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We're looking for a professional photographer to take some
pictures of our kids. Most of the photographers I've seen
take pictures that look like the kids aren't really in their
own element, or the photos are too forced in some way. We
want a professional eye for detail and quality, but also
photos that really capture the essence of who they are. I
hope this makes sense! Any recommendations would be
appreciated. picky mom
I would highly recommend Pat Chan. She is a fantastic
photographer and really has an amazing ability to capture
people's joy and essence. Her website is: www.patchan.com
Lea Delson is great!
510 528 - 6725
Janice Charlson photographed my daughter's Bat Mitzvah and
the best photos were of all the children. Check out her
website gallery, she has a section on 'family' photos.
we just did a family photoshoot with a great photographer.
His name is Jamey Thomas and he was really wonderful with
our kids and very easy to work with. We went to the
discovery museum in Sausalito and then to the marin
headlands and got some great candid shots of the kids and
some wonderful posed pics of the whole family. He had just
the right balance of directing us to good locations gently
while allowing us to be natural and do what we felt like.
It was really a nice day/outing for the kids with a
photographer along and the kids were not at all awkward.
his website is jameythomas.com and his email is
I just had pictures taken of myself and my 6.5 year old son
with Sarah Anderson. www.sarahandersonphotography.net
She was absolutely amazing. She just hung out and played
with us at the Bay Area Children's Discovery Museum, while
snapping pictures along the way.
My son loved her, in fact, he was hoping she was going to
be his babysitter! :o)
The pictures came out beautifully and really captured the
essence of my son.
I highly recommend Sarah. She's the best!
Eliot Khuner photographed my son's bar mitzvah, and I have
seen photos he has taken of children. He has a playful
manner that helps him connect with the child. He
photographs in your home or in a park, and he has an eye for
artistic compositions and good use of lighting.
http://www.ekphoto.com/ 510.524.3569 stu
I highly recommend Reenie Raschke in Montclair- she is
wonderful with children and and has a real gift for
capturing the essence of her photographic subjects. She's a
joy to work with! Check out her website, Reenieimages.com.
Rachel is an amazing children's photographer!
Please feel free to contact me for more specific questions!
Fiona Sarn is an amazing photographer!
Margaretta Mitchell, http://www.margarettamitchell.com/,
655-4920, is a fine art photographer who does really
exquisite work. She specializes in portraits and has taken
pictures of families over the generations. She can help you
save the photos in frames, albums, books, or special boxes.
She works out of her beautiful garden and studio in
Rockridge about Claremont. I have seen a small exhibition of
her work and many of her portraits and books. She took the
photo for my website, if it helps you can see it at
www.centerforstressreduction.com/about.htm. Reba Connell
I can recommend Shoey Sindel, as a very child-friendly
photographer. She is fun, funny, has kids of her own, and
takes absolutely gorgeous, natural photographs of kids (and
adults, too-). Call her 510-917-0659, or check out her
website www.shoeysindel.com. Colleen W.
Reenie Raschke Photography in Montclair, Oakland. She's
awesome. We've gone to her four times in the last 4 years.
When I was pregnant, when child was 10 days old, 10 months
old and then when my daughter was 3 with the dog.
She's super fun and spunky not mention a very talented
photographer. She'll do photo books, prints, framing,
digital images, etc. Her prices are also very reasonable.
We're happy to be used as a reference.
I grew up with few professional portraits and have
overcompensated now that I have my own children. I can
enthusiastically recommend three kid-friendly photographers.
The first, Amy Perl. She will come to your home or go to a
different location. She has a studio now too I think. We
did, at least 6 different shoots with her either as a family
or for individual children. She shoots in film or digital
and her film images are truly wonderful. She is great at
capturing the children in their own element. She is a
master with framing with the film too - not that she has to
retouch things digitally later. http://www.amyperl.com/
Katherine Emery is also fantastic. I think she usually
shoots digital but can do film as well. Her framing and use
of light is fantastic. She is very technically sound, but I
think most of all, she really relates to the children and
helps them relax. She is just awesome with all kinds of
kids, even those with special needs. I've worked with
her, three or more times for photo shoots,
And the third, is Ruth Woodruff. Again, technically great
photographer, also really good with timing to capture some
wonderful, natural expressions. I just worked with her
once at a store event at Ruby's Garden! Fantastic. (Ruby's
is an awesome kids store for anyone who hasn't checked it
out yet.) My girls were a little tired, and I made the
mistake of stopping someplace else on the way there
(buzzkill) and scheduling too close to lunch so they were
hungry. But she was super helpful and got some really
amazing shots. http://www.ruthwoodruff.com/
I haven't been dissatisfied with any of them in any way
shape or form, just wanted to mix things up a bit, so not
all the childhood photos look 'the same.'
Both Ruth and Amy do store events at local children's stores
in Oakland & Piedmont where you can pay a small fee, and try
Babies and children change so fast when they are little. I
think I had them photographed about 4 times in their first
year, then yearly after that. We try to do an annual family
one. If you can't make time stop, at least you can have
great pictures. ;-)
Good luck to you. I don't think it'd be possible to be
disappointed with any of these three. AJ Nicoll
I highly recommend Amy Perl. She's been photographing our
kids for the past three years. Our younger son has never
been an easy smiler, but she's always able to coax a natural
smile or other expressions that make beautiful pictures.
She's fast and affordable (not cheap, but reasonable for the
quality of work). http://www.amyperlblog.com/ Christine Z
I have an amazing photographer to recommend: Alpana
Aras-King. Alpana specializes in maternity, newborn, family
and childrenC",b"s photography. But then again, so do many other
photographers around here, right? What really makes AlpanaC",b"s
work stand out is her ability to capture the essence of her
subjects in such a natural, relaxed, authentic way. There's
nothing forced or artificial about her photos. Alpana
approaches her photography as storytelling and has a real
gift for getting and presenting the story of whomever sheC",b"s
photographing. The final results are real one of a kind
works of art. As a fellow mom at our school IC",b"ve gotten to
enjoy the pictures/portraits Alpana has taken over the
years. I'm consistently blown away by how she really gets
the kids and how beautiful the pictures of them turn out.
I've also had a chance to see samples of her portfolio and
can say her work is just exquisite. I really canC",b"t recommend
her enough. You can find out more about Alpana at:
www.storyboxart.com/blog You Won't Find Anyone Better Than
We hope it is not too late to suggest Dorothy Brown of
Albany, who is just starting her business, so has reasonable
rates, and has a wonderful way of making her subjects feel
relaxed and unpressured - both kids and adults. She just
let our kids play in our garden and figured out how to make
their choice of activities work as a composition.
You can see her work on her website;
Check out Dorothy Brown Photography
Capturing life in the best light
I want to recommend two WONDERFUL photographers. The first
one we just had a session with today! Her name is Sarka and
she photographs newborns and infants. She is incredibly
patient and shoots beautiful pictures. Our three month old
was fussy for most of the shoot and we still got gorgeous
images. Sarka was wonderful to talk to as I nursed and
tried to calm our little one down.
Jen Howell is also awesome! She is such a lovely and
talented women. She shoots newborns, infants, children,
maternity, dogs and weddings. She lives a little far away in
Lodi but is happy to travel. Also if she can get enough
people to fill a day she will do a day of mini-shoots in the
area. Her mini-shoots are only $75 for the session and are
so worth it. She shot two of my friend's weddings, my
maternity photos and we also plan to hire her for our
wedding this fall. http://newvintagephotographybyjen.com
I highly recommend both of these wonderful women!! Have fun!
I didn't see the original post, but thought I'd put in a
plug for Jeff Petry - email@example.com OR 650/529-4733
... he did my sister's wedding and is not only a really good
guy who I've known for years socially, but I can happily
recommend him because I've seen his work! Amy
I would recommend my friend Laura at Elle Photography.
She and her partner have done our family portraits and
also do weddings. She has a great eye, is client-focused
and is very reasonably priced. Check out her website at:
I have seen the work of many wedding photographers but
Madeleine Tilin's work captures something deeper. She has an
eye for beauty and taps into the emotion of the moment. I've
been married for ten years and recently Madeleine took
photos of my family that nearly made me weep they were so
full of love and playfulness.
Find more information at:
I am looking for a photographer recommendation. I am
interested in someone who can capture my kids in motion
Christina Shook in Orinda. She's great at capturing natural
moments with kids.
I highly recommend e&b photography. Chris and Christian
are local, great with kids and take beautiful photos, at
an affordable price. We have done photo shoots with them
at outdoor locations.
Modern Kids Photography is the best! Sarah Wert took amazing
photos of my kids outside. They had a lot of fun (she is so
nice and put us all completely at ease), and we will
treasure those photos for the rest of our lives, really.
Modern Kids fan
Re: Mall portrait studio offering CD?
Why not try a more personal approach for portraits? I would
like to recommend Caroline Ikeji for your photographic
needs. I have seen many examples of her work with children
of all ages, and she has a real knack for capturing the
moment, which is very important with young kids. She is
very sweet and patient and draws out even the shyest of
children. What I really like about her is her sense of
location. When appropriate for the subject, she seeks out
the most interesting and often quirky location, and it
really helps to add depth to the subject. This is great for
her work with teens and recently engaged couples. Her
pictures of children (and pets, by the way) are incredibly
cute and natural without being in the least bit saccharine.
You can check out her work at
http://caroekgphotography.wordpress.com or email her at
Her rates are incredibly reasonable.
I am looking for someone to take portraits of my 5 month
old daughter in Berkeley. I have been to the major
department stores but they are just too expensive and very
impersonal. Any suggestions?
looking for portraits
Recently, through local friends who have used her services,
I've seen some really lovely portraits taken by Dorothy
Brown--check out her website at www.dorothybrown.zenfolio.com
or contact her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Her work is alive and warm, and really captures the essence
of the people she is photographing. I believe she's very
reasonable, too. Check her out!
I would highly recommend Dorothy Brown as a portrait
photographer for your baby. She does amazing work that
looks informal, relaxed, and real. She captures the
essence of the person or people she is photographing and is
so easy to work with. I had Dorothy take photos of me for
work, Facebook, etc. and was so pleased with the whole
Visit her website: www.dorothybrown.zenfolio.com
email her at: email@example.com
I'm happy to recommend Sarah Anderson as a great
photographer operating out of El Cerrito. She does
beautiful work, is really easy to work with, and is very
reasonably priced. Check out her website:
I recetly had portraits of my 4 month old daughter taken
by Adrianna at Sweetheart Photgraphy. She was so great!!!
She did everything I wanted plus offering her own opinion
and inputs. She took gorgeous photos of daughter and
perfectly captured our daughters personality. Her websie
is firstname.lastname@example.org I highly highly
very satisfied mother!!!
I am looking for a studio/photographer to have my 2 year olds
picture taken. When searching the archives it seems the
photographers listed were all at least $200- before getting
any pictures! Does anyone have any recommendations for a
studio/individual who does children's photography for under
$100? Does not have to be fancy, but would prefer to avoid
chains such as Picture People, Sears, etc.
Snap Happy Mommy
There are excellent photographers that do mini sessions at the
kids stores Waddle & Swaddle (on Shattuck), and at Crackerjacks
(off of Piedmont Ave). I've gone to the one at Crackerjacks 3
times now, the photographer's website is www.amyperl.com and
upcoming dates should be on the site or you can call the store.
She sets up a space in the store window to take pictures with
natural light. The sessions are 15 minutes for one roll of large
format film (12 shots per roll); you can get more than one roll
at a discounted price. If I remember correctly it's $50 for the
session and then you pay for reprints. You get to see the proofs
on line and order online and she mails you the prints. The
prints are really reasonable. In the 12 shots I always find a
couple of images that I want reprints off. She shoots in B&W
Anna Kaminska is a very talented photographer. She has taken
photos of my children and I've seen her other work. You can
check out her web-site at: www.akaminska.com, or phone:
510-599-0639. She is great to work with, puts the kids at ease,
and has a wonderful way of capturing natural looks that really
show who they are. Her fees are very reasonable.
Lea Delson does a really nice job photographing families and
children. She has taken great portraits of my older daughter as
a baby, of my husband and me with the baby, and of our extended
family, including grandparents and my sister's family. She also
did some charming ones of my younger daughter who is now 8
months old. She has photographed my mother’s birthday parties
and put together really lovely albums of the occasions. Lea
enjoys photographing families in natural settings, such as parks
and backyards, and she’s good at getting folks to relax and have
fun so expressions are natural and kids look happy. Her rates
are reasonable, and she will come to your home. Her website is
www.delsonphoto.com and she’s at (510) 528-6725
Does anyone know of a talented local (berkeley) photographer who takes great candid shots of
babies/toddlers, who has a decent price for the photo shoot AND includes delivery of negatives, or CD,
in price for shoot? What I'm looking for is someonewho is willing to take some great pictures, and
then I want to be able to print whatever I want to at a good price, not the $10/4 x 6 a lot of local
photographers are charging.
Lots of recent posts (from May) in newsletter on baby photographers, but none seem to offer this
Want to be thrify in photo department
Nancy Rothstein is an excellent child photographer. She is reasonably priced and took the
cutest photos of my three month old with 3 of my other friends babies. She photographed
the babies with great skill and everyone had fun! She has a talent for capturing the life
and personality of children. Her web site is www.nancyrothstein.com
Try Janine Weston.
She's not in Berkeley, if that is a top concern, but fairly local.
Her photography of children is beautiful, very natural, capturing their whimsy. She charges
a flat fee for a sitting plus some enhanced photos and a CD of all the unedited photographs
so you can edit/print your own if you want to.
I highly recommend Misty Richmond as a great children's photographer. Check out her blog
at http://mistyrichmond.wordpress.com/ to see recent photo shoots she did of kids at local
East Bay Parks. She does mini photo sessions (20 minutes) and gets terrific photos in a
very short period of time (perfect for little ones with no attention span. We have used
her two times and so pleased with her photos of our daughter both times. The prints are
less expensive than what you have mentioned. I think she is wonderful and takes great
photos. If you have any questions please feel free to email me.
Can anyone recommend a good children's photographer who could do candid,
photojournalistic shots of children at play?
I highly recommend Jennifer Pantaleon at 650.359.6225. She's
located in Pacifica, but East Bay locations would not be a
problem for her. Her work is sensitive and beautiful, she does a
nice job with children, and her prices are reasonable (at least,
from my perspective as someone who hires her to do work for
nonprofits). She's a great choice for candid, ''real'' shots, and
also does nice environmental portraits.
I can recommend Sam Deaner who might be exactly what you are
looknig for (she has a background in photo journalism). She
has taken beautiful black and white pictures of my 2 year old.
Sam Deaner (sammydeaner[at]yahoo.com) is an excellent journalistic-style
photographer, and has two small children herself so she understands the demands
photo shoot with young ones. I highly recommend her.
Eliot Khuner photographed my family several years ago. He has
a technique for relaxing us before taking the photos. He also
knows how to pose people for the best composition.
His phone is 510.524.3569
Jen Molander Photography. www.jenmolander.com
Jen is a wonderful photographer and her work is nothing but
beautiful and professional. I initially used her for my
wedding. Then for my pregnancy, baby and toddler photos. And
will use her again for my second baby who is due at the end of
June. What I especially love is her ability to put you at
ease. You forget rather quickly that your photo is being taken,
even when you're exposing a rather big pregnant belly.
When friends come to the house they always comment on the photos
that we have displayed. They are ''real'' photos that capture you
and/or your family in a natural state. I don't know how she
did it but every photo of my son was beautiful. I cried when I
first saw them. She got that smile or sparkle that I see in my
son's face. The one that you wish you could bottle up and save
for that gloomy day.
I wanted to give a glowing review to Jen Molander Photography,
http://www.jenmolander.com/. She took both my wedding photos and
recently did a photo shoot of my daughter, and both experiences
were wonderful. She is so great at putting people at ease and
capturing both candid and studio shots. Check out her website or
give her a call at 510.528.0055 -- you'll love her!!
I have used Ruth Woodruff (http://ruthwoodruff.com) on numerous
occasions because I enjoy her work so much. Photographing
children in a photojournalistic style is definitely her strong
point. The way she captures their true essence and spirit is
really amazing! I always appreciated how she really just let my
kids -be-, and didn't try to pose or position them or make them
sit still ;) Her prices are extremely reasonable and she is such
a pleasure to work with.
I recommend Shoey Sindel for candid kid shots. She took simply fantastic
my kids. Call or email her. She lives in Berkeley and has a web site for
you to check
out. Shoey Sindel Photography, 510-917-0659, photos[at]shoeysindel.com
We adore Katherine Emery. She specializes in children and has a
journalistic approach. Contact her at www.katherineemery.com.
Our neighbor and friend is a wonderful photographer and
specializes in candids of children. You can see her website
I have a fabulous photographer to recommend for portraits of children --
Photography by Laura Turbow. Laura has the great combination of technical
and an amazing eye. She has taken photos of my children in her studio,
such a great polished and professional look, as well as out in nature and
in my own
home, which have captured our everyday life, the essence of who they are.
are looking for someone with that photojournalist eye, Laura has it. She
actually worked as a photojournalist for a few newspapers. She is
enthusiastic, and positive...sees the best in her subject, and brings that
out. She is
also really good interpersonally with kids. Check out her website
or give her a call 510-234-9836.
Try Mike Thompson. He's young himself, very sweet, and does
lovely work. He can be reached at (925) 528-9335, and his web
site is www.foolscircle.net. He's in Orinda.
i can recommend a really wonderful kids' photographer who also
happens to be a teacher at my son's school! she is very
talented (both with the photos and with the kids); she took all
their school portraits this year, and they are really
lovely...candid, lively, very expressive and beautiful. in
almost every single one the child's personality is fully
captured--no small feat with 2- to 6-year-olds. the picture she
took of my son is truly special--everyone we give/show it to
loves it, and i love that it's not your typical school photo,
with a boring background and a forced smile. she catches the
kids being active and engaged, thus the photos are full of
her name is Sarah Tuttle-Singer, and she can be reached at
saralehsarai[at]gmail.com. she's available weekends and afternoons
for photo shoots, and is happy to share a portfolio of her work
if you're interested. oh, and perhaps most important: she is
great with kids, very patient and loving!
I wanted to recommend Christy McDonald for absolutely beautiful
pictures of children! She captured my children in photos that
really display their personality and unique qualities. She has
young children herself and is very patient and creative in
working with kids. Her website is: www.christymphoto.com
My family, like you, wanted photojournalistic shots of our
preschoolers rather than studio portraits. We hired Laura Turbow
(ltphoto.com, 510.234.9836) to document our children's everyday lives
at our house; playing in their room, in the tub, in our bed with us,
etc. and the results were incredible. There were so many photos we
loved, that truly captured the essence of our children, their play and
their personalities. Everyone who comes to our house sees the photos
in frames around the house and remarks how beautiful they are. This
was the second time we used Laura, the first was for the baby
portraits, which we also loved and why we hired her again. We plan to
hire her every year to document our children being themselves! Please
email if you have any further questions. Rachel
Angela Lang - fabulous - has a website!
So, my son's 1st birthday is coming up and I would like to have someone
professional photographs of him. I live in Berkeley and am new to the
Something close by would be ideal.
We've had our son's pictures taken several times by Helen Bae -
she is a Berkeley mom of two and takes wonderful pictures. You
can go to her house, meet her somewhere outside or she will come
to your house. Check out her website for pictures and contact info:
Love our baby pictures!
I highly recommend Anna Kaminska for photography of children and
adults. She has a talent for getting great expressions of
children captured in print. You'll find her kind, patient and
great with kids (she has 3 children herself). Anna can be
reached at (510) 599-0639.
My daughter is 15 months old and we have done two sittings (and
are planning to schedule another) with a wonderful photographer
named Helen Bae who I would highly recommend. Take a look at
her website...www.helenbaephotography.com. Helen is really
down to earth, has young children herself so she can handle a
squirmy one year old and my daughter loves her. She works out
of her home in El Cerrito or will do outdoor photos. I've
found her prices to be very reasonable. Feel free to email me
if you have any other questions.
Helen Bae is a local wonderful children/baby photographer. She
will come to your home. Take a look at her photographs at
http://www.helenbaephotography.com/. She has a great sense of
humor and makes people feel comfortable. I particularly like
her ''body parts'' photographs
Helen Bae took photos of our one year old (and some of our 3 year old and all of
us). They turned out beautiful and the process was fun. She works out of her home
in Richmond. Check out her website helenbaephotography.com. Her number is
Nan Phelps in Albany takes wonderful portraits of children. You
can view her portfolio online at www.nanphelps.com.
Anita Medal 510-845-8105. She does special events as well as
portraits, very nice work. She is in Berkeley.
i'd recommend amy perl in oakland and lisa lefkowitz in san francisco. i'd check out
their websites to get an idea of their work. they have both taken pictures of my 13
month old during this past year and i really like their work. lisa's main website is
more wedding-related but her blog has some kid pics:
i believe amy perl's website is amyperl.com
good luck! i'm so glad i have wonderful pictures of my baby - you won't regret it!
I highly recommend Helen Bae in El Cerrito.
http://helenbaephotography.com/ She took pictures of my daughter
when she was 2 months old and a few weeks ago when she was almost
a year. She isn't cheap but you get what you pay for - beautiful
pictures that really capture your child's personality. She took
some wonderful pictures of our whole family too.
I'm sure you'll get plenty of responses for this...but I'd like
to recommend Pia Navales-Cook. She took wonderful photos of my
kids, our family, and our extended family -- on different
occasions. Her prices are really reasonable -- and she is a
friendly, patient, and warm photographer. My kids (even my son
who was 15 mos at the time) ended up with gorgeous portraits
that I (and everyone who sees them) adore. Check her out
Mark at Mark Stephan Photography takes great children's photos.
He's done our several years now and we've always been very
impressed with the quality of the photos. He shoots with a very
powerful digital camera and does wonderful close-ups as well as
fun ''unposed'' shots. His website is:
I can very enthusiastically recommed Helen Bae. She took photos in February of our
then-10-month-old son. I am really thrilled with them. They are fantastic photos.
Helen had a real rapport with my son. We started the session with her just playing
with him and letting him play, and then taking photos as the moments presented
themselves. He was having a great time, smiling and giggling, and the photos are
wonderful. She has a great eye for capturing just the right moment, and not just
smiling moments. Some of the photos were thoughtful, some concentrated, some of
my son in his own world. It was very hard to choose our favorites. Helen is located
in El Cerrito. Her contact information is http://www.helenbaephotography.com,
(510) 548-2560, mommyphotographer[at]yahoo.com. Good luck. Meghan
We had 1-year pictures of our daughter Zoe taken by Helen Bae in
El Cerrito. They turned out beautifully and our relatives went
nuts over them. We had rescheduled last minute (as can happen
with a 1 year-old!) and Helen was really accomodating. My
husband and I chose to be in some of the photos with Zoe and I
wasn't really feeling like I looked my best that morning, but
was shocked at how good I looked in the resulting pictures :).
Oh ya, Zoe and my hubby looked great too!:) Helen's studio is in
her home and she uses natural lighting. I have to say that I was
a bit apprehensive about these facts as I really wanted the
photos to look natural, yet professional (a la Herb Ritts:). I
wasn't sure that shooting in a house with natural light would
really produce the quality of photos we wanted. I was also
looking for images that showed our daughter Zoe's personality.
We have been very happy with the results! I found Helen's
information on the Berkeley Parents Network and she has a
website (www.helenbaephotography.com) where you can look at her
work and get contact information. Please feel free to contact me
if you have further questions.
I am looking for recommendations for a photographer who takes
baby and children's photos in San Francisco. I looked on the
website and most of the photographers listed are in the East
Bay. Anyone have recommendations for an SF photographer or
someone who will travel without a large fee?
I know the best photographer in the universe. I have used her for family photos a
number of times and she has such an artful way of getting us to laugh and be
ourselves. No stuffy posing or silly outfits. I always figured that there would
be one or two photos to choose from after a shoot, as I've never considered myself
terribly photogenic. But she captures such a realness and playfulness that I love
them all. Well she works in Portland, Or and San Francisco area and seems very
reasonably priced. Check out her website and I encourage you to wait for her next
S.F. scheduling b/c she is totally worth it. http://debbiebaxterphoto.com/
When my (now) 6.5 year old daughter was a baby, we had a woman
named Max Schoder take pictures of her. The pictures were
fantastic! At that time, Max had a daughter who was only a little
older than ours and I think she has a son now, so she understands
about taking pictures of babies and small children. She came to
our house to take the pictures so we would be more comfortable,
talked to us about what we wanted, and gave us suggestions. She
was so calm and friendly that my usually anxious daughter was
comfortable enough to have some really great pictures taken. She
has a website maxlarosa.com
I highly recommend Tami DeSellier (www.tamiland.com). Most baby photographers are
great with kids, but Tami seems to be able to connect with babies and kids in such
a way that they really respond to her antics. And of course, she has a fantastic
eye and artistic sensibility. Her rate is not inexpensive, but the amount of
usable images you get from a shoot with her compensates for that. Her studio is
easy to locate and parking is available. But she is busy, and sometimes responses
are delayed. So be persistent and get a booking with her - you won't be
I have used Christy McDonald, Christy McDonald Photography
(Fine Art Black & White Photography of Children), Tel: 510-524-6896 a few times in
the east bay. She also works in SF and does beautiful work. Christy has two
children of her own ands works really well with kids. We love our pictures and
will use her again and again as my daughter gets older. Oh, she is very
reasonable too. This is her web site http://bludomain6.com/christym
I responded to someone's posting about a photographer/studio in the last
newsletter but didn't mention that this guy lives in San Francisco. He recently
took my pregnancy photos and they were stellar. Everyone thought I paid big bucks
for them--all black and white, all beautiful, and ridiculously cheap. He has been
doing photography for years as an amateur because he's passionate about it and has
invested in all the professional equipment. He does photos for people on the side
(he's really a sociologist/community development consultant). I've known him and
his wife for a while and is a really great person and is terrific with kids. His
email if you'd like to contact him is: diepinto[at]gmail.com and his name is Diego
We have a great, creative and incredibly reasonably priced photographer; he comes
to your house with his own lighting and backdrops, he shoots you and your kid/or
baby and your dog or whatever on digital, inside or outside or both, black and
white and color, he gives you all the images on CD, he creates a beautiful DVD
with music that you choose and he uploads them to a site where you can order
beautiful prints. His rates are fantastic, he is a kind new father who you don’t
mind having in your house for an afternoon and we are thrilled with the images he
took of our son - my parents watch their DVD every day. His name is Olivier and
he actually just moved to North Carolina, but is thinking of coming to the Bay
area for a week in early December (12/1-12/6) to do some photography.
Here are some links:.
Please feel free to call or email Olivier if you are interested - Cell 415 786
9903 olivier[at]gradientmedia.com and please pass on to anyone else that might be
PAT Reilly/Alexander Winslow PR[at]prandcompany.com
Chris Mende is a wonderful photographer in SF. She's photographed
the children of two of my co-workers, and the photos were
beautiful! She also photographed my friends' wedding, and I know
they were very happy with both the results and the process of
working with her. Chris's website should be up and running by the
time this comes out: www.chrismende.com
Curtis Myers is an SF-based photographer that does amazing Commercial and
personal photography. He's got 2 young kids so he knows how to make the young
ones shine in the camera. I work in advertising and was fortunate enough to get
to know this warm individual. I will be taking my baby for a shoot with Curtis
next week. Email him and he can send you specific samples of children's
portraits. His website/contact www.curtismyers.com
Art Director Mommy
Gorgeous Minimalist Children's Portraiture...
Karle Fried is marvelously talented. I recently hired her to take
portraits of my boys. They are spectacular. I am an agent for
commercial photography, so I have extremely high standards.
Karle's work is absolutely breathtaking. Distinctly expressive of
the children she shoots, her style is sad and beautiful...
bringing up the range of emotions our children fill our lives
with. I cannot reccommend her strongly enough. She can be
contacted through her website www.karlefried.com.
I have reviewed the archives and I'm looking for a
recommendation for a reasonably priced photographer that has a
package for both maternity shots and follow up baby shots. Any
help/recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!
I highly recommend Angela Lang for your maternity/baby shots.
You can see her work at www.angelalang.com. She does indoor and
outdoor photo shoots and is especially good with babies and
kids, as she has her own. She recently shot my 3 and 5 year old
girls on an outdoor shoot and they turned out beautifully. Many
of my friends have used her too and have been very happy.
Try Susan Louie. I don't have her contact info, but she recently had her photos
displayed at the Berkeley Main Library. I've seen her baby shots and they are great!
Hi - we used our wedding photographer, a woman named Nu Ho in
the Temescal area of Oakland. Her website is
www.nuphotography.com, where you can see the spectrum of her
work (including 2 of my husband and me!). We used her for our
wedding, some pre-pregnancy shots, and late pregnancy photos,
and though we never got around to having her do baby shots,
will be using her again for toddler photos. She has an amazing
eye for artistic shots, and is incredibly nice and easy to work
with. Please let her know I recommended her if you go with her.
Heather Carpenter is a talented, warm and reasonably priced
local photographer with a great portfolio available for viewing
Love my photographs!
I can recommend Anita Medal, she is an excellent
professional photographer. Her photos of people, young
and old, seem quite remarkable, and compared to other
photographers her prices seem quite reasonable. She can
be reached at:
Anita Medal Photography
(510) 845-8105 office
(408) 472-4721 cell
I know an awesome couple who are photographers in the SF area.
They were the photographers and my wedding and were FABULOUS!
Her name is Patricia France and her husbands name is David.
She does beautiful work and can't wait to have her do our family
picture this fall for our annual Christmas card.
I am trying to take a holiday photo of my twin boys( they'll be 2
in Jan.). It is so hard to not only get them to stay in one
place, but to both look in the same direction! We cannot afford
to do it professionally, but I am wondering if anyone out there
has any ideas or tips on taking a photo of 2 very active
toddlers! Also, if you know of any places that have a festive
holiday background, I'd love to hear about them. Thanks!
It might be easier to get your boys both interested in looking at something together for a few minutes and take the picture then. If they could both be still while looking at a christmas tree ornament being held up for them, or a really cool book or anything that would hold their attention then you could snap the picture. All of these objects could be off camera with the photo framed tight on their faces.
Sometimes the best pictures are when the subject is engaged with something but not looking at the camera. Good Luck!
mom of busy busy toddlers
Once I was trying to take a picture of our play group kids (2 year old) at the pumpkin patch. They were all on the wagon but climbing around and not looking. So I started to sing Happy Birthday to you. They all looked up, at me and stood still!
Another time I was trying to take a pic of a 2 year old boy and his mother. He would not look at me. So I said...''Hey, there's an elephant!'' He looked up. I snapped the pic. Then I said ''Sorry, I must of been mistaken.''
I almost hate to admit it, but have you tried sitting them in front of the TV, getting all lined up and focused, then turning off the TV with the remote? They'll look at you to see what happened, then you can click!
works for me
I don't have twins, but I do have two kids younger than three, so I have a similar situation. Two words: Ice Cream. Sit the kids down in a scenic location, hand them ice cream cones, and take pictures of the happy smiles and mess that results. One good place to go might be the outdoor mall in Emeryville (I can't remember the name offhard -- the one next to Ikea). It has a big Christmas tree and ice skating area the might make a pretty background (there is a bench right in front of the tree that you could put your kids on), and you can get ice cream at the Cold Stone Creamery that is right there.
How about capitalizing on their activeness and doing an action shot? Last year, we had pix taken for our card (by a professional photographer, admittedly) of our 18mo son rolling out cookies and playing with the dough and cutters, and they came out really well. You could put them in nice sweaters and shoot them playing with trains, or get them together on a piece of colorful playground equipment. Of course, I know this is all easier to fantasize than to achieve - I actually had such a hard time getting a good pic of both my boys this year that I ended up Photoshopping the head of one of them in from a different picture, because each kid looked best in a different photo!
Thank goodness for technology
Hi. I'm looking for a recommendation for a professional
photographer who is good at taking pictures of children. I have
an eight year old and a seven month old, so I'd like someone
who can work well with both babies and school-age children.
I highly recommend Courteney Coolidge for your child or family
portraits. She lives in the East Bay, has children of her own,
and has an amazing way of capturing the essence of your kids, no
matter what their age. Her portrait sessions are all on
location, using natural light, and include ownership of the
negatives. We have used her services for a few years now and have
never been dissappointed. We especially like the sensitive way
she interacts with our kids. Her website is
Anita Medal anitamedal[at]mac.com is a great professional
photographer, especially with candid shots of kids. She ran a
nursery school and loves children. Contact her or check out
this page on children
You'll see what you can expect!
Jim Dennis is a professional photographer with lots of
experience photographing kids and families. He has a studio in
Emeryville, loads of awards and was a staff photographer for
Kodak for several years.
His phone is 510-595-8634, email: jmdennis[at]dnai.coom
I'd like to recommend a fantastic photographer, Martina Konierny. She
took photos of my daughter's baptism and got incredible pictures from it.
She's very up on the latest photo technology, very well organized and
gracious and friendly. Speaks German also.
Does anyone know of a really good baby photographer?
Jonathan Payne took photos of our son when he was 7 mos. old, and
we were--and still are--quite pleased with them. He's a dad, so
understands kids and he works very quickly, yet seems to know
just where/what will look good. Our son had a cold when we had
the portraits taken, but he looks happy as can be in all of them
(except the contemplative ones that we also love). Jonathan also
shoots in digital, so you can get your prints in either black and
white or color.
We got his name off BPN, but here's his URL so that you don't
have to dig it up: http://www.photopayne.com/gallery.html.
I highly recommend Kelly Corrigan at Stratford Candids.
She's been our official ''family photographer,'' for the last 2.5
years, starting with our son and just recently with our new
daughter (plus my giant pregnant belly before she was born).
She's consistently captured the spirit of our kids/family with
photos that we'd never have gotten snapping away on our own.
She gets the most amazing shots and brings a ton of creativity
to the output: albums, announcements, large prints, and wallet
snippets. Plus, because she's so great with the kids and
really enjoys what she does, it makes it all a very fun
experience with incredible results that are really as much art
as they are memories.
We just sent out birth announcements that she did for us and
have been receiving calls/emails about the photos/creative.
How often does that happen?
She's done a neat job packaging her services--check it out:
Feel free to email me if you've got any questions.
Helen Bae makes baby pictures with a lot of love and beautiful
light. Check her website at www.helenbaephotography.com. I am
sure you will enjoy the experience and the photos.
I would like to recommend Helen Bae. My 8 m.o. daughter and I
had our photos taken and I was amazed at how many we had to
choose from. Helen is very flexible with baby schedules and
needs. She works out of her home which is relaxed and
comfortable. She uses natural lighting, does fabulous B&W but
also color - you feel like you are at home with a friend. The
environment is easy going and out of that she is able to
capture very natural images of you and your baby. Her website
If you are looking for a creative photographer to capture the
joy of your baby or journalistic history in the making Yael
Dahan is for you. She came over and captured my husband and I
two days before the birth of our 3 week late baby. They are
truly beautiful and artist photographs. You can view her work
I highly recommend Christina Shook to photograph your baby. In
an hour, she captures more expressions on your baby's face than
you could ever notice. We LOVE our pictures. She offers a
package of three sittings over the course of a year or so. Her
website is www.cshook.com. If you want to see our most recent
pictures, e-mail me.
We wanted to have some very special and unique photographs of
our first child Sonya for ourselves and for our family who live
all over the country. When we saw Helenms pictures we knew she
was the right fight. Sonya was just six months old when we came
to Helen and during our sitting she was able to capture so many
wonderful expressionssall the faces and gestures that we adore
about our girl. We ended up with a body parts collage that
makes us smile every time we look at it. The prints we gave to
our family are their favorite pictures of Sonya. We are looking
forward to returning again and again over the years. I canmt
recommend her enough! Here website is
I would like to highly recommend Courteney Coolidge for baby,
child, or family photos. She has a very personal style and will
work with you on whatever focus you would like for your photos.
You can see some of her amazing work at
www.coolidgephotography.com and her email is
cmcoolidge at aol.com. She will come to your home for the photo
session and/or meet you at an outdoor location.
I'd like to second the unsolicited positive review for baby
photographer Tami DeSellier. I am addicted to her
photographs. I have 15 month old twins and she has done a
great job photographing them. She has really captured each of
their very different personalities. Everyone who sees the
pictures comments on how great they are. She also really
understands what parents go through and has a no hassle
cancellation policy if your child gets sick etc. I could not
have been happier with her work.
I strongly recommend my baby photographer to all of you. Tami
DeSellier (tamiland.com) has been photographing my family
regularly for 3 years now. Over those 5 sessions, Tami has
captured what I can't even see! Our house burned down last year,
and her images were the items I most hoped to recover, so now I
really appreciate their value! In a 90 minute intense session
she finds 60-100 magical moments and sends all the proofs. She
(and her funny lobster, puppy, and other friends) is infectiously
full of energy and in love with life. We are already looking
forward to our next visit.
Limor Inbar-Hansen photographed my child every three months and
then put together a beautiful album of the first year of her
life. It's something our family will always treasure. You
can check out her work at www.indelible-images.com.
If you are looking for a creative photographer to capture the
joy of your baby or journalistic history in the making Yael
Dahan is for you. She came over and captured my husband and I
two days before the birth of our 3 week late baby. They are
truly beautiful and artistic photographs. You can view her work
I want to recommend Helen Bae as a baby photographer
(www.helenbaephotography.com). Helen did a great job with our
2-month old daughter! We absolutely love the photos she took,
and we have received a lot of compliments on them. Although I
hadn't planned on doing many family photos (just wanted to
focus on baby), at the sitting I decided to do more shots with
myself & my husband. I ended up loving all these photos of the
baby with one or both of us! Helen is patient and has a great
eye for capturing the innocence of babies as well as the love
the new parents have for their little one! She also has a great
package deals for baby's first year.
If you are looking for a creative photographer to capture the
joy of your baby or journalistic history in the making Yael
Dahan is for you. She came over and captured my husband and I
two days before the birth of our 3 week late baby. They are
truly beautiful and artistic photographs. You can view her work
I can highly recommend the following photographer:
Sophie Maher Photography, 415.987.3350
She does portraits,weddings, and magazine work. Her work is beautiful
and captures something beyond the normal photograph- She does
black and white, and color.
She is based in the East Bay.
I would like to recommend an excellent professional photographer for child/baby or
pregnancy photos. I have hired her to photograph my five year old son several times
throughout his life. Her photos are fun, dreamy, classy and flawless. Her name is
Shannon McIntyre and she has been shooting for advertising clients for ten years
and one of her specialties has been children's photography. She has done several
major campaigns that focused on children. She is especially good at
photographing children in their natural environment, doing things they love to do.
Her website is http://www.smcintyre.com Take a look at the Kids section. She
charges $200 for a session (up to two hours of time) which includes: her coming to
you (your home or another selected location), the proofs, and studio lighting for
portraits, if desired. She can be reached at 510.543.3837 or
shannonmcintyre at comcast.net
very happy client
I would like to recommend a friend who is a photographer of
children & babies, families, weddings - Heather Whiting - she's
VERY talented and just a great, nice person to work with!
I've checked the archives, but would be interested in some more
recent recommendations. We're looking for a reasonably priced
professional photographer to take photos of our baby (especially
ones that have websites with sample photos and pricing
information). We are not interested in going to department
I used Helen Bae (www.helenbaephotography.com) with both my
children and am incredibly pleased with Helen's work. She was
patient (willing to take lots of time) with my shy/reluctant
daughter (3) and also able to handle my very active son (9
months). Her sitting fee was reasonable and the pictures were
posted on her website within a week. They now line our hallway
and most every parent that has seen them has asked for Helen's
name/number! She also just won a photography contest in the
August 2004 issue of Parenting, where you can see a great
picture of her son Diego.
You could try my old neighbor. She is very personable and comes
with great references off of gocitykids.
Our wedding photographer, Aicha Nystrom, whom we love, takes
wonderful baby (and pregnancy) pictures. She has two children of
her own and is really great with kids.
Just take a look at her website:
I highly recommend Ruth Woodruff
(www.rwoodruffphotography.com). She has a young son and is very
flexible and attentive. We've had a number of sessions with her
since the spring and have been very happy with all of them. Her
pricing is very competitive, as well.
Hannah Pirone pirones AT sbcglobal.net
Tracey photos AT traceyprever.com
You will not be disappointed if you look at:
Give her a call...she is great!
We have used and LOVE Limor and Rachel at Indelible Images
www.indelible-images.com or contact limor AT indelible-images.com
or call 510/558-0663, 510/375-6067. They have package deals
that are very reasonable. They are experienced and award
winning and have had photos in publications like Time and
Newsweek. They have gone WAY above and beyond for our family on
more than one occasion and we couldn't be more thrilled with
them. We'll use them again and again as our family grows up.
Check out the galleries on the website.
go to nuphotography on line
one of their photographers is really exceptional. she did my
friend, violeta, wedding which may still be up. she does babies
and kids and lots of other stuff
really an artist of photography
Call Angela Lang (534-6310) or check out her website at
She's been photographing my twins for 3 years and is the best!
She's reasonable and gives you all the proofs. I don't think
anyone else does that. She truly has a talent for capturing
those special looks!
Feel free to email me if you have any questions.
I saw a photographer with a business called ''Moe's Blues'' or
something like that at the world record breastfeeding event. I
liked his work and want to pursue having him take some photos. I
didn't get his card and would like to contact him. Does anyone
have his number or email?
Pete Rosos is a great guy and a talented photographer (his wife also is a
photographer), I liked his work so much I will be using some of his images
website. You can reach him by phone at 510.704.0614 or 510.390.2159, his
is www.moesblues.com and his email is moesblues AT earthlink.net.
I am recommending a photographer, Amy Perl, for photos of
She has been taking pictures of my family for three years
now and I have always loved the photos she takes.
Her style is artistic and real. She captures not only the
beautiful face of your child, but also the feelings they had at
that exact moment.
I treasure every photo she's taken and only wish I could
monopolize her time!
She has a website www.amyperl.com
I am responding to the person looking for a photographer. I
don't know of the one you are referring to, but I would like to
highly recommend Jonathon Payne (www.photopayne.com). His
photos are wonderful. He specializes in candid photos of
children and families and was able to capture the essence of my
children so well. Jon was easy to work with and very patient.
He also has two young children. Please feel free to contact me
with any further questions.
I have two suggestions:
first I know a fellow mom who I believe was photographing
the breast feeding event, named Ilona
ilonasturm AT attbi.com
it could possibly be her work?
I think I saw his ad in the November parents' press magazine.
I recommend Aicha Nystom. She takes great candid photos,
especially portraits. Her web site is nystromphoto.com.
Dana Davis did my wedding, and we couldn't have been more pleased.
The candids were fabulous, and he really ''told the story'' of the
wedding. He also talked me into doing some artificially lit
portraits that I was suspicious of, and they were the best photos
of all--so glad I listened to him! And he's a nice guy to boot.
We know of a pregnancy and family photographer named Heather
Hart who is based in Southern California and is now coming
up every other month to the bay area for pregnancy
photography shoots (she's an ex-Berkeleyite).
She meets her clients at The Palace of Fine Arts and takes a
roll or two there and then goes across the road to the bay
with her clients where are there are sweeping views of the
bridge and takes a roll there.
Check out her website, ww.ALaModePhoto.com. Her photography
is really special.
Also, this great photographer wraps each of her clients in
two great pieces of material (one black and one taupe with
rhinestones) - it's really neat and takes on a different
look for everyone. She also encourages lots of wardrobe
changes and brings plenty of stuff to play with.
She's really into pregnant women and has been shooting them
for more than eight years - here's her toll free number:
877-764-1988. Tell her you found her through this list and
she'll give you a 10% discount.
I missed the first request but want to highly reccomend Kelly
Corrigan. She has taken photos of my family twice now. When my
baby was about 3 months old she managed to capture her essence
exactly (this after an embarrassing amount of failed attempts on
my part.) We used her photos for our birth anouncements and
received rave reviews. She has since taken a series of photos
of our now 9 month old baby, my husband and myself. She
captured my baby on her tummy smiling joyously at the camera.
Since my child hates ''tummy time'' this was no small feat. Kelly
comes to your house and her photos convey very natural, non-
contrived ''day in the life'' moments. She brings all the
negatives to you and then brings your final selection. This
convenience is wonderful for busy moms. I think Kelly's way
with babies comes from the fact that she herself is a mom. She
certainly made us feel at ease. You can contact me (Stevie at
528-3454) or Kelly's number is 595-7300. Her photography
business is called Stratford Candids, and her website (with
many photos) is called stratfordcandids.com
I just found a photographer who got some amazing shots of our
two kids. His style is casual, candid, and he's totally relaxed
with the kids. He really captured their personalities. His
name is Jonathan Payne, you can find samples of his work at:
I highly recommend him ... and I'm picky! If you have
questions, you can email me.
Can anyone recommend a good and reasonably priced baby photographer or
photo studio that works with babies? This would be for my one year-old. I
called one studio and was quoted something like $800.00 for the photo
session and this didn't even include any prints. Is it possible to find
cheaper without going to the department stores?
I have used Expressly Portraits at the Hilltop Mall.a Sometimes the
employees are the best, but the pictures have come out great!a
I have found the early morning appointments to be the best, if your
the first customer in, they seem to do a better job with their
customer service.a They take 5 poses and charge $12 per sheet of
pictures.a A sheet is either 1 8x10, 2 5x7's or 8 wallets.a They
also offer package deals.a There is a sitting fee of $10.00 and
you aren't obligated to purchase any pictures...a Good Luck!
We had a great sitting with Jamie Westdal in Orinda. Her number is
(925) 254-9689. Her prices in 1999 were $150 for a 30 minute sitting
(12 poses + 1 5x7 print) or $295 for an hour (24 poses and one 8x10
print) She does excellent work in b/w and color. If you're interested
in some of her work I can e-mail you some scanned photos to get a sense
of her style. She's really an artist and well worth the money.
A friend of mine just had one of those department store portraits done of
her two kids and they came out great -- the trick was that she had them do
the photos in black and white instead of color which did much to mitigate
the potential cheesiness. She got multiple copies of two images for
something like $30. Might be worth a try before you invest in a
Regarding a baby photographer - I finally did go to Sear's after
considering a 'professional photographer' and LOVED the results. After
checking out of all the dept stores, Sear's Portrait Studio is the best
because they have a computer screen that shows you what you are getting
right as the photos are being taken, so you can pick and choose right
then and there. They also will put a proof sheet on a floppy disk for
you. Even with a coupon, I still paid around $150 for our photos - but
I did get 6 different poses, around 60+ prints, a proof sheet floppy,
and a membership that covers sitting fees for 2 yrs. I would reccommend
Sear's at Hilltop Mall and also 'Ayo' a young woman who works there and
has been taking kids pictures for 5 years. I plan on going back for
Xmas photos. If you want I'll email you the pictures we had taken there
to see the results.
I've got three kids, and I've done Christmas pictures for seven years, and
done it in several different ways:
First year One baby:
Modern Art Photographs (now in Orinda, before in Oakland). Great, very expensive
photos.. But really good
Second year-One two year old:
Sarber's in Montclair. Really good kid photographer, good photos, not too
Third Year: Three Year Old and a six month old
Sarber's in Montclair. Mediocre Photos, terrible customer service (we
were promised delivery in time to mail pictures to East Coast, finally
got them on Christmas Eve)
Fourth Year: Four Year Old, and 18 month old
Photographer came to the house: Kind of expensive, not so great pictures.
He was late, and we had the kids kind of dressed up, and they were cranky.
The guy was nice, but he didn't take the pictures quickly enough so missed
some of the cute shots, very frustrating.
Fifth and Sixth Year:
Had them done at Expressly Portraits in the Bayfair Mall. One decent shot in
each sitting. The second year, the guy got one of the very best pictures that
have ever been taken of my older child (so good people who got it asked if
we had ever thought of having him model). Avoid the cheesy props and do
it against a plain background. Out of ten poses, there is really only one.
Affordable, fast and decent. Absolutely get an appointment around Christmas...
You'll still wait, just not as long. The kids at the counter are a little clueless,
but I can usually be tolerant of that.
Hello. I read your posting looking for a reasonably priced
photographer to take pictures of your one year-old. I am a freelance
photographer that works with babies, and my fee is much less than what
you have found in your research so far. My background is in
photojournalism, so I like capturing candid moments, as well as taking
portraits. If you would like to check out my work, the website address
I can be reached via email at ang2000 AT pacbell.net or by phone at
Can anyone recommend a good (excellent!) photographer to take pictures
of my 1 year old son? I've gone to J.C. Penney, which is fine for the
money you pay, but now I'm ready for a big step up and willing to pay
more. Of course, I want someone who will take pictures and be able to
put my son at ease. Thanks in advance
Stephanie Tabachnikoff is a wonderfully talented photographer with a true
artist's eye. She is also the mother of a young child thus very good at
putting children at ease and really capturing their personalities. I
particularly love the b & w photos she took of my daughter at age 1, 2 and 4.
Her email address is Fuff AT ccnet.com
although I just sent in this recommendation one month ago, here it is again
for the person who asked......we had some pictures of our 9.5 mo. old taken
by a woman in San Francisco named Tami DeSellier (415) 668-5930. She
specialized in babies. The pictures are SO AMAZING, that it was completely
worth the money. I don't know what is considered expensive or top dollar,
and she was somewhat pricey I think ($250 for an hour or so sitting,
includes a copy of all proofs). She does color, but specializes in B/W.
My daughter was being kind of fussy that day (of course!), but Tami was
able to get her to smile and laugh, and you could never tell by the
pictures that she was not in the best of moods. Anyway, I couldn't be more
happy with them. Three of the pictures are scanned, and if you'd like to
see them, I'd be glad to email them to me. Just let me know.
Almudena Ortiz is an wonderful photographer and very friendly and warm
with children. Her Berkeley number is (510)526-0692
we just had some pictures of our 8.5 mo. old taken by a woman in San
Francisco named Tami DeSellier (415) 668-5930. She specialized in babies.
The pictures are SO AMAZING, that it was completely worth the money. I
don't know what is considered expensive or top dollar, and she was somewhat
pricey I think ($250 for an hour or so sitting, includes a copy of all
proofs). She does color, but specializes in B/W. My daughter was being
kind of fussy that day (of course!), but Tami was able to get her to smile
and laugh, and you could never tell by the pictures that she was not in the
best of moods. Anyway, I couldn't be more happy with them.
Dana Davis has taken some great (color) photos of the kids at the univ
preschool. I felt that he really captured the charm of my son where other
photographers hadn't. He's a dad, but beyond that, I think he simply is the
type of person that kids can relax around.
I don't know his number offhand, but his wife Maureen is a subscriber here
and I'll bet she'd pass it along.
There's an Oakland woman named Lisa Hoffman who runs a small company called
KidPix. She specializes in candid shots of children in their home settings.
She shot a roll of our 13 month son at an outdoor party. Every single shot
turned out well. She prefers to work in black and white, but I'm sure she
would also shoot color. She also incorporates photos into greeting cards on
her computer. Her number and email are: (510)261-2453, lisshoff AT aol.com.
try Meera Fox, tel. 521-0438
I would recommend Judy LePire at 510-548-0670. She has photographed
fundraising events for us, but I have seen work she has done with the
children of a friend of mine, as well as wedding photos. She charges the
going rate for professional photographers, which is not inexpensive, but she
Darin Steinberg took some beautiful black & white photos of my children. I
was impressed with how easygoing he was and how well he got along with my
kids. He took his time and got some perfect shots. He suggested we go to
the grassy area next to the Brazil Room, which turned out to be a great
background. He was $350 for the sitting and $50 for each 8 x 10. He
develops the black & white himself and also does color. He'll come to your
house or go places like Tilden Park. His home number is (415) 821-5798.
(He's also a framer so can even frame your photos.)
I have had very nice pictures of my family and the children taken at
the Sears in Hilltop and Sears at SunValley, the Xmas pictures came
out beautiful and you have your choice of 4-6 different poses. What is
nice is the computerized monitor you can select from. The downside is
the wait. It is best to go early in the morning or at least before
11am. Also, our family portrait from Olan Mills was excellent.
I recommend Ralph Granich who is in Montclair. He did pictures at our
pre-school and is great with kids. He does color or black and white. You
can look him up in the phone book. I don't his prices, but he seems to
capture a lot of personality in his photos.
I just had my two young kids photographed at JC Penney at the Hilltop
Mall. Although the four-year-old was uncooperative we did get one
adequate shot out of the many poses. The young woman photographer tried
very hard and was very good at getting the baby to smile. You get to
choose the pose you want immediately on a video screen and in some
packages can choose a variety of poses. The sitting charge is $6.75 per
person and with a coupon each "sheet" of photos (e.g. nine wallets or
two 5x7s etc) is $5. Without a coupon it's somewhat more, but still a
good deal. I had a good experience at a different JC Penney photo
studio two years ago so I think they have this kind of mass-produced
photo down pat.
Thanks to those who gave me recommendations for portrait photographers.
Unfortunately, your recommendations were out of my price range. I struck
out on my own (e.g., opened the Yellow Pages) and found an inexpensive
photography studio in Alameda called Raintree Studios (521-4900). I had a
free consultation and met with Albert, the photographer. He showed me some
excellent samples, and I set up an appointment for next week. His prices
are: $35 sitting fee for just black and white, $55 if you want black and
white and color photos, $43 for 8 x 10s. He understands that with an
infant (8-month-old), we have to be flexible with time. If we don't get
all the shots we want before the baby gets cranky, then I can return and
finish the shoot later at no additional charge.
Re: Raintree Studios in Alameda
Just thought I would share our experience with Raintree. Last fall we
decided to take a family portrait. The idea sounded simple enough until we
got to picking the "style" of the picture... of course that is because the
family group we were photographing consisted of 10 adults who all had
different ideas of what would look good. Albert met with three of us in
advance to give us recommendations about clothing and background as well as
possible poses. He has a "good eye" and was very flexible. We were there
for a couple hours on a Sunday evening. One thing I should point out is
that the sitting fee of $55 for color photos was regardless of how many
people were photographed so it came out to $11 per couple. Plus we took
many shots of each couple as well as numerous group shots in a myriad of
configurations! That part of the price seemed extremly reasonable. The
price of ordering photos was pretty high compared to a place like Sears....
but they were much better in quality.
The only real problem that we had was that the group photo was intended as
a Christmas present for my in-laws. We had our sitting the first week of
November, and expected the proofs by Thanksgiving. We were under the
impression that we would get the photos back in time to have them framed
for Christmas. Well that didn't happen! However, on Christmas Eve Albert
delivered the photos to my sister-in-law's door (she lives near the studio,
so I dont' know that this is "standard".) To our surprise the larger photo
(an 11x14 that was the actual gift) was already framed (of course we didn't
have any input into what frame would be used, etc.) So the gift was ready
to go, but it left me a little dissatisfied. Some of the pictures we had
developed ended up a little "dark" and he was really good about having them
redeveloped. Overall I would consider going back if I want a good portrait
done and couldn't beat the price, but I would definitely start further
ahead for the holidays!
I wrote awhile ago about baby portrait photographers. I just received my
proofs back from Raintree Studios in Alameda (phone 521-4900) and wanted to
give the many people who wrote me an update. Overall, I am pleased with
the photos. My nine-month-old lasted for 45 minutes and four outfit
changes, and Al the photographer was able to snap 21 black and white photos
and 15 color (all for a $55 sitting fee). From these, I am going to order
additional copies of eight prints, although I really liked 13 of them.
When I shoot a roll of 24 photos, I figure I'm doing great if one turns out
nice! So Al's ratio of good to so-so photos is way up there, in my
opinion. Prices for enlargements are $36 for 5x7, $43 for 8x10, and $100
for 11x14, with prices decreasing the more duplicates you buy. One
suggestion I'd make if you decide to use Raintree Studios: bring your own
props. Al only has a few (a baseball, a rubber duck), so I'm glad I
brought a few cherished toys.
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