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Algonquin Family Photographers

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JZ Studio
4.9
from 107 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 164 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jenny T.
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I spent a long time researching wedding photographers in my area and was hit hard by jz studio's work. After having the opportunity to meet, it was clear how their personality and passion matched their talent, these guys are a force! On our big day they were focused, professional and attentive behind the lens and so much fun during all the bits in between. Group shots were super smooth and efficient, then individual shots with my wife were just a blast. Photography was a big part of the day for us and having the talent and personality of Philip and Zack entrusted with that responsibility was a dream.

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Carrie Leah Photography
5.0
from 100 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 163 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sheila G.
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Carrie is amazing! We hired her as our wedding photographer in 2016 and she has since become our family photographer! In addition to our wedding, we have used her for birthday parties and also 2 Christmas card photos, she even gets my dogs to pose! Carrie is amazing!

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Bourelle Photography
4.9
from 102 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 175 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marcy B.
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Great job! Steve was great and everyone loved their photos. Would highly recommend Bourelle Photographers@

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VisualEtiquette
4.9
from 96 reviews
  • 189 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Justin D.
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Visual Ettiquette's lead photographer, Emil, is an AMAZING photographer and choosing to work with him was one of the best decisions about our wedding!!! My wife and I hired Emil to shoot our photos for our recent wedding in Downtown Chicago. First off, Emil is hands down a great guy who talked with us over the phone before the wedding discussing all the details of our wedding day and offered up some great suggestions for where to shoot around the city. On the day of the wedding he promptly arrived on time, even with all of the crazy Chicago traffic that morning. His warm heart, charming personality, and artistic eye made shooting with him super fun and relaxed. Shooting with him was actually one of the highlights of our day when we went around Chicago getting photographed in the snow around Grant Park and the Planetarium. I can still remember Emil running around (yes actually running) in order to find all the artistic angles to take our photos. He even stood on frozen Lake Michigan to get us the best shots of what ended up looking like photos the wedding photos of our dreams. Oh yeah and for all this, he is 1/4 the price we were quoted by other artistic photographers. Emil gets my wife and I's highest recommendation!!! If you want top notch artistic wedding photography that is still affordable, Emil is your guy! I never knew my wife could be such a supermodel until Emil photographed her!

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Kimia Emami
5.0
from 80 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Claudia C.
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I couldn't have asked for a better photographer! Kimia is very professional yet she feels like a very good friend! She will always update you through email/text and I always get a reply from her right away! She took my pictures in downtown Chicago and she picked out beautiful locations to take the photos. I had so much fun with her and I would 100% recommend everyone to hire Kimia!! Not only does she focus on detail, she is also very knowledgable about photography and she knows how to get the perfect natural lighting/angle in every picture. She made me feel comfortable and it was easy to express myself! All the pictures turned out amazing and I have never been more satisfied in the results! Her pricing is also very reasonable compared to other photographers in the area who charge almost double! She is perfect for portraits, weddings, family photoshoots, senior portraits, headshots, etc...! Her work is absolutely amazing and I will definitely be working with her again in the future! Thank you Kimia for a wonderful experience!

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Martika Photography, LLC
4.9
from 76 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Warner S.
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I am absolutely 100% satified with Martika P. Gartman Photography. I have hired many Event Photographers for both Family and Church Events over the years. However, I must say that Martika P. Gartman Photography is the "best" Event Photographer that I have ever seen with my own eyes. She knew "exactly" how to pose and line up persons for photographs. She took her time, and the Event photographs are excellent "keep-sakes" for everyone attending the Church Event to hear my daughter, Dr. Sheri Prentiss, give a presentation about her newly published book," WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED: MY JOURNEY FROM PHYSICIAN TO PATIENT", an inspiring book about Dr. Sheri as a breast cancer survivor. Thank you, Thumbtack Staff for making the "contact" between myself and Martika P. Gartman Photography.

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Mike Sansone Photography
5.0
from 65 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jobcase T.
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Mike has a great way with people, putting them at ease to get excellent results. We appreciate his flexibility and desire to get shots that people can truly be proud of. I've met many headshot photographers over the years, and I consider Mike to be among the best of them.

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  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
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Carolyn P.
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Nicole responded to my request for a family photographer on short notice. She was easy to work with and the pictures turned out wonderfully. Would recommend if you are looking for a local photographer!

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Geral oris
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
TOPE F.
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After meeting with several photographers, she was the ONLY one my wife and i liked. Her professionalism is unlike any other - prompt with responses, super creative and pictures came on time.Geraldine has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I have ever met, and I was absolutely honored to have her play such an important role in my wedding. I can't recommend her enough.

  • 9 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Diana D.
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I needed a professional headshot photo in a short timeframe. Since I never had professional photos done before and had no idea how to find a good professional in order to help me out, I was initially relatively intimidated by the process. Looking up the websites from several photographers, most were only advertising wedding and recreational photography services. Robert put me at ease from the very beginning, showing me some sample headshots he took and explaining me the whole process as well as what I could expect. During all of my interactions with Robert, he has been very professional. Also, it is obvious that he is passionate by what he is doing. He overall did exceed my original expectations, delivering some excellent headshots in a very short timeframe!

Chicago Portraits
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Kalpana S.
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We hired Chicago Portraits for our wedding and we are so happy that we did! They were very responsive to our needs for multiple events and communicated with us every step of the way. We had Bharani as our photographer, who was eager to understand our vision. We first had a phone conversation to see if Chicago Portraits would fit our needs and once we decided to move forward, Bharani made himself available to meet in person prior to any photo shoot to go over the details. He was very flexible and accommodating to our schedules. Also, we aren't the most comfortable couple in front of the camera, but the photographers put us at ease and even offered suggestions for poses. They were very patient to capture the best photos possible. We're extremely pleased with the results. We intend to hire them again for future events and would highly recommend them to anyone else!

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Life on Prints Associates
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tina V.
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This year is my year. I decided to join a dating site. I know that the process starts with a great picture. You simply have to put your best foot forward. Well, I needed a photographer who understood my objective. Tony understood exactly what I wanted to achieve and he gave me many options for profile picture. I did not know which one to select. We went to two different locations with three wardrobe changes in the rain. He offered to reschedule and re shoot if the pictures were not what I wanted. He was very professional and efficient. His initial contact was within minutes of my request for proposal. He returned the finished product to me less than 48 hours later. I had many pictures from which to select. He then did additional clean up on my main photo. I think I have found a new photographer for my family.

  • 19 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel P.
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Lino and his wife were just awesome. I had a marriage celebration just to celebrate our marriage and we had a small ceremony prior to the party. Everything was running late and I had no clue what I wanted as far as pictures went. I just wanted to capture the party. He captured the party, the ceremony, took family photos, and some of just the ceremony group as well. The photos were great and abundant. I would highly recommend his services.

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BirdyFinn
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Emily T.
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The experience with Chris was fantastic! Not only is he a consummate professional, but he made the experience so fun, easy and positive. Unlike most family photographers, there was nothing staged. He just let us play and talk, and captured the most magical moments of our family being ourselves. I would highly recommend him to any family who is tired of standing by a picket fence or in front of a backdrop for their family photos. It is truly a unique end product that you will treasure!

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L Christine Photography
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rashmi D.
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We really had a great time taking summer pictures with Lauren... she made it easy for the family ... our pictures have come out great!! Lauren was very professional, on time and delivered the pictures to us before the due date.... we will be doing another session in fall wirh her...

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Studio Soo | Chicago Baby
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lena B.
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This review is a bit overdue but no less true! I received a recommendation for Studio Soo from a friend who had her daughters 1 year old photos done by Soo. I called Soo to discuss a newborn shoot for my son who was already 6 weeks (a little old for the newborn shoot) and he gave me the wonderful suggestion of waiting for the first smile to happen and then to schedule so that we would get more personality captured in our photos. He was right on with this suggestion and I am so glad we waited several more weeks. Our photos are stunning!! We love every single shot and to be honest it was so hard to narrow down which ones we wanted in our final package because they were all simply wonderful. Everyone that has seen our photos is blown away by the quality of the images and the beautiful backdrops. Now let me tell you, I was nervous as we waited for the initial first look at the photos because my son was cranky and sleepy through most of our hour, but Soo worked his magic and literally captured the sweetest moments. He is truly talented. Soo was professional throughout, giving us good direction and suggestions of what would look good. In total we did four different backdrops and a family photo. We were given extremely fair pricing for all that we purchased and it is safe to say we now have a family photographer that we will be using again and again! Thank you Studio Soo!!!

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Stand Still Photography
4.4
from 15 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katie O.
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Jeff and his wife were amazing and captured the most amazing pictures of my wedding! I would highly recommend Stand Still to anyone of my friends or family! Can’t wait to hire them again for my maternity and newborn pictures!

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La Vita Photography
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rajat N.
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We recently did our family photography with Vita and had a very positive experience. Vita took the time to understand our requirements and gave really good suggestions and ideas. In fact, of all the photographers we talked to, Vita was the only one who talked about the comfort of our 4 month old baby in the photography session. The photography session was very relaxed and Vita connected well with the family, which really helped. The final pictures look great and I would definitely work with Vita again.

Monroe Street Photography
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica R.
Verified review

I have been around the block with photographers as I have been styling wedding hair for 18 years. When I work with Ashley, seeing her in “action” and the incredible vision she has completely makes me so appreciative of her talent. She is AMAZING!!🙌🏼

meg adamik creative
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Sharris W.
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I'm a wedding and event designer and reached out to Meg about collaborating together for styled photographs to update my portfiloio. Meg was a dream to work with - she was reponsive and enthusiastic about the project from day 1 and had so many great ideas to enhance the overall session for all vendors that were participating. She was on-time, transparent, professional but fun, and brought along her creative juices to get beautiful shots. Her editing was clean, modern and exactly what I was looking for. Since working together in May, I have considered Meg a preferred photographer and will continue to refer her to any of my clients that want to capture gorgeous and memorable moments!

J. Shuman Photography
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley T.
Verified review

Joe is extremely professional but at the same time he treated us like family. His attention to detail is beyond excellent. We hired him for our wedding ceremony and some after-photos and he gave 150% to our project. I highly recommend him for anyone who is looking for a seasoned photographer who offers fair prices!

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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Need Portrait Photographer

Elgin, IL

  • Photo type
    Children / Baby
  • Photoshoot location
    Photo studio
  • Photo products
    CD / DVD, Online or digital proofs and prints, Physical proofs and prints
  • Details
    Newborn twin girls
  • $241.67
    Average price
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