14 Amazing Family Photographers in the Bay Area

|September 7, 2018

It’s not every day you have a newborn baby, a pair of laughing toddlers, or your family all in one place. For those moments—the ones you want to remember forever—you need the perfect portrait photographer who can work with kids, make the whole family comfortable, and get snapshots of every smile and each candid moment.

Lucky for us, the Bay Area is filled with artists, idyllic backdrops and professionals who are passionate about their craft. We rounded up a few of our favorites so you can capture the picture-perfect memory right here in our picture-perfect setting.

Hi+Hello Photography

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Maryam Salassi is the artist behind Hi+Hello Photography. An expert in family and newborn work, she approaches each shoot in lifestyle and documentary fashion so every photo showcases each family’s natural, relaxed and true character. We especially love the images taken inside the home so families can show off their lifestyle, their love and their laughter.

Katie Rain Photography

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Katie Rain Photography San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer

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Katie Rain began her photography hobby when she became a mother and wanted to document her own baby’s life. Now more than seven years later, friends started asking her to take pictures of their babies and her hobby blossomed into a full-blown business. Her casual and laid-back style inspires comfort, laughter and natural photos without any forced poses or cheesy props.

Everness Photography

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Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and based in San Francisco, Photographer Evelyn Prosser captures moments and personalities in equal measure. Her passion for photography comes in large part from her own journey in art, creativity, voice and individualism and that’s exactly what she strives to capture during your session. So don’t expect to be exposed, but do expect to have a fun, memorable time in front of the camera. Evelyn specializes in raw emotions and authentic moments with children and families.

Cristin More Photography

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Cristin More Photography San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer

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Cristin More is a mother of two, wife to Matt, and one of the Bay Area’s best family and lifestyle photographers. Striving to capture real families, real smiles and real emotions, she becomes every client’s and family’s best friend so that, by the end of each shoot, everyone is showing off their true, comfortable selves. Though she has several options suitable for maternity, newborn and family photography, we love her Day in the Life sessions. These two or three-hour sessions take place in your family’s most meaningful place: home. For more information, click here.

Ashley Kaplan Photography

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Serving the entire Bay Area, Ashley Kaplan specializes in documenting family love stories. Her expertise includes engagement, maternity, newborn and family sessions, and her unique portfolio showcases emotive, candid and authentic moments which perfectly blend with both comfortable home environments and the beautiful natural environments of Northern California.

Emily Jenks Photography

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When Emily began her blog, Henry and Andrew’s Guide, in 2017, she discovered her passion for photography. While she was exploring the Bay Area with her own kids, she was learning the ropes of both kid wrangling and moment capturing. Today, after even more personal experience, plenty of professional experience and several local photography courses, she has become one of the region’s best family photographers. Based in San Francisco, Emily specializes in couples, maternity, fresh 48, newborn, event, branding, boudoir and family photography.

Niall David Photography

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Niall David Photography San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer

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Niall’s broad portfolio—from commercial projects and drone images to intimate family moments—is driven by his belief that a photo has to tell a story. Because of this, he captures genuine, organic images no matter what the subject and every session results in original photos that are both out-of-the-box and lovable. His style turns traditional family portraiture on its head and we love it!

Photography By Emily Payne

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Photography by Emily Payne San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer

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Amongst all of Emily’s accolades and on top of her stunning portfolio, she is a part of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers which promotes community, education and high standards for photographers. She also serves as Ambassador for the San Francisco Bay Area NAPCP. As a mother herself and with 15 years of experience behind her, she’s had plenty of opportunities to develop her clean, real and lovable style.

Caroline Pacula Photography

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Caroline Pacula Photography San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer

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Caroline Pacula specializes in photography of families, children, newborns and couples in all the places we love around San Francisco and the Bay Area. Thanks to her characteristic combination of poses, must-have images and relaxed, candid shots, you’ll end your session with the perfect photo for your holiday card and the perfect memories to cherish.

Nicole Paulson Photography

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Nicole Paulson Photography San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer

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Nicole Paulson Photography is a team of two photographers who are both mothers of boy/girl twins and both have their Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography. This Bay Area company began when Principal Photographer Nicole Paulson Holden went back to school for her masters (a complete career change!) and began taking photos of her own friends and family. Together, their portfolios are a brilliant blend of family shots and fun, lifestyle photos.

Travis Watts Photography

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Travis Watts Photography San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer

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As a member of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers and a CPR certified Early Childhood Education professional, Travis is a relatable, experienced and personable photographer, husband, brother and friend. He photographs between 130 and 160 families per year—all showcasing the true character of each family and his distinctive and natural style.

Nicole Hoefer Photography


Nicole Hoefer Photography San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer

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Nicole Hoefer’s journey in photography began as a three-year-old with a Fisher Price Instamatic, developed into candid shots through her school years, grew to encompass scenery and architecture, then became a passion for family and lifestyle after the birth of her son. We love the way all her photos—whether in the city or in the countryside—take advantage of and highlight natural light and natural emotion.

Carly Tabak Photography


Carly Tabak Photography San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer

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As both a mother and a San Francisco photographer, Carly Tabak specializes in baby, child, couple, engagement, family, maternity and portrait photography that displays the unique nature of our city and our families. What started as a way to capture her own daughters has turned into a full-time career and passion!

Anita Barcsa Photography

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Anita Barcsa Photography San Francisco Bay Area family photos

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Anita Barcsa is a self-taught artist and photographer in the Bay Area. Her lighthearted style produces photos which are both posed and unposed, both formal and fun. With a combination of both to take home, you’ll be able to share your family and your memories for years to come.

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