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Arlington Outdoor Family Photographers

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

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Third Floor Photo
5.0
from 168 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 318 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Salvatore L.
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Tina did an absolutely fantastic job on my photos. It was my first time being with a professional photographer and she helped me be at ease and calmed my nerves through the process. I love my pictures and can not recommend her enough. Get her as your photographer!

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Winstead Studios
4.9
from 152 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 251 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kirsten W.
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Winstead produced a gorgeous natural-looking makeup for a family photo shoot, producing a stunning effect for photos. He was professional, on-time, pleasant, and efficient. I would not hesitate to recommend him to my friends and use him again!

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Doug Sanford photographs
4.9
from 145 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 241 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer F.
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I found Doug on Thumbtack and was pleased to have him photograph my wedding this past October. First, I was so pleased to meet him before hand and see more of his work so I knew what to expect. But more than that, I realized that Doug is an exciting, interesting, and cheerful person which made the experience even better. He has an artistic eye and really made some beautiful memories that made me excited to have him shoot my big day! During the day, Doug captured fantastic moments and was flexible when we wanted him to get a specific person or time. He was over all energetic and cheerful! I had a few friends that are amateur photographers also take pictures for us and Doug took the time to answer some of their photography questions and giving them tips - going above and beyond his call... Finally, my pictures came out beautiful and in a timely manner. I can't thank him enough for capturing our day and producing this precious keepsake!

Monumental Arts
4.7
from 134 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 322 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer V.
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Wow! Kris was our wedding photographer a year and a half ago and was also our family photographer for our daughter's birthday this past weekend. He really listened to what we wanted out of the photo shoot, but also had great ideas himself. He was patient and flexible, and the quality of his work is wonderful! We will continue to use Monumental Arts and Kris for future needs. Awesome job!

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Party Favor Photo - DC
4.8
from 112 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 247 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Syreeta W.
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My resident holiday party was an absolute success! The residents really enjoyed their keepsake photo's of their family and friends. It was an Ugly Sweater themed party which made it even more memorable! Josh was our Photo Booth Operator and he was super professional and very accommodating to all of our guests. He showed up on time and was incredibly engaging with every guest! Thank you so much and we will for sure reach out to use Party Favor Photo again and again and again!

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Joshua Fernandez Photography
4.9
from 98 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Arpita S.
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Josh is an amazing photographer. Not only is his work exceptional but he is kind, courteous, is more then willing to work with your schedule and extremely flexible. It’s my second time having him as our family photographer and i will continue to use him!!

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Mark F. Jones
4.9
from 77 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jessica G.
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Mark did a great job photographing my outdoor dinner at dusk, capturing candid moments between guests as the light changed. He read the crowd really well, too, and was able to get cool shots without being invasive during our intimate conversation. On top of it all, Mark was responsive and professional throughout the booking process. Highly recommend!

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D.I.M. Productions
4.8
from 64 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Al J.
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Thanks to DIM Productions for an amazing experience! Karmin is THE photographer that you want for familial events, sporting events, weddings, and et-cetera. I've hired Karmin a number of times and have never doubted that it was among the best decisions I've ever made. Karmin has impeccable timing, vision and experience to distinguish a great shot from a good one! She's personable, engaging, down-to-earth and just has a way with people that enthralls and disarms them. She's got an uncompromising standard at events and in her private studio. I cannot commend Karmin highly enough! -Al Johnson

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Visuals by J. McKenzie LLC
4.9
from 58 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 169 hires on Thumbtack
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Tiffanie B.
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Jamaal was an absolute professional for our shoot. He was considerate, patient and timely. Our union members loved him. It was truly my pleasure to work with him. I hire photographers from throughout the country regularly. We plan on working with Jamaal again for our convention.

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Quantized Pixels, LLC
4.9
from 56 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gretchen P.
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Great experience working with Gethro. He was one of the few photographers in the area who could provide printed photos on the spot (with our company logo, no less) and we were very happy with his work.

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Saint Elmo Photography
4.9
from 54 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pamela L.
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My experience with Elmo Laing was a powerful trigger of personal memory---from light, to set-up, to processing. By all accounts, he is a meticulous craftsman. Through his eyes and indelible images of my party guests, I am still reliving this momentous occasion ---my 60th birthday celebration. In photograph after photograph, Elmo captured every mood and motion of the affair. He documented the dancing, the band, the striking group portraits, the cake, the room decorum, and of course--ME. His photography has played an important role of constructing memory because the stories leap from their stills. His images are stimulants for remembering---happy lives, families and friends, and what & how we celebrate. I hover over these images! That’s what fantastic photographers do….they show the environment, they show what they saw and they work to compose the best for YOU. That is exactly what Elmo Laing produced for me. Oh, wait a minute, did I mentioned that he is patient, polite, and precise with posing & positioning—a good photographer. Thank you, Elmo for your artistry, storytelling and technical ability. Pamela Lamberth

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Nandor Nagy
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Eszter R.
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Nandor was the photographers at our worship service last month in Washington DC. He was reliable, communicative, very creative and professional in every way. I can only recommend him as an excellent photographer.

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Julie Bonebrake
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jamie S.
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It has been years since we have taken family pictures because we were always told to sit in a position and smile. That at which did not work for my family and all we ended up with was fake smiles! With Julie, she interacted the whole time and had us laughing and having fun! I am over the moon estactic with our pictures! Thank you Julie!

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PicaBoost Photography
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Roseae P.
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We used Metin / Picaboost Photography for my sister's wedding. From the initial contact and throughout the entire, Metin was very responsive. He answered any questions we had right away and even had a phone call with us to talk details before signing a contract. Since we had to push up the wedding, time was crucial and Metin was quick to respond so that was very helpful! We sent Metin a video shot list and he captured everything we asked of him. He arrived early the day of the wedding and was very kind and professional. We only requested raw footage and the footage he sent was great! He cut the footage down so it would not be overwhelming but he still had all of the important parts of the day. We would highly request Metin and Picaboost Photography!

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STUDIO PRI
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Astrid P.
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Oh my God... Where do I begin? Priscilla is hands down the best photographer my husband and I have met. Pri brings so much energy and passion to what she does, that it's contagious. Her customer service from the moment you reach out to when she delivers your images is spot on. She is open to ideas, creativity, and let's you take control of your shoot, if that is what you are into. Dealing with Priscilla is not like dealing with someone you hired to take your pictures, but a friend that just so happens to be taking your pictures. I do not regret a single thing about choosing Pri as our engagement photographer. We are amazed by the results!! We definitely will be recommending her to all our friends and family, and will be using her as our family photographer for years to come. Thanks Pri!

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Naomi Lynn Photography LLC
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patricia S.
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Naomi is an excellent photographer who is easily attuned to the desires of her client. She is flexible, reasonable and easy to work with. The photographers are of high quality and captured the most significant moments. We would use Naomi again.

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Rachel Walisko Photography
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kate D.
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Rachel is a real pro - if you are looking for beautiful, real, crisp, clear portraits, engagement and wedding photos, family photos - anything - look no further. Rachel instantly made me feel at ease in front of the camera and knew exactly how to guide my fiance and I to capture authentic and natural photos. She is brilliant at using natural light, too. We could not be happier!

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JustInFocus Photography
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Justin and I started a conversation a little over a week ago. I was looking for a photographer who would be able to take us some couples photos for the holiday season. From the very start, Justin was punctual and he continued to be punctual through to the delivery of the photos. Often times when people hire photographers, people complain that photographers lose momentum once they’ve been offered the gig or once they’ve received payment. This is absolutely not the case with Justin. Justin’s punctuality definitely has been a plus point all the way. I also appreciated that Justin works with clients across varying price points. In addition, I must say Justin’s offer was definitely reasonable given that we’re situated in the DMV. Interacting with Justin, one of the first things I let him know was that I just wanted a quick photo shoot that would be a leg up from our usual selfies. Justin understood exactly what I was expecting out of our photo shoot. Justin and I worked out the details over text, and the photo shoot was quick and effortless. Though I didn’t end up calling him myself, I did pass on Justin’s phone number to a few colleagues of mine - he had such a great offer that I had to share with others! On that note, if you need to hop on the phone to talk details, just ask for his phone number. I am absolutely all about Pinterest and all things Pinterest related. I had ideas of poses but when we met up, my mind sort of went blank (I blame the cold!) and Justin had great ideas which resulted in some beautiful photos of the two of us. I also have to praise Justin’s understanding of space, lighting, and photography concept. Justin took a handful of posed and candid photos, which we both appreciated. Not only is Justin talented, but he is easygoing too. And that’s definitely a plus point when hiring a photographer. If you can’t be yourself around your photographer or if the photographer can’t get you to feel relaxed and at east, then you might as well throw in the towel because you won’t get quality photos. Thank you, Justin, we love love love our photos!! PS: Hire Justin. If my photos are any testament, I’m sure you too will be more than satisfied with yours!

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Art Skope Photography
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Latisha J.
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Working with the art skope photographer was an amazing experience. He really brung my vision to life for my maternity shoot. I am looking forward to working with him again in the near future.

Bria Lynn Photography
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Crystal H.
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Bria has done such amazing photography for my family. You can tell by the photos she takes and the time and effort that she puts into her sessions and editing them that she has such a passion for photography. She makes the sessions feel effortless and the product is beautiful and photos that we will treasure for a lifetime.

Edward C. Jones Photography
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Janyce J.
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Mr Jones has an uncanny knack of capturing the star quality in All of his photographic subjects and scenes! He is able to shed more life, joy and dignity, wherever his lens takes him. He is our official family photographer, for all times......

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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