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Mission Viejo Family Portrait Photographers

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Desert Rose Photography
4.9
from 165 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 362 hires on Thumbtack
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Erica B.
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We needed photos for the cover and interior of a regional magazine, which is published by the nation's largest networking entity for building and construction professionals. We had an extremely tight time frame for booking the photographer, taking the photos and receiving photo edits. Will Hartman with Desert Rose Photography was able to expedite our request at a very reasonable rate, and had no problem managing our very detailed instructions on the execution of the photo shoot. (Also, none of the publisher's representatives attended the photo shoot - Will executed everything on site based on guidance he received via telephone and email.) He arrived early to the location to scope out the best places for outdoor photography, and also worked hand-in-hand with the photo subjects to stage everyone (~25 people) in a variety of settings and locations. Needless to say, Will went above and beyond to deliver photos that were engaging, energetic, and dynamic. It was a real pleasure to work with him. We plan to use him again if the need arises, and would recommend him to anyone else looking for a professional, creative, capable photographer.

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Brad Zangwill Photography
4.8
from 133 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 283 hires on Thumbtack
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Princess S.
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Brad was outstanding in every way! He responded to emails quickly, came to the location an hour early to scout out good shots, creative in our poses, and obviously passionate about photography. In addition, his turn around of photos were amazing- same day! Thank you for a memorable family portrait!

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  • 6 years in business
  • 275 hires on Thumbtack
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Joseph G.
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We just had family portraits taken with Ivan from Creative Vision and the work was incredible. He was really good with our baby and 9 year old. He is extremely meticulous about the smallest of details and each of the pictures will turn out far better then you would expect. I would recommend him for any event and I will definitely use his services again.

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Nona_Photography
4.9
from 119 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 246 hires on Thumbtack
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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 92 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 144 hires on Thumbtack
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Carolina G.
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He showed up on time and deliver the pictures in a short period of time, really good photographer. Thanks for our pictures and for the bonus ones

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Sechrest Photos
4.9
from 90 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 163 hires on Thumbtack
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Diane L.
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We hired Alan to take a family portrait for our mothers 80th birthday. It was a special day. We are a large family (30+) from 6 months to 80!! When we arrived at the location Alan was already there getting things ready for us. He was so patient with us and so very professional. He took his time to make sure that he got lots of different group shots with the different families. When he delivered the finished product I was totally amazed. My mother was so happy when we presented it to her. He really made her 80th Birthday a day she will never forget. Thanks Alan!!

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Danielle Penn Photography
5.0
from 82 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 156 hires on Thumbtack
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Brandon W.
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I'm writing this review to commend Danielle Penn on a outstanding job well done. I recently utilized Danielle's services for my family portraits. Danielle showed up on time and just delivered it! I was so impressed by her amazing work and how she works well with natural light to produce the exact pictures I was envisioning. They came out perfectly. I'm amazed at her ability to capture the moment and her uncanny eye for detail. This young lady is truly a artist and I look forward to using her for any and all photography needs I highly recommend her to anyone. Real pro 5 stars!!! Thank you so much Danielle.

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Sheryl Bale Photography
4.9
from 76 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
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Sherene R.
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Great photos and we loved Sheryl. She knew exactly what we wanted and the photos reflected our family so well. Will definitely use her again when in Huntington Beach.

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SuStudios Photography
5.0
from 69 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
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Krista W.
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I highly recommend Sustudios for your family's photo shoot! Susan was great and I am in love with the pictures! And that is saying a lot because I usually don't like any pictures with me in them. Now I have so many pictures of my whole family that I actually love! Susan was so nice and still professional. She even helped me prepare by sending me tips for outfit selection and ideas for locations. You will be happy with Sustudios!!

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Kenny Goldberg Photography
5.0
from 66 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
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Jennifer K.
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I personally used Kenny Goldberg Photography for my daughters High School Senior photo. This was shot on location at Aliso Beach, CA. We spent a good three hours with a few clothing changes. The final product was absolutely beautiful. My daughter used her favorite photo for her facebook page and High School Graduation Announcement. I used Kenny Goldberg Photography for my Professional Linkedin photo, as well, and am very happy with it. I would like to recommend Kenny Goldberg Photography for your personal or corporate event needs. Whether your photography needs are for High School Senior photos, Family Portrait, Professional Headshot, Corporate Events, Prom, etc.., you will be very impressed and satisfied with the quality of Kenny Goldberg Photography services. Kenny Goldberg is passionate about photography. He possess a great eye and ability to bring out the individual personalities of his clients. If you are in the market for a seasoned professional, both for personal or corporate event use, I would contact Kenny Goldberg Photography.

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Aloha | Dinocean Photography
5.0
from 64 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
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Ted A.
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Dino did some portrait photos for me to use for my office's website, and he worked magic with what is usually a not so photogenic subject. He knew how to bring the best out in me while all the while being laid back, genuine and professional. I highly recommend his services. You will come away with a good experience and great photos.

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BlushPix
5.0
from 62 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 76 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.

Bluechild Entertainment
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
Wayne D.
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We needed a event photographer for our 40th anniversary celebration. It was held at South Coast Winery & Resort in Temecula, Ca. The event was four hours. Landi Maduro and her team worked with our daughter to capture this special event for our family and friends. What impressed me about Landi and her team was that they were on time, very professional, but what made our day was the "personal touch" in how they went about capturing this special time for us. The quality of their work is just awesome. The extra added feature and quite the hit with our family and guests was the "Photo Booth". The pictures were developed instantly and was a nice little memento gift from us for our guests. There isn't anything I could think of that wasn't already fulfilled from our experience with Bluechild Entertainment. We would most definitely recommend and hire Landi and her team again. Thank-you Debbie Williams Poway, Ca

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Hugh Foster Photography
4.9
from 42 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
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Carmela P.
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We scheduled a family group photo of 20 people, 10 adults, 10 kids. Hugh noticed that the daylight outside was ideal and the background good, thus the group picture was taken in this setting and turned out very well considering children ranging in age from 14 to 10 months. I would recommend Hugh to anyone needing family photographs at a reasonable price.

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Jess Young Photography
4.9
from 40 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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Khadija F.
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Jess is hands down the sweetest photographer I have ever met. She really understood what I was looking for when it came to my engagement photos. She took amazing candid photos, as well as portrait photos that I will forever cherish. Thank you Jess for the hardwork and effort you put in!!! Highly highly highly recommend!!!!!!

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Mukaila: The Photographer
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
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Linda N.
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We've had some bad experiences through close friends and family, so we were hesitant to use a professional that we've never worked with before. I scoured yelp and other sites and just couldn't find the style I wanted. With just a couple of days before the event, we decided last minute and couldn't be happier. I am so happy to discover Mukaila, he was fast to respond, worked with my budget and was extremely professional. We wanted someone that can capture those candid and natural poses, so we hired Mukaila for our son's first birthday and he did an amazing job! He was professional, responsive, and delivered the pictures exactly a week after the party. He arrived early and stayed a little bit later to accomodate our extra wishes. I also loved that he was able to capture some close and personal photos of my family, so it was like a two in one event! Everyone was so impressed and complimented that he was able to take the pictures while remaining in the background, it is like having your own paparazzi. Overall, we would highly recommend him and will be using him for future events.

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LILY LOVE PHOTO
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
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Lexie W.
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Lily and Eric surpassed our expectations on our wedding day! We just received our photos and we couldn't be happier. Being a photographer myself, I was a bit selective when choosing our photographer and videographer. Lily and Eric captured our day beautifully and were always so helpful! We can't wait to start the design of our wedding book! Thank you for capturing our beautiful day!!! Paul & Lexie

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Equinox Photo
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Zulema H.
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I you are thinking of using Equinox photo, you will not be disappointed. Tricia absolutely surpassed both me and my wife's expectations. We absolutely loved every photo she took...from our engagement session to our big wedding day. Tricia will absolutely make you feel comfortable in front of a camera. She is 100% professional, but also makes the photo shoot fun! We loved her contagious positive energy, and unique style. Every one of our pictures came out perfect--like bridal magazine perfect! I was so shocked at how she was able to capture every moment so beautifully. On the day of the wedding, Tricia and her husband, LJ, made the stress of the day simply go away with their delightful personalities. Having great wedding photos was one of the most important things that we wanted. My wife was very particular about how she wanted our photos to look, but Tricia surpassed even my wife's high standards :) From the moment we met with Tricia, we know that she would be someone that we could connect with and be open with. We didn't realize at the time how important that would be. There are thousands of photographers out there, but Tricia truly is one in a million. Thank you, Tricia, for everything!

Peter 3 Photography
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jorge S.
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Peter did some amazing photo shots with my family and sister in-law family at a local beautiful park in Cerritos, California. Looking forward to hire Peter again in the future!

Thanh Trinh | Photography
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Jenny N.
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He is a professional photographer working with 100% percent of passion, enthusiastic and cheerful. I’m totally happy because of chosen him taking my portraits photos. Hope you can advance your career as a photographer.

L Wayne Hancock Photography
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Moni B.
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Wayne is a very talented photographer and an amazing person. It was such an honor to have him to be part of our big day! All our families and friends were amazed by the wedding pictures, much more beautiful than we ever expected. We received all the GREAT quality wedding pictures just in 1-2 days right after our wedding. He even created a wonderful video clip that captured and condensed everything from our wedding day in a 1:30 minute video, and everyone just adores the video clip. He captured so many little details and unexpected moments. He was so calm, patient, and very friendly to everyone at the wedding. Wayne was with us before, during, and after the ceremony and stayed until after our first dance. He captured all the family and individual portraits. His personality, photography, and professional skills is much appreciated! We would highly recommend to have him as your photographer for your important occasions! He is a brilliant photographer and nicest man!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.
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