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Best Newborn Photographers in Oceanside, CA

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San Marcos, CA 92069 Rating

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Shelly Rosen Photography is a studio that serves clients in San Diego, Orange County, Riverside, and their surrounding areas. Shelly primarily focuses her talents in the areas of newborn, baby, child, and graduation photography. During photo shoots, the photographer supplies various props to aid in the development of character in the image; she also takes the time to make sure her subjects are comfortable and at ease to be able to capture the most natural images possible. The studio provides various photo packages which are priced reasonably and according to customized requests. Some packages include prints, digital files, session albums, gallery wrapped canvas, wood or metal prints, and storyboards. Shelly also grants her clients access to her online portfolio and a portal to view images from their shoot.

6241 Village Green Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92009 Rating

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Brandi Kempton Photography is based in a studio the photographer built in her own home to serve parents of newborns throughout the Oceanside metro area. Originally from Texas, Ms. Kempton is a wife, and mom to four, who operates her business part-time. Her images use props sparingly, focusing on the newborn in natural positions, surrounded by soft furnishings in natural shades, including pastel colors, such as pinks and blues and creams.

San Marcos, CA 92024 Rating

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5.0 (21)

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Alexis Stoniea Photography, based in San Diego, California, is a photography business that specializes in capturing precious moments of newborns, mothers, families, and special events. The photographer is known for a soft photography style that uses natural light in homes, on location, or in her north county studio. A special voucher is available online, she’s available seven days a week, and customers have praised her as highly skilled. Service extends to the Riverside, San Diego, and Orange County areas, including San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Escondido, Fallbrook, Temecula, Poway, Cardiff, Del Mar, La Jolla, Irvine, San Clemente, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, and Mira Mesa.

1743 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054 Rating

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5.0 (10)

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Delight in the Light Photography is an Oceanside studio that offers newborn photography sessions delivered by four professional photographers. They each have their own styles, from studio images with an array of props to the newborn's home comforts and outdoor images utilizing natural light and local landscapes. Sessions are typically two-to-three hours, with the family receiving seven fully edited images. The studio can supply props and bows on request. It also specializes in family and wedding packages.

San Diego, CA Rating

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5.0 (5)
5.0 (3)

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Babsie Baby Photography specializes in newborn photography, operating in and around the Oceanside metro area. Babsie is a fully licensed and insured photographer with over 10 years of experience capturing the early days of newborns. Her work typically includes natural colors, such as whites and beiges, and also includes a variety of complementary props, such as knitted soft toys. Babsie's work is noted for its clean lines and often dreamlike quality.

225 Russell Street, Oceanside, CA 92058 Rating

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5.0 (19)
5.0 (3)

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Marisa McDonald Photography specializes in capturing images of newborns in their own homes. Ms. McDonald can work in a range of styles, but excels at lifestyle photography, capturing newborns, their parents, and siblings, unscripted in their homes. She focuses on the real moments between families and their newest members. Ms. McDonald is fully licensed and insured and is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and the National Association of Professional Child Photographers.

Oceanside, CA Rating

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5.0 (16)
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Located in Oceanside, Vallentyne Photography is a studio founded in 2001 by Heather Vallentyne Moreau to serve the surrounding area's families and couples. Ms. Moreau is a wife and mom of two boys who specializes in newborn photography. She works in color and black-and-white, tends to use natural settings, and often captures moments of humor, which she uses to reveal moments between newborns and their siblings. All of the studio's albums are hand-crafted in the U.S.

Compare our Top Newborn Photographers

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Shelly Rosen Photography
San Marcos, CA 92069
Brandi Kempton Photography
6241 Village Green Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Alexis Stoniea Photography
San Marcos, CA 92024
Delight in the Light Photography
1743 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
Babsie Baby Photography
San Diego, CA
Marisa McDonald Photography
225 Russell Street, Oceanside, CA 92058
Vallentyne Photography
Oceanside, CA


  • 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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