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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.

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.

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 Arlington family photographers
Amy G.
She took great family photos.
Valeriia Diaba photographyValeriia Diaba photography
Andrea C.
LaTonya did a family photo session for our family. The photos were great, we were able to book a session within a week, and she was very responsive. Just what we needed. Highly recommend.
LaTonya Photography LLCLaTonya Photography LLC
Julieanne W.
Steve did an excellent job setting up and guiding our family photo shoot. He provided extra photos in the package I purchased, and the turnaround prompt. Highly recommend!
Pasha K.
Demetric provided the very best experience my family has had with photography. He will be our go-to guy for years to come. Treat yourself, trust me, he will not disappoint.
United PhotographyUnited Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We used Jessica for a extended family photos consisting of 4 families. She did an excellent job in helping us pre plan the photo session at the house. She listening and respected our specific needs. She and her team set up the lighting for the event both inside and outside the house for different shots, She was patient is working with each family for both individual and group pictures. She worked with us for several hours. The pictures taken were excellent in both color and light and effective in capturing special images. We would highly recommend Jessica to others.
Jessica Patterson Photography, LLCJessica Patterson Photography, LLC
Lauren G.
Sarah is a true professional. She is great with kids and extremely patient. Her in-home studio is very nice and overall I would recommend her services to any family seeking photos.
Nova Soul ImageryNova Soul Imagery
Carolyn B.
Kris worked very hard to photograph a group of 30 family members 11 of which are children. He was pleasant and accommodating. I have not seen the proofs yet, I am hoping they are as good as he is.
Monumental ArtsMonumental Arts
Ingrid T.
Shoshana was a great photographer. So professional and patient with my 2 hyperactive toddlers. She is very easy going and makes you feel comfortable the whole time during the shoot. The family portraits turned beautiful and we look forward to using her services again.
Sara W.
My family and I worked with Brandon for my maternity photos, and it was a great experience. Leading up to the day of the photo shoot, he was very responsive with messages, and very flexible when I had to change dates on him a couple times. He's very professional and friendly, and I felt very comfortable with him. He's also very knowledgeable, both when it came to areas to take the photos, and also the photography itself. We had our 2-year-old daughter with us for the shoot, and she was quite grouchy, and Brandon was very patient with her and us. I would highly recommend his services no matter what the event! Also, a major plus is his pricing. Literally hundreds of dollars cheaper than most photographers in the area. No hidden fees or anything like that, either. And the next time we'll need professional photos taken, I'll definitely be calling him again!
Brandon R. Walker PhotographyBrandon R. Walker Photography
Kennethe V.
William was great! This was my first time using ThumbTack.it was a last minute decision to hire a photographer in a city I did not live in. He was patient with the kids, gave great suggestions and took fabulous pictures! The family is still talking about him and the pictures! I would definitely recommend him and use him again when ilm in town.
Fourth Photography & 360 Photo BoothFourth Photography & 360 Photo Booth
Brittany B.
Briana took some incredible photos of my family! Scheduling was really easy since she was so responsive. She graciously provided some good venue options, but we opted for an indoor/outdoor shoot at home. I really love how she captured us at home. It was a fun shoot and she was so kind and playful with our toddler! I’ve done 4 other professional shoots and can say she was hands down the best!
Briana Gardener PhotographyBriana Gardener Photography
Suzanne P.
Erin was so amazing! She made it fun and had so many ideas for different poses. I can’t believe she got the shots that she did of our family which includes a 13 month old baby and an 8 year old labrador. We love the pictures and cannot wait to frame and hang them in our home and also put them on our Christmas card this year. Thank you, Erin! We can’t wait to schedule another photo shoot eventually.
Queen Bee Photography, LLCQueen Bee Photography, LLC
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