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Des Moines Outdoor Family Photographers

Browse these outdoor family photographers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Des Moines.

Blackcap Photography
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Eva O.
Verified review

Cody is an amazing photographer!! We booked him almost a year and a half in advance, and he kept in touch every couple months just to make sure we knew he was there if we needed anything. He is very organized, sets up quick, and always conscious of his surroundings. We will continue to use Blackcap Photography for family pictures for years to come!!

Extreme Photo
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Lori H.
Verified review

Extreme Photo was so easy to work with and my daughter's senior pictures turned out beautifully. The locations chosen for the outdoor photos were perfect and the lighting was exceptional. This company is very professional and very reasonably priced. I also loved that we got to keep all of the 4x6 proofs and the turn around time was only two days! Thanks for your expertise, Extreme Photo! Lori H.

Reflections Photography by T
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Bonnie G.
Verified review

We had our family pictures taken by Reflections Photography by T. Our pictures were taken outdoors, so we were able to include our family pets and Tammy was very professional dealing with the dogs and capturing beautiful scenery. We are very pleased with the pictures, and we would highly recommend Reflections Photography by T.

Studio DV8
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Sheetal C.
Verified review

We were very late with booking a photographer for our son's high school graduation photo session. I was so impressed with Paul's ability to squeeze us into his schedule and accommodate our family. His 20+ years of experience is clearly evident. I was extremely nervous, as this is our first child going through the experience. Paul made us very comfortable and at ease by providing helpful tips to prepare for the photo shoot. He discussed in depth wardrobing, tips for hair cuts, shaving etc. He was on time to shoot the session and very relaxed. His sense of humor is fantastic, making the photo shoot fun and engaging for a teenage boy. He also was a pro at including our youngest and two family dogs in the photo session. Paul knows the Des Moines area well and offers a great selection of areas to shoot the session. I highly recommend Paul if you are looking for an experienced, and very reasonably priced professional photographer. He definitely makes the session fun! Thank You Paul for the excellent photo session. We will definitely be returning for more photo sessions in the future! The Creger Family

Olson Photography
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Annie H.
Verified review

Jami took amazing family pictures for us. She accomidated my desire for outdoor pictures in the winter and in multiple locations. We recommend Jami to others looking for a great photographer. Give her a try, you won't be disappointed!

Picturesque Photography
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren G.
Verified review

The whole experience was great with a comfortable studio!!!! Katie did a lot of beautiful photos of my family and worked with us 100% of the way!! I highly recommend her services to others!!

PaulyPhotography
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Elliana H.
Verified review

I have now done two photoshoots with Paul and have absolutely loved both experiences! The shoots were very different from one another, but both turned out wonderfully! Paul does a great job of bringing his creative talent to the table during shoots, while also making sure to get your opinion on what you like or dislike. He genuinely cares about not only the photography, but about the people in front of the camera, which results in photos that show personality and look relaxed and professional!

Eric Pike Photography
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Dawn C.
Verified review

Eric recommended a great setting that fit in perfectly with our family photo shoot gift for grandparents. He was super quick to respond to photo editing requests and we are so excited to have been able to pull off this treasured gift while family was here for Thanksgiving. We were blessed with fabulous weather for the outdoor setting too!

Pinch Point Photography
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
McKenzie T.
Verified review

You will not find a more talented or creative photographer anywhere. Jesses dedication to his clients is unparalleled. The level of skill and professionalism he brings to his clients is rare and I wouldn’t hire anybody else to take our family portraits!

Doug McBride PhotoCinema
5.0
from 7 reviews
    Tammy V.
    Verified review

    My husband and I got married in 2012 and hired Doug McBride for both photography and videography services. He and another of his photographers took fabulous photos, capturing all of our special moments. He also brought two videographers, who were great as well. Doug went above and beyond for us, even laying in the middle of the street to get the best shot. I would recommend Doug to any bride, because he is experienced and professional.

    Devin Waterhouse
    5.0
    from 7 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Christine H.
    Verified review

    I can't say enough wonderful things about our experiences with Devin and his photography. We've had the unique position of seeing and being part of his photography business from the beginning. Devin has grown as an artist, and his ability to capture the perfect moment is exceptional. From baby photos to family photos, you name it and Devin has captured these for us for the past several years. As a parent, pictures of my children and family are priceless. I've been so impressed with the posed pictures, but I have to say it's the unposed, real-life shots that he happens to catch when we're just being us that amaze me the most. Beyond his natural ability to capture great shots, Devin's easy going demeanor and upbeat personality makes it easy to relax, be natural, and have fun! He's great with babies, kids, families, pets, and even things that don't move. :) He truly cares and it shows. He has proven his professionalism, but even more important, he is an all around great guy. Couldn't ask for someone better to capture our memories. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

    • 21 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Blair S.
    Verified review

    We have used Garrison Beau Scott Photography for our family portraits and a separate sitting for a professional head shot. We had an outstanding experience on both occasions - so easy to work with. He was very professional, and had great ideas about background, lighting etc. He worked efficiently, but never in any hurry and always allowed for ample time to capture the desired photos. The professional head shot ended up on the cover of a national publication. Highly recommended.

    ElevenTwentyOne Photography
    4.7
    from 6 reviews
    • 13 years in business
    Stephanee F.
    Verified review

    She is an amazing photographer and I would recommend to anybody. She capture a story when she takes someone picture and I just love how it turns out. She does amazing outdoor pictures as well as studio picture. I think everyone should come to her.

    Burkhart Family Photography
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Lindsey M.
    Verified review

    I highly recommend Burkhart Family Photography! We LOVE our pictures from our family photo shoot. Emily was so flexible and great at working with our kids. Since she has five of her own, she really understands how hard it is to get a picture of everyone looking at the camera and smiling. We got so many great family pictures that it was hard to choose which to print! I also loved that she was able to capture our personalities. She made everyone feel so comfortable and relaxed. She has a great artistic eye and is a wonderful photographer.

    Dramatic Memories
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 11 years in business
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Tina H.
    Verified review

    We've enjoyed working with Linda and Scott over the years. Together, they have created family and senior portraits for our family. We would never consider using any other photographer. They are very fun to work with and have a wonderful way with their clients. It means a lot to us to have original and creative portraits and Dramatic Memories never disappoints. Their fun style perfectly captures our family every time. We appreciate the way Linda never rushes the sessions and is open to our ideas. We love, love, love Dramatic Memories.

    Peachy Photography
    4.8
    from 5 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    Danielle A.
    Verified review

    Dani Kallsen with Peachy Photography is an amazing photographer. I received boudoir pictures taken by her and her assistant Dessie. When I had made the decision to have boudoir pictures done, Dani had me set up a secret board on Pinterest with photo ideas and poses I liked and would want to use. Leading up to the day of the photos, Dani was in contact with me regularly making sure I didn't have questions or concerns. When I voiced concerns, she would tell me exactly what she would do to make sure those concerns didn't exist the day of the photo session. The day I was to arrive at the studio, she sent me a reminder message of things "not to forget" and sure enough, I had forgotten a few of those things. Not to worry, she had a plan. Upon arriving at the studio, Dani and Dessie gave me the option to enjoy a glass of wine to help me become comfortable, and it helped a tremendous amount. Something that hadn't crossed my mind, Dani had thought of. Throughout the session, Dani would have me look at the photos that I pinned on Pinterest to study them and try my best in the poses. If I wasn't able to get the pose right, Dani didn't hesitate in showing me what I needed to do. I didn't not want to see the actual photos until she sent them to me which was very scary since it was a one and only opportunity since I was visiting Iowa for only a couple days. When I received the photos, I cried because they turned out so beautiful, classy, and she exceeded every expectation I had. I am happy to be able to have her as my wedding photographer especially after what she showed me she could do. She is worth so much more money than what she charges but that tells me you don't have to break the bank to get professional photos. There will be another review to follow after the wedding in September. Dani with Peachy Photography will be my photographer for all events going forward.

    Faded Photography
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 1 year in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Erica D.
    Verified review

    I love that Jess captured so many candid moments of my children, and my family. She was very welcoming and accommodating (and very patient with my kids!). I recommend Jess and look forward to Faded Photography capturing more of my families moments.

    Susan Austin Photography
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Jackie K.
      Verified review

      Susan has done our family portraits as well as our christmas cards several times. Some of my most cherished possessions are the photos she took of my mom with our family before my mom passed away. Susan's work is top notch as she has both creativity as well as attention to detail in her photos. She always provides us with great customer service.

      M&J Photography
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 3 hires on Thumbtack
      Mary Jane J.
      Verified review

      Merima did a great job on our wedding. She is much more than a photographer, she is a lifesaver! The pictures came out better than we could have imagined! thank you so so much!

      • 3 hires on Thumbtack
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      I offer very competitive prices for my services and I have a lot of editing experience as well to make your photos perfect.

      f two Photography
      5.0
      from 1 review
        Megan C.
        Verified review

        Fernando is an amazing photographer. He has taken my families pictures for the past couple of years and is always capturing that perfect candid picture that just shows our personalities. I highly, highly recommend Fernando, you won't be disappointed.

        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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