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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Philadelphia graduation photographers
Julia G.
Had an amazing time working with Kim. She was so fun and took such beautiful photos for my graduation in my cap and gown and even took extras of just me in my dress. I’d highly recommend her to anyone!
Knavarro PhotoKnavarro Photo
Lisa C.
It was my first time taking professional photos and I had an amazing time working with Ang! She is very quick to respond to inquiries and made sure to communicate with me beforehand regarding what I was looking for in my photos. She guided me through different poses and helped pose me with friends, family, and different props. I really appreciated how she charges by time so I could have multiple people with me and receive as many good photos as we could capture within the purchased time. And for the final photos it was simple, clean, and captured all the perfect moments, staged and candid. I couldn’t have asked for a better graduation photographer!
Ang Marie MediaAng Marie Media
Sydney W.
I recently did a graduation photoshoot with Nguyen Ho Photography and Nguyen was absolutely amazing! He was very responsive from the beginning and had a very nice website which is what attracted me to him and his work. He was thorough about what was included in the price and even gave assistance for finding a hairdresser. Upon meeting him he was early and waiting on me. We agreed on one area for an hour shoot with at least 5 edited photos. We ended up shooting for longer than an hour in 5 locations and I must have received over 10 edited photos!! He even sent 2 more photos when I asked about certain poses! Nguyen made me feel super comfortable and helped me come up with super cute and fun poses. My family and friends were very impressed with his work and loved the photos as much as I did! I will definitely hire him again if I ever need a photographer in the Philly area and would recommend him to any and everyone!
Nguyen Ho PhotographyNguyen Ho 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
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