It's already October, which means it's almost November, and almost December, which means the holidays will be here before you know it. If you haven't started thinking about your family's holiday photos for this year, it's probably about that time. First thing's first—find a great photographer.
Thumbtack is a website that allows you to search through loads of local professional photographers to find the person who best fits your style and needs. To get started, just type "photographer" in the search box and various categories of photography will pop up. Choose "portrait." Then enter your zip code and answer a series of questions to ensure you find the perfect fit.
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You can select how many final, edited shots you'd like to receive, as well as the format you'd like to receive them on (digital, CD, flash drive, album, or physical proofs).
And then choose your price range, where you're at in the hiring process (like, if you're ready to hire someone ASAP or sometime in the future), and when you'd like the photos to be taken. Once you submit your information, you'll receive an email with your matches, and you can check out their websites to see if their style is what you're looking for. Communicate directly with the photographer, then book it once you're ready, and check family photos off your to-do list.