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Best Family Photographers in San Francisco

Our Recommended Top 20

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored San Francisco Family Photographers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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1941 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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5.0 (281)
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5.0 (79)

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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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San Francisco, CA

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Need help contacting a Family Photographer in San Francisco? Call our Concierge team at 848-Book-Pro (848-266-5776 from 6 am - 4 pm PT | Mon - Fri). They are standing by to help you get the service you need.

Union City, CA 94587

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5.0 (54)
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5.0 (52)
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5.0 (36)

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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.

Lafayette, CA 94549
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5.0 (62)
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5.0 (40)
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5.0 (9)

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Albena Ilieva Photography is a Lafayette-based studio serving customers in and around San Francisco. Its owner and photographer, Albena, helps clients tell their stories through its selection of photography services. She strives to provide a smooth experience, from session preparation to delivering images that can be treasured forever. She also handles brand and newborn photography projects and focuses on the safety and comfort of little ones during the shoot. Albena has been in the industry for over eight years.

San Francisco, CA 94110

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5.0 (9)

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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.

San Carlos, CA 94070

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5.0 (121)

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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.

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.

18 10th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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5.0 (15)

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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.

Oakland, CA 94611

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5.0 (8)
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5.0 (8)
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5.0 (7)

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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.

San Mateo, CA 94402

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5.0 (37)
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5.0 (20)

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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.

San Anselmo, CA 94960

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5.0 (31)
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5.0 (22)

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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.

San Francisco, CA 94122

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5.0 (37)
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5.0 (31)
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5.0 (26)

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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.

Concord, CA 94520

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5.0 (16)
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5.0 (2)

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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.

Foster City, CA 94404

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5.0 (7)
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5.0 (5)

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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.

Redwood City, CA 94061

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5.0 (16)

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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.

San Francisco, CA 94121

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4.5 (26)
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5.0 (7)

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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.

6960 Cedar Ln, Dublin, CA 94568

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5.0 (4)
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5.0 (1)

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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.

San Francisco, CA 94080

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5.0 (23)

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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.

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.

San Francisco, CA

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5.0 (39)

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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.

FAQs

  • 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.