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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Milwaukee photo shoots
Nathan U.
A great in and out photo shoot that is quick and easy with great results.
Dream River Event PhotographyDream River Event Photography
Christina L.
I haven't gotten my photos yet so I cannot comment on the quality of work but from what I saw on her camera during the photo shoot, they are going to turn out great !! She was very flexible and we negotiated a time and price !! She was so nice, supportive, and encouraging during the photo shoot !! I would highly highly recommend !!!
Photos By SheinaPhotos By Sheina
Thumbtack Customer
Steve created a comfortable environment and our doctors enjoyed the photo shoot session! We will definitely hire him again!
Bourelle PhotographyBourelle Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Samantha did an outstanding job on our family photos. She was open and receptive to location, time and details of what I wanted for the photo shoot. Her communication while setting up the shoot was professional and timely. The photos that she provided captured the spirit of my family. She provided edited images quickly on-line and sent a high res disc with all images. I would recommend her services and absolutely book her again!
Samantha Lauren PhotographySamantha Lauren Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Abbie is the best! I will look to Stories Framed for all future photography needs! Abbie makes you feel comfortable right away and is a lot of fun to do a photo shoot with! Thanks, Abbie! I'm very happy with the shots.
Stories Framed Photography, LLCStories Framed Photography, LLC
Richard S.
Monte was great to work with, both in terms of technical skill and talent, and in making me feel comfortable and relaxed during the photo shoot. I was very pleased with the photos, the cost, and with how quickly the photos were ready for me. Would definitely work with Monte at ME Design again for a photo project, and would not hesitate to recommend to others.
ME Design StudiosME Design Studios
Lucas A.
Scheduled an appointment, did the shoot, and had my photos all within a week!!! Working with Steven was a great experience and I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a professional headshot. He is as friendly as he is talented.
Bourelle PhotographyBourelle Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Steven is extremely efficient. In addition to coming to us for our family portrait he got set up in minutes! We knocked out many different photo locations and poses, if you will, in less than an hour. It probably helped that this group included 4 adults. In addition to a great experience during our shoot, Steven was very quick to edit our photos and send over the photo samples. Love that we get 10 free downloads too!
Bourelle PhotographyBourelle Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you Steve and Lynne for capturing our wonderful memories and it was a pleasure to have chooses you. Your photography is outstanding and you have captured our life story so beautifully and the whole experience felt so personal and warm even in the cold winter outdoor shoot :) We really appreciate every little effort Lynne has put into out shoot to make it more beautiful. Thank you. Shilpa ~ Joseph
Bourelle PhotographyBourelle Photography
Genna L.
My fiancé and I are so glad we chose Dennis to be our engagement photographer! Dennis was immediately attuned to our personalities and present mood, and was skillful in working with (or in spite of?) both to create a fun atmosphere and great photography. Dennis was very communicative and helpful in figuring out what we wanted from our engagement shoot. For the amount of time Dennis spent with us, to the quality of his work, and the number of great shots we received from our session, I was nothing but impressed by Dennis. I'd give ten stars if I could!
Dennis Felber PhotographyDennis Felber Photography
Alex A.
Prairie was excellent! She reached out to my photography request with her offer right away. She was very professional, responsive and willing to work with our schedule. We were vacationing in MKE and only had 2 days left before we were headed home, so it was super last minute. She was able to meet us before another shoot at 9:30 am on a Sunday. She had a little sneak peak ready for us by Tuesday and the rest of the files sent to us by Friday! She was super pleasant to work with and we are so pleased!
Prairie Lynn PhotographyPrairie Lynn Photography
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