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Best Newborn Photographers in San Francisco, CA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored San Francisco 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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San Francisco and Bay Area, CA
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5.0 (69)
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5.0 (40)
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5.0 (15)

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Albena Ilieva Photography serves clients in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Specializing in newborn photography, Albena utilizes a clean and authentic style to capture the first moments of a baby's life. Sessions take place in the comfort of clients' homes, accommodating the baby's schedule, prioritizing safety, and creating a relaxing experience. The main goal of Albena during a session is to connect with her clients and create an atmosphere where everyone feels present and free to be themselves. This approach is essential in capturing genuine moments, resulting in natural and timeless images that hold true emotional value. Booking for newborn sessions is recommended during the second trimester to ensure availability. All newborn packages include a personalized curated gallery with all edited high-resolution photos from the shoot available for download.

  • Portrait Photography
  • Maternity Photography
  • Newborn Photography
  • Family Photography

San Francisco, CA

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Need help contacting a Newborn 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 (53)
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5.0 (36)

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Shefali Parekh Photography is located in Union City, California, serving clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Shefali Parekh founded her studio in 2017, specializing in newborn, maternity, family, and lifestyle photography. Ms. Parekh describes her style as natural, capturing the candid moments of love between family members. Maternity sessions take place on location an hour before sunset. In-home newborn sessions are natural, without posing, typically 6-20 days after birth. Booking 2-3 months in advance is recommended.

Oakland, CA

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5.0 (48)
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5.0 (38)

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Sara Pietras Photography provides services in the San Francisco metro and the nearby areas. Owner Sara Pietras is a lifestyle photographer who offers newborn photoshoots. She handles babies who are six months old and younger. Her 15 years of experience as an early childhood special educator helps her to deal with various types of children's personalities. Pietras' Fresh 48 session documents the mother and baby's moments during their 48 hours in the hospital. She also conducts maternity and family photography sessions.

  • Newborns
  • Newborn Lifestyle Photography
  • lifestyle newborn photography

1528 N Main St, Suite 106, Walnut Creek, CA 94513

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5.0 (16)
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5.0 (6)

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Angela Adel Photography takes pictures of newborns for customers living in San Francisco. The company covers every stage of an infant's life, from maternity to their child development milestones. The business focuses on taking candid shots using natural light. Shoots vary in duration, from one to three hours. The resulting photos are retouched, high-resolution digital images. The studio is run by photographer Angela Adel, herself a mother to 2 girls. She started the business in 2020.

  • Birth Photography

7578 Langmuir Ct, Dublin, CA 94568

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Laurel Smith Photography serves families in San Francisco. It captures moments between mothers and their newborns through portrait sessions. It helps clients enhance their look through a choice of gowns from its curated maternity closet and a hair and makeup artist. The fine art photographer, Laurel Smith, also documents the journey of motherhood through maternity photoshoots and takes images of families that they can cherish for a lifetime. Her work has been featured on The Kindred Path and The Photography Chronicles Magazine.

  • Birth Photography
  • Maternity

San Francisco, CA 94123

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5.0 (44)
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5.0 (29)

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Katie Rain with Katie Rain Photography provides lifestyle portrait photography to families in the Bay Area of San Francisco as well as Los Angeles, Orange County, and New York City. Katie Rain’s award winning portraits feature natural light and unique locations.

San Francisco, CA 94105

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5.0 (147)
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5.0 (111)

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Photographer Carly Tabak makes use of iconic San Francisco locations in her portraits of families, couples, and kids in the Bay Area. From Ocean Beach to Lover’s Lane, Carly Tabak encourages her subjects to have fun and relax during every shoot.

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Happy Me Photography

San Carlos, CA 94070

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5.0 (121)
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5.0 (13)

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San Carlo-based studio Happy Me Photography handles both studio and on-location photography sessions within the Sa Carlos CA. Their area of expertise is Newborn photography, they photograph newborns and babies up to 12 months of age. They also do 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.

Berkeley, CA 94705

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4.9 (111)
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5.0 (94)
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5.0 (61)

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Icarian Photography specializes in shooting families in natural looking settings in the San Francisco Bay Area. They do not charge travel fees within thirty miles of their 94705 zip code. Their overall goal is to make families and babies look beautiful in a relaxed session.

1234 Flickinger ave, San Jose, CA 95131

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4.7 (96)
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5.0 (61)

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Catering to customers in San Francisco, PhotoUncle provides portrait photography services, including newborn and maternity sessions. Photoshoots can be held at an outdoor location or in-studio in San Jose. Photographer Vish combines lifestyle and documentary shots in his portrait sessions. His spouse and partner assists him in brainstorming photoshoot sets and ideas as well as in editing photos. Each personalized session with PhotoUncle comes with all the clicked and edited pictures in color and B&W. Some of PhotoUncle's other offerings are family portraiture, kids, headshots, and boudoir sessions.

San Francisco, CA 94107

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5.0 (29)

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Tarah Beaven focuses on newborn, maternity, and family portraits. She is located in the Bay Area. She has been featured in many publications including Good Housekeeping and The Wall Street Journal. She prefers photos that are natural, modern, and capture her clients’ personalities.

San Jose, CA 95134

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5.0 (22)

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Jenna at Jenna Christina Photography specializes in newborn, maternity, and family photos for her clients in the Bay Area but is also willing to travel. She prefers photos in a documentary style that capture the messy moments instead of posed photography.

San Francisco, CA 94107

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5.0 (13)

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Stephanie at Marilee.co is available to clients in the Bay Area. She photographs families, infants, and couples. As a designer and creative director, she strives for vivid photos that tell stories and are a true visual representation of her clients’ relationships.

35 Chestnut st, San Francisco, CA 94549

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5.0 (7)

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Kate Fim is a newborn photography studio that serves clients in and around San Francisco. Owner and sole photographer, Kate, is passionate about producing classic portraitures of newborns as well as babies and kids. Aside from conducting in-studio sessions, Kate also provides on-location photography sessions. For advanced bookings, Kate can shoot photos of newborn babies within 7-15 days after childbirth. Aside from newborn photography, Kate Fim also offers family photography sessions.

Pacifica, CA 94044

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5.0 (4)
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4.0 (4)

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Jennifer Maesen is a photographer in San Francisco capturing images of babies, families, and couples from around the Bay Area. Her overall goal is to collaborate with her clients to provide photographs that will be unique and treasured for many years.

San Francisco, CA 94107

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5.0 (66)
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5.0 (7)

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Emily Payne is located in San Francisco and has over 14 years of experience with newborn and maternity photography. She strives to provide more than just photos of your family but true artwork that you can enjoy in your home.

Benicia, CA 94510

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4.7 (5)

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Jessica McCoy Photography is located in Benicia, California. Jessica takes photos of babies, kids, and families from around the Bay Area. Jessica McCoy says that her favorite photos are the ones that are unplanned and capture real emotions.

San Francisco, CA

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5.0 (22)

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Willow Baby Photography captures images that allow families in San Francisco to revisit beautiful moments for years to come. Denise, the photographer, offers newborn, christening, baptism, baby dedication, and gingerbread party photography services. Having premature babies made her aware of the importance of a clean studio and working environment to keep babies safe. Denise is a former kindergarten teacher who loves to work with newborns and their older siblings during photo sessions. She also has a maternity gown collection for full- or mini-maternity photo sessions.

  • Maternity Photography

2067 42nd. Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116

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5.0 (39)

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The Enloe Creative is a photo studio providing services to families from San Francisco. The studio offers newborn photography and family photoshoots focusing on authenticity and comfort. Along with photoshoot sessions, the studio also provides artwork mockups for photos and handcrafted frames made with sustainable materials. Photographer David has previously worked as a search and rescue technician, outdoor guide, and flight instructor, and is a member of 1% for the Planet.

Oakland, CA 94601

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5.0 (134)
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5.0 (57)
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5.0 (26)

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VenusGirl Photography works with individuals and families in San Francisco. For over 15 years, it has been providing a variety of photography services to enable clients to preserve their special moments. The studio captures the first few days of babies through its newborn photo sessions. It captures eight to 12 newborn poses with their families. It also handles family and maternity photography projects. Owner Heather Barlin got her first camera when she was 12, and her work has been published in Rolling Stone and NBC.

  • Family Portraits
  • Props Available
  • Maternity

Compare our Top Newborn Photographers

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Albena Ilieva Photography
San Francisco and Bay Area, CAFree phone consultation. Inquire about seasonal special!
Shefali Parekh Photography
Union City, CA 94587
Sara Pietras Photography
Oakland, CA
Angela Adel Photography
1528 N Main St, Suite 106, Walnut Creek, CA 94513
Laurel Smith Photography
7578 Langmuir Ct, Dublin, CA 94568
Katie Rain Photography
San Francisco, CA 94123
Carly Tabak Photography
San Francisco, CA 94105
Happy Me Photography
San Carlos, CA 94070
Icarian Photography
Berkeley, CA 94705
PhotoUncle
1234 Flickinger ave, San Jose, CA 95131
Tarah Photography
San Francisco, CA 94107
Jenna Christina Photography
San Jose, CA 95134
Marilee.Co
San Francisco, CA 94107
Kate Fim
35 Chestnut st, San Francisco, CA 94549
Jennifer Maesen Photography
Pacifica, CA 94044
Photography by Emily Payne
San Francisco, CA 94107
Jessica McCoy Photography
Benicia, CA 94510
Willow Baby Photography
San Francisco, CA
The Enloe Creative
2067 42nd. Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116
VenusGirl Photography
Oakland, CA 94601

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.