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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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 Charleston family photographers
Jennifer H.
She took wonderful photos while we were on family vacation at Folly Beach!!
Jennifer Kapicka PhotographyJennifer Kapicka Photography
Mary P.
Brianne was great! She met us at Folly Beach to take family photos, including photos of toddlers. She was very patient, professional and pics turned out great!
Brianne Marie PhotographyBrianne Marie Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Photo shoot went great! Jolie was so patient with us and our pup, and open to any ideas we had during the shoot. She captured everything and more that we wanted for our family photos! Look forward to working with her again!
Jolie Connor Photography- SCJolie Connor Photography- SC
Thumbtack Customer
We were so pleased with the pictures that Two Young Photography took of our family. Besides being reasonably priced, listening to what we were looking for, and suggesting potential sites; they also provide bided is with beautiful photography's that we will enjoy for years to come!
Stephen AtohiStephen Atohi
Laureen N.
Matt was PERFECT! I found him for our son's surprise engagement...and the quality of the photos was impeccable! Working with him to set it up was a breeze as well! Wish we lived in the area...he would be our family photographer every time we needed one!
Matt Parker PhotographyMatt Parker Photography
Sarah G.
Amy was so wonderful to work with! My family went to Charleston on vacation so we didn’t know any photographers. I found Amy on thumbtack and I’m so glad I did! She was always quick to respond and very professional. When we arrived to Charleston for our family beach photo shoot, Amy had scouted out the perfect meeting location. She was very friendly and knowledgeable. The photo shoot was fun and we enjoyed meeting her! Then once the pictures arrived, they turned out amazing! She is very talented and the quality of the pictures are beautiful! She captured our family perfectly. I would recommend Amy to anyone in the Charleston area!
ACM PhotographyACM Photography
Tricia d.
AmberLyn was just fabulous!! She was able to capture beautiful shots of all of our family members!! That's not easy when you have a tween and teen! Beautiful job! We will be using her again next year for our family photos!! Thank you so much!!
Amberlyn Elizabeth PhotographyAmberlyn Elizabeth Photography
Katherine N.
Lindsay was AMAZING, the quality of her work is world class, she was courteous, kind and open to our picture suggestions. She was quick to respond to our last minute request for a family photo shoot when our original photographer had to cancel at the last minute. From start to finish she made the entire process fun easy and simple!!! She made the shoot a fun filled memorable experience. If you are looking for an awesome photographer look no further. The quality of our pictures were amazing and our family will cherish her work for the rest of our lives!!! DEFINATELY RECOMMEND!!
Lindsay Weber PhotographyLindsay Weber Photography
J. K.
Kimber and Kb Photography is Charleston's Rising Star. From responding to and working with us to come on location to Wild Dunes to do a family session, to the turn around to making our kids relax and laugh to taking some South Carolina Vintage sunset shots that we will cherish forever, she's THE BEST! Booking a vow renewal with her on Kiawah Island, S.C. next.
kb photographykb photography
Richard R.
My mother and I came to South Carolina to spend her birthday with my brother and his family. I wanted to surprise my mom with a photoshoot and we got so lucky to have found Matt. He arrived 30 minutes early. Was extremely patient kind and professional. We were late to our photoshoot and he stayed longer because he wanted to make sure we were happy with our photos. He offered to meet with us the next day so we can go home satisfied with our photos. This made my mom's trip. She was so happy! I am so grateful to have met Matt and to be able to have these memories for the rest of our lives.
Matthew Evans EVO PhotographyMatthew Evans EVO Photography
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