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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 Charleston professional photographers
Alex O.
It was a blast having her as our photographer! She was very professional and suggested great poses! The photos turned out great! We look forward to hiring her as our photographer when we become professional actors!
Amberlyn Elizabeth PhotographyAmberlyn Elizabeth Photography
Troy S.
It was a pleasure working with Fadi. He was extremely professional and has an excellent eye for photos. He was easy to work with and delivered fantastic photos. The turn around from photo session to receiving the final photos was extremely quick and super easy to access!
Mrs K.
Jami did an outstanding job capturing my husband’s 50th birthday. The photos were astonishing and she was extremely professional. Highly recommend her to anyone looking for a true professional photographer.
A Shot In Time PhotographyA Shot In Time Photography
Miranda J.
Very professional and fun to work with, can't wait to see the photos
Lindsay Weber PhotographyLindsay Weber 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
Lindsay G.
MATT IS AN AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHER!! Seriously, he was on time, totally professional, helpful at telling me how to pose for portrait photos, and super quick to respond to all of my Thumbtack messages. Choose Matt as your photographer. I PROMISE you won't regret it!!!!
Matt Parker PhotographyMatt Parker Photography
John T.
Fadi is amazing, professional and I highly recommend him. Also delivered the photos in time.
Pam F.
EVO Photography provided an amazing photography experience for our wedding. Matt was super professional, communicated in a timely manner, and did a great job working with my husband and me (who are not picture people) to make the process fun and comfortable. The final photos look great, and we love them!
Matthew Evans EVO PhotographyMatthew Evans EVO Photography
Tabitha M.
Loved working with Irina. Professional and great to have taking our anniversary photos. They turned out beautiful.
Colors of the Dream PhotographyColors of the Dream Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Kelly was wonderful for our engagement session in Charleston. Very professional and warm. The photos turned out beautifully!
Kelly Vann Calaway PhotographyKelly Vann Calaway Photography
Jenna M.
We had Amberlyn do our wedding photos and she was absolutely amazing. We couldn't have picked a better photographer. My now Husband and I have never had professional photos done and she guided us on just what to do. She was very professional but also funny and down to earth which made the whole experience fun! We would highly suggest her to anyone. She had my photos to me in a very timely manner and they turned out better than I could have imagined!
Amberlyn Elizabeth PhotographyAmberlyn Elizabeth Photography
Kyndall P.
Sean took beautiful photos of our beach wedding! We will cherish those photos forever. Sean was super professional, flexible, kind and helpful. If we return to Charleston for our anniversary, we will definitely be hiring him again!
Charleston Summerville PhotographerCharleston Summerville Photographer
Kush P.
Lindsay is a professional. She knows what she's doing. Loved all of our photos. Great person to work with.
Lindsay Weber PhotographyLindsay Weber Photography
Madison B.
She was absolutely amazing! One of the kindest people I met! Very professional and the photos turned out AMAZING!!!
Daydream PhotographyDaydream Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Irina took our wedding photos in Charleston. She is professional, courteous, fun, and passionate about her trade. She was naturally always looking for the next photo op-she was the one dragged us around Charleston! And we couldn't be more pleased with the finished product. Our wedding photos are gorgeous and we will cherish them for the rest of our lives. If you want Grade A photos and a big bang for your buck, she is the one to go with!!
Colors of the Dream PhotographyColors of the Dream Photography
Jessica G.
Victor did an absolutely amazing job with our wedding photos, we couldn't be happier! He was friendly, responsive, easy to work with and professional. The photos were beautiful and high quality!! I would highly recommend Victor without any hesitation.
Victor Billups PhotographyVictor Billups Photography
Kim G.
We loved Lindsay. She’s was extremely knowledgeable and professional. I Highly recommend using her for all your photograph needs
Lindsay Weber PhotographyLindsay Weber Photography
Tara H.
This "professional" photographer pulled a NO SHOW on me. I hired her to take website photos. I drove from out of town to be here, and had 15 staff members come in for the session. She said she had an emergency... and apparently doesn't have a phone!
Colors of the Dream PhotographyColors of the Dream Photography
Sarah H.
Amberlynn took INCREDIBLE photos of my wedding!!! She was a joy to work with, and was very flexible with last minute venue changes due to Covid19. She has a very friendly and professional demeanor. I'd recommend her to anyone looking for top notch quality photography that doesn't break the bank.
Amberlyn Elizabeth PhotographyAmberlyn Elizabeth Photography
Kimberly L.
I hired Costello Photography for professional headshots and I was more than pleased with how they turned out. They were professional, fun, and very easy to work with. A 5 star experience all around!
Costello PhotographyCostello Photography
Cassandra W.
I recently had a speaking engagement in Charleston and Matt photographed it. He was ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! Incredibly responsive to the initial request, very prompt day of the event, took AMAZING photos after I gave him direction on the types of shots I was looking for, and turned around very HIGH QUALITY images in a matter of days. Would DEFINITELY recommend Matt to anyone looking for a highly professional and talented event photographer!
Matthew Evans EVO PhotographyMatthew Evans EVO Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent work!!! Nathaniel is extremely professional and enthusiastic and it shows in his photography --- I would highly recommend!!! Thanks - Angelia Turner, 2016 Reunion Chair
Charleston Professional PhotographyCharleston Professional Photography
Jillian G.
It was such a pleasure to work with Lindsay! She was both professional and incredibly helpful throughout the process. We HIGHLY recommend working with her for any of your photo needs!
Lindsay Weber PhotographyLindsay Weber Photography
Francesca F.
Amberlyn was fantastic to work with! We came to Charleston on vacation and had dreams of doing a couples photo shoot. Amberlyn was professional, patient, and excellent at capturing the details of the beautiful historic district. She also gave helpful local advice! The photos were edited promptly and we were AMAZED at the end result. :)
Amberlyn Elizabeth PhotographyAmberlyn Elizabeth Photography
Debbie D.
LeeAnn worked within my criteria for location, price, and professionalism. She was friendly and all around awesome and I would always recommend her photography services.
Chucktown ArtChucktown Art
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