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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 family photographers
Stasia M.
Fabulous photographer with an extremely quick turn around. Loved our experience with her shooting family photos.
Upshot PhotographyUpshot Photography
Yadira h.
In love with our family photos! Great work with an unbelievable turn around time!
Paperbag ProductionsPaperbag Productions
Akilah H.
Trying to capture my family could be a challenge but my photographer did a great job and I love my photos. Will use them again!
WBG VisualsWBG Visuals
Thumbtack Customer
Nona takes Beautiful outdoor photos. She photographed my son and our family for his first birthday. I appreciate how she captured him so well! Professional, great quality photos.
Amy G.
Lindsay was great! She did some family birth announcement photos for us, and got some fabulous photos, even with the impatience of our youngest daughter and crummy weather!
Lindsay Grace PhotographyLindsay Grace Photography
Kim P.
Thank you David for taking our photos. We are very pleased and can’t wait to share with our family and friends!
David Dara PhotographyDavid Dara Photography
Juanta J.
My family and I were absolutely impressed and beyond happy about our photo shoot today with Child Champ Photography!!! Everything was above expectations and even the kids can’t stop talking about the experience and the photo site! We all loved Jody’s and Makenzie’s energy, personalities, and professionalism! They were so caring and concerned about capturing the beauty of our family, which meant so much to us! Also, they were so down to earth and made us feel like we’ve been knowing them for years! I truly believe this will be a lifelong relationship with our family and Child Champ Photography!!! Thanks again Jody and Mak!!!
Child Champ PhotographyChild Champ Photography
Nazira R.
I loved working with Hailey. Our family photos turned out amazing! Thank you for your patience through the process!
Upshot PhotographyUpshot Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I hired PNut to take outdoor family photos with an autumn background. The weather was not perfect, but she was right on time, courteous, and ready to photograph. We had spoken prior to the shoot and she met my expectations.
Ayoka K.
They were very responsive and professional. Our photographer Tori was amazing! Extremely sweet and she did an amazing job with our family portraits!
WBG VisualsWBG Visuals
Tina J.
Grady did a great job on our family holiday photos. He responded immediately to all my requests and had great suggestions on the photos and backgrounds. We were relaxed and never felt rushed. Loved the finished products and how quickly he turned the photos around. Thank you!
Grady Richardson PhotographyGrady Richardson Photography
Larissa H.
Alex was amazing and went above and beyond to make sure we captured the perfect photos for our family photoshoot! I am new to Houston and Alex suggested several different locations to achieve the perfect look for our family photoshoot.
Alex Tongol PhotographyAlex Tongol Photography
Derek S.
Really like my photos she did an awesome job and I definitely would recommend using her to all my friends and family
Alain Noel PhotographyAlain Noel Photography
Mali b.
Our family portraits turned out awesome!! I’m so impressed with the entire experience from booking to receiving our photos. The shoot was catered to what we wanted and we got our photos back so quick. LOOOVVEEE 👍🏼👍🏼💯
Grey Studios LLCGrey Studios LLC
Kelly S.
Yinelia's Photography is wonderful! Jenny's patience is above and beyond and her attention to detail is superb! As a new mom, wanting perfect pictures to capture our little one, I was so excited about these photos and they exceeded my expectations. I will request Jenny for every baby and any other photos she'll take of our growing family :)
Yinelia's PhotographyYinelia's Photography
Hugh Z.
Raymond did a wonderful job with our holiday photos. I appreciated that he scheduled a call ahead of time to discuss what we were looking for. He showed up promptly on time and was great at arranging the family for different shots. Will definitely be contacting Raymond for future family photoshoots!
Thumbtack Customer
Ana has been our family photographer throughout the past 4 years. She is incredible with children, her work is crisp and elegant. Having worked with several well-know photographers throughout the years, I couldn't recommend anyone else. We hold her in the highest regard.
Ana Lavalle PhotographyAna Lavalle Photography
Natasha A.
We had Lori photograph our family, including young children. She was very professional and patient and made us all feel very comfortable. Even though I have not seen the final product yet, I really enjoyed working with her and can't wait to see the photos! She went the extra mile to get the right photo and was great at directing us.
Jordan D.
Caitlin did a wonderful job! The pictures are amazing! My family was running late and she was so calm as I was freaking out. I can’t wait to use her photography skills again in the future. :)
Wild Ivy Creative by Caitlin Feltman PhotographyWild Ivy Creative by Caitlin Feltman Photography
Brenda P.
I can't say enough great things about Chris! He captured our family true to color. He was a delight to work with. Chris is a true artist, and everyone has said such great things when they see our family photos. What can I say…Chris is the best! You will never go wrong putting your special moments in his talented hands. I can't tell you how grateful I am to have these photographs. You captured moments of everyday interactions and somehow made them magical.
Houston Portrait ProsHouston Portrait Pros
Faranak E.
Ana was an absolute pleasure to work with. We had her complete some family photos with our infant in the park and she was punctual, communicated clearly and very professional. Her photos were amazing and we were blown away by the editing she was able to do on one photo in particular (she had to edit out an object and you couldn't tell at all). She was great with our baby too! We would hire her again in a heartbeat!
Ana Lavalle PhotographyAna Lavalle Photography
Trisha L.
We really enjoyed the photo shoot today. Great performance and great quality and great personality as well. Great with kids too. We will definitely recommend him to friends and family. Thank you so much Jimmy. The Wolfenden's
Jimmy LoydJimmy Loyd
Christy H.
Audry was amazing! I needed a photographer really quickly for a huge family photo. Audrey spoke with me via phone and made me feel at easy regarding the project. The booking process was easy and Audry ensured that I understood every aspect of the process. I didn’t feel rushed or pressured during the process as it involved several people traveling in from out of town. Audry was very professional throughout the entire process. I would highly recommended AM photography
Thumbtack Customer
Sergio took pictures of my family, including my 3 month and 6 year old (who was being very difficult that day). He was very patient, professional and got the pictures back to us quickly. Most importantly, we loved the photos!
Sergio Luis Estevez PhotographySergio Luis Estevez Photography
Maria D.
I highly recommend Alex for your photography needs. I had a photographer cancel on me last minute, Alex responded to my inquiry right away and was able to accommodate our family right away. He took time to understand what shots we wanted and worked with us to achieve them. He was very nice and absolutely reliable. I’m happy to have found him.
Alex Tongol PhotographyAlex Tongol Photography
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