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Best Newborn Photographers in Santa Barbara, CA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Santa Barbara Newborn 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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Santa Barbara, CA 93110

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4.5 (9)

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Images by Valerie is a boutique natural light photography company specializing in family, maternity, newborn, and child photography for clients in Santa Barbara, California. Valerie's love for photography is driven by her passion to beautifully capture families’ everyday moments and create archival memories to pass on for future generations. Having started off as a landscape photographer and seeing the beauty of our environment, she conducts all of her sessions, including newborn, outdoors. She loves to capture special moments in beautiful, natural locations that create amazing backdrops for every session. Images by Valerie was approved by Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine for prioritizing newborn safety during sessions and is endorsed by the American Pregnancy Association.

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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5.0 (5)
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5.0 (3)

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Aurielle Photography takes photos of newborns in Santa Barbara. Newborn sessions take place in the family's home and include a pre-session consult, two hours of photos, and digital images as well as 4x6 prints. Parents can request birth photography services, which cover active labor until two hours after the birth, and the photographer is on call 24/7 from the 38th week of pregnancy for these shoots. Fresh 48 sessions are also available, and the photographer is known for her gentle, supportive presence as well as beautiful images. Interested parties can get an idea of the photographer's style via her website as well as on Facebook and Instagram.

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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5.0 (5)

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Rebecca Farmer Photography is a Santa Barbara newborn photo company backed by 10 years of experience in the field. Parents love photographer Rebecca Farmer's fun and kind demeanor as well as her ability to capture the magic of babies and childhood in her work. Basic session info for children and families can be found on the studio's website as well as a full portfolio of past work, and moms and dads can contact Ms. Farmer for newborn session details and product pricing. Commercial services are also available, and Ms. Farmer handles other photography across the United States as well.

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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Imagery Photography has been a Santa Barbara newborn photography company for almost 35 years. Parents can look at samples of the studio's style and newborn work on the website, and custom designed greeting cards, fine wall art, albums, and framed panels are available. Photographer Helene Glassman received a BS in Photography at the Brooks Institute, holds Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees from Professional Photographers of America, and is a PPA Certified Professional. Ms. Glassman also teaches at the PhotoshopWorld Conference as well as courses in portraiture, lighting, and posing all over the US and Europe and also photographs everything from weddings and other life cycle events to family portraits and executive headshots.

Camarillo, CA 93010

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5.0 (1)
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5.0 (1)

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Belliveau Photography takes photos of newborns throughout Camarillo. The photographer, Amy Payne, specializes in natural portraits, is passionate about newborn babies, and is known for her amazing ability to work with children of all ages and capture their genuine spirit and joy. Ms. Payne is an award-winning photographer who handles in-studio and on location photo shoots for pregnant moms, babies, children, high school seniors, and full families, and interested parties can keep a look out for other offerings such as seasonal mini sessions on the group's Facebook page. Pet photography is available as well, and Ms. Payne has also helped raise awareness for sick children in her neighborhood with her photos.

Compare our Top Newborn Photographers

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Images by Valerie
Aurielle Photography
Rebecca Farmer Photography
Imagery Photography
Belliveau Photography

FAQs

  • 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.