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Costa Mesa Family Photographers

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Best LA Headshots
4.9
from 202 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 327 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
James G.
Verified review

Actually the first response I got for needing a photographer, my family has been bugging me for a picture in my military uniform and I wanted a professional to do it. He set up the appointment, had everything ready to go and with 2 uniform changes and 4 shooting locations in and around his studio, he took 195 photos in 30 minutes. 2 hours later I received the link to all of them so i can select which ones I want touched up, an hour after that I received the 6 photos professionally touched up and even paid for a seventh. Very professional and knows what he is doing, makes the process quick and easy and would definitely recommend to anyone for any shoot in any setting.

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Desert Rose Photography
4.9
from 164 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 357 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mike D.
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Extreamly professional. Worked from start to completion. The photo quality was extreamly amazing. It's hard to find good photographers and this is one I will use again

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Brad Zangwill Photography
4.8
from 131 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 281 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melissa S.
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Brad was fantastic! When he arrived at our location, he quickly scanned the scenery, and within seconds was able to determine the most beautiful spots to shoot. He picked several places based on existing architecture, landscape and foliage. His vision was amazing! A true photographer. I was worried about all the people in the area, but he knew how to set up the shots so it looked like we were the only ones there. He was also able to direct us into poses that may have felt unnatural, but translate wonderfully to the finished photo. The results were beautiful! I'm always concerned about color and lighting - I see so many photographers get it wrong, but our photos are truly professional quality. If you want someone who strikes a nice balance between efficiency, artistry, and reasonable pricing (and who doesn't?) then I highly recommend Brad!

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  • 6 years in business
  • 272 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amanda S.
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10/10 would recommend

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Nona_Photography
4.9
from 116 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 240 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Valerie A.
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Nona is hands down one of the best photographers our family has ever worked with! Very professional and extremely good at what she does. We had to reschedule d/t the bipolar Houston weather and she worked well (and FAST) to get everything done, EVEN had a few pics ready in less than 24hrs!! I only wish we could've gotten the remaining photos a little sooner as a small project I was working on was delayed (and so many were so good!). To be fair, she delivered on her original ETA AND photos were done just before the holidays, so we know she was very busy. I would absolutely recommend her to everyone I know, our pictures have gotten rave reviews from family and friends!

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John Glover Photography
5.0
from 90 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marcelle G.
Verified review

I needed new work headshots and a family photo with my 3 dogs. This was my first time using Thumbtack and I received bids from 5 local photographers. I decided to to with John Glover because of the precision and great attention to detail I noticed in his sample photos. John's photos came out nothing short of amazing, he even captured all my dogs at attention at once. My headshots came out better than any headshots I've ever taken. Highly recommend using him.

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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
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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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Sheryl Bale Photography
4.9
from 75 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 128 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Margaret P.
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My family and I had a great experience with Sheryl. We had a huge family photo shoot due a very meaningful reunion- with a newborn, several Oct. birthday celebrants, and a family member that has been in remission with cancer for one year to the date. I was coming from out of state and I searched online for photographers. What caught my attention and what drew me to Sheryl was her great eye and great shots from her portfolio. The colors in her pictures were vivid and creative and wanted to have memorable family photo shoot. She was very professional, easy to contact and talk with. One family member has to be careful with large crowds due to health issues, and she worked well with the space we had. She was resourceful, efficient and accommodating. And she worked well with all the kids- which were 6 in total! Overall, I highly recommend Sheryl for her professionalism, her talent, and for her thoughtfulness.

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J. Concepts Productions
4.9
from 72 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katelyn R.
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I would first like to say, I NEVER write reviews but Jami is so great I truly felt like taking the time to share this. If you're looking for an awesome professional photographer that will take amazing photos then Jami is your girl. Not only was she easy to work with, responsive, timely and all around just lovely to deal with - she took the most beautiful photos. She blends right in with the crowd as though she's one of your friends capturing special moments. I loved working with her so much, I've already hired her again for another event. This was my first time using Thumbtack and it was the best because of Jami. I wish I could give her 6 stars for everything.

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Kenny Goldberg Photography
5.0
from 64 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John C.
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I've worked with several photographers over the years and Kenny is by far the best. His work product, expertise and overall responsiveness is excellent!

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Aloha | Dinocean Photography
5.0
from 61 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer B.
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Dino Caderao met me and my three children down in Newport Beach to take pictures of us for Christmas gifts. It certainly is not an easy task to get 3 kids to look at the camera at the same time. Dino was patient and made it fun for the kids. He made it so easy. He did some posed pictures that were amazing as well as a lot of candid shots that really were just beautiful. He definitely has the eye of an artist and can capture the right moment on film seemingly effortlessly! I was so pleased with the outcome. The only problem was there were so many good ones to chose from! Dino even helped with this by going through all the pictures and choosing the best ones for me to go through and chose from. He emailed all the shots to me. It was so easy! These pictures will be cherished forever. They are so unique and a far cry from the usual family beach pictures that you see everywhere. If you want unique family pictures taken you have to use Dino. I will never use anyone else nor will you.

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Trittonproductions.com
5.0
from 55 reviews
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alexander P.
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Jordan Tritton can easily be considered one of the most professional cinematographers and photographers I have worked with. He has a great attitude, easy to work with, skilled, and brings ideas to the Table.

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Hugh Foster Photography
4.9
from 41 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan C.
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Hugh was amazing to work with from prepping for the event until after the event. He was professional, friendly and super helpful. He was able to bring along a friend who was equally as great. The guests at the event loved both of them and inquired about who the photographers were after the event! And of course we were more than happy with the quality of the photos! Great work!!

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Jess Young Images
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hoda P.
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Jess is professional, punctual, sweet and most importantly an amazing photographer!! My fiancé and I loved her energy and enthusiasm! She totally gave us the fun and romantic beach engagement theme we were looking for and more! We have already referred her to all of our friends and will be using her service in the future!

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Mukaila: The Photographer
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rubie A.
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Thank you Mukaila for being such a great photographer for my son's first birthday! My guests thought that the pictures turned out well. Mukaila communicated well through email with specifics of our party. He also arrived on time and was able to take pictures of all the details of our party like I wanted. He was also able to be inconspicuous when he needed to be to get all the action pictures. Turn around time for the pictures was only a week. That is a lot quicker than a lot of other photographers that I have worked with before. If we ever have another event, I would definitely get a hold of Mukaila again.

Stephen Herrera Photography
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Donna P.
Verified review

Stephen was great to work with!! Very professional and timely. We had a 70th birthday party for my Mother with lots of family and friends. He was very patient with us when trying to get groups together for pictures...If you are having an event..please hire Stephen...I have also hired him for a work event in the near future.

HB Snaps
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa A.
Verified review

I did my maternity photos and newborn photos with Nicole and I absolutely love them! I recently went to the mall to do Christmas family photos and was really disappointed. I’ll definitely be doing all my photos with Nicole!

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Made It Media
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Larry O.
Verified review

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.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sydney C.
Verified review

Victoria took outstanding photos of clothing for my website. They turned out great and she definitely has any eye for detail. She was very professional and created a comfortable environment. I look forward in working with her again and recommend her to all my family and friends.

Peter 3 Photography
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Summer Y.
Verified review

He is a great photographer to work with.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Portrait Photographer

Newport Beach, CA

  • Photo type
    Professional headshot, Modeling headshot
  • Photoshoot location
    Photo studio, Outdoors
  • Photo products
    Online or digital proofs and prints
  • Details
    18 years old. need shots done for modeling.
  • $270
    Average price

Need Portrait Photographer

Costa Mesa, CA

  • Photo type
    Family, Children / Baby
  • Photoshoot location
    Photo studio, Outdoors
  • What style of portrait photography are you interested in?
    Traditional/Classic (looking directly at the camera), Candid (captured in the moment), Natural/Environmental (photographed in an outdoor setting)
  • Photo products
    I'm not sure
  • Details
    THere will be 2 adults & a 7 month old
  • $105.6
    Average price

Need portrait photography

Costa Mesa, CA

  • Photo type
    Professional headshot
  • Photoshoot location
    Photo studio, Outdoors, Other (beach)
  • Photo products
    CD / DVD, Online or digital proofs and prints
  • Details
    I am looking for someone who takes headshots I need one for my teenage son and family pics maybe on the beach
  • $237.5
    Average price
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