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When should you take newborn photos?

Few styles of portrait photography are as tricky as newborn photos — the unpredictable infant is always in charge! The best way to ensure a successful photo shoot is to work with a local newborn photographer within the first two weeks of the baby’s life. Some photographers even work with hospitals to offer newborn sessions within a day of the baby’s birth. But newborn photographers usually recommend scheduling a shoot during the baby’s first two weeks of life, while the baby is still sleepy and relatively cooperative, especially for posed or studio shots. During this time, babies are easier to swaddle in blankets and dress in hats or headbands, and, because they often nap or nurse, can be staged with various props or be cuddled by their parents. For casual photos, most newborn photographers recommend shooting within the first six weeks of a baby’s life. Lifestyle portrait photography is more flexible and doesn’t require the baby to cooperate with multiple poses or props.

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.

Where is the best place to take baby pictures?

Baby pictures are among the most popular types of portrait photography, and most newborn photographers are well versed in the best places to take baby pictures in their local areas. Some newborn photographers will come to the hospital to shoot the baby within a day or two of birth, while others have set up their studios to accommodate the needs of infants. Some parents prefer to have the newborn photographer come to their home or travel to a favorite park or other outdoor location. Like any portrait photography, the best place to take baby pictures is the place you like best and that will yield the types of photos you want of your baby, whether that’s posed and carefully lit studio portraits or spontaneous, casual photos at home. Work with a local newborn photographer to find a safe, calm location with great lighting and some privacy for your family.

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.

How much does a baby photography cost?

Portrait photography provides parents with lasting images of the first whirlwind months of a newborn’s life. The cost varies based on several factors, including the length and location of the session, the number of photos provided, and the amount of editing and retouching the photographer does. The national average cost for baby photos is $150-$200. Some baby photographers charge by the number of photos provided, typically ranging from an average of $299 for 20 high-resolution edited photos, to an average of $399 for 35 photos, to $499 for all of the images taken in a single session. Props and location affect the cost, too; an elaborate studio shoot with props and professional lighting may increase the cost to $600-$700 for 20-50 photos. Adding a second location or asking the photographer to travel can add $70-$250 to the cost of the session. Photographers may also charge extra fees for providing additional photos and DVDs, scheduling weekend sessions, and shooting siblings. Expect to pay at least a $50 deposit when you book a portrait photography session.

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.
Reviews for SoMa family photographers
Thumbtack Customer
Roxana was very responsive and great to work with. She took photos of my family, including photos of my 4 year old. Her photos are beautiful - her composition and framing are very artistic.
Roxana Tocareva PhotographyRoxana Tocareva Photography
Jason M.
Kaitlyn was very responsive to questions and providing a sense of comfort for the family photo shoot. She really accommodated our family needs with our toddler son. She was on time for our photo session and handled the outdoor conditions really well (it was a windy SF day). My son and wife felt really comfortable around Kaitlyn and I think that communicates for meaningful photos. I would recommend her for family sessions anytime.
Kaitlyn Rose PhotographyKaitlyn Rose Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Jen is a wonderful photographer and we are very pleased with the photos. She is a lot of fun and has excellent ideas. I would definitely recommend Jen for family pictures!
Jen Vazquez PhotographyJen Vazquez Photography
Kathryn D.
Frank gently and deftly took the truest photos we've gotten of our new family of three!
Frank Sosa Photography and VideographyFrank Sosa Photography and Videography
Bianca S.
Lisa did a fantastic job taking photos of our family. With four kids ages 2-11, it's not an easy job. She listened to what we wanted, had ideas of her own, and knew how to work with kids of all ages. She has both qualities you want in a photographer - easy to work with time, and delivers excellent, quality photos. We'll be printing many of the photos for our house and to gift to family.
Lisa V. Leach  PhotographyLisa V. Leach Photography
Colleen R.
My family was beyond thrilled with the work of Labra Photography. Having to deal with a fussy 6 week old baby is no easy feat and Edeelin really handled the whole shoot so well! We were able to get a Christmas card photo that all members of the family were thrilled with!
Labra PhotographyLabra Photography
Allyson L.
Eric did a wonderful job photographing our family, which included two very energetic kids. He adapted quickly to their playful style and we got some amazing shots of them in action as well as beautiful posed family portraits. He also got us the photos the next day -- such a treat!
North Point Photography (Thumbtack Top Pro)North Point Photography (Thumbtack Top Pro)
Thumbtack Customer
Rucha is really pleasant to work with - flexible and accommodating. She took lovely photos of my 3 year old son and the family.
Rucha Tatke-Hickman PhotographyRucha Tatke-Hickman Photography
Emily C.
Great family photo experience with Anyana! She was very professional, super responsive to messages and accommodating to our schedule and requests. Great with our two toddlers. We’re thrilled with the beautiful portraits she captured of our family!
Anyana Webb PhotographyAnyana Webb Photography
Marivic B.
Loved working with Jenn at our family maternity photo shoot yesterday! She was on time and had a way to make our entire family feel comfortable in from of the camera. Looking forward to seeing the finished product soon!
JJP StudioJJP Studio
Nicole W.
Athena was very fast in processing the photos from our family shoot. We really like the pictures and happy to have them for years to come.
Athena Galgiani PhotographyAthena Galgiani Photography
Anthony C.
Tamiya is a fantastic photographer. She was efficient (given that we were taking family photos with a 2 month old), patient, encouraging, and made the whole experience very enjoyable. I whole-heartedly recommend Tamiya and look forward to working with her again in future!
Tamiya Joseph PhotographyTamiya Joseph Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Brandon is a fantastic photographer which we just used for our family holiday portrait. He helped us pick the best time and location for the photo we wanted. He also connected with our toddler and our dog to keep them engaged in the shoot. We were very pleased with the photos that we received and plan to use Brandon again in the future.
Brandon Vaccaro StudioBrandon Vaccaro Studio
Bianca S.
Allan took wonderful photos of our family of six! He was able to get all of the combinations we wanted in a short amount of time, which was perfect for toddler attention spans.
Allan Kuo PhotographyAllan Kuo Photography
Diana G.
We had a family photo shoot with Alex and we couldn't be happier! He was very professional and made our photo shoot a comfortable and fun experience. He had a lot of great ideas and he took a lot of photos of which I'm sure we will find ones we love! I highly recommend Alex not only for his photo creativity and professionalism but also for value! You will not find another photographer in the Bay Area for such a great price. You will not regret having Alex take your photos and I know we will definitely hire him again.
Alex Vakulin PhotographyAlex Vakulin Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I cannot say enough good things about Michael. We have done family photos with a professional a few times and this was by far the very best experience we have had. Michael was fun, imaginative, good with our kids, etc. Most importantly, the photos were stunning. Truly thoughtful and beautiful work - would highly recommend Michael for any type of photos!
Michael Keel Weddings/Events PhotographyMichael Keel Weddings/Events Photography
Chris B.
We recently hired Anthony to take family photos of my wife, son, and myself. He did an amazing job. We choose Baker Beach for its scenic beauty. Anthony was punctual which we appreciated. He came up with a number of super creative photo locations, both on the beach but also some amazing ones taken among the paths through the succulents in the nearby dunes. He was super engaging to work with, with a great sense of a humor and a fun sense of style that brought out the best in everyone. The photos turned out great, which is a testament to his photography skills and eye for the best backdrops. We’ve had a number of family photos taken over the years, and Anthony’s work is clearly the best. We plan to make working with him an annual tradition, and would highly recommend Anthony to others!
Anthony Thornton PhotographyAnthony Thornton Photography
Maja S.
This review is long overdue since we had a maternity/family photoshoot 4 months ago. Elizabeth did an awesome job capturing family moments, she was very creative and made the whole process very relaxing, even with a toddler running around and not cooperating. Bonus was receiving the photos so fast! I highly recommend her ☺️
Elizabeth Dixon Photography'Elizabeth Dixon Photography'
Harsha R.
Kelli was a thorough professional from start to finish, who went above and beyond what is expected of a photographer. They helped me choose a great spot outdoors for the photo-shoot, gave me a bit of much-needed fashion advice (:P) and bore with me over multiple iterations of edits! Great quality of work, which my hard-to-please family greatly appreciated! Highly recommend Kelli for any portrait photography needs!
Kelli Santos PhotographyKelli Santos Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Sheila was a joy to work with! She was flexible, attentive, provided valuable input, and turned around some amazing photos in record time! We were in SF on a family trip and wanted to capture some moments. Sheila is amazing!
Sheila O'Keefe PhotographySheila O'Keefe Photography
Marci B.
Eric took wonderful pictures of my family! He was very professional, conscientious and nice to work with. My daughter set up the photo session as a surprise to me for Mother's Day and said he was very easy to work with.
North Point Photography (Thumbtack Top Pro)North Point Photography (Thumbtack Top Pro)
Shruti P.
Adam & Hana were so nice to accommodate our request into their schedule. They were very warm and wonderful to our family during the photo shoot. We all loved the pictures and the whole photo shoot and pictures turned out to be exactly what we hoped for. Thanks Adam & Hana, we cannot wait to get more pictures clicked by you!
Adam & Hanna Photography (Thumbtack Top Pro)Adam & Hanna Photography (Thumbtack Top Pro)
Natalie D.
Eric did a wonderful job on our family photo this fall. It was easy to coordinate schedules to find the perfect time for our shoot. We sent him a list of must-have photos we wanted captured before the event, and he had it printed out and ready during the photoshoot. Eric took hundreds of photos for us - which is essential when working with an infant and a toddler. It took us a long time to find the perfect ones, but we had many that we loved! The turnaround for the our finished photos was only a few weeks even though we added 20 extra photos to be edited in our package. Thank you Eric for working with us.
North Point Photography (Thumbtack Top Pro)North Point Photography (Thumbtack Top Pro)
Ger S.
Alana did a great job with our halloween family photoshoot. We were very impressed with our photos. She was on time and was very patient with our three year old son. Plus, her rate is very reasonable. Thanks again!
Alana Snyder PhotographyAlana Snyder Photography
Sarah S.
Anthony did a gorgeous job photographing my ten month old baby, husband, and myself. New mom life in the Pandemic was so hectic with so much to adjust to that I didn’t have any photos of the three of us in my baby’s first year. I longed for beautiful photos that would be lifelong keepsakes to document my family that I could show my son when he was grown. Man, did Anthony deliver. There is truly nothing he could have done better... Anthony responded immediately to my inquiry, and specializes in exactly what we were looking for - candid documentary style photography to authentically capture families. And a quick peek at his website showed me all I needed to know, as his photos are exquisite. He was responsive, answering all my questions quickly, thoroughly, and with kindness. With barely over a days notice, he came to our house to photograph us. He showed up on time, immediately took in the flavor of the house and our family and got right to work. His photos are all creative, unique, and of the utmost quality. Some of them are with such an interesting angle or story in how he observed the situation that they truly knock your socks off. My baby is super skeptical and hyper aware of being photographed - staring at the camera constantly and resisting cracking any smiles - and Anthony never sweat it. He just kept finding new angles and fresh ideas to photograph him. We had a really fun time, and Anthony has a laidback personality - making it an easy experience while he does great work. I am thrilled with the photos and with the overall experience and I would without reservation recommend Anthony. We will without question hire him again, especially as my son grows and we are blessed to experience new milestones. If you are looking for a talented photographer with a keen eye for how to capture beautiful candid photos, capable of capturing magic in very small authentic moments - you need not look further.
Anthony Thornton PhotographyAnthony Thornton Photography
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