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1Man1Woman Designs
5.0
from 47 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 69 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
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Obie I.
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Heather did such a wonderful job during my photo shoot. Before the shoot she helped me prepare very well by creating a Pinterest board for potential looks and conference calls to discuss parking, location, hair and what type of makeup will look best in the pictures. During the shoot she was very friendly, punctual, and made me feel at ease while taking the pictures. She was very professional, outgoing, friendly, and made sure I got the best shots. After the photoshoot, I was very surprised how quickly Heather uploaded the photos, she also kept me updated the entire process. Everyone who saw Heather "in action" was very impressed and now want to book her! If you want quality service, photos, and a great photographer, please book Heather! Thank you again Heather, for such a great photoshoot and making my birthday special!

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Elena U. Photography
5.0
from 41 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alexander M.
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We had vacation in Souther California and hired Elena for a family photoshoot. She did great portrait photos of our family and we love the outcome. We even was able to print those pictures and hang it in our living room. I would recommend her to anyone who looking for great family photos.

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Laura Carrasco Photography
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kirsten G.
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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 34 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 61 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
Terres G.
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I needed some professional photos for my LinkedIn account and WASIO photography was the perfect place. Sasha and Yaneck are two very talented photographers. I felt their humble presence created such an inviting atmosphere which made it easy and comfortable to be in front of the camera. Both of these photographers really take time to capture their client's personality. I appreciated their attention to detail; they understood that the smallest of details such as the position of a hand can improve the overall photo. I was very impressed with the level of skill and concentration that went into each photo. I really enjoyed my experience with WASIO photography and I know you will too.

Debora Barreto Photography
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Nathan M.
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Debora did an awesome job with our family portraits. We were visiting San Diego for vacation, so I decided to use Thumbtack to find a photographer. I couldn't be happier. Debora arrived on time, and was extremely patient with our impatient 3 year old. During the shoot, I thought for sure she was having a tough time with us. I was wrong. She hand delivered the photos on a cd later that week. They are all tremendous! Don't hesitate to give Debora a shot. She won't disappoint.

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Gleimlight Photography
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 27 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!!!!

MariaLozano Photography
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Chris J.
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I've had Maria take a few pictures of myself and a few other family members. She not only does great work, but she is very mindful, professional, and considerate with whoever she works with. I have and will continue to use her as my photographer.

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Lucas Barbieri Photo
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Micha B.
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He did a wonderful job. He even brought along with him an additional photograph at no charge to make sure that the lighting and everything was perfect for my products. I highly recommend him for any business that needs to have their products showcased a's well as any family photography. The pictures of the girls came out amazing and he even took home certain items I needed to be shot in the studio his fees are very reasonable and he is very nice and has very creative ideas. I would recommend him more than other people that I've worked with I highly suggest hiring him for any photography needs

Robert Dennis Photography
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 14 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.

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  • 13 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mayuka T.
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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.

Lacey Khiev Photography
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 18 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!!

Puneet S Ghai Photography
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Ken C.
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Puneet was amazing to work with. Gave fantastic guidance and suggestions while keeping the atmosphere light and fun, allowing us to relax and enjoy ourselves while he captured beautiful moments. The pictures came out great. I would highly recommend him for a couples or family photo shoot. Great with dogs too!

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

Art by Joni Conner
4.7
from 12 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna L.
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I have been a client of Joni’s twice! The first time she did our family portraits at Balboa Park and with my then two-year-old son running around and not sitting still (once), she was able to capture many smiling portraits and adorable candids. She was not afraid to get on the floor and in tight spaces to ensure she got great photos of my little one! Second time she did solo photos of my son in and around our home. Joni is very accommodating and has lots of patience when it comes to photographing little ones. She’s also got experience on how to get them to interact with her so they are always looking at the camera! She even was kind enough to take portraits of our Australian cattle mix dog and chihuahua! The dog portraits came out great. Joni is always there to make her clients feel important and she ensures the work is of the highest quality.

Darryn St John Photography
5.0
from 11 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.

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Jimmy Wu Photography
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!

  • 19 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Brandi R.
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..My complete photography experience with 15th Street Photography from beginning to end was exceptional! I put alot of time into interviewing photographers and reviewing their photo work when it came to my daughters baby pictures as I wanted to find great photography work and also a personality of outgoing openness in someone that loved their work. After seeing Monica's photo work I was greatly impressed and after communicating with her via email and phone I knew I had found the one. Right from the start Monica went above and beyond to find the perfect location, going to different places to check for the right sunlight, if the grass was nice, etc. The day of our photo session I was so impressed with the time she had spent to prepare for our session, the props and ideas she came up with were excellent! I can't say enough great things about Monica's photo work but I will try. I was blown away when I received the images of my daugher. Monica knows her stuff and loooves what she does and it completely is displayed in her end product. Thanks so much Monica for the wonderful experience and caring to make my visions come to life!

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

Scott has done numerous photo shoots for me of my artwork and also portrait work/headshots for promotional purposes. The quality of his work is always amazing and he's very reasonably priced. At request, he provided multiple file formats and sizes. He also shot a top-notch promotional video about me and my artwork - filmed, edited, transitions, music, the whole deal. It is amazing in terms of technical quality and editorial content. I can't recommend him highly enough!

Adrian Burlaza Photography
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Erika B.
Verified review

Adrian's a wonderful photographer! He really listens to how you want your photos to look. He makes the photoshoot feel fun and comfortable! The quality of his images are amazing and I would definitely recommend him for any event photography or portrait session!

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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