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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 Austin affordable photographers
Thumbtack Customer
An absolutely fantastic photographer. She was very professional and knew exactly what she was doing! I was very picky on what photographer I wanted as I am a photographer myself but Laura was so unbelievable. She had a second photographer with her and provided very professional results for a very affordable price. She was friendly and efficient and I cannot wait to work with her again!
Ana Karotkin PhotographyAna Karotkin Photography
Cristsandra v.
Needed photos for a short term rental. Damien was on time, friendly and seems to take pride in his work! Fast turn around on pictures and very affordable. Would book him again..:-)
Damien Mark PhotographsDamien Mark Photographs
Thumbtack Customer
Doug is absolutely fantastic. I was in conversation with several photographers, and I decided on Doug as he responded promptly to my request and was ready to photo shoot my 12 year old daughter with no fuss about what she should wear and how she should look. Very Impressed with his easygoing attitude made us feel at ease and captured the best looks for a actors profile. His rates are very affordable and the results are extremely good. I got all I needed in timely manner. Looking forward for a outdoor photo shoot with him for my daughter in near future.!!
Doug Carter ImagesDoug Carter Images
Anne G.
I've hired 20 photographers for event photography in the past 3 months. I've paid anywhere between $700 to $300 for 3 hours of photography. JOHN is absolutely the most professional, talented, and easy to work with person I've yet to work with via Thumbtack. Some have sent me 800+ photos and I can't even upload them or even look at them because they didn't even take the time delete all the bad ones. John did. John made it easy to download the photos and I got them NEXT DAY. Also something others haven't been able to do (not required, but awesome!). I can't tell you how wonderful it is to work with someone who thinks of the customer. I've dealt with some attitude for this very easy job - and John is by far one of the best to work with and one of the most affordable. Thanks for the memories, John! (p.s. I swear I don't know him personally...I'm just impressed!)
John Huang PhotographyJohn Huang Photography
Haley K.
Amy was incredible responsive and available. She made me feel comfortable during the shoot and the process was so much quicker, easier, and less stressful than I imagined it would be thanks for Amy’s professionalism and easy going nature. She delivered some really great shots! I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for affordable quality photographs. I’m glad I found her
Amy Alvarez PhotographyAmy Alvarez Photography
Jennifer V.
Jarrah was absolutely incredible! I LOVED my overall experience with her and all the photographs she took for both my engagement session and wedding day (August 2019). She was professional, punctual, and truly an artist when it came to taking beautiful photos I will treasure forever and be proud to show my friends and family. Jarrah's personality is both welcoming and allowed my husband and I to be comfortable with her as our photographer for our big day. Her prices are very affordable and you can tell she really cares about her clients because her bubbly and happy persona just gleams and is contagious. I had several compliments on her work and I would highly recommend her. YOU WON'T REGRET IT!
Jarrah Marie Photo and VideoJarrah Marie Photo and Video
Marco A.
What an AMAZING person to work with. My Family and I had the pleasure of working with her on some family photos. Her professionalism, her quality of work and her final product is spectacular! I was actually worried because the kiddos were running around but she actually captured some extremely special moments. If you're looking for affordable yet excellent quality, Chie Endo is definitely the person you want to book! You won't regret it.
Chie Endo PhotographyChie Endo Photography
Dany C.
Pablo is a living example of what excellent customer service and great quality work really mean. When we started looking for a professional photographer to do our company headshots, we had a very specific idea in mind: B&W portraits with a textured background in long frames. In addition, we needed someone who could take the photos at our office instead of making us go to a studio. Throughout the entire process, Pablo was very reassuring and accommodating. He did not only surpass our expectations but he did it with an amazing attitude and professionalism - and for a really affordable price! The day of the shoot, he took several shots of each person in two kinds of lighting and later let us decide which light and pose we liked best for each person. Since some of our favorite photos had a different type of lighting, Pablo worked his magic to make sure all the backgrounds matched. Also, he edited all photos to make the (textured) background wall longer, as we had initially requested. For the above reasons and many more, Pablo will be our go-to-guy for all of our photography needs and we think he should be yours too. Call him now, you'll be in good hands.
Pablo Pequeno LLC (Photography)Pablo Pequeno LLC (Photography)
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