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Dayton Family Photographers

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

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Jill Matthews Photography
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tina M.
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Very professional and talented photographer, I loved her work and creativity.

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CKB Photography
4.8
from 48 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Judy R.
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Christina Brown photographed our family of eight. We were on a walking trail & it took approximately one hour. It seemed to go quicker because she made it fun for everyone!! Christina has a great eye for photography, catching all the right poses, the correct lighting, etc. Her ideas for backgrounds & colors are excellent. She was prompt & didn't make us feel rushed at all! She's very professional & yet a lot of fun! The quality of work CKB does is second to none!! I don't think our session could have been any better. Christina went above & beyond what most photographers might do. She was on the ground, in front of us, behind us, etc. We will definitely use her again & we highly recommend her to others!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Heather R.
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Michael Cotton did family photos for us. From the first time I contacted him until the day of the actual shoot, Michael answered every message I sent him and every question I had. At the actual shoot, he arrived early and already had ideas picked out for picture locations on the property we chose. He also entertained and executed my ideas for pictures as well. We had small children in our group, and he allowed them to make "suggestions" too, which kept the kids in good moods through the shoot. We received our CD of pictures from him 3 days after the photo shoot. We are very pleased with his service and the pictures he took of our family. We would definitely use him again and recommend him. Heather and Tom Ranft.

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Mark's Photo and Video LLC
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
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Maria C.
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Mark is a truly fun person and professional photographer. We hired him at our wedding for wedding & engagement photography, videography, and a photobooth! He is extremely flexible and really wants to please the couple! He asked for my Pinterest board and took all of the photos that I was dying to have!!! Our engagement photos were taken & returned to us edited in a matter of hours-- and they are absolutely perfect!!! He asks for your input and doesn't force any photos you do not want. He is ready to go and gets to know you through questionnaires and conversions prior to meeting. Without him, my groom and I would not have thought of so many wonderful poses! The photobooth was the biggest hit! So many props, pictures for everyone, and they even made us a scrapbook of all of the photobooth pictures with guest comments! I LOVED Mark's services and highly recommend to everyone! We will definitely use him again in the future!!

  • 7 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa P.
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Connie was amazing. She took our family photo that consisted of 12 people and 7 dogs. She was very patient with us all and photos were amazing.

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Moreland Photography
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alex J.
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Sandy was a pleasure to work with and gave us superb photos. She was willing to go out of her way to ensure that we were completely satisfied with the photographs of our home; which we certainly were. Sandy knew the exact angles and rooms to photograph. She was a delight and we would recommend her to anyone looking for a top notch photographer. Thanks Sandy!

B Phosgraphe
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Ann R.
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Betsy was awesome! She helped us picked the locations based on our description of what we wanted--we ended up at OTR, Washington Park, and Eden Park. Her calm demeanor was a perfect match for my daughter, who was having her senior pictures taken. When we saw that things were busier than usual at Washington Park, we just went with the flow--it didn't fluster Betsy at all. We just enjoyed the music playing in the background (a bluegrass concert) and the sounds of the kickball games being played. She found great spots with neat architecture for my daughter's shots. She also picked some unexpected shots that turned out really cool. When we headed to Eden Park, we ended up with some of THE most beautiful pictures I've ever seen. All of our family and friends can't believe them! My baby girl is all grown up and Betsy captured her beauty so well. I'm so pleased with our choice of Betsy--we had several photographers respond to us on Thumbtack, and we went with our gut and chose Betsy. I'm so glad we did!!

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Together As One JB LLC
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ashley B.
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Brandy and Jason did an AMAZING job on our video! At first we wasn't sure if we wanted to hire a videographer but I am so glad we did. Our photographer turned out not to be the best so now we at least have the video to look back on. I definitely recommend anyone getting married to go with Together as One! Their work is definitely worth the money!

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Chris Armstrong Photography
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alison H.
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Great experience working with Chris on quick turnaround professional head shots, she was flexible with scheduling and the photos came out excellent. I would highly recommend her and would use her again for professional or family photos.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Olivia U.
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She is phenomenal! If you want a high quality photographer, she's your go to!

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Triple Joy Photography
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Boryana A.
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Photographer did an amazing job with the shoot and the pictures came out great. Highly recommend her!

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Casey Burns Photography
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jen M.
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Casey was an absolute delight to work with during our family photoshoot. She was patient and understanding with our 1 and 3 year old grandsons. She kept our family of 13 organized as she created various poses for each shot. Casey was able to capture our family time and fun in several action shots. She was very professional and I could tell she loved what she was doing. Her prices are excellent. I would recommend Casey to anyone who is looking to capture special moments in pictures!

Nik Wright Photography
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Adil B.
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Nik came on time and took over a hundred family pictures with kids, indoor and exterior, walking and sitting, with a dog and without. A lot of pictures in different settings. Taking family pictures is not easy because of kids getting bored, hungry, tired, hyper, etc., but Nik was great, making sure that he gets nice shots of everyone. He is very efficient and has a good eye for best spots to take photos at.

Lighthouse Portraits
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Bley H.
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Deepika arrived promptly at our home and instantly put our children at ease. She was patient with the little ones, and worked quickly to get some great pictures before they got tired. I was very pleased with how fast she got the finished photos to us; unusual for photographers, in my experience.

SLewis Photography
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Topher M.
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One of the most talented and creative photographers I’ve ever worked with. A1 quality and service.

Janel Lee Photography
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Megan A.
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We had such a fantastic time working with our photographer! He was great with our two-year-old, very open to suggestions of what shots we were interested in, and had great ideas that really made the most of the setting we chose. He spent more time with us than promised and delivered more images than we anticipated. The photos themselves are absolutely gorgeous and I am thrilled with how they turned out!

Ruff Creek Photography
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Brittney M.
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Andrea was awesome to work with! She made it so relaxed and fun. She went above and beyond for us, I will definitely be coming back to her when we need a photographer!

Erin Hein Photography
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Julie P.
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We are beyond thrilled with the real estate photos Erin took of our home. She was also quick to respond to our thumbtack request, reasonably priced, quite talented, knowledgeable, extremely flexible, and quite personable. Erin was very quick to get our pictures back to us, too. We couldn't have hoped for a better photographer or a better all-around experience. We highly recommend Erin and will call her again for any photography needs.

  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth M.
Verified review

I contacted Drew with Opulent Creations for a photo shoot. He was quite prompt and thorough when responding to my inquiry. He really makes sure that you understand the value you are getting by choosing to do business with him. Prior to the shoot he will even provide some tips to make sure that your photos turn out perfectly. When it comes to shooting with him, he is absolutely the best! His level of confidence and professionalism is unparalleled and he is also very entertaining. He will keep you laughing and smiling throughout the shoot, and I think it really makes a difference. The smiles you see in his photos are truly genuine. Post shoot, is where he really won me over. He kept me up to date on the progress of my images and was prompt with their delivery. I did not have to wait weeks for my images. I was able to share them with the world within a day or two. The final product was amazing!! I could hardly believe that it was me in some of those images. I will most definitely be a repeat customer and send all of my family and friends his way.

Melyssa Ann Photography
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Olivia L.
Verified review

There is nothing better than a photographer who 1.) understands what you need as a bride and 2.) is willing to do whatever it takes to see that you get more than you could dream of. Melyssa was my photographer, but she also helped me plan, make decisions, and even vetted questions for me in the moments I needed it the most. She had all the knowledge and experience to help me figure out what kinds of photos I wanted and made sure I got them. I felt so comfortable asking for what I wanted and I didn’t have to just go off of a standard “this is what you get” list. She made it feel like my best friend was just following me around with a camera on my wedding day. Could not be more pleased with her work! And I’m so thankful for her artistic eye.

Kaitlin Ann Photography
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly V.
Verified review

Kaitlin was easy and enjoyable to work with for our wedding. She took the time to set up a list of priority shots and find out what was most important to us. She was very quick to provide the digital copies and also send a very cool Zip drive with the photo ms as well. We’d definitely work with Kaitlin again if we had the need for a photographer

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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