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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.

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.

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.
Reviews for Plano family photographers
Tiffaney C.
She did an excellent job on our family photos!
Martina Hempel PhotographyMartina Hempel Photography
Keisha C.
Our newborn family photos turned out really great. Photographer was very patient, accomodating, professional and knew what poses we should do to get the best shots. He was very gentle when helping us pose with baby. I'd highly recommend him for your next family photoshoot or any photoshoot for that matter, you will not regret it. We will definitely book with him again. Price is very reasonable and he delivered alot more photos then what we thought we would receive.
Ethan Yizong Xie (Ellicia Photos)Ethan Yizong Xie (Ellicia Photos)
Stephanie Q.
Natalie was fantastic! She replied immediately, gave me recommendations on wardrobe colors and was very personable. She was great to work with and I’ll definitely use her again for family photos.
Natalie Luna PhotographyNatalie Luna Photography
Kerri R.
Stephanie took amazing photos on short notice for our family. She is a very sweet person and was extremely easy to work with! We will be using her again and I highly recommend her!
Keesekit PhotographyKeesekit Photography
Siv M.
Martina's photos of our 1 year old was amazing! She was not only patient but really worked with our family to personalize poses and her suggestions were very creative! We'll definitely be working with her again in the future!
Martina Hempel PhotographyMartina Hempel Photography
Thumbtack Customer
My husband and I hired Nazim to shoot our maternity photos. He was very prompt, professional and patient with us. The pictures turned out beautifully and I can't wait to share with our friends and family. Will definitely hire again!!
Friday Films & PhotosFriday Films & Photos
Thumbtack Customer
Nazim did a great job on our family photos! We have a one month old who was not very cooperative but Nazim was patient and worked so well with her and was able to get some amazing pictures! .We will definitely be working with him again.
Friday Films & PhotosFriday Films & Photos
James O.
I would recommend Jeff Photography to anybody looking for a photographer for your special occasion. I was getting married in less than a week and needed a photographer to repurpose the best photo we had of my father(42”x30”) into a 12”x15” photo we could travel with to our destination wedding. My father had recently passed so we needed something much smaller that we could reserve him a seat with a 12”x15” photo on an easel. We didn’t have a duplicate of the picture and the professional photographer we hired to originally take the picture seemed to have misplaced the file, so as you could see I was in a pretty big bind. I reached out to Jeff an he responded within 10 mins. I explained my situation and and had an idea of how he could take a photo of the original 42x30 photo and touch it up with his editing software. He came by my office the next day and snapped some photos and within 3-4 hours was finished with the final product. Our family couldn’t have been more pleased. Thank you Jeff and anyone with any photography needs I recommend reaching out to Jeff Walsh Photography.
Jeff Walsh PhotographyJeff Walsh Photography
Lashondra A.
COVID 19 has been tough on everyone. My daughter celebrated her 4th birthday quarantined and we decided to do a birthday photo shoot. The best thing we could have done was book Amir. He was great. He was professional. Embraced social distancing rules and made my daughters birthday so special. Our pictures were so beautiful . His professionalism was like none I had seen before. He was really good with children as well. For my families’ needs I will surely book again. We shipped some pictures to our family in Africa and they thought they were just as beautiful as I. Thank you Amir for giving our family such a special moment .
Amir FardAmir Fard
Thumbtack Customer
Finally after years we have family photos! Working with Stephen was so easy, I loved the location on his site and it was close by. He knew several spots to get great shots and we did....he outlasted my kids who were tired by the end. I would definitely recommend him and will be using him again!
Stargate ImageryStargate Imagery
Thumbtack Customer
Stephen did a great job and supplied us with many wonderful photos of my 3-generation family in a variety of backgrounds - all at a very reasonable cost. He went out of his way driving quite a few miles to check out both of our chosen locations before the shoot - first at Adriatica in Frisco which we later changed to Myers Park north of McKinney. Once on the property he suggested several different backgrounds and poses. The flash drive he provided included 81 jpg photos shot in a little under 2 hours. He offered to edit any photos we want to have improved before printing them. He is very personable, accommodating, and a pleasure to work with. I would certainly recommend him to others.
Stargate ImageryStargate Imagery
Thumbtack Customer
Amy is amazing!!! We couldn't be happier with how our engagement photos turned out!! Amy was super sweet, professional, personable, and on time with everything aspect of this process! She met us all the way down in Dallas at our choice of location, was so great at capturing what we envisioned, and just wanted to make this as great of an experience for us as possible. And did I mention how great our pictures turned out!?! We loved working with Amy, would recommend her to family and friends, and can't wait to work with her again in the future! Do yourself a favor and book with this photographer!
Amy Alvarez PhotographyAmy Alvarez Photography
Diane S.
Ethan is very responsive and communicates well both with plans and directions for the photographs. Prompt and professional. Comes with good ideas and suggestions for takes and is also very open to particular takes you’d like as well. Attentive to detail including sun positioning and fixing even the littlest thing if it might not be look just right. We just finished our shoot! But I have every confidence in the great phots he going to deliver this week. Looking forward to keeping his number handy for other family events.
Ethan Yizong Xie (Ellicia Photos)Ethan Yizong Xie (Ellicia Photos)
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