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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.

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.

Reviews for Charlottesville professional photographers
Yun Y.
I needed professional headshots and Maisie’s photos turn out to be exactly what I wanted! She is super professional and she knows where the good photo spots are and how to pose for good photos. She even helps you edit the photos afterwards so that the lighting is better etc. She’s awesome!
Maisie Ellen PhotographyMaisie Ellen Photography
Bishal P.
We had Brandon for our daughter's one-year photo shoot. He was patient, understanding, and very professional. We got the photos back from me the very next day. I would recommend Brandon if you are looking for a good photographer around the Charlottesville/Northern VA area.
Brandon R. Walker PhotographyBrandon R. Walker Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Robert and his wife are amazing. They were consummate professionals for my daughter's photos. Mrs. Scott did an outstanding job on her makeup. Mr. Scott took great photos. Thank you both for everything.
Scott PhotographyScott Photography
Rebekka H.
Prompt response and flexible with scheduling photoshoot. Professional and on time. She also came ready with great ideas for the photo set up, positioning, backgrounds, etc. Great energy and efficient with time. Definitely plan on requesting Maisie's photography talent in the future.
Maisie Ellen PhotographyMaisie Ellen Photography
Shadi H.
We needed photography last.minute and Maisie came to the rescue. She was responsive and very professional. She has a keen eye and friendly demeanor.
Maisie Ellen PhotographyMaisie Ellen Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Melissa is truly a wonderful photographer! She was very attentive to what I wanted out of the photography and made sure it happened. She was very professional but also could really make me laugh, which was great in terms of actually getting me to have a genuine smile in the photos! I was really impressed at how attentive she was to subtle changed, lighting for example, while still capturing the whole picture as art as well--incorporating much of the environment. Overall I would recommend Melissa to anyone, she is a great photographer and really does fantastic work.
Melissa Batman PhotographyMelissa Batman Photography
Scott C.
We had a phenomenal experience with Mary. She is accommodating, professional, and fun to work with. The photos turned out even better than we could've expected!
Mary G Family PhotographyMary G Family Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Hunter was fantastic! He was professional, on time, and fantastic with our 1.5 year old son. The photos he got were exactly what we were looking for! Additionally, his turn around time on the shots were tremendous. I would highly recommend him for all your photography needs!
Hunter and Sarah PhotographyHunter and Sarah Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Scott was fun, punctual and creative. I am thrilled by the final product, which are professional looking photos I have used for my Linkedin and work email. Thanks Scott!
Scott PhotographyScott Photography
Lauren A.
I booked Brandon for a surprise photoshoot for my best friends bachelorette party. He was quick to respond, answer questions, and was the most fairly priced photographer in the area. On the date of our appointment he was punctual, professional and affable. He helped us with photo ideas and made everyone feel comfortable. It could not have gone better! We were ecstatic to receive our pictures the same night- they were easy to retrieve and share amongst the group. Whatever your photography needs- This is your guy!!
Brandon R. Walker PhotographyBrandon R. Walker Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Robert was professional and courteous. His personality made it easy to be in front of the camera. The pictures came out beautifully. I highly recommend Scott Photography and have already referred several business associates.
Scott PhotographyScott Photography
Valentina B.
I've hired Sheldon for headshots mostly intended for my professional profiles. He did a great job, photos look natural and professional, and overall of a high quality. The shoot itself was professional, yet fun and Sheldon provided great advice on how to get the best out of it. Throughout, he has been professional, fast and provided a great service.
Hunter and Sarah PhotographyHunter and Sarah Photography
Amber M.
Mary did a great job getting photos done for my family! We had 3 generations in the shoot including my grandmother with Alzheimer's and my 2 daughters, 6 months and 2.5 years. She was patient and professional! It was definitely a positive experience!
Mary G Family PhotographyMary G Family Photography
Binta E.
My husband and I could not be more pleased with our photos! Mary was very professional and she took some amazing pictures. Communication with Mary was great as she answered all e-mails right away. I would definitely recommend Mary.
Mary G Family PhotographyMary G Family Photography
Heather H.
My experience with Mary G Family Photography was excellent! She was on time, prepared, friendly, professional, and a Godsend. Great with kids and her price is very reasonable. My whole family enjoyed working with her, and I plan to hire her exclusively from now on.
Mary G Family PhotographyMary G Family Photography
Fareed A.
Maisie was absolutely wonderful to work with! She is very responsive, professional, and provides incredible value. I threw a couple curve-balls her way, given plans rarely ever go perfectly, and she was super flexible, understanding and kind the entire way. I highly, highly, recommend Maisie as a photographer!
Maisie Ellen PhotographyMaisie Ellen Photography
Kristen Z.
We felt that Asha Prime Photography was a great fit for us. We had a very low key backyard wedding ceremony with family that we wanted to capture on a budget. Mohammed was very kind and professional and came about 30 minutes early to get a feel for what we were looking for and also stayed 30 minutes late (at no cost). We feel that he has read prior reviews and adjusted based on feedback. We had some tough lighting to work with but he was very knowledgeable on how to deal with it and made little adjustments to accommodate. He was able to provide recommendations for poses, but also took the ones we requested and had good ideas on how to make them work. We would absolutely recommend him to flexible, laid back groups! We really enjoyed chatting with him about his work as well. We can’t wait to see the pictures. Thank you Asha Prime Photography!
Asha Prime PhotographyAsha Prime Photography
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