“Erin is wonderful with children! She has done our family pictures for 2 years now. Everyone is blown away with her pictures and always ask me who our photographer is. I would…” See all Citizen Snap Photography reviews
“I don’t often write yelp reviews, but Ashley deserves 5 stars! We just had 6 month family photos taken of our baby girl and wow, did Ashley deliver! There was a last min change of…” See all Ashley Kaplan Photography reviews
“Declan is amazing! Hired him for my mom’s retirement party. He not only had to navigate my crazy loud family but all my mom’s friends. The pictures came out great. He was able to…” See all Declan James Photography reviews
“I recommend Tristan Crane Photography 100%, without hesitation. We got married last year in the California redwoods, near where we used to live. The catch? We are now living…” See all Tristan Crane Photography reviews
A family photographer captures your family in a series of professionally edited portraits. You can be goofy, you can be formal, you can be exactly how you want to be. To that end, you can wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident — feeling good translates to looking good in photos. However, top family photographers do have some style suggestions that will make your family photos more visually cohesive:
$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.
“Let is an amazing photographer and such a lovely person to work with. She did our engagement and wedding photos. My husband and I didn’t know what the heck we were doing, but Let…” See all Letlove Photography reviews
“We were so lucky to have Michelle photograph our wedding in December in San Francisco. Michelle was always available to answer any questions we had, was extremely responsive (a…” See all Michelle Sibrian Photography reviews
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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.
“Our family had a blast during our photo session and Niall is just amazing! He’s not only talented with the camera, but he’s warm and fun! He keeps thing moving during the shoot…” See all Niall David Photography reviews
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“We love our photos .. Chung did a fabulous job getting our family to work together to get some great shots. We had a great experience and we highly recommend this studio!” See all Beauty and the Cutie | Chung Li Photography reviews
“Roland was our wedding photographer and we absolutely loved him! He is personable and fun to work with. He was right by our side the whole day and he made the whole experience…” See all Roland Yrani Photography reviews
“Russ did an amazing job handling photography for our wedding. His professionalism & experience shooting weddings is obvious when you see him work. He arrived at the venue 1-2 hours…” See all Russ Levi Photography reviews
“Sasha is an incredible professional. We have arrived late and a bit stressed about our shoot. Sasha has a very soothing manner of guiding you through the session. 15 min into our…” See all San Francisco Family Photographers reviews
“When my dad got sick, all of a sudden it became a critical time to get family photos taken as soon as possible. We hadn’t had professional family pictures taken in years! I turned…” See all K. Sienk Photography reviews
“Nicole has been capturing special moments for our family for a few years now. She is amazing with kids and is super good at making the day feel fun and comfortable. The results are…” See all Nicole Best Photography reviews
“I have known Emily’s photography skills for years! When I was a nanny she took pictures of the family I worked for and now she is capturing shots of our newborn! Her pictures and…” See all Photography By Emily Payne reviews
“We loved having Karina take our city hall wedding photos! She was really nice and made the whole process super easy and fun. I’m a little camera shy but she made us both feel so…” See all Karina Santos Photography reviews
“If you are looking for a wonderful photographer for a newborn shoot or otherwise Tumay with Little Forest is amazing! She came to my home and was so warm and friendly and was…” See all Tiny Forest Photography reviews
“Cameron is an outstanding, attentive photographer that is worth his weight in gold. He created a beautiful set of family photos for us, set both in our home and out in nature. He…” See all CH Cinema & Photo reviews
“Liz is one of the sweetest people I’ve worked with. She came highly recommended by several EA’s on my team when it came time to find a photographer for our global team meeting. She…” See all Liz Caruana Photography reviews
“I’ve seen lots of Trish’s work at CityArt and love it! My wife and I considered ourselves very lucky when it happened that she was a available and willing to shoot our wedding….” See all Trish Tunney Photography reviews
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:
“Eric has photographed three generations of our family beautifully. He manages to charm small children, teenagers, and older people out of their natural crankiness when faced with a…” See all Schumacher Photography Family Portraiture San Francisco reviews
“Augie was simply amazing! If you’re looking for a photographer Augie is your definitely your guy and is worth every penny. We hired Augie for engagement and wedding photos. He got…” See all Augie Chang Photography reviews
Ask the photographer for color suggestions if you’re doing an outdoor photo shoot. Location and time of day can affect which shades will fade in the sunlight and what will stand out in a good way. Stay away from a mix of stripes or plaids on multiple people — the effect is too busy.
Steer clear of tiny patterns, which blend together too much. Avoid wearing matching outfits. Do wear outfits that are complementary in color. Choose color over black-and-white outfits. Do choose a theme, such as pastels, fall colors or summer colors.
Opt for tonally similar colors. Go easy on makeup for outdoor photo shoots.
“We chose Albena to do our family photos and had a wonderful experience! We did a mini session, which was great for our 8 month old and 5 year old. With short attention spans and…” See all Albena Ilieva photography reviews
“We highly recommend Sweet Me photography! It was so convenient for our newborn daughter to be able to stay home & have these lovely photos taken. This is a great option for mom’s…” See all Sweet Me Photography reviews
“AMAZING!!! My husband and I had an amazing time with Christina. We booked a mini shoot. She was great at giving direction and making us feel comfortable in front of the camera. She…” See all Christina Szeto Photography reviews
“Katie is amazing! She brings a sense of ease to her photography sessions which is so appreciated when you’re trying to capture babies & toddlers! She rolls with whatever & never…” See all Katie Rain Photography reviews
“Just had my portrait done while at Craftcation. Sarah was great to work with. She made getting my photo taken painless and almost fun. She was great at directing me and the…” See all Portraits To The People Photography reviews
“Desmond and Roxy are worth their weight in gold. From the weeks before the wedding when they planned out the shots with us, to the wedding day itself where they managed to make…” See all Desmond Charles Photography reviews
“Maryam is an amazingly photographer! Extremely professional and really gives it her all in order to get the perfect shot. I would recommend to anyone in the Bay Area to book her…” See all Maryam Hadi Photography reviews
“WHY ISN’T EVERYONE IN THE BAY AREA USING DARIK FOR FAMILY PORTRAITS? For 43 years now my family has had family portraits taken yearly. This was by far the best experience I have…” See all Darik Kobata Photography reviews
“We hired Amanda and team for our wedding in Napa and I could not have asked for a better team to photograph our wedding day!! They put so much work into every little detail and…” See all Amanda Wei Photo & Blueberry Photography reviews
“I have had the pleasure of knowing Torrey for a few years now as what I would like to call our family photographer and a friend. I can’t imagine not having pictures done by her,…” See all Torrey Fox Photography reviews
“I’ve had the pleasure to work with Michelle many times now and she’s definitely my favorite photographer to work with! We first worked together for a magazine shoot, and the…” See all Michelle Sibrian Photography reviews
“Ashley and her assistant did an incredible job on our wedding photos! My husband and I honestly had such a great time shooting with her. She totally got our style and was so much…” See all Ashley Paige Photography reviews
“Best passport photo shop that I have ever been to, and I have been to many over the decades. Why, you ask? It’s really quite simple. This shop has taken it to a different standard….” See all Express Photo Digital Best Photo reviews
“I am really happy with my wedding photos shot by Traci. My husband and I planned a destination wedding so we had the disadvantage of not being able to meet our vendors. Traci was…” See all Traci Griffin Photography reviews
“Sarah is a wonderful photographer. We had a mini family photo session with her in the fall, and she was fantastic. Our kids are usually shy, but she charmed them immediately, and…” See all Sarah Sloboda Photography reviews
“Jeremy really is the BEST. I scheduled a Real Estate business photo shoot with him after my broker had recommended him. The photo’s have exceeded my expectations. I normally have a…” See all JCO Studios reviews
“Let was wonderful during our professional shoot! She was so good at navigating a large group while dealing with high turbulent winds! I am forever thankful to have her as our…” See all Letlove Photography reviews
“I had my city hall wedding photographed by Rachel with the help of Jessica, and from start to finish the entire process was so great. We were flying into SF from Canada so to book…” See all Amanda Wei Photo & Blueberry Photography reviews
“When we first asked our wedding planner for a photographer, she told us about Roland, and we couldn’t have been happier. After our first meeting with him, it was apparent that…” See all Roland Yrani Photography reviews
“We used Jennifer as our wedding day photographer and she blew us away! Jennifer and her assistant captured the day exactly how we had hoped. We look at the pictures and can feel…” See all A Girl and A Camera Photography reviews
“We had an engagement session with the whole family at Half Moon Bay , Ca . Jean-Baptiste did a great job ! The whole family loved the pictures !! He managed to capture beautiful…” See all JBJ Pictures Wedding Photography reviews
“Laurie is so amazing. She is the best photographer I have ever worked with. Everyone who has seen the pictures was raving about how it turned out. I would highly recommend her to…” See all Laurie W. Photography reviews
“Alex and Anastasia are an absolute pleasure to work with! I was planning my wedding in California from Georgia and had contacted several photographers, and from the very beginning…” See all RedSphere Studios reviews
“Carly is the best family photographer we’ve had. The quality of her work speaks for itself, it is artwork for the walls of our new home! At the shoot itself, shes energetic and…” See all Carly Tabak Photography reviews
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“We are so grateful for the beautiful photos Anna took of our family… she captured some very sweet pictures when we were all just being ourselves and I cherish those candid…” See all Anna Psalmond Photography reviews
“Guests at wedding: “You got Augie?!?” My wife and I: “yup” Guests at wedding: “OMG!!” What can I say, Augie is as good as it gets when it comes to wedding photography. You’ll have…” See all Augie Chang Photography reviews
“Liz was wonderful to work with! She gave us great advice on what colors to avoid for our outfits and even asked for photos of them beforehand. She suggested a beautiful location at…” See all Liz Caruana Photography reviews
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“My husband and I LOVED Mike. He always responded quickly and answered any questions he could, even when we were out of the country. He was so helpful with the City Hall process and…” See all Choco Studio & City Hall Wedding Photographer reviews
“Mark is awesome, very professional and organized. It was our first time taking family photos at studio and he made it so bearable. We enjoyed every moment of it. Can’t wait to try…” See all Krush Photo Suites reviews