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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.

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.

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.

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.

What should you wear for a family photo?

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:

  • 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.
Reviews for Scottsdale family photographers
Thumbtack Customer
Was very easy to work with! We are happy with our family photos.
Jaysn Valentine PhotographyJaysn Valentine Photography
Karen W.
Amanda was professional, personable, on-time. She made our family photo shoot a lot of fun....I’m excited to see her finished photos
Amanda Karis PhotographyAmanda Karis Photography
Darcie W.
Kelly was awesome! I love our family photos. She did a great job.
Shawna G.
We absolutely love our family photos and had such a great experience working with Harrison! My kids are nearly impossible to photograph, but Harrison made it fun and interactive, and he got some amazing pictures of our family. We can't wait to work with him again!
Harrison Hurwitz PhotographyHarrison Hurwitz Photography
Cheryl L.
Stacy was great to work with! She was very professional and captured some great photos of our family!
On The Rocks PhotographyOn The Rocks Photography
Yasmine S.
We have the most beautiful family photos thanks to Opal Media! Great team, great work!
Opal MediaOpal Media
Jac W.
Amazing experience, our family loved the photos. We were together for a family reunion weekend. We were able to get a bunch of different variations, individual families and group shots. Really efficient with time and overall highly recommend!
Event PhotoEvent Photo
Whitney D.
Stacy did an amazing job with my family photos! I needed an early morning time because I have tons of small kids in my family and we had to work around multiple nap times. She arrived early, was professional and great with the kids, and took beautiful photos that my whole family is in love with. I’ve never met a photographer who can make everyone look so effortlessly gorgeous (especially 3 kids under 3!) She’s a miracle worker! You won’t regret going with Stacy!
On The Rocks PhotographyOn The Rocks Photography
Candace V.
I decided last minute to have family photos taken while my in laws were on town the weekend before Christmas. Connie and her husband worked well together and were very accommodating and flexible. The pictures of 3 generations well exceeded my expectations. The photos are absolutely beautiful. Will use CW photography again!
CWLIFE PhotographyCWLIFE Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Anne did an awesome job! She was so nice and took the cutest pics of my girls and I, and I even had a fussy baby that she somehow got perfect photos of :) I will definately recommend TAQ Photography to all my friends and family!
TAQ PhotographyTAQ Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We were looking for someone to take photos of our family. Thumbtack provided us with a wonderful photographer that we couldn't have found in our own. We were impressed with the number of people who responded to our inquiry. We'll use Thumbtack again.
Event PhotoEvent Photo
Danielle M.
Anne did such a wonderful job! Anne is very relaxed and open to your ideas for photo positions as well as suggesting poses. We felt very comfortable and not rushed. Anne captured every photo we had in mind and did a great job on edits. Thank you Anne for sharing your expertise and capturing the first photos of our new family!
TAQ PhotographyTAQ Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Great job shooting our family photos! Lori was such a pleasure to work with that our kids are still talking about her! Reasonable, friendly, professional, and trustworthy. Highly recommend!
Lori Krenzen PhotographyLori Krenzen Photography
Carla E.
In December 2021, Don photographed seven members of our family for my husband's and my 50th Wedding Anniversary. Our entire family was very pleased with his service. He arrived on time, and did not rush us. He was very friendly and explained what he needed from us, while also entertaining us. The quality of his photos was excellent. We would definitely use Don again. It was an enjoyable and friendly experience. He even enjoyed visiting with the Dog.
Don Laurence PhotographyDon Laurence Photography
Nicole N.
Stacey was perfect! She showed up on time and quickly got to work taking tons of photos of my family. She even got some amazing photos of our two dogs (who would not sit still). She got the edited photos back to us in less than a week and they are all beautiful. I am so glad that we found her. Absolutely worth it, highly recommend.
Stacey Fergelec PhotographyStacey Fergelec Photography
Jennifer W.
Jared was very responsive, flexible, and willing to accommodate my request for a photographer the very next day. He stayed longer than expected, to capture additional shots, which was amazing! The photos looked great, and he edited them so myself and my family looked even better, lol! I would recommend hiring Jared without any reservation.
Jared DuBose PhotographyJared DuBose Photography
Meaghan S.
Anne was incredibly easy to connect with. From the moment I requested photography services using Thumbtack, she was among the first to reply and had a very competitive quote. We corresponded regularly in the lead up to our family portrait session, with Anne providing helpful advice on all sorts of issues (including location, since we were from out of town). On the day of our scheduled portrait session, she was punctual, friendly, and worked incredibly efficiently. We made it challenging for her, what with all of the little kids running around, but Anne was pro throughout and now we have gorgeous photographic reminders of our multi-generational family reunion in Arizona. Thanks Anne!
TAQ PhotographyTAQ Photography
Jose G.
Meredith was great to work with. My family was in town for my dad's birthday so we decided to take family pictures. There was a total of 15 of us ranging from 70yrs to 6 months. Meredith did a great job and was a pleasure to work with. She did great with all the kids and she picked out the perfect location. We enjoyed working with her so much that we hired her again to take my daughter's senior pictures. Not only is she a great photographer, she is really nice and professional. Meredith, thank you so much.
2 Comforts Photography2 Comforts Photography
Thumbtack Customer
So glad to have found Kristin for my family's first ever mini-session! First of all, she takes great pictures and is very reasonably priced. And I appreciated that the session was professional, but laid back. The fact that my 2 year old and husband smiled throughout the whole thing meant the world to me. Will treasure these photos forever and I have recommended her to friends to give her a try. Thank you Kristin!
Kristin McDade PhotographyKristin McDade Photography
Gabby M.
Taya was very accommodating to my needs. She took my suggestions and provided her professional opinion that helped me with some great posses. She was willing to go to the site I wanted and work with the environment. She offered a great price that I could not find anywhere else. Though it took awhile to get the photos it was well worth the wait. They turned out amazing and she was willing to do some touch ups after the photos were edited. We even had fun time as I was doing two different outfit changes. I will be recommending Taya to my friends and family in the future .Also any other projects I may have in the future!
Taya Thomas PhotographyTaya Thomas Photography
Janine S.
Erica was amazing, such a talented photographer! We had a fantastic and fun experience as Erica exceeded our expectations with my son’s graduation and family pictures. Erica is extremely warm and kind and made us feel comfortable from the start. She was also wonderful and caring with our dog, Harvey, who is so easily distracted. We love our pictures which are more beautiful than we could ever have imagined. We received sneak peeks within a few days and the balance in just a week after our shoot. Erica is very responsive to any requests via email and text. We are so excited to share our fabulous pictures with family and friends and highly recommend Erica!
Erica Fuchs PhotographyErica Fuchs Photography
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