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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 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.

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
Thumbtack Customer
Oh my, Kelli Wilke Photography rocks! She is prompt, patient, efficient, highly skilled and creative. I wouldn't think twice about not hiring!
Kelli Wilke PhotographyKelli Wilke Photography
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
Curtis M.
The Up coming event was unfortunately postponed at the last minute because of the Covit 19 group restrictions. My overall experience and interaction with Sarah Jane was professional and educating she was able to customize and personalize our creative photo ideas for our following events, with attention to detail. It was a pleasure to have her as our Photographer.
Sarah Jane PhotographySarah Jane Photography
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
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
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Kelli to shoot photos for an advertising campaign. She went above and beyond to make sure that we got what we needed. She worked creatively to help us stay within budget and turned everything around quickly to meet a tight deadline. We were very happy with the images and would definitely work with her again!
Kelli Wilke PhotographyKelli Wilke 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
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