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Carlsbad Outdoor Family Photographers

Browse these outdoor family photographers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Carlsbad.

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Sechrest Photos
4.9
from 90 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 156 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Claudette H.
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I hired the photographers for a client. They were very professional and punctual.

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Danielle Penn Photography
5.0
from 76 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
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Jason B.
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My family and I were vacationing in Newport from out of state and chose Danielle to capture our beach fun. I had never been to the area before and didn't know any photographers much less any good spots that would work well for family photographs. After exchanging some emails a few weeks before our arrival, we set a date and location for our photos. Danielle was prompt, professional, and chose an excellent location for the photos. Our session was no easy task because I have two small children, ages 5 and 2. Combine that with water and sand and you get a recipe for disaster, but Danielle was able to somehow capture great photographs of my family. I would definitely use her again in the future.

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Island Style Images
4.9
from 68 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
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Joelle U.
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We began using Joanne as our family photographer when our son was 6 months old (in Hawaii)…and I'm so happy we did!!! She's help capture his precious infant/toddler years in her Watch Me Grow & Watch Me Grow Some More package…which we all LOVE looking through now that he's almost 6 years old. Joanne is AMAZING with infants & toddlers! She's patient and sweet, and kids love her! We've even used her as our photographer for our preschool…and the images were incredible! Our favorite photo session with her was a couple of months ago at Disneyland! She captured the essence of our favorite times at the place "where dreams come true."

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Kenny Goldberg Photography
5.0
from 64 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
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Branden R.
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Kenny is an amazing photographer with a gifted eye and an attention to detail that is second to none. He did my engagement photo's as well as my son's 2 year old photo shoot. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a professional photographer to capture their family, personal or professional memories!

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BlushPix
5.0
from 60 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
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Mary B.
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Elizabeth was very professional and helpful. She managed to take numerous good photos of our 17 family members when some of the children would rather have been somewhere else. She was cheerful and creative. Would definitely recommend her.

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1Man1Woman Designs
5.0
from 47 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
JO R.
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From my first inquiry about the project to delivering our finished photos, I found Jessica to be a true first-class professional. Even my skeptical husband (who didn't think we needed professional photographers for a family shoot) was blown away with the photos and my entire family of 5 truly feel that we hit the "photographer jackpot" when we found Jessica and Bobby. Thank you for listening to our needs and for making us feel very comfortable during the shoots at Sunset Cliffs. My children loved the time you both spent with them and how you added some special creative magic to make some playful pictures for us. We really appreciate how you were also so responsive after the shoot, and for delivering our photos within a 3 day turnaround. We are definitely enjoying digitally viewing our family and individual photos now, but the hard part is selecting which photos of the many we all love to be "printed or framed." Bottom line, we are confident Jessica and Bobby will also exceed your expectations like they did ours. Your overall experience will be nothing short of remarkable.

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  • 1 year in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
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Erin C.
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Heather did such an amazing job of capturing all 25 of us in a family beach photo session. She was patient, sweet, and I swore some of the babies never smiled during the shoot, but turns out they smiled a lot, at least Heather made it look that way :). The pictures were amazing! We couldn't recommend her enough!

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Hugh Foster Photography
4.9
from 41 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
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Charlie G.
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Hugh is a great guy, a real pro photographer, easy to work with, and creative at a thumbtack competitive rate. I'm a Realtor and have worked with other photographers before. Set a time to meet and he even scouted the area beforehand for multiple locations ready to shoot; and spent a lot of time with us too. Offered a proof sheet, we picked out favorite photos, and he retouched the photos and delivered with a fast turnaround. Will use him again.

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Elena U. Photography
5.0
from 40 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
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David J.
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Elena was great. We had a family photoshoot last week and very happy with outcome. She did such a great candid shots of our 2 children. Would recommend her to anyone who is looking for family photographer.

  • 4 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Rylee B.
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Olga was an amazing photographer. She was very professional, on time, and efficient. She took beautiful pictures and was friendly and made us feel comfortable. Her pictures were outstanding. I reccomend hiring her for any kind of event!

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Laura Carrasco Photography
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
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Kayla G.
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Laura was WONDERFUL! I could not have asked for a better photographer for my beautiful outdoor wedding. She was available last minute and for a great price. She captured every moment of that special day. From me getting ready to the night ending with everyone celebrating, she took so many beautiful pictures. Laura worked very well with us and was very genuine and sweet. She cares about making sure she gets as many great pictures as she can in the amount of time she has. I would definitely recommend her to others.

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Michael & Dia Photography
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
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Daniel C.
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If you are looking for photographers look no further! Dia and her husband are true professionals who created wonderful memories for us. They braved the rain for our wedding day, all while still taking truly wonderful photos. They made every effort to please our timeframe and we couldn’t have asked for more. When we head back to Huntington Beach for more photos we now have found our photographers. Thank you guys once again

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Gleimlight Photography
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Jennifer M.
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Christina & Jake made this year's family photo session a wonderful, hassle free experience -- which can be challenging when a 5 year boy is involved! We don't live in California, so I was initially stressed about the time involved to research photographers & their styles in addition to a location that would be unique. From the initial request for info all the way through receiving the portrait package -- they were extremely responsive, amazing & were very thoughtful in their location recommendations based on what I was looking for (even though I didn't really know what I was looking for). In person, they immediately made us all feel at ease and made it a fun experience. The pictures turned out AMAZING ...and they sent them to me the next night -- UNBELIEVABLE turnaround time! I would highly recommend them; in fact I have already told my friends who live in the SD area about them. We would definitely use them again!!!!

Crosthwaite Photography
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah B.
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We absolutely loved having Ryan take some pictures of our family! He was very professional, polite and talented. We absolutely loved the photos that we received. Would highly recommend!

Robert Dennis Photography
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Ariana S.
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Robert took my senior pictures and I was extremely happy with them. I am usually very picky with how pictures of myself turn out but these were great! He was so patient and is so skilled at capturing exactly what you are looking for. I am so pleased with my experience. He is beyond talented and passionate about what he does. The pictures were high quality and looked very professional. I was eager to show my pictures to all my family and friends. I would absolutely recommend Robert Dennis for your photography needs. I can guantee you will not be disappointed.

Patrick Sanford Photography
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Katimarie F.
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Patrick has done our family photos twice now and both experiences were fun, effortless, and comfortable. No forced smiles, no cheesy poses or filters...just really great photos of my family. My children both love him and as a result, he has managed to to capture some of my favorite photos of them which is not an easy feat particularly with my daughter who is very camera shy and reluctant and difficult to photograph! Patrick will be our family’s photographer for as long as he is willing which is a testament to how capable and talented he is if you consider that we have a photographer in our family who is willing to do our photos for free 🙈 We love him and the amazing images he takes of our family but his action shots particularly of surfers are the most breath taking. Follow him on Instagram if you ever want to take a mental retreat to the beach. They are truly amazing and calming to look at. @patricksanfordphotography

A.H. Photography
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna M.
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I can only say good things about A.H. Photography! I was very pleased with the service Abdul provided for our graduation pictures. He was on time and was very professional the whole time. He made sure we were comfortable and ready for the photo shoot and not to mention the quality of the portraits, they really does speak for his talent! Without a doubt best photographer in town.

Lacey Khiev Photography
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna B.
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We found Lacey when we were looking for someone to take pictures for our family to celebrate my mom’s 70th. We are from out of town so we were a little nervous about choosing the right photographer, but everything went better than we imagined. Lacey was very patient and friendly and her pictures are the best ones that my family and I have ever taken. I’ve attached a few. She was able to capture everyone’s personalities perfectly! Thank you Lacey!!

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Made It Media
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
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Larry O.
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For any special occasion photography, LOOK NO FURTHER! Gabe is truly a ONE OF A KIND photographer which you will quickly find out once you meet him. He sees things in such a different and unique way and is very outside the box thinking. He brings amazing creativity to any project. If that isn't enough to persuade you, just give Gabe a call and talk to him. He is so down to earth and funny which helps take the tension and awkwardness out of a photo shoot. Gabe has a true natural talent for photography and was able to capture every special moment of our family's photos, and that meant the world to us. Give him a call, you will not be disappointed.

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Jimmy Wu Photography
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
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Sunny E.
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Jimmy was a very easygoing and flexible photographer. He was very patient as he photographed our large extended family of 15 (including my wily 3 year old son!). We went over in our allotted time and he graciously didn't charge us more for that. Need I say that he was a great value. We got our pictures, edited, back so quickly too, which made it nice because we needed some of the pictures for our holiday cards. He responded to emails very quickly. It should be noted that we were a very rambunctious, 'Type A' sort of group and we provided a lot of the ideas of how we would be composed in each picture. We might have benefitted from more direct guidance from Jimmy on how to be arranged, what angles would look best on us, and getting both kids and adults to look into the camera, but he was probably just going with the flow. A small comment, because we think he would provide that guidance if we were to ask for it. We would definitely utilize his services again! Thanks Jimmy!

Marisa McDonald Photography
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Amy M.
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I contacted Marisa about a two-hour family session (one hour for our family together together, and then one hour for quality pictures of my stepdaughter). I could not be happier with our whole experience, and our photos are going to be treasured memories for our family. First, Marisa is incredibly organized, responsive, and committed to her craft - you can tell from the first email that she wants you to have an experience you will remember and that you end up with photos that you truly love. She will consult with you on your vision for your photo session beforehand and I really enjoyed that because it definitely makes you part of the process (if you want to be - if you do not want to be, then Marisa is definitely happy to share her vision and ideas with you, as well, and to take the lead). And then there's the day of the photo session -- and that's where the magic really happens because she captures not just the posed photos (and they are wonderful) but she captures the "in between takes" ... and those, by far, are the ones you treasure above all. The uncontrolled laughter, the silliness - those are what memories are made of. All in all, I wholeheartedly recommend Marisa for your next family photo session.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.
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