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San Diego Family Photographers

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

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Island Style Images
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joelle U.
Verified review

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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1Man1Woman Designs
5.0
from 47 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
JO R.
Verified review

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.

Top Pro
  • 1 year in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melissa L.
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Heather did a phenomenal job shooting our family photos. The weather the day of our shoot was cold and windy. Despite the cold Heather was able to get some beautiful photos even though the entire family was miserable from the cold. I would highly recommend Heather Broomhall Photography!

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Elena U. Photography
5.0
from 41 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David J.
Verified review

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.

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  • 28 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Iriana R.
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We hired Gabriel Hernandez for our wedding. After talking to other photographers I decided to hire him because is a person easy to talk to, gives good ideas of what places are good to take the pictures. I was concern about the time and if the pictures of the ceremony would come out nice because it was in the afternoon, he help out taking the necessary equipment. He was on time for our first meeting and we talk about our expectations, he made things much easier for us. For our wedding he got there early, he took very nice pictures before, during and after. We felt very confortable with his service, he is very helpful and easy to work with.

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Laura Carrasco Photography
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kirsten G.
Verified review

Laura did an outstanding job during the photo shoot staying patient with my 17 month old son and orchestrated a beautiful experience for my parents-in-law. And the finished product was absolutely stunning! The photos made me cry! She captured beautiful moments of my family that we will treasure for a lifetime! We've already planned 2 more photo shoots with Laura and will continue to use her as our family photographer! I would HIGHLY recommend Laura Carrasco!

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Michael & Dia Photography
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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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Wasio faces
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Monzelle D.
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I had an awesome overall experience with Wasio faces! Sasha and Yaneck are wonderful and really made my first experience getting headshots taken a fun and professional one! They made me feel so comfortable and at home as well. If you are looking for professional photographers either for weddings, headshots or any other event, I highly recommend Wasio!

Debora Barreto Photography
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Cecilia P.
Verified review

Debora is a very talented photographer, my family and I had a great experience and the photos were beautiful, definitely a memory forever!

MariaLozano Photography
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Porcha H.
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What a wonderful experience it was to have Maria take my family photos. Not only is she an amazing person who makes you the entire shoot feel comfortable she also makes it fun for everyone, the kids had a blast and she truly captured some remarkable moments that I will cherish forever. If you are looking for a photographer look no further, I will definitely be going back to maria for every event and picture my family needs!

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Da Drone Dude
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anthony B.
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My photographer was out of town, and I needed a sub fast. Mario was right there, did a great job, and was a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Mario to anyone in need of a professional photographer. Quality, professionalism, great service, and just a real nice guy are what you can expect... Anthony B.

Robert Dennis Photography
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Ariana S.
Verified review

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.

Lacey Khiev Photography
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna B.
Verified review

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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Voltage Digital
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mayuka T.
Verified review

He took amazing and beautiful photos of my son's birthday party at the botanic garden. The photos are my family's treasures of our memories. Also his personality is great so it is easy to work with. It was so quick of sending me the images. I am very satisfied with his work! Thank you, Jamie.

  • 6 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Azi S.
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Jayson is an amazing photographer. We loved our photos and can't stop looking at them and showing them to our friends and family. He really got my two toddlers involved and captured the moments beautifully. He is now officially our family photographer :)

Darryn St John Photography
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Cynthia C.
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Darryn St. John captured the natural beauty and unique surroundings of Quail Haven Farm in the photographs of us at our wedding reception. Darryn is very creative and took advantage of the blooming wisteria, which he knew would add so much to our photographs. He also selectively changed the focus of the backgrounds as we moved around the farm. Darryn was efficient and made sure we were able to get photos of family and friends before the festivities got under way. He also took time to capture those photos that aren’t planned – the grandchildren dancing with the bride, friends and family celebrating and more. Darryn was pleasant to work with and we enjoyed our time with him. We received an email link within a couple days so we were able to view and share our beautiful photos with family that were still in town. We would definitely work with Darryn again.

CBui Photos
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Mackenzie W.
Verified review

Chris is one of the most professional photographers. Very personable and experienced. I needed my engagement photos urgently and he was very quick with sending me photos when I needed them. Will definitely book a session with Chris again.

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ecardella photo//video
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John S.
Verified review

Very good photographer, I would hire him again. Thanks John Awaiting your photos

Scott Carmella Photography
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rosemary J.
Verified review

One of the keys to successfully selling a home for top dollar is getting numerous buyers through a home. One of the ways we do that here at The Joles Group is to have great photographs both online and in print. This is where Scott comes in. He never fails to make the homes I list look there absolute best, no matter what the price point is. The proof of just how good he is, is how quickly the homes I list sell. I consider Scott an integral part of my team of professionals. My clients love his work and so do I. He is by far one of the best real estate photographer/videographers in San Diego County. If you are looking for someone who gives their highest and best. Who will only put out the best quality of product then you need to hire Scott Carmella.

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Alyssa Boynton Photography
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tiffany W.
Verified review

I have loved being in touch with Alyssa for my big day! She's talented and easy-going. An awesome photographer!

Stylish 1 Photography
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Joy H.
Verified review

Rodney shows professionalism on his career as photographer,,so patient and considerate..and i recommend him to be a part of your most memorable event in your life..the product is perfect, something that i will cherish & be proud of for the rest of my life..

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

See other requests for family photographers in San Diego

Need portrait photography

San Diego, CA

  • Photo type
    Graduation portrait
  • Photoshoot location
    Photo studio
  • What style of portrait photography are you interested in?
    Traditional/Classic (looking directly at the camera)
  • Photo products
    I'm not sure
  • Details
    guaduation photos only
  • $183.75
    Average price

Need portrait photography

San Diego, CA

  • Photo type
    Couple portrait
  • Photoshoot location
    Photo studio, Outdoors
  • Photo products
    Online or digital proofs and prints
  • Details
    23rd Wedding Anniversary on 13th October Would like to have shoot on 12th October
  • $300
    Average price

Need a Portrait Photographer

San Diego, CA

  • Photo type
    Family
  • Photoshoot location
    Outdoors
  • Photo products
    CD / DVD
  • Details
    Would like action play shots of kids on beach and family portrait
  • $383.33
    Average price
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