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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 Richmond professional photographers
Karen J.
Responsive, prompt, professional and creative- creates beautiful photos!
Tori Fielding PhotographyTori Fielding Photography
Portia F.
Phillip was very prompt in replying to my request. His professionalism, quality of work, and customer service are unparalleled! I highly recommend using Phillip Andrews Photography LLC for all of your photography needs. Regards, Portia
Philip Andrews Photography LLCPhilip Andrews Photography LLC
Christie K.
Karen was very professional and creative in ways to obtain the best pictures. She has a way of putting everyone at ease (including our horse) and capturing very natural photos. We were extremely pleased with her photography.
Karen Gage PhotographyKaren Gage Photography
Sue H.
Lorenzo Williams did a wonderful job photographing my family for Christmas pictures. Easy to work with and very professional
Acid Media PhotographyAcid Media Photography
Maniya E.
Hired her to take photos of my sister and her pup. She was super responsive, professional, and the pictures came out beautifully.
Brittany Rose Photography LLCBrittany Rose Photography LLC
Jessica C.
Our experience with Emily was amazing! We had an engagement session and it was our first professional photo shoot together. She made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera for being first timers. Would defintely recommend to anyone looking for a great photographer!
M. PhotoM. Photo
Reda M.
BEST PHOTOGRAPHER OUT RVA NO QUESTION! Complete professional, they took digitals for my agent out in New York and they came out great! Saved me a exhausting 6 hour trip to NYC. (Attached photo is raw he offers to edit if you need)
LG Media LLCLG Media LLC
Faryal m.
John is very professional and made us feel very comfortable while he was taking the photos. The results were amazing and very well priced!!
Tack Sharp ImagesTack Sharp Images
Kimberly E.
Phil was fantastic to work with in every way. Communication was easy, and he was extremely responsive to messages! Not to mention, his quality of work! WOW! I am still so mesmerized at how beautiful the photos came out! If you want a photographer who is friendly, professional, and amazing at what they do, Phil is the one for you! 100% would recommend!
Philip Andrews Photography LLCPhilip Andrews Photography LLC
Bethanie N.
I couldn't have been more pleased with the work and professionalism. The team made our wedding day the best ever. I couldn't have chosen a better photographer.
JB ConceptsJB Concepts
Brenda D.
Derrick was with us every through the entire process of wedding from the Engagement Photos, Bridal Portrait Photos and the Day of Event. I cannot say enough about his professionalism. He was punctual for every appointment and responded to each call in a reasonable time frame. Derrick is very personable and took his time with the bride to make sure all of her questions were answered. The photo albums were beautiful. We have even made a new friend. I would definitely recommend Jamison Media LLC!
Jamison Media LLCJamison Media LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Emily did an outstanding job with our engagement shoot! Not only was her pricing extremely affordable, she had excellent professionalism, creativity, skill, and communication. Her turn-aroud time for sending us the photos was unheard of, too -- next day we had the link to all the photos she'd taken of us. And we have over 100 photos from 2 locations combined. Emily was patient, flexible, eager to please, and definitely someone I'd book again. Hire her and you won't be disappointed!
M. PhotoM. Photo
Takeya H.
Daniel was very quick to respond to my inquiry and conduced his services in a very professional manner. I would definitely recommend him to anyone asking for a great quality and reliable photographer!
Bowler ImagesBowler Images
Thumbtack Customer
I host a Garden Party at my home but wanted a professional photographer to capture all of the ladies in their hats and more. I hired Hidden Exposure to capture the event and tell a story and she did!!! The pictures were beautiful. The photographer. Captured each lady on the red carpet to ladies sitting at tables under the cathedral tent!! Group pictures, spontaneous pictures, and pictures of the ladies hats,...just beautiful!!
Hidden Exposure PhotographyHidden Exposure Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Robert did an excellent job photographing a concert I presented. He was professional, friendly, had an artistic eye, and really took into account what kind of images I needed. I will definitely hire him again.
Scott PhotographyScott Photography
William W.
Dele photographed my secret engagement... in the middle of the James River... on an 80+ degree day... and also managed to capture excellent 1080p video. He was fantastic, professional, and reasonably priced. I highly recommend his work.
Dele Rockson MediaDele Rockson Media
Kevin H.
The prospect and finding, hiring, and posing for a professional photographer was all brand new territory, and admittedly quite daunting for me. Daniel took what little information/vision I was able to offer and managed to painlessly produce exacted what I was looking for in an unreasonably short amount of time. The turnaround and value for what Daniel provides is remarkable! All that said - Daniel DID have the benefit of photographing Richmond's most adorable model.
Bowler ImagesBowler Images
Gwen W.
She really knew how to work with families and get them to relax and photo wonderfully! She’s also great at getting all angles, backgrounds and textures. Quite a fun experienced professional! We would definitely hire her again!!!
DesignsbyBritt  LLCDesignsbyBritt LLC
Katy M.
Nikki was AMAZING for our early morning wedding photos! Her professionalism and passion for her work was unbeatable! She was also very flexible in working with us to figure out what we wanted for our pictures. Highly recommend her!
Nicki Metcalf PhotographyNicki Metcalf Photography
Alice M.
Mark jumped in on our project on a day's notice! He was very professional, the client really liked him, and in addition of covering the presentation and audience, group photos and outdoor shots of the property, he brought a DRONE and got us great aerial shots. I highly recommend Mark!
Mark East PhotographyMark East Photography
Thumbtack Customer
The pictures and videos came out wonderful! He was able to capture every aspect of my daughter's 3rd birthday party including her spontaneous personality. He was very professional and was able to work around the crowd. Best of all, I was able to relax and enjoy the party. My husband, who unfortunely is deployed and was unable to attend the party will be able to view the birthday party photos immediately online. We will treasure these photos for many years to come. I would highly recommend him and certainly would hire him again. Thank You!!!
Bruce Vartan Boyajian PhotographyBruce Vartan Boyajian Photography
Aquaelle m.
What can i sayy! Kris did sooo good on my baby photos literally! He have so much patients an very professional with everything my family really enjoyed our shoot for my baby 1st bday❤ you defiantly have new clients over here!!
Kris Nolan PhotographyKris Nolan Photography
Deondra w.
Tony did such a great job on my graduate photos the results left me speechless. He was very professional and in tuned to what I was going for in my photos. On the day of the shoot he was prepared, timely, and had props with him to add personality to my shoot!! He also came very affordable and you can tell in his work ethic that he put his clients first. I originally wanted a sunset look but was afraid we'd finish too early but everything ended up working out perfectly!! I highly recommend Tony !!
N/FocusFlim mediaN/FocusFlim media
Giovana M.
Stephanie was simply amazing! She was very flexible and just so laid back and professional. We truly felt comfortable taking pictures and she captured beautiful photos for us to remember our especially day. We would highly suggest her work and recommend to everyone we know. We will be using her services for our next adventures/especial events :)
Stephanie Dennehy PhotographyStephanie Dennehy Photography
Anissa M.
Can there be a million stars? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Daniel is such a phenomenal photographer. His eye for detail, flexibility, patience with children/animals, professionalism is not comparable. We asked in such a short notice for a wedding outback and he was able to fit us in with great communication. My wife and I felt so comfortable and accepted having Daniel capture our memories. Highly recommended for any LGTBQ+A couples, unconventional, or straight.
Bowler ImagesBowler Images
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