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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 Charleston affordable photographers
Allen J.
Awesome services! Would recommend for anyone looking for quality, affordable photography.
Shots From The IslandShots From The Island
Michael P.
Working with Matt was fantastic! He kept in close contact with me up to and through the event, and he made sure to be on time for my proposal. The photos came out perfectly. If you want an affordable professional, go with Matt.
Matt Parker PhotographyMatt Parker Photography
Kateryna H.
Drew was amazing! We had a small wedding ceremony. He arrived in time. He made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera. He gave us an ideas how to pose. Price was very affordable. It took him less than a week to edit photos. The photos turned out great. I recommend Drew to anyone! He has a great personality and very professional!
Drew Somerville PhotographyDrew Somerville Photography
Olivia L.
If you are looking on Thumbtack for an amazing, affordable photographer, your search is over! After looking at Jennifer Kapicka's website and past work, I knew she had the exact style I was looking for. Modern, romantic, and clean. Her work speaks for itself, but after meeting her in person I realized she was the full package. This was the first time my husband and I had professional photos done in Charleston. Ms. Kapicka took the time to answer all of my many questions an make valuable suggestions for my vision. I believe the price is right for the amazing photos you receive and if I am ever back in Charleston see will be the first person I call for photos. Thanks Jennifer!
Jennifer Kapicka PhotographyJennifer Kapicka Photography
Casandra N.
I don’t really know where to Begin. Victor and his wife Kim are both an amazing team that will capture your special moments in the most timeless, beautiful, amazing way. I hired Victor for my wedding day. I knew the moment I spoke with him on the phone that he was the best fit for my husband and I. His professionalism, honesty, and undeniable talent far surpassed my expectations. I had actually spoken to a few photographers before committing to hire Mr. Billups. I’m so extremely thankful, that I chose him and his wife Kim, to capture the beautiful moments of my special day even more so, now that we’ve seen all of our exquisite photos. If you are speaking with a $500-1,000. Photographer and thinking about hiring them. STOP where you are. I promise you. Hire Victor Billups! You will pay far less and have 500-1000. Quality Photos. I will NEVER let anyone I know l, choose another photographer. He was kind, prompt, flexible, professional and he loves what he does. That’s why I believe, he does it so very well. His passion for making his clients happy and just wanting to see their reactions of how they felt and their excitement of him capturing all their special moments is something you don’t get everyday. Genuine, Affordable, Passionate and extremely Talented are just a few of the words, I can use to describe this photographer. Thank you Victor and Kim for all your help and hard work. I will absolutely be recommending you to EVERYONE I know. Thank you both for making it so easy and effortless. I’m absolutely beyond grateful and in love with my wedding photos. I look forward to hiring you both to capture all of our special moments in the Future. 🥰
Victor Billups PhotographyVictor Billups Photography
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