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South River Family Portrait Photographers

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

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Mary Photography
4.9
from 238 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 364 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Eliza A.
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I cannot say enough great things about our experience with Mary!! Mary and Ali photographed our intimate NYC wedding - following us from our hotel, to city hall, to our evening rooftop reception. They asked us from the beginning to think of them as friends rather than photographers, and by the end of the day they were great friends indeed!! They attended to every detail, guided us to get the best shot, and made us and our guests feel effortlessly glamorous and comfortable. They were both extremely professional, clearly talented, and responsive to our preferences. It was obvious that they cared as much about our day as we did! I highly, highly recommend their services and would hire them again in a heartbeat!

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Maria A Vullo LLC
4.9
from 140 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 246 hires on Thumbtack
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Logan F.
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Me and my girlfriend went to a broadway show. Got out a little late but she was able to follow us taking picture until I was able to propose at time square. My now fiance didn't know a thing. Great photographer. Great pictures and just what I needed.

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Joe Jenkins Photography
5.0
from 129 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 215 hires on Thumbtack
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Mia P.
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We hired Joe to do a family portrait session for us in early August. From beginning communications to the end result, we were thoroughly impressed by Joe, and we would highly recommend him for anything and will look forward to using him again. Joe was extremely professional, timely in communication as well as production of our photos, and helpful in recommending locations and creative ideas for the shoot. In addition, Joe listened to our ideas and made the utmost effort to see those ideas come to life during the shoot. We were thankful to have found him and are very satisfied with the overall experience. Good luck in your future ventures Joe!

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  • 2 years in business
  • 148 hires on Thumbtack
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Ed B.
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Cheyanna did an amazing job capturing our elopement in Central Park. My wife and I wanted an intimate ceremony to celebrate our marriage and Cheyanna captured it perfectly. During the ceremony I didn't even notice she was there - but the photos she captured were beautiful. After, Cheyanna was the perfect host, tour guide, and photographer as we took pictures throughout Central Park. It felt like our best friend was guiding us through the park and taking amazing photos. Cheyanna was also a great choreographer of the photos helping us find natural, fun, and wonderful poses to that perfectly highlight our love. Thank you Cheyanna, we will treasure these photos forever.

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STEVEN DUARTE PHOTOGRAPHY
4.9
from 100 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
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Amber D.
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Steven did an amazing job! You can tell that he's very dedicated to his work. Our first phone conversation he said "if you don't look good and I don't look good" and I've never heard a photographer say that. Most of the photographers that I've met are doing their job for the money, but I can't say the same about Steven. He spoke about has craft with passion. He made me feel so comfortable, and he knows exactly what he's doing. If anyone is looking for a photographer who specializes in headshots, reach out to Steven immediately, you will not be disappointed. Thank you so much Steven!! I'll definitely be recommending you to all my fellow actors.

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Emily Frances
5.0
from 79 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
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Karen K.
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We love Emily. I hired her for a family portrait photo session and she worked well with my toddler and newborn baby. She is very professional and pleasant person, she listened and gave suggestions of how we can have our photos taken. My husband and I were both happy with the photos she delivered after 2 days. We will definitely hire her again for more photo sessions in the future.

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J&J Studios
4.9
from 72 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
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Nesrine C.
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John is wonderful to work with: he's friendly, professional, and a great photographer. Our pictures were absolutely stunning! We'll be getting all our photos done with him in the future.

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TRC Photography
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
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Mary F.
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I'm an author with a small press, which means I get to pull things most big publishers won't let you get away with. One of these things was picking my own cover models, and I had two local teens in mind. I wanted a photographer who did more than just your general portrait and event photography, because these had to be character shots. So I wanted someone with a great sense artistry, and Tom's portfolio (which include some fantastic fashion and actor shots) was really the only one in the central Jersey area that I liked. To say Tom was great to work with is the understatement of the year, but despite being a paid wordsmith, I don't know how else to put it! Fantastic to work with? Amazing? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? He really went above and beyond what I expected, providing vision for the project that an untrained eye like me would never have thought of. And two teen models had a great time with all the interesting poses Tom came up with. Tom was great at coaching these two aspiring kids and turning them into bona fide models! And not to mention just very friendly and great at making the teens feel at ease. I was on set (to watch and give a input about the characters), and the whole thing was both very professional and a lot of fun at the same time, which really is the best way it could have gone. Tom was really quick about editing the shots and putting them through post-production too - I was impressed by the quick turnaround. And they looked fantastic! My publisher and I were very happy. I would definitely hire Tom Castles again should another occasion come up, and I certainly recommend him and his work.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 132 hires on Thumbtack
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Scott S.
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I recently booked Bin Song to capture the moment I proposed to my girlfriend. I had heard this was a trend and wanted to find the right photographer. I found Bin Song’s website and saw she had experience shooting marriage proposals. She was extremely helpful. We discussed the location (Rockefeller Center) and what the best time to be there was for lighting, and what angle I should be in for the best background (I felt like an actor talking to the director on a movie set, it was so cool). She explained that in order to get the best natural shot, my girlfriend could not know she was there - so it was important for me to be in the right place at the right time for the perfect photos. After I proposed and she said “yes”, Bin Song came over to congratulate us and take some portrait photos as a new couple to compliment the proposal ones she had just taken. Her photos were beautiful, catching the total look of surprise and happiness on my fiancee’s face; and, with the ice rink and statue at Rockefeller Center in the background, it looked like something out of a magazine. Bin Song did everything I requested. Before and after photos of the proposal, along with a video of the proposal itself. I would definitely book her again… and have her shoot our wedding.

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  • 18 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
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Jackie B.
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Awesome job! Great photographer, had the photos back within a few days! He also has a great studio that was excellent to shoot in!

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Lena Di Photography
5.0
from 44 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
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Larisa P.
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Probably best portrait of all of us we've ever had done by anyone. Lena has a unique gift in finding the best and most flattering angle while making the photos incredibly approachable. Plus she's friendly and a pleasure to be around. Will definitely continue sending everyone who needs headshots/portraits to her beautiful studio.

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Deva Photography
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
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Michelle G.
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Deva was a great photographer, we were very happy with the pictures

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Tobia St Germain
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Neerupa P.
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Tonia is a friendly and professional photographer. She captures the moment very well, and takes great shots. I hired her for my son's christening, and I was really impressed with her work. I am looking forward to hiring her again! Her work is incredible, I love all the photos she took.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
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Diane H.
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We hired Elizabeth for family portraits at the beach with my children and grandchildren. She spent the first 5 -10 minutes of the session with us to understand what we wanted out of the session and she then helped guide us with several excellent suggestions that enhanced the beautiful portraits she delivered to us. I was also amazed on how she handled my grandkids who were trying to get a little wild but, she certainly has a talent with kids and was able to rein them in. I would strongly recommend Elizabeth’s work. We are so happy with the beautiful portraits that capture our family memories.

Vxpressionsphotography.com
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Lucas L.
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Great Experience, Booked a Family Portrait Session, High Quality Photos all delivered on time.

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Natalia Wajda Photography
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Jillian K.
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My experience with Natalia Wajda Photography was enjoyable and unique. It was wonderful to work with a professional who values you and your desires! She listened to my ideas while still incorporating her own artistic vision. I had one shoot in particular with Natalia Wajda and one of my friends that was the most fun I've ever had while having pictures taken. It was so relaxed and simply FUN! We found ourselves really comfortable with Ms. Wajda as our photographer. As a result, the photos turned out great! I can't wait to have more inspiring and fun shoots with Natalia Wajda Photography!!!

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Oliver Photography
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Michelle M.
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Great photographer. Loved me pictures. Excellent service and very professional.

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Nickdepicts
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stacy J.
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I once disliked taking photos but working with Nicholas has changed my perception. Nick is an incredible photographer who makes his clients feel comfortable. In my eyes, he is the only photographer I will hire to take pictures of me and my family.

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Del Rossi Photography
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christy W.
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Michael shot a studio portrait of me for my business last year. He made me feel completely at ease and the results were fantastic. It was clear that he wasn't an amateur with a camera, as is the case so much these days, but a real pro who knew how to light and direct. I recommend him without reservation!!

  • 11 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Jessy T.
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Bill is a gem! He is an experienced professional that does everything to give you the best photos possible. He was so flexible with our baby and captured so many beautiful moments with her. Thanks to him, we have exquisite portraits of our child and our family. We’ll definitely be using him again!

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The White Barn Studio
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katie P.
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I hired The White Barn Studio for family portraits, Marc was great to shoot with! We've had portraits done before elsewhere but they don't even compare! Very good with the kids and really listened to what we were looking for! Absolutely loved the photos and look forward to the next session! 5 stars+

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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