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Salinas Family Photographers

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

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WOWza Photography
4.9
from 50 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Chris was an incredible photographer for our family event. He made sure to sync up with me upon his arrival around my desires for certain family members to be highlighted, and the moments he captured brought tears to my eyes. He was amazingly friendly, professional, and made every single guest feel comfortable. His photographs are beautiful. I will definitely be recommending him to all my friends and family, and can't wait to have him back for our next family event!

Big Smile Videos
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
Maria A.
Verified review

I really am happy with the choice I made for my birthday event. The photographer reached out to me prior to the event to get a feel of the chain of events which turned out very helpful; as I was able to make him aware of my expectations. He showed up a little ahead of schedule which was great too and handled himself very professionally. He had a great personality that my family members felt at ease with him and so did I. Having said that; it made it easy for him to work the event so well and capture many great group family photos as well as various scenario type photos of all those who attended. As a result the quality of the pictures taken; came out very nice and with a touch of finesse. Thanks again Big Smile video!!

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Allan Kuo Photography
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sanjay K.
Verified review

Allan is of the best photographers I have ever worked with. His punctuality, friendly demeanor, faithfulness, and passion for capturing memories that will last a lifetime are his best qualities in business. He has all the right equipment, talent, and skill, and comes at a great price! I used him for my graduation photos and now use one of his photos for my linked in profile picture. He's an awesome guy and I'm really glad I hired him!

Fotos Chidas
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Anna C.
Verified review

OH my goodness! Fotos Chidas was definitely the right choice for our wedding photobooth! Robert and Maria were so sweet and made our reception a hit! Such an amazing price too-- they travelled all the way to Santa Cruz, brought the BEST props I have ever seen, gave us a personalized photostrip that we picked out, an awesome background, a scrapbook-like album for the photostrips, and a USB drive with all of the photostrips and originals! What an amazing package! It seriously can't be beat, plus the service is incredible! I am going to be recommending Fotos Chidas to all of my friends and family that have events coming up because we had the best experience with them. They even put up with all of the crazy drunk groomsmen at the wedding-- which must have taken a lot of patience! Robert and Maria had a smile on the whole time and were so fun!

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Nicholas Domaguing
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erin D.
Verified review

Nicholas did an amazing job capturing all of the special moments and details in our wedding with an articstic eye! Our friends and family are still raving about his work! He was also very accommodating and went above and beyond to film everything we asked for and more. Leading up to the wedding, he was always responsive immediately within the day if not hour and even after the wedding during the editing process he was like this! He has always been professional, polite, and friendly. He got along great with our photographer. He got our wedding video to us very quickly and edited everything beautifully while making sure to cleverly add in our special songs and props. If you are looking for someone professional, creative, friendly, accommodating, and affordable for your special occasions look no further!

In This Moment
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Staci H.
Verified review

I hired In This Moment to cater my sunset/evening wedding this fall. They managed appetizers, dinner, cake cutting, and bartending. We went with a Mexican buffet and people were telling me during the evening they thought it was great idea and very delicous. (We also had a mariachi band during arrivals and ceremony to tie together a light theme.) The groom and I stole a few minutes to eat some dinner ourselves and agreed! Several mentioned that they loved that there was some great guacamole and chips to snack on immediately after the ceremony while people mingled & moved to the indoor reception area. Kristine herself is friendly, calm, and highly responsive. I was an anxious bride and she made things simple for me. I always felt better after checking in with her or seeking her guidance. I am glad Kristine was able to take on our nearly last minute request (2+ weeks out?) and help make our lightly Mexican themed/DIY wedding be fun experience for our friends and family. Thank you!

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Lorinda K. Photography
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lavon H.
Verified review

Lorinda did an Amazing Job on my family photos. The images were raw and clear. I couldn't have asked for a better session. Thank you!

Photosfarm
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Iris D.
Verified review

Hok was such a dream to work with for both our engagement and wedding photos. He is very responsive, kind, and flexible, so communication throughout the planning process was a breeze. Good communication was really important to us because we were planning our wedding from across the country! Hok also worked with our budget and we were able to get a package that was reasonably priced (and a great deal compared with other Bay Area photographers). Most importantly, Hok is a great person and his caring and thoughtfulness shows! Being someone who doesn't like photos taken of herself, I found Hok's warmth, humor, and genuine, down to earth nature very comforting and disarming. He really put us at ease. We feel so lucky to have found Hok and we highly recommend him to anyone looking to capture special moments!!

  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Fabian S.
Verified review

Karla was very professional, friendly, and very easy to work with. Always with a smile and very patient. She is a very natural photographer. The pictures came out really nice too

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Kavya Iyer Photography
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nitish S.
Verified review

Very high quality work! Kavya did a great job for our pre-wedding photoshoot. We shot at 2 locations in the golden hours (morning and evening). She helped us in choosing the locations and outfits, and brought some cool props as well! She was very prompt in replying to our queries, and gave us the final photographs in a timely way. The photos looked awesome. We used them at many places in our wedding (even had some put up poster-size at the venue!)

And Forever More
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jane V.
Verified review

STOP reading this review and hire Paulina immediately! She is so professional, responsive, punctual, and technically great that it is hard to believe that she could be so warm, personable, and reassuring too! From the moment we met Paulina, we knew we were going to hire her. Her bubbly personality and enthusiasm made us even more excited for our own event. On the day of our wedding, she was perfectly on time and directed us through a beautiful and fun "first look." Sometimes it feels awkward to have a photographer taking pictures through an event, but Paulina integrated so well into the crowd that everyone thought that she was one of our friends...at the end of the evening no one wanted her to go! I'm sure that there are many good photographers out there for hire, but if you want someone truly special, who will be part of your team, and make your special day even more special, then look no further. She is truly one of a kind. Thank you Paulina!!!

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Bayou Photography
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Julie L.
Verified review

Amanda was amazing! She photographed our small wedding in Carmel Valley this past Halloween. Before our event, I sat down with her and we discussed which types of shots I'd like her to capture: getting ready, walking down the aisle with my dad, the first kiss, family photos, dancing, photos around the gorgeous property, eating and celebrating with family. She took the time to edit each photo, individually, making each one the best they could be. I appreciate the time she took to make us feel comfortable, and when she took direction, as we are not models and didn't necessarily know how to stand/act. The moments she captured were perfect and we will cherish them forever. Thanks again Amanda!

Gregory Allenn Photography
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Simone C.
Verified review

Working with Leosupermoon is enjoyable and rewarding. The photographer has a unique creative eye, and is personable and professional. You will have great photos and a great experience.

Ashley
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dawnnese P.
Verified review

Ashley did an amazing job with my newborn baby’s pictures. She went above and beyond anything I’ve ever expected. Ashley was punctual and professional. She made sure my baby girl and I were comfortable at all times. She was very patient when my daughter needed to feed, and waited for her to go back to sleep so we could get the best images. I loved that she stayed in contact with me about the completion of the images. Most of all her work was amazing!! I highly recommend her. I will definitely be using her again, and refer my family and friends to her.

  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel S.
Verified review

Monique took fantastic photos of my family. Lots of patience with an eye on proper lighting and setting. Her assistant made our little one laugh for the photos. Well done.

Catie Belle Photo
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Claire L.
Verified review

Wow! We are still over the moon with what a wonderful job Catie did for our engagement shoot. My fiancé and I have never been thrilled about having our photos taken and quite honestly we were nervous to have our engagement photos done. As soon we began taking photos all those nerves went away. Catie did a wonderful job getting us to relax, laugh and be ourselves. Aside from all the fun we had during the shoot, the pictures turned out amazing! I am still receiving complements left and right from all our friends and family about how wonderful the pictures came out. My favorite comments have been our engagement photos “radiate love” and “captures the love we have for each other”. Catie was on top of everything, she was answering all my questions before the shoot, directed us to capture the best pictures and she got us the finished photos in under a week! Because of our wonderful experience, we are having Catie shoot our wedding Fall 2019.

Jim Thrall Photographer
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Thoai D.
Verified review

He shows up on time. He took great pictures of my sports team. He took pictures that made beginnner athletes look good.

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Loretta S.
Verified review

Paulina is a great photographer. She's funny, creative, has a good eye for beautiful photos and does great work overall. She has taken both family portraits and professional headshots for me and I'm always pleased with her work.

  • 28 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Vickie L.
Verified review

Wayne was great! He met us on a Saturday. Gave us a timeline and finished even before his estimate. We are very happy we had him restore this very old family photograph from the 1920's that was damaged. Definitely recommend!

Photograpghy
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Omar H.
Verified review

Amazing photographer! Unforgettable experience. Had a great outdoor photoshoot portrait session at mission beach, San Diego. Very talented, nice, professional true photographer. I'm so happy with the overall experience. We will be back for sure for more photo shoots

SSS Photos
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ramagopal R.
Verified review

I used Thumbtack for the first time to hire a photographer for my daughter's 1st birthday. I am happy with my decision after I got SSS photos. He is very responsive and arrived early at the venue to take some photos before we go there. We are happy with whatever photos he has taken at the event. He is flexible in timings and you can expect prompt response for any queries regarding the photos. Thanks Sasi for the awesome photos. These are the memories we cherish life time.

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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