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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.

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.
Reviews for Allen portrait photographers
Karen D.
I needed a few professional and fun portraits. Paul Javier met me at the location of my choice and were instantly engaged. I was nervous, but they set me at ease and worked very hard. They stayed on the job much longer than I would have imagined and were extremely creative. The finished photos are amazing. I would recommend them for any photography need you have. They are professional and edgy.
Paul JavierPaul Javier
Steven C.
As a background, I have historically attempted to take my family’s portraits and photos in both private and public settings since 2014 using my own Canon EOS Digital SLR camera. Due to so many complicated variables impacting lighting, wind, distance clarity, movement, and color richness, I have never been able to optimally take photos without having to repeat photo shoots on a very time-consuming recurring basis. In addition to my own personal efforts, we also had previously hired selected professional photographers in the past with challenges in deficient photo quality and excessive costs. After receiving a referral to Joanne’s work at Depon Photography and reading multiple positive online reviews, I contacted Joanne to personally discuss her photography background and services as well as her professional recommendations given our family’s portrait objectives for the upcoming holidays. From the outset, Joanne was so exceptionally generous and accommodating and provided so many invaluable recommendations based on her experience on the time of day in which photos should optimally be taken, best style and color of clothing for our family to wear, common poses for family photos, and key aspects to consider when choosing a specific photo shoot location. Joanne also was willing to plan an additional 2 photo shoot dates and times in advance upfront of our actual scheduled photo shoot day, just in case poor weather were to arise unexpectedly. On November 10th, the day of our scheduled family photo shoot, Joanne went above and beyond what any of us expected, and she first surveyed the photo location because it was a unique, but not well known, outdoor shopping center location we had selected which had multiple variations of landscaping and light coverage, including rocky terrain, bridges, lakes, animal statues, flowers, and trees. Based on her review of the location considerations, Joanne confidently suggested multiple family photo poses at targeted sites, and to our additional surprise, Joanne immediately began to stand at a prescribed distance so she could optimally shoot our family photos to enhance our personal image clarity while simultaneously preserving a soft blended view of the awesome landscape background! Her experience in this regard was very evident and genuinely appreciated! The photo shoot progressed very efficiently and Joanne allocated an entire 72 minutes to the family photo shoot to ensure a diverse range of family and individual photos were taken in the context of all surrounding background considerations desired. At the conclusion of the photo shoot, Joanne indicated that we could expect the electronic images within one week and for us to call her if we had any questions or concerns. Even with her extremely busy schedule, Joanne efficiently turned around 28 outstanding, eye-catching photo images within just a day of the photo shoot! The photos were all extremely clear and vibrant in nature! In addition, we did not expect to receive so many exceptional-quality images! From past experiences, other professional photographers would only provide 2 – 4 photo images for an unjustifiable high cost, and even then, those photo images were excessively edited so that the photos were unnatural in appearance. With all of Joanne’s truly outstanding photo images, all of them had brilliance in color depth, clarity of individual family members, and landscape background richness of the photo sites used! Even after the initial 28 photos were delivered, Joanne was very accommodating and patient in searching for additional photos on behalf of our family, and she subsequently provided several more phenomenal photos of my wife in selected poses and background settings. Finally, Joanne even proposed some canvas and glass photo print options she could assist our family with going forward if we wanted to have different family memory themes. In summary, we are immeasurably pleased and truly happy with Joanne’s longstanding commitment, preeminent photography expertise, and all of her conscientious efforts on behalf of our family throughout this entire professional photography experience. We are certainly going to continue to engage Joanne for her professional photography services in the future, and we also unconditionally recommend Joanne’s distinguished photography expertise and quality to all others going forward with our most profound compliments!
DePon PhotographyDePon Photography
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