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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.

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.

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.

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 Cameron Station family photographers
Sabrina M.
Loved our family photos!
JC Martins Photography 🌟JC Martins Photography 🌟
Angela K.
Lotus Photography is wonderful!! Georgette is so friendly and professional. She got some amazing photos of my family and our special occasion.
Lotus PhotographyLotus Photography
Marie M.
Hassan worked with our family to produce a beautiful set of photographs that we will share with our family and cherish for years to come. He was patient, professional,and responsive throughout the entire process. I will recommend his services to any friends or family without hesitation.
Hassan Malik PhotographyHassan Malik Photography
Sierra S.
We asked Robert to provide newborn and family photos for us at our home. While scheduling he was extremely prompt and courteous! During our photo session he was extremely patient and professional with my family, and had great recommendations for posing. He took shots in several different locations, with numerous outfit changes, inside and outside. His photos really captured the moment and I am excited to use them for the baby announcement and for photos around the house. I highly recommend Robert for any of your photo needs!
Mang PhotoMang Photo
Sandra O.
Josh photographed our fall family photos and we loved EVERY photo. Josh is certainly in the right line of work, the pictures are inspired and truly capture the essence of our family; he's got a fantastic eye and we're so happy that we found him for this work! We paid for four photos and he gifted three to us because he thought we should just have them, they're the perfect addition to our photo session. We'll certainly seek Josh's services again the next time we take pictures - he's a gem!
Joshua Fernandez PhotographyJoshua Fernandez Photography
Lauren L.
Hassan did a great job taking our family photos. He captured memorable moments of our son that we’ll cherish forever.
Hassan Malik PhotographyHassan Malik Photography
Gina P.
GaganHarnev Photography did an incredible job taking our annual family photos. They captured many beautiful moments that we will cherish forever. The price was reasonable. We will definitely engage this pro again and highly recommend them to others.
GaganHarnav PhotographyGaganHarnav Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Had family photos done outside (6 adults, two children and an infant). They turned out beautiful and we were pleased with her work, professionalism and timeliness. Will be using her again and again as she is an excellent photographer who listens to the client needs and presents the client with beautiful photos. Well done.
Love the JourneysLove the Journeys
Roxanne B.
We received absolutely gorgeous maternity photos working with Casandra. And now we’re really looking forward to the newborn shoot! Would definitely recommend her to friends and family.
Casandra Lorraine photographyCasandra Lorraine photography
Thumbtack Customer
We had AMAZING photos taken that we know we will cherished for years to come. Every part of our experience exceeded our exceptions and the level of quality was well above other photographers hired in the past. We're looking forward to working with Studio Bee in future, cataloging our children and our family.
Studio Bee PhotographyStudio Bee Photography
Thumbtack Customer
It was an incredible experience working with Kat. She went up and beyond during our photo session and was so good with both our son (4.5 years old) and our 2 week old. She made the experience fun and even better, the photos she captures are just perfect. We really wanted more candid shots and she did a phenomenal job capturing them. We are looking forward to having her take future family photos!
KatEli PhotoKatEli Photo
Candida S.
Monique was very professional and personal. I loved that she was knowledgeable about the park, which made the shoot fun and exciting!!! I would definitely recommend her to family,friends or anyone who inquired about a great photographer. Thank You!!!
Monique Michael  PhotographyMonique Michael Photography
Abi M.
Bria was fantastic, everything about her service was impeccable. She got the photoshoot done for us within an hour and captured so many great photographs as well as moments. I will definitely use Bria again and also recommend her to my family & friends.
Bria Lynn PhotographyBria Lynn Photography
Meg G.
Linnea did an amazing job, and as far as professionalism, quality, and friendliness, she can't be beat. The indoor photos she took of our family (including two dogs) were fantastic and exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend her and will use her again myself in the future.
Linnea FarnsworthLinnea Farnsworth
Maria L.
Hassan did a great job working with my 1 year old to get some really amazing pictures! Aside from the amazing quality, he edited and got the finished photos back extremely fast. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for family portraits!
Hassan Malik PhotographyHassan Malik Photography
Katie M.
Just a wonderful experience through and through. Not only is Elizabeth an extremely talented photographer, she is very personable and professional. She was able to capture my little family (me, my husband, and our puppy) in such a beautiful way. Our personalities come through in our photos. The settings, selected by her, were all fantastic. I will cherish these pictures for years to come. THANK YOU Elizabeth! I look forward to shooting with you for the next occasion!
Elizabeth Hasier PhotographyElizabeth Hasier Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Carrie understood my needs and delivered 100% she was very agreeable to our decisions to change locations throughout the shoot yet gave her professional opinion on what scenes and spots would be best. She has a real talent and eye for photography and a very happy, friendly woman to work with! My children ages, 3 & 8 had the best time of their lives! They hate taking pictures in studios but having carrie meet us in old town and just run around and do our thing made the time magical. I will be using her again for all my family photos.
Karki Family PhotographyKarki Family Photography
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