“Evelyn took our engagement photos and our baby’s baptism. Her work speaks for itself!!! She does amazing work! She is super easy going and has an eye for an artistic shot. Her…” See all Ev Marquee Photography reviews
“What a pleasure it was to work with Stephen – we booked him to take photos at my husband’s birthday party. Stephen is a consummate professional, punctual and creative. His…” See all Steven Gregory Photography reviews
“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 recently had a great experience getting Newborn shots for our baby boy and wholeheartedly recommend working with Julia. Here a couple of the main reasons why: – Flexibility:…” See all Julia Christina Photography reviews
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“We just got married two weeks ago and could not be happier with choosing Rona as our photographer. I was a little skeptical at first as we found him on Craigslist so had no idea…” See all Rona Chan Photography reviews
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“We are so happy with our baby and family (including our 4 legged family) photos from Anna. Anna is very professional and arrived on time. She brought all of the props with her and…” See all Anna Psalmond Photography reviews
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.
“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
“Sasha from San Francisco Family Photographers is amazing! We’ve done maternity, baby and family photos with him many times and we’ve always been super happy. He’s an excellent…” See all San Francisco Family Photographers 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
“Sarah is the best! I’m a crazy researcher type… and when I knew I needed photographs for my new business website I researched everywhere online to find the best in town! What I…” See all Portraits To The People Photography reviews
“Cameron and Heather are the ultimate dream team — highly skilled at what they do (capturing life’s timeless moments), incredibly personable, with an impeccable eye for design….” See all CH Cinema & Photo reviews
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.
“We had a fantastic experience with Niall, shooting family portraits in the city with our 2 and 4 year old daughters. Perhaps I should rephrase that; my daughters were less than…” See all Niall David Photography reviews
“I’m so happy we decided to hire Liz to shoot our wedding up in Mendocino this fall. She has such a wonderful eye for capturing beautiful moments and the spirit of an event. We…” See all Liz Daly Photography reviews
“Kim photographed our baby boy at 17 days old, and I just have to say the experience was simply FANTASTIC! As a first time mom with newborn, it was hectic enough juggling…” See all K. Sienk Photography reviews
“TRUST ME, Victoria will give you exactly what you’re looking for, and if you’re unsure about what you want, she’ll patiently help you figure it out! I got my acting headshots done…” See all Vien Rouge Photography reviews
“We did a mini-session with Carly last week and are super happy with the results! Our daughter wasn’t in a great mood on the day of our shoot, but Carly was able to make us all…” See all Carly Tabak Photography reviews
“I found Genevieve online after looking at way too many photographers’ websites. Once I got to her website showcasing her work, I knew she was the photographer for us. This was my…” See all Genevieve Lauren Photography reviews
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“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
“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
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.
“First things first – if we could give more than five stars, we would!!! Let and her team of photographers were incredible and we are so glad we decided to book them to shoot our…” See all Letlove Photography reviews
“Declan is amazing! He was able to manage 2 adults, a baby, and a coonhound and make us all look good. He was super patient; we never felt rushed. His positioning and location…” See all Declan James 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
“Had the BEST experience working with Tumay from Tiny Forest Photography. My coworker and I needed shots for some publicity, and loved her lifestyle portraits. The final images are…” See all Tiny Forest 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
“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
“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
“How can I express how deeply happy and thankful I am to have Jasmine photograph my wedding and engagement shoot? Jasmine did a phenomenal job with both and I cherish all of the…” See all Jasmine Lee Photography reviews
“We chose Choco Studio to take our engagement photos in the San Francisco area. Mike is an excellent photographer. He is warm, friendly, and professional. His passion for…” See all Choco Studio & City Hall Wedding Photographer reviews
“Ashley is an AMAZING photographer. It’s hard to put into words how fortunate we feel to have had her as the photographer for our wedding because she captured each moment…” See all Ashley Paige Photography reviews