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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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 Houston affordable photographers
Antique N.
Affordable, Took great photos and had a quick turnaround time.
VDM PhotographyVDM Photography
Nick O.
Yulissa was very responsive and was able to capture photos at the last minute when another photographer cancelled. She was very responsive, very affordable, and went above and beyond during our photo shoot.
Yulissa PhotographyYulissa Photography
Joellyn A.
It was my first time taking professional pictures and I just wanted some good photos to commemorate my graduation. Hailey was great. And the photos came out amazing. I love how affordable she was. Definitely plan to use her again.
Upshot PhotographyUpshot Photography
Keneishia K.
Recently Raymond from RS Photography covered my wedding & engagement photos! I've worked with many photographers before, but he's hands down the best. He was very affordable and everyone that attended the wedding complimented me on him. He has an awesome personality and everything came off so genuine with him and this company. I highly recommend booking with him.
Nebiyu D.
Excellent!! Excellent photography he captures a good eye of what you want!! He is very nice and kind. Very patient!! Affordable pricing!!! Would recommend 10 out of 10. 😄
Jasmin C.
Morteza did a fabulous job at my companies event. He provided professionalism, excellent service, affordable price and the turn around time was of no complaints. I am also booking him for my engagement and wedding photos :)
Morteza Photography & VideographyMorteza Photography & Videography
Vanessa W.
We are not picture people but really wanted some family photos . The photographer helped suggest a location, time, and helped with poses. He was super patient with our one year old. He got the shots needed before our little one got too cranky. Also very affordable. Would use this guy again. Has a cool mustache.
Token PhotographyToken Photography
Siddhali S.
We needed a photographer for a charity event that was less than 24hrs away. Brandon and Christina responded quickly and we accepted them for the job. What a plus to have a wife/husband photography team. They were professional, communicate well, went above and beyond expectation. It’ can be difficult to find the right photographer which is skilled, shoots with quality, and who is super affordable. Hiring this duo was a perfect choice for us and the next time we visit Houston again we will be using their services.
Tifa a.
I enjoyed working with Arion. He took some great photos and a video of our event (quinceanera). The photos are truly irreplaceable and he went above & beyond to get great angles of all of our guest and video footage of sentimental moments. He provided a lot more photos & videos than I expected which is awesome. He is very affordable and has quality work. He held up his part of the agreement and we are more than satisfied! We will definitely be using him in the future!
Arion Smith Photography & FilmsArion Smith Photography & Films
Zahra J.
Yulissa was great at responding and answering any questions I had prior to the event. Her prices are affordable compared to others and the photos came out amazing. She also sent them to me within two days which is the fastest I have received them. I recommend her without a doubt!
Yulissa PhotographyYulissa Photography
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