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How to find the right Family Photographer in Bay Area?

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

5 steps to your favorite Family Photographer

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Newborn Photoshoot Bay Area

We have all needed a Family Photographer sometime in our life. May be you found out you are expecting and you want to document this beautiful journey to Parenthood. May be you just had a baby and you never want to forget these sweet newborn snuggles. Or may be you are ready to create family heirlooms of warmest hugs and deepest emotions. Whatever may be the case, you in need of a Family Photographer!

So you look through Google and get a gazillion results on Family Photographer and you are overwhelmed by the choices and don't know which one to choose.

Well, use the following bullet points to find the right Family Photographer for your family.

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Know your Family Photography Needs

Thats the best place to start, knowing what you actually want. Do you want a sunset Maternity Photoshoot by a lake? or do you want indoor Newborn Photoshoots? or do you want a fun filled Family Photo session at the park? Knowing what you want, indoors vs outdoors, Sunrise vs Sunset, lake vs mountains will help you narrow down your search to the photographer who actually provides what you are looking for.

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Family Photoshoot in Bay Area

Photographs that speak to you

This is the biggest criteria in choosing the photographer. Do you love the traditional studio photography where everyone is beautifully posed and smiling into the camera or do you love more candid imagery where you are lovingly looking into your significant other's eyes. Do you prefer moody images or do you love the ones that are filled with golden light. Look into your own home to see what colors and style do you gravitate towards. Every photographer has a distinct style, this is something you can not change. So go with someone whose photography style matches your vision. Only then you will receive the end products that you absolutely love!

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Family Photoshoot in Bay Area

Go local

Are you planning to take pictures on a Family Vacation in San Francisco? Than choose someone who is from San Francisco because they will know all the beautiful parks that are not swamped by visitors. They will know what location works the best in the given light and season. Going local also gives you an opportunity to support local businesses.

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Newborn Photoshoot in Bay Area

Don't fall for deals or sales

Thats a big one! Often times you will see social media adds of budding photographer giving away sessions for free or for very minimum fees. However, if you wind up with family photographers that you absolutely don't love, the whole exercise seems like a waste of time and money. Professional photographers invest in quality gear and personal training. Like most things in life, you get what you paid for.

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Family Photoshoot in Bay Area

Communicate with your Family Photographer

If there is one thing you pick from this article, let it be this! Communicate with your photographer, tell them about your expectations from this photoshoot. Do you have any special request or limitation? Do you want to include family pets in the session? Do you want to include your parents in the photoshoot? Clear communication goes a long way and makes sure there aren't any unpleasant surprises during or after the photoshoot.

Family Photoshoot in Vasona Park by Beautiful Stories Photography
Family Photoshoot Bay Area

Most people pick Family Photographers for life and trust them with all their big and small milestones in life. This is one person you will be sharing important events in your life. So take your time and pick the right person!


Beautiful Stories Photography

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by Heena Mukhi

Beautiful, emotive and authentic photography for busy families and couples looking for a premium boutique photography experience. My style is influenced by beautiful light and genuine connection.

I believe every family has a story worth telling, a story of love and warmth. I am here to capture yours!

Serving South Bay Area, Los Gatos, San Jose, Saratoga, Cupertino.

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Hi! I am Heena.
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I am a mom and to two little munchkins and just like you I am a memory keeper of mprecious little family.


This is why I created this Memory Keeper's Handbook. My hope is with this Memory Keeper's Handbook you will be able to preserve the beautiful and fleeting moments of everyday life.

I believe the most important legacy that we give our children is happy memories.



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