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Best Newborn Photographers in Irvine, CA

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Irvine, CA 92620 Rating

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5.0 (101)
5.0 (36)

Why choose this provider?

Founded by Cathy Murai, Cathy Murai Photography is an international award-winning photographer with a clean, simple, and organic style. Cathy offers maternity, newborn, and baby’s first-year photography because her goal is to capture and preserve those precious moments to cherish for a lifetime. With a studio located in Irvine, California, each newborn session is held in a relaxed and comfortable environment for the family. The studio is stocked with all the props for your photo session, including maternity wardrobes, backdrops, blankets, knits, wraps, headbands, and more. As a mother of two and a trained newborn photographer, Cathy has a decade's experience in soothing and calming babies. Some of her published work is available for viewing on Buzzfeed and Shutterfly.

Irvine, CA Rating

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Hilary Avalos is a luxury newborn and family photographer based in Orange County. Her passion stems from her own experience as the mother of two daughters. Hilary holds all newborn photo sessions in her photography studio. She can provide her clients with props, backdrops, body wraps, and handmade accessories. Her style includes well-lit, candid shots of sleeping, smiling, and playful infants. Hilary's other photography services include maternity photoshoots, baby and toddler portraits, and family sessions.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 Rating

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5.0 (18)
5.0 (12)

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Denise Hurdle Photography is located in Margarita, CA and provides creative maternity, newborn, children, and family photography for customers in the Orange County area. Denise specializes in preserving and capturing moments in a relaxed and fun environment for the entire family, ensuring the finest poses and pictures. Denise customizes every session to reveal a client's story in a fresh and novel manner, and Denise Hurdle Photography has been a repeat finalist for the Orange County Best Children's Photographer Award. Denise offers several prices and packages to meet various budgets, and pre-consultations are included with every reservation to ensure maximum client satisfaction.

Laguna Hills, CA 92653 Rating

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5.0 (35)
5.0 (13)

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Heartprint Images provides newborn photography all around Orange County and is backed by years of specialized experience. Custom newborn sessions can be done in a client’s home, outdoors or it is Lake Forest home studio. The photographer has an array of wraps, blankets, hats/headbands, buckets, and other props and accessories. First Moments & Fresh 48 documentation, as well as a Bun-to-Bundle package, is also available, and all session fees include consulting, session, editing, basic retouching, and jpeg files of chosen images. Clients are able to collaborate closely with the team and communicate their goals and ideas to best capture memories for the ages, and the studio also specializes in maternity, milestone, family, and high school senior photography along with professional headshots. Event and intimate wedding photography are also available.

Laguna Hills, CA Rating

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5.0 (65)
5.0 (54)
5.0 (12)

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Aline Designs Photography is a newborn photographer in Orange County that specializes in modern, fine art luxury photography. It focuses on other genres of maternity, cake smashes, and child, family, and boudoir photography, as well. With the artistry of Aline Designs, the most beautiful photos and memories are created. Special moments with loved ones are captured and made to last for generations to come. Sessions with this photographer can be conducted in-studio or on location.

Aliso Vieo, CA 92656 Rating

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5.0 (9)

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On the Treetop Photography specializes in newborn photography services and offers in-home and at-studio photo sessions. Photographer Sandra Rannalli has over 12 years of newborn photography experience and has undergone extensive newborn safety training. Her studio maintains a large selection of newborn wraps, blankets, hats, headbands, props, and backdrops to make each photo special. Sandra uses a relaxed, natural style to take candid photos that capture the true essence of the moment. Pre-session consultations are available in-person or by phone.

Coto de Caza, CA

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Sarah Kae Photography provides newborn sessions ranging from 60 to 90 minutes in length for outdoor, in-home, and in-studio settings. Its posed newborn package, lifestyle newborn session, and short video are available to clients in Irvine. In addition, its photography package includes the use of wraps, headbands, outfits, and props for newborns. The studio's owner and photographer, Sarah Kae, has over two decades of experience as a graphic designer and photojournalist. She began her career working for the Associated Press in 2000.

  • Props Available
  • Birth Photography
  • Family Portraits

926 E Park Ln, Santa Ana, CA 92705 Rating

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4.9 (46)
5.0 (27)
4.9 (23)

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Jennifer McNeil Photography has been offering family and newborn photo sessions in and around Irvine since 2005. Owner Jennifer McNeil provides families with a seamless newborn portrait experience and walks clients through styling options. She conducts pre-session video calls with clients to discuss poses, color ideas, and clothing. Jennifer has experience photographing over 3,000 newborns and provides a welcoming and safe studio environment for parents and children alike. She also offers children's and family photos for clients who want to preserve memories through the years.

Compare our Top Newborn Photographers

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Cathy Murai Photography
Hilary Avalos Photography
Denise Hurdle Photography
Heartprint Images
Aline Designs Photography
On the Treetop Photography
Sarah Kae Photography
Jennifer McNeil Photography
926 E Park Ln, Santa Ana, CA 92705


  • Introduction

    Newborn photographers have the skills and knowledge to create enchanting photographs while ensuring the baby’s safety. They’re comfortable holding newborns and setting up captivating poses with care. They understand what’s comfortable for the infant and how various positions will photograph. 

    Props and unusual poses are often a part of newborn photography. Some newborn photographers specialize in creating unique and fascinating photographs.

    However, those methods aren’t essential for capturing a beautiful, engaging photo of your baby. Simplicity, skill, and experience can work wonders. A discussion with potential baby photographers and a review of their portfolio can help new parents choose the newborn photographer that best meets their needs.
  • When is the best time to schedule my newborn session?

    Newborn photography session scheduling can be challenging. Parents have a very narrow window after the baby arrives to secure those time-sensitive photos. But babies don’t arrive on schedule. So, it’s best to find a newborn photographer well in advance of your due date. Be sure they're flexible and available in the weeks prior to and after that date.

  • How soon should you have your newborn photo shoot after birth?

    Newborns are easily identifiable by their size and the tight fetal position they had in the womb. But they don’t maintain those curly poses for long. So, it’s important to have their photo shoot a few days after birth. Try not to wait over two weeks post-childbirth if you want the brand-new infant image for your photos.

  • How long does a newborn shoot typically last?

    The length of a newborn shoot varies. But expect it to take at least two hours, possibly three to four hours. The infant’s comfort and safety are the priority. Little ones are unpredictable, and the photographer might need to wait until Baby has been lulled to sleep. Plus, the infant will probably need to be fed and changed during the shoot.

  • How much does newborn photography typically cost?

    On average, professional newborn photographers charge between $100 and $300 per hour, and the photo shoot can easily take up to four hours. Those fees should include the digital images. Parents will pay separately to have them printed. Other photographers charge flat fees per session or per number of photographs. Most of these services start at $100 or higher.

  • Why do you photograph babies between 5-14 days old?

     A productive photo shoot is difficult with newborns younger than five days. They’re hungry and restless, as they’re not yet familiar with being outside the womb. Wait about five to seven days when they’re on a somewhat reliable feeding schedule and sleepy and relaxed for longer periods of time. But waiting longer than two weeks risks losing that familiar newborn look.

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