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Sunnyvale Family Portrait Photographers

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

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  • 20 years in business
  • 742 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kathleen K.
Verified review

Albert is a wonderful photographer. I love the pictures he took of our concert last night. He captured the mood beautifully. I will definitely use him again.

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Godoy Shots Studios
4.9
from 212 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 339 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Muriel M.
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I hired Nabor to take a family portrait in our home. Nabor was extremely responsive, very easy to communicate with and very punctual. He was easy to work with and made everyone, young and older, feel comfortable. I would recommend Nabor!

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Brian Byllesby Photography
5.0
from 149 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 238 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alicia D.
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We had a great experience with Brian. He was flexible with our date and easy to communicate with. He arrived at the site early to scope it out which I really appreciated because I wasn't the most familiar with it. He had great suggestions and was open to our ideas too. Best of all he captured beautiful photos of our family and almost one year old. I highly recommend Brian!

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Cindy Hegger Photography
4.9
from 124 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 181 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carole F.
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I needed a photographer for our yearly family Christmas Card photo but also wanted outdoor, heirloom quality photos for the whole family to keep. We scheduled her for the busy Thanksgiving weekend because that was the only time we would all be together. She squeezed us in. When rain was forecast for the day of the shoot, I asked her to move the day up so we wouldn't have rain. She rearranged her schedule to meet us on a different day. We have 5 grown children with their infants. It wasn't easy juggling 4 different nap times, nursing, grumpy little ones. But Cindy was very flexible and patient, even waited for an infant to wake up from his nap so we could capture him. After the shoot, she offered to re-take some photos that she thought she could improve on another day when it was less sunny. We couldn't be more thrilled with the photos. They are perfect for our family, which is in constant motion. I don't know how she did it but she captured us all at our best. We asked her if she would be our "family photographer" going forward. I would recommend Cindy to anyone who wants an organic, free style with creative angles and locations. She has a great sense of how to use natural light and natural environments to complement the subjects.

Sybex Booths
4.3
from 145 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 366 hires on Thumbtack
Victor I.
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I want to be fair and objective in my review. Full disclosure, we are still waiting for our photos and video. Our wedding was on August 12, 2017. And I'm writing this a couple of days after Christmas. Initially, Ruben was great. Very professional, and his work looked great on the website. He was very accessible, answered our questions and addressed our concerns. On the wedding day he was great as well. Even as we changed locations and dealt with some issues (caused by some of my family members), he and the photographer were great. Calm, cool, and collected in the chaos. Where things turned around was was a couple of months after the wedding. I would call or email Ruben to check in but got very few responses. No ETAs on when we could expect anything to be finished. I havent received a response since October 2017. I understand that these things take time, and that some people have waited longer for photos, But to ignore a customer inquiry after they've paid in full is unacceptable. It's my hope to update this review with a more positive experience. But I honestly can't recommend Sybex at the moment. P.S. when choosing a vendor, ensure you review the contract thoroughly. And make sure your vendor has the time and capacity to follow through for you. In the end, you're making an investment to preserve the memories on your special day.

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Sheila O'Keefe Photography
4.9
from 114 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 224 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ana E.
Verified review

Sheila is not only a talented photographer but also very professional. She is very communicative and was a pleasure to work with. She was a joy to have around during the wedding day and was honestly a "fly on the wall" unlike other wedding photographers who are too "in it". The pictures she takes are beautiful and extremely well priced. I would not hesitate to work with her again. I actually look forward to it.

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Adam & Hanna Photography
5.0
from 74 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shruti P.
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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!

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Patrick T. Power Photography
5.0
from 70 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marco Z.
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I hired Patrick to shot some family portraits for my mother's 60th birthday. From start to finish, Patrick did a fantastic job. He arrived early so he could check out locations for the shots, used the 2 hours we had together very efficiently, worked great with the little kids in the group, and most importantly got us fantastic pictures! They were so good in fact that someone in the group exclaimed, "I wish he'd shot my wedding! I can't recommend Patrick enough!

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North Point Photography
5.0
from 61 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ram A.
Verified review

Eric did a fantastic job capturing my portrait photos around San Francisco area. Right from corresponding with me for choosing the best locations to building a strong theme for my shoot, Eric was very patient and paid close attention to detail. I highly recommend scheduling any of your photoshoots with him because he is willing to go above and beyond to offer you the best output. His knowledge of SF is reflected in his ability to identify ideal locations for different occasions. I can vouch that you'll be more than satisfied by his excellent work.

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Steve Fogel Photography
4.9
from 50 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carol S.
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Steve is really a talent photographer! He took amazing pictures for my family. He is also nice and patient to my 20-month-old daughter. If you are searching for beautiful personal portrait and family picture, then contact him :)

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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
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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!

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Usman Baporia Photography
5.0
from 48 reviews
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Olga B.
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Usman has done a fantastic job with our wedding photo-shoot in a limited time on a limited budget! We were very comfortable around him and he told us how and where to stand, so we felt at-ease. It was a natural and relaxing process, which we are grateful for. We got great portrait photos and picturesque views of us and majestic City Hall. We don't regret our photographer choice even a second and I would recommend him to everyone!

  • 8 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Adam K.
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Tri was exceptionally easy to work with, talented, and generous with his time, both in shooting and in retouching. I was looking for a mix of headshots/portraits: something professional, something fun, something that would display youthful charm and something that would display maturity without being stiff. I got exactly what I was looking for, and Tri even encouraged my dad to join in and took some great father/son shots. I am doing a variety of media appearances and speaking engagements, and I feel like I have enough of a variety to choose a portrait that would work for any different kind of engagement, as well as for my social media accounts. I would highly recommend Tri to anyone looking for an incredible portrait from a photographer that will really take the time to get to know you and deliver photos that capture your personality and essence.

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Allan Kuo Photography
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gina W.
Verified review

My experience with Allan was phenomenal! About a week before Thanksgiving I realized we had a good opportunity for a group family photo. Allan responded to my Thumbtack inquiry within a few hours, and was very flexible on his time (Thanksgiving Day!) and also had very fair pricing. I checked out his photos online and loved his photography style, so booked him for my family photo shoot. I am so thrilled with our whole experience - Allan was so nice and comfortable around all of us, he had a great suggestion for location, spent about an hour in different places with various backgrounds and mix of people in the photos. I would definitely recommend Allan for your family portraits!

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

We had Nic for a small get together, and he did a great job capturing our event. He reached the location half hour ahead of schedule (to set up) and was very flexible about the timing. He was easy to work with and showed a lot of energy and enthusiasm. He has a great eye and timing for portraits. The best part, he gave us the final product in two days! Definitely recommend hiring him for your next event.

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Nico Garibay Photography
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rhiannon B.
Verified review

I've been modeling for about a year now, and the only reason I was even able to get my foot in the door a fraction of the way was because of Nico. He was the first person I ever shot with. Since that time we have worked together numerous other times. My favorite thing about Nico, besides his obviously gorgeous photographs, is how comfortable he makes me feel when we shoot. I love pushing the boundaries of my art and being able to work with Nico is the only way I'm able to do that. Nico loves what he does and it shows 100% of the way through his work. He cares about making me, and every other model he's worked with I have no doubt, feel respected. This is a huge problem in the industry, but photographers like Nico are hopefully the forefront of a big change that needs to happen. I use so many photo's that Nico has taken of me in my portfolio, and my agent loves them .

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  • 1 year in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ashley A.
Verified review

Jean-Paul was a perfect photographer for our daughter's Sweet Sixteen. I contacted him last minute through thumbtack (a week before the party) and he gave me an amazing deal that didn't compare to any other quotes I got. He responded quickly, showed up early to the event and was very kind professional and attentive throughout the event. He took many photos, and got back to me with pictures only a couple days after the party. Let me tell you- the pictures were beautiful and captured each moment perfectly. We will definitely be calling Jean-Paul again!

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Victoria Garcia
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Danielle R.
Verified review

Victoria did an amazing job with my son's newborn and 3 month photo shoots. He was not always cooperative but Victoria was patient. She even came back a second time to try and get some better shots. I was amazed at the outcome of the pictures, they were perfect! Not only that but Victoria suggested a few new ideas that I hadn't thought of that really took the photos to the next level. I will be hiring her for family photos as well as more milestone pictures of my little guy!

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jane R.
Verified review

Working with Justin was an absolute pleasure. Justin was always responsive and clear in all communications leading up to the shoot. The day of the shoot, Justin was able to translate my vision for family photos in to beautiful moments that truly captured our family's love and playfulness. Justin perfectly balanced a beautiful, natural background with a mix of posed and candid photos. The final product was gorgeous photos that we will treasure forever. I would recommend Justin for any project.

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Kavya Iyer Photography
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 17 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!)

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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