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IQphoto Studio

1941 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122
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Based in San Francisco, IQphoto Studio is a company that has provided wedding photography services to clients throughout the area for over 17 years. Its services include coverage for wedding ceremonies and receptions of any size, and it employs an experienced team of photographers with a keen eye. A variety of photography styles are available to satisfy different client needs, including traditional, documentary, and editorial. IQphoto Studio also handles wedding and portrait photography.

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Albena Ilieva Photography

Lafayette, CA 94549
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Albena Ilieva Photography is a practice based in Lafayette, California, specializing in newborn and family portraits and serving clients from all over the San Francisco and Bay Area. Sessions take place in a client's home or anywhere in the locality. All packages include phone consultation, during which clients share their vision, ask questions, and are enlightened about the session process in detail. Clients receive personalized galleries and edited high-resolution photographs for download, available to create gifts, print, or share online.

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5.0 / 5 (34)
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Anat Reisman Kedem Photography

Foster City, CA 94404
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Ana Reisman Kedem is a Foster City-based professional photographer serving the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in taking portraits of families, babies, and children. Her focus is on creating more personal images that feature a combination of elegance and originality. She puts her clients at ease and makes them comfortable in showing honest emotions, which adds warmth and personality to photos.

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Bhavana Dut - Photography

6960 Cedar Ln, Dublin, CA 94568
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Bhavana Dut-Photography is a San Francisco-based wedding and family portrait photography studio. Its namesake and main photographer, Bhavana Dut, follows a four-step process and provides resources to help clients prepare for their sessions. She takes a timeless and true-to-color approach to her images that will be cherished through generations. She also offers 3-4 minute family films for legacy bookings. Bhavana is available to travel all around the country. Clients can decide if the photoshoot will be held at the studio or a location of their choice.

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de Polo Photography

Redwood City, CA 94061
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Jeanne de Polo is an award-winning portrait artist based out of Redwood City who specializes in family portraits, executive headshots, and high school senior portraits. Most of her work is done outdoors and she makes use of available lighting to keep images as organic as possible. She is a former president of the Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area.

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Dubnoff Photography

Concord, CA 94520
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Dubnoff Photography is a photography studio serving the San Francisco Bay Area that specializes in portraits. They shoot commercial, senior, or family portraits in breath-taking outdoor locations with an emphasis on natural light and fun posing. They also handle sessions for business headshots and Facebook display photos in their studio. This studio only makes use of the latest equipment available, such as cameras, lenses, and batteries, to ensure high quality outputs.

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5.0 / 5 (2)

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Emily Jenks Photography

San Francisco, CA 94122
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Emily Jenks Photography, based in San Francisco, California, provides personalized photography for individuals and families. Available services include maternity, newborn, engagement, wedding, and anniversary photo shoots. Customers can choose to have posed or candid photographs taken in one of the many beauty spots in the local area. Clients praise Emily's flexibility and prompt project delivery. They also remark on her warmth, patience, and positivity when working with young children and their families.

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5.0 / 5 (31)
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5.0 / 5 (26)

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Fima Photography

San Francisco, CA 94121
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Fima Photography is an award-winning studio that has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 2005. Their areas of expertise include family, maternity, and newborn photography, but they also offer highly-rated event, wedding, pet, and model portfolio photography services. Past clients praise their ability to tell stories by searching and capturing spontaneous human aspects in every photo they take.

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Gina Logan Photography

San Anselmo, CA 94960
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Gina Logan Photography is a full-service photography studio that offers a range of professional services. The company specializes in weddings, mitzvahs, and portraiture. Focusing on the emotion and fun in event photography creates imagery that is emotionally charged and dynamic. Headshots, senior portraits, and families are also a specialty, creating vibrant images designed to highlight the people in a welcoming, warm, and down to earth fashion. Commercial photography is also available for products and lifestyle shoots. Gina Logan Photography located in Marin is your San Francisco Bay Area go to photographer for your event and portraiture needs with 5 start ratings across the board.

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Happy Me Photography

San Carlos, CA 94070
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San Carlo-based studio Happy Me Photography handles both studio and on-location photography sessions within the San Francisco Bay Area. Their areas of expertise include family, children, newborn, and cake smash photography with an emphasis on candid moments and natural lighting environments. Their most popular package, The Impression Package, lasts up to 75 minutes and comes with a complimentary disc of edited, high-resolution images.

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Jen J Photography

San Mateo, CA 94402
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Jennifer Jacobson is a modern lifestyle photographer serving the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in maternity, children, and family photography. She strives to understand what a client cherishes, and utilizes that information to highlight it in each photo. Her style can best be described as clean, bright, and timeless.

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Martha Bruce Photography

Montara, CA 94037
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Award-winning photographer Martha Bruce offers high quality photography services in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has acted as the 2005 president of the Professional Photographers of The Greater Bay Area and specializes in family portrait, maternity, executive, and golf photography sessions. She is fascinated by the broad spectrum of emotions that people show in different circumstances and is passionate about capturing such honest reactions through photos. Martha Bruce has been certified as a professional photographer by the Professional Photographers of America.

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Samantha Look

18 10th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
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Samantha Look is a San Francisco-based photographer specializing in family portraits. Prior to becoming a professional photographer, she took up a degree in art history and worked at an art gallery. This experience influences her style in capturing photos, which often evoke a romantic and classic feel. She produces a set of photos for families combining natural and posed shots to show their different sides. Look utilizes medium format film and takes pleasure in directing clients.

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See My World Photography

San Francisco, CA 94080
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Boutique portrait studio See My World Photography has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area for a decade. Their areas of expertise include personalized family portrait, newborn, baby, and maternity photography. They are passionate about capturing priceless moments, big or small, that their clients will cherish for a lifetime.

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Shefali Parekh Photography

Union City, CA 94587
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Shefali Parekh Photography is a lifestyle maternity, newborn, and family photographer based in Union City, California, serving the larger San Francisco metro area. Shefali has been in business for two years, but she has been a photographer since her early childhood years. She describes her style as focused on capturing the natural moments of a family's interaction, and she doesn't forget to mention that she's too fond of kids. Clients can call for a free consultation and quote.

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5.0 / 5 (36)

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Swaddle Newborn & Family Photography

Hough Avenue, Lafayette, CA 94549
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Established in 2009, Swaddle Photography is a studio that takes photos of families, newborns, and parents-to-be in the San Francisco Bay Area. The studio dedicates itself to making it possible for busy parents to book photo sessions quickly and simply, helping them save valuable time. Swaddle conducts photo sessions that are relaxed and fun, helping clients get comfortable, so the results feel authentic. After the photoshoot, Swaddle offers print products such as albums and wall art, and digital images.

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Tevi Hardy Photography

Foster City, CA 94404
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Tevi Hardy is a professional photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in unique family portrait, maternity, and lifestyle newborn photography. Her approach to photography is casual and playful, which gives her clients a fun and comfortable environment during the session. All of the packages she offers covers the time and includes at least 30 high-resolution images.

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The Enloe Creative

San Francisco, CA
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The Enloe Creative offers family photography sessions in San Francisco. It captures the real stuff to create photographs to share with the next generation. Its family photography packages range from one-hour lifestyle photo sessions to multi-day adventure documentary experiences. David Enloe, a 10-year photographer who naturally mirrors the energy of the children around him to make them feel at ease, owns and operates The Enloe Creative. He guides clients through the process of creating quality artwork from photographs and builds picture frames by hand.

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Tiny Forest Photography

San Francisco, CA 94110
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Tiny Forest Photography is a studio that serves San Francisco, East Bay, and the rest of the Bay Area. Tumay Aslay, the owner and creative mind behind the studio, is a fine art portrait photographer whose expertise includes taking newborn, maternity, and family portraits. She prefers photographing candid moments instead of pre-orchestrated posts to make each photo as authentic, warm, and natural as possible. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Style Me Pretty, and other well-known publications.

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Xilo Photography

Oakland, CA 94611
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Xilo Photography serves families and individuals throughout San Francisco's Bay Area. Its Oakland-native founder promotes authenticity, diversity, and clarity through her lens. Kati is an experienced photographer whose images are often infused with woodland colors, blacks, whites, and obscure blends of blues and reds. Her subjects rarely pose, whether it's a mom-to-be with her other children or generations of the family relaxing together. Kati's sessions aren't timed as she prefers to get the best shot in the time it takes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

A family photographer is a skilled professional who uses artistic ability and a camera to take pictures of families. These professionals use photography equipment and photo editing software to create visually pleasing images of small and large family groups.

You can have this type of photo taken when welcoming a new family member, such as when a baby is born or a child is adopted. You can have family photos taken annually to show how fast your children are growing or to commemorate an annual event or favorite holiday.

Additionally, you can choose the type of setting and fashions that best fit your lifestyle for these photos. You can be as formal or casual as you like and have the pictures taken indoors or outside to suit your family’s preferences.

What is family photography?

Family photography is taking pictures of groups of family members. These can be small groups of immediate family members or large groups that include members of your extended family. Settings can involve casual or formal events that are held indoors or outdoors.

Why do you need family photos?

Family photos create a visual record of your family. These photos can create memories for you to cherish for a lifetime. Family photos also make way for future generations of your family to feel connected to you and your family.

What do family photographers do?

Family photographers help you choose a visually interesting setting. They also typically manage lighting to help your photos come out looking bright and easy to see. These photographers may work in a studio that you visit, or they can also sometimes come to a location you choose.

Why do people get family portraits?

People get family portraits to display at home and to share with loved ones. The photos can be used to commemorate the birth of a new family member and also be used to show how much family members change over the years.

How long should a family photo shoot last?

A family photo shoot can be as short as half an hour or take as long as a couple of hours. Things that affect the amount of time it takes to complete a family photo shoot include the number of outfit changes and background settings you want.

How many pictures are in a session?

The number of proofs you get from a family photo session varies based on the package you choose to buy. However, it’s common for a family photographer to provide a client with 35 to 60 images per session.

What do people wear for family photography sessions?

People typically wear clothes that represent the family’s lifestyle. For outdoor-themed photos, casual outfits in colors that stand out from the chosen background are common. For indoor or family photos to be taken at weddings, people typically choose dressier outfits.

Where to take family photos?

For indoor family photos, you can have the photographer visit your home or head to the studio. One advantage of the studio is the photographer can prepare the lighting and backdrop ahead of time. You could also head outdoors to a park or a location that’s significant to your family.

What should I look for in a family photographer?

First, look at a photographer’s portfolio to see examples of past work. If the photographer doesn’t have a portfolio, search the internet for information, such as ratings and past experiences, of other clients. Finally, check to see if they have any professional certifications from an educational institution or Professional Photographers of America.

How much does family photography cost?

Family photo sessions typically cost between $175 and $350. However, it can be much lower or higher depending on the photography package details. A photo shoot that involves several clothing changes or numerous locations can cost more.

Are you supposed to tip photographers for family photos, and how much?

If you’re having family photos taken at a studio in a retail setting, tipping isn’t typically expected. If an independent photographer takes your family photos at a location outside the studio, a 5% to 10% tip is considered a friendly way to thank your photographer.

Where can I print family photos?

Some stores that provide photo services can print your family photos. However, it’s important to discuss copyright with your photographer before you do this. If your photographer sells printed images, your photos are likely copyrighted. That means stores can’t print them without violating your photographer’s copyright.

How do I share photos with my family?

You can share digital photos with family or have them printed to share. Printed images can then be framed for display or placed in photo albums. Framed images can become part of the decor in a loved one’s home, and when placed in an album, the photos can be carried when traveling.

What can I do with old family photographs?

You can create a memory wall to display old family photos. You can choose favorite old photos to make into keepsakes, such as coffee mugs or pillows. If storage space is limited, you can have old family photos digitized, share them on a website, or upload them onto sharable flash drives.

How does someone become a family photographer?

While there are institutions that offer photography courses, many photo professionals learn the skill through practice or apprenticeships. To get started, photographers can pick up good-quality photography equipment and begin practicing. Photo editing is also an important skill to learn when becoming a family photographer.

How much can a family photographer make?

The median annual pay for a photographer, which includes family photographers, is $41,280. This breaks down to around $19.85 per hour for full-time family photographers. The pay range is from just under $11 per hour to slightly over $40 per hour.

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