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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 San Antonio affordable photographers
Amanda M.
Great photographer and very affordable for our small garden venue wedding.
Bonus Points PhotographyBonus Points Photography
Joshua R.
Texan Charm Photography gave us the absolute best experience. Kelsi was by FAR the fastest response I got from any contacted photographer in the area. Her rate was very affordable and the photos were of amazing quality. She did a great job and gave us a wonderful experience. I would HIGHLY recommend her services for any engagement shoots!
Texan Charm PhotographyTexan Charm Photography
Reyna F.
I had an excellent experience. Sonia's service was beyond expectations. She is very professional, kind, and enthusiastic. My family and I had a lot of fun in our photo session. I would highly recommend Sonia to anyone looking for a great service and affordable prices.
sonia'Z eye photographysonia'Z eye photography
Mary S.
It was our first time shooting family (of three) photos, to include a 17 month old toddler. As a mom, I am looking for quality and affordability and came across this gem. Natalie was also very accommodating, patient and professional. Her vision and quality of work is exceptional and definitely worth it. Very, very quick turnaround time as well. Looking forward to future shoots 😊. Thank you Natalie!
Natalie Marie PhotographyNatalie Marie Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I arranged a surprise proposal for my girlfriend and hired Sonia as my photographer. Right from day one she was very helpful in the location and time of the surprise proposal, suggesting a certain time for the best light of day so that the shots would be even better. Although I was Quoted almost a month prior I only confirmed with her 4 days prior to the event. After the shoot, she was even more helpful with the "touch-ups"/editing as we wanted the pictures to be perfect! There were several emails exchanged to ensure that we were 100% satisfied with the photos with no fuss whatsoever in doing so, more like very understanding and interested in making us happy. I definitely would recommend her to anybody considering to get photos done for an event, she is affordable, flexible and interested in doing the job right so that your a 100% satisfied.
sonia'Z eye photographysonia'Z eye photography
Keshia C.
This was by far a wonderful experience. The level of professionalism Tyshawn displayed was above exceptional. He was here very knowledgeable and provided options that he felt would suit my occasion that turned out to be exactly what I was aiming for. He is extremely affordable for the quality and number of shots provided. At one point he even offered his mentoring services to an up and coming photographer that was watching our session. That stood out to me, in which it showed his character and willingness to help others succeed. The turnaround time to receive our photos back were far beyond my expectations he quoted five days and I received them in two days! I highly recommend his services if you are looking for high quality photos with a true professional, book with Milestone Media! Thanks Tyshawn
Milestone Media & PhotographyMilestone Media & Photography
Laura P.
In short, Alexander was amazing. We spoke briefly about the rationale behind the hire, the budget, and needs. At the events (there were three separate but related events), he took photos and I had select shots to use that day to use and promote our nonprofit. Alexander has a knack of capturing beautiful candid shots that were the essence of the events and all of the posed shots were of course high quality that the Foundation and many people will be able to use repeatably. He is professional, reliable and produces amazing work. Best of all, we could afford him to document these events! Thank you Alexander!
Alexander Aleman - PhotographerAlexander Aleman - Photographer
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