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Best Newborn Photographers in Santa Monica

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Santa Monica 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 Monica, CA 90403

Why choose this provider?

A La Mode Photo has been a Santa Monica newborn photo studio for over 10 years. The photographer has props for newborns and a variety of pricing packages, and parents are free to contact the studio for a chat and a full pricing sheet. A La Mode has been featured on Good Morning America and Dr. Phil and also offers shoots for weddings, babies, children, pets, and families.

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Google
4.9 / 5 (76)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (50)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (46)

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Pasadena, CA 91101

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Alyssa Stefek Photography is a Los Angeles photography company that specializes in lifestyle portraits. They offer photo shoots of newborns, babies, toddlers, children, and families. All newborn sessions are performed in the client’s home. Alyssa Stefek Photography has a five-star rating on Yelp. They received compliments on the beautiful pictures and the photographer’s patience.

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Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

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Sue Ganz Photography is a professional photography company located in Pacific Palisades, California. They specialize in portraits of newborns, baby’s, cake smashes, families, and kids. They do all newborn sessions in-studio. All other session types can be done in the studio or on-location. The owner and photographer, Sue Ganz, earned a degree in photography. She is a member of the Professional Photographer’s Association.

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Burbank, CA 91505

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Matt Cramer Photography is a Los Angeles photography company that specializes in portraits of newborns, maternity, and children. The business is owned and operated by a husband and wife team. They offer a modern and sophisticated style of portraits, often emphasizing light, shadows, and textures. Sessions can take place in their studio or on-location. Matt Cramer Photography is a member of the Professional Photographers of America.

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Yelp
5.0 / 5 (147)

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Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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A Pocket of Time Photography is an on-location photography studio serving the Los Angeles area. They specialize in all outdoor newborn, children, maternity, and family portraits. The photographer’s style is bright and whimsical. They use natural lighting, earth tones, and soft colors to get their images.

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Yelp
5.0 / 5 (20)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (1)

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Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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Mily Cooper Photography is a photography studio based in Woodland Hills. Their service area includes the greater Los Angeles and Ventura counties. They offer a variety of portrait types, including family, maternity, newborn, toddlers, cake smash, kids, high school senior, graduation, and more. The company receives many positive reviews. Clients speak highly of the photographer’s talent, easy going personality, professionalism, and reasonable rates.

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Yelp
5.0 / 5 (31)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (1)

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Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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Miranda Corbell Photography is a photographer serving the metro Santa Monica area. Corbell specializes in producing newborn, maternity family, and one-year images. She also offers professional framing services, custom photo books, heirloom albums, bamboo-mounted wall prints, and more. She is a member of the National Association of Child Photographers and the Professional Photographers of America. Sessions take place on-location with the use of natural lighting.

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Glendora, CA 91741

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Gaby Chung Photography is a Glendora-based studio specializing in pictures of newborns, families, and children. The photographer, Gaby Chung, is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Canon Par Excellence Award and the Four Merit Awards Photographic Open. She also won first place in the Children’s Portraits category at the Professional Photographers of America Western District print competition in 2016. Her photographic style includes the use of natural and artificial lighting.

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Yelp
5.0 / 5 (7)

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Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Why choose this provider?

Missy Marie Photography is a lifestyle photography business based in Hermosa Beach, California. They offer a variety of sessions types, including family, couples, newborns, head shots, and event photography. Clients of Missy Marie Photography speak highly of the photographer’s patience, talent, and the beautiful images they captured.

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Google
5.0 / 5 (8)

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Long Beach, CA 90815

Why choose this provider?

Kristin Eldridge Photography is a Long Beach photographer that specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, children, and family portraits. She offers a variety of package choices, including mini-sessions and full sessions. The business has a 4.9-star rating on Facebook. Clients praise the photographer’s professionalism, kindness, talent, and ability to work with children.

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Facebook
5.0 / 5 (34)

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Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

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Lauren Pressey Photography is a fine art and commercial photographer serving Los Angeles and surrounding areas. They offer portraits of children, babies, and families with a special focus on at-home and beach portraits. Clients compliment the fun sessions, smooth experience, beautiful images, and the photographer’s talent. Many of the clients are return customers. Lauren Pressey Photography is a member of the Professional Photographers of America.

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We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
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Yelp
5.0 / 5 (5)

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Santa Monica, CA 90403

Why choose this provider?

Kate Voda Photography provides the metro Santa Monica area with professional photography services. The owner and photographer, Kate Voda, specializes in lifestyle photography. This includes engagements, newborns, maternity, and more. The business has a five-star rating on Facebook. Clients compliment the positive experience and the photographer’s ability to work well with children.

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We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
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Facebook
5.0 / 5 (8)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (8)

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We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
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Long Beach, CA 90803

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Miranda North is a newborn, baby, and family photographer serving Los Angeles and Orange county. She was trained in photography at the Academy of Art University and interned with professional celebrity and commercial photographers. Her imagery style tends to be clean and soft, with an excellent use of lighting. Newborn sessions take place at North’s natural light studio in Long Beach.

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We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
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Yelp
5.0 / 5 (255)

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.

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