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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a photographer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a photographer, see if the photographer can take photos outdoors or in a large space so all involved parties can maintain the recommended distance between themselves. You should also sanitize surfaces, avoid handshakes, don’t make any other physical contact and use digital platforms to complete payments. Speak with a local photographer in your area to put a strategy in place.

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.

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.

Reviews for Richmond professional photographers
Allen N.
Working with Kona Blue Photography was extremely easy and professional. He was very responsive and ensured to provide a great photography experience.
Kona Blue PhotographyKona Blue Photography
Karen J.
Responsive, prompt, professional and creative- creates beautiful photos!
Tori Fielding PhotographyTori Fielding Photography
Rubie J.
Kyle was very professional, knowledgeable in our phone conversations and the photos met our expectations. In addition, the feedback from the subject of the photos was also very complimentary.
Kyle Boykin PhotographyKyle Boykin Photography
Lydia M.
Kyle was great. A real professional! Can’t wait to get all the photos.
Kyle Boykin PhotographyKyle Boykin Photography
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
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
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
Logan K.
Sony was great, as someone who has never had professional photos taken he was extremely helpful and made sure it was a super easy process. Very nice guy and the photos came out looking absolutely great, would recommend to anyone.
VBS Creations PhotographyVBS Creations 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 Petography LLCBrittany Rose Petography LLC
Krol l.
The photographer was professional all the time without forgetting to be friendly, he had a lot of patience and always showed his best attitude. ♥️
Caught By Storm PhotographyCaught By Storm Photography
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
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
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
Aaron P.
Thank you so much for such an awesome experience. From start to finish John was professional, courteous and most importantly, talented! He really has an eye for photography. The raw photos were amazing, and the finished product?? Out of this world! 100/100 would recommend! He even highlighted our melanin tones, without oversaturating them~
Tack Sharp ImagesTack Sharp Images
Jer W.
Although I ended up not using Kevin because of scheduling issues with my publisher, I will say that he was professional, courteous, and responsive to my requests. He asked the right gestions about the shoot and offered good suggestions as to when and where to have the photo session. In the future, if I need to hire a photographer, I will definitely contact him.
Kevin M Collins PhotographyKevin M Collins Photography
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
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
Jessica H.
I can’t rave enough about this company! Dehja is the absolute most professional photographer! My fiancé and I were traveling from out of town and needed more assistance than the average client for photographs, and she went above and beyond to bring my unique vision for the photography project to LIFE; in such a short time frame! Not to mention, she was punctual, extremely responsive and an absolute joy to be around! I’ve already recommended her to family and friends who live in the city. You definitely won’t regret booking her!
SunbeamAffectsSunbeamAffects
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
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
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
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
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
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
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