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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 Houston affordable photographers
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
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. 😄
AM PHOTOGRAPHY HTXAM PHOTOGRAPHY HTX
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.
RS PHOTOGRAPHY, LLCRS PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC
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 SafatajMorteza Safataj
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.
FincherFotoFincherFoto
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
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