The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (2023)

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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 London photographers

Anu A.

I used their photographer for a 50th birthday party. It was a big formal event and I was hoping to capture the evening in photos. Pros: communication is good. It was quite easy to book a photographer. We received our photos in less than 12 hours via a link which we could share with our guests.Cons: the photo quality was terrible! They are not high resolution photos. File sizes are less than 1.5 MB and some photos were less than 1MB! We cannot even see these photos on our laptop screen, forget about HD TV. They look super grainy and there aren’t enough pixels to do any editing. I take photos in JPEG in my Nikon. The file sizes are a minimum of 5-7 MB. The sad part is that the photographer had good equipment. She shot the photos in small!! If I ever hire from this agency again, the camera and settings would be mine and I would just pay for someone to click.

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (1)Candidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer - SF

Vlad S.

Tri is a very talented and professional photographer. I would highly recommend Tri to anyone who is looking for an portrait photos.

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (2)Tri Nguyen Photography "Thumbtack's Best of 2020"

Thumbtack Customer

Tri was really professional in handling my request. This was the first time he was doing food related photography but he aced it. All the photographs on my site are from him. Would definitely go back to him for my future food photography needs.

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (3)Tri Nguyen Photography "Thumbtack's Best of 2020"

Thumbtack Customer

I had the best photo experience with Doug Thompson. He was courteous, helpful and efficient. And I love the photos he took. I would recommend him highly and also go back when I need an updated photo. Thanks for your service!

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (4)PhotoRadiance

John F.

Photos turned out great. I was impressed.

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (5)Sound of Hue Photography

YingHong L.

Teal is the best and most professional photographer I've ever met. He is extra nice and patient. My families like him very much! He offered a lot of ideas for our wedding photos, catching every beautiful moments. I looked so spontaneous in the photos. To me taking nice photos is the most important thing, as I was bummed out of being away from my families due to pandemic, so sending them photos is the most way to share the joy and happiness. Teal helped us made it, I really appreciate the time we spent together!

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (6)Teal Mandzik Photography

David R.

DO NOT USE! The pricing point is very attractive but the quality is not good at all. You don’t get to choose your photographer. They’re very disorganized and confused. Not sure if they screen their photographers before hiring. But it appears they just hire just anybody with a camera. Photos are blurry and so bright we can’t use them. For the price we paid, after they get their cut , I can only imagine the photographer themselves are getting paid pennys, which also would probably make them cut corners. PAY a real photographer and get your moneys worth! Or just use you iPhone!

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (7)Candidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer - SF

Elisabeth P.

Elizabeth was very enjoyable and easy to work with. She was also extremely fast sending us the photo gallery after the event. The photos look amazing, and Elizabeth made the entire process very easy for us. I would highly recommend her!

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (8)Elizabeth Dixon Photography'

Cajal P.

Nico did an amazing job in just a little over an hour. He took thousands of photos and sent the best ones back in a little over a week. There are soo many great photos. I have a hard time figuring out which ones I want to frame. It wasn’t an easy task either. My two year old is rambunctious, and he managed to capture his spirit in the photos with the cutest smiles. Highly recommend him.

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (9)Atler Photography and Videography

Cheryl S.

Sariya was amazing!! I am so happy I was able to hire a photographer for my event!!

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (10)Stroud Industries

Karen S.

Brian offered helpful scheduling flexibility, a warm, encouraging presence and a strong interest in providing the service I wanted. He was punctual, engaging, and creative in the process of taking photos. I'm grateful for the excellent results: professional and inviting photographs that fit my coaching business. He's well worth the fee!

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (11)Brian Byllesby Photography

Arline F.

So happy we were able to set up a family photo session with Stacy at the last minute. It was the perfect way to celebrate my 50th to capture our special time at the beach house. We are so happy with the photos and can't wait to hang them at our new place! Awesome job Stacey!!!

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (12)s1aceyvisuals

Neha K.

I can't speak enough about the quality of work produced by Vishnu. Our Wedding photographs are gorgeous, and the presentation is spectacular! Our families and friends loved the pictures too. He has excellent taste in his photo selections, which is evident on his website. I would gladly recommend Vishnu to everyone for an event that they are considering.

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (13)Yin & Yang Studios

Sarah c.

This review is LONG overdue! Alex came to our company to take headshots for the team. We have about 19 people in our office, and Alex took the time to make sure that he was able to get great photos of each person. Before the shoot, he was super responsive over email, and answered literally every question I had (I asked A LOT)! The photos turned out great, and my team was very happy with the outcome. He also took a bunch of team photos, which were awesome! I will definitely book him again!

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (14)Alex Ham Photography

Neena B.

Quality of photos is so so. Good for a casual event that you want to keep memories from. If you're expecting great captures, look elsewhere.

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (15)Candidly - Your Neighborhood Photographer - SF

Alecia H.

One of the best photographers I've worked with. Completely professional. Replied to emails quickly, arrived early, was proactive and made sure to capture the shots we wanted for the production. I would absolutely hire him again.

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (16)Tri Nguyen - Bay Area Event Photography

Shivani R.

I really loved working with Michael. He handled my anxious self a month before the wedding. There was a snag during the wedding and our mood plummeted; Michael cheered us up for the post-wedding photos. I would highly recommend him

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (17)Michael Keel Weddings/Events Photography

Va v.

I had to get some photos taken and was looking for something reasonable priced. Michael was responsive and so was able to schedule and appointment on the same day. He and his wife were really easy to work with and had suggestions for locations. I would recommend them.

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (18)Michael Carpenter Photography

Anupma R.

We hired Stavan for capturing special moments from our daughter's first birthday party. The photos were outstanding. He did mostly candid shots , just how we wanted. He is highly professional and very responsive. We would highly recommend him.

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (19)Vision infinie by Stavan

Thumbtack Customer

I recently got acting headshots from Brian. It was great working with him! He was very friendly, and I felt comfortable enough to try out some awesome expressions/poses/etc.We would do a series of shots, then look at them on his laptop so that I could see what was working and what wasn't and adjust accordingly. With previous photographers, they would just do a bunch of shoots, then show me the photos online the next day.Brian found a great hair and makeup professional who made me look and feel beautiful!And finally, I appreciated that Brian was really flexible about timing, editing, background setup, etc.Thanks Brian!

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (20)Brian Byllesby Photography

Tracy x.

Stavan went out of the way to take pictures for our 10 anniversary. He was pleasant to work with and made you at ease when taking pictures. He was able to capture the best moments that were way beyond my imagination. I would recommend him to anyone who’s looking for a fun, professional and creative photographer.

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (21)Vision infinie by Stavan

Thumbtack Customer

Tri took pictures of our rugby team and they are absolutely incredible. He did a photoshoot of the individual players wearing their uniforms or shirtless. He captured each persons energy and masculinity. He is brilliant with lighting and has unique ideas. I appreciate how he was generous with his time and I received a digital download of all the photos just two days after the photoshoot.

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (22)Tri Nguyen Photography "Thumbtack's Best of 2020"

Diana B.

It was pleasant to work with Maria on our family photoshoot, she is so patient and professional! She gave us good suggestions for our clothing color selections to best suit the scene. She is also very patient with our little one and just worked with the flow our girl leads. She captured her smiles and emotions naturally. The set of photos will be one of our best family memories in 2020!

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (23)Maria Stokolosa

Jen H.

As a photographer myself capturing my wedding vision was incredibly important. RF came through for me with only 2 weeks to spare before my wedding. They showed up early and got to work right away. They made sure to show me their progress throughout the day to make sure they were capturing my vision. I was impressed with what I saw and I cannot wait to see them all!

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (24)RF CREATE

Sarah H.

I requested a slightly-cheesey "JC Penney"-style shoot and Vish totally delivered! His in-home studio has a variety of backdrops and props, and he kindly provided water. The package he offered us included all of the RAW files which was a fantastic deal and enabled me to see that in addition to the "good" shots, the "outtakes" in some ways created the best story. His edits were generous and fast as well.This was my first experience on Thumbtack and I was a bit nervous about showing up to a stranger's house with my kids, but I had zero reason to be - Vish was great! The photos were exactly what we wanted and he made us comfortable the whole time.

The 10 Best Photographers Near Me (with Free Estimates) (25)PhotoUncle

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