect time… During our four hours session, he was lying on the ground just to capture the best angle… He’s very friendly with big smile and very easy on the eye… I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is looking for a creative, professional and a super friendly photographer. Can’t wait to have our pictures back…. Thank you Patricio!!!
Rachel YazzieRachel Yazzie
Biz b.
Lauren is incredible to work with! I’m an actor and musician and in a short time she was able to help me get a wide range of photos for headshots and professional portraits! She was calm and supportive and made me feel super comfortable which I was so grateful for. She has great creative instincts and is generally just a joy!! 10/10
Lauren Suchenski PhotographyLauren Suchenski Photography
Paul B.
This was our first time using Thumbtack. Donte did an amazing job with taking photos of my 2 week old child. He has experience with children and it shows. He was patient, careful, and creative. Also, setting up the in-home session with him was easy. He came on time, delivered exactly what he said he would at the quoted cost, and actually got the photos to me earlier than expected. I hope to work with Donte again and would highly recommend him to friends and family.
Fisher VisualsFisher Visuals
Anna L.
We had hired Sanmi for my graduation photos and he was an absolute joy to work with. He is a gentleman and is incredibly professional. He gave me and my family clear and concise posing directions, making all of us feel both more comfortable and confident during the shoot. He has a great eye, able to draw out creative shots beyond the classic and expected. The final photos turned out amazing, even making my grandmother tear up. Suffice to say Sanmi comes highly recommended to capture beautiful moments that we will cherish forever.
CrispyClean PhotographyCrispyClean Photography
Dhara S.
Matthew is amazing! We really enjoyed working with him for our pre wedding photo shoot. He confirmed booking with us quickly and was so responsive. We met in City Hall on a slightly colder and windy Saturday morning in Philadelphia, and he was prepared with a wagon full of his equipment ready to go! He had so many ideas for us and provided us with fast feedback to take better pictures. He has great creativity!! He also let us see some of the pictures as soon as he took them so we can adjust ourselves. Furthermore, he gave us the pictures the very same day!! Do yourself a favor and book a photo shoot with Matthew, you won’t be disappointed at all!!
Matthew PorterMatthew Porter
Brooke V.
Not only is Matt accommodating and flexible, but he is also an incredible listener. His thought partnership was critical to getting the result I wanted as it was my first headshot/portrait photoshoot. He listened to my vision with an open mind and honored my creativity by offering the direction I needed. His lighting and original/unedited shots went beyond expectations. Incredibly generous with time, he made sure each part of the shoot fulfilled the goal of the project. I will certainly come back, and I would highly recommend Matt, especially if you want an experience that feels custom to you and not the cookie-cutter professional photos.
Matthew PorterMatthew Porter
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