Professional family photography is a beautiful way to capture the essence of your family. You may be thinking that you could save a bunch of money by taking pictures of your family yourself. That may be true to an extent; however, a family photo is almost always missing a person (the person taking the photo) unless you solicit the help of a friendly stranger. And let’s be real, almost 100% of the photos taken by a well-meaning stranger come out lopsided and blurry. Otherwise, you can opt for an up-close selfie with half of one of your family member’s faces cut out of the frame.
Family portraits are also a fun experience for the whole tribe. When you work with a skilled photographer, they will know how to pose you so you look natural and relaxed. If you have never had professional photos taken before, you will likely be surprised at how well they turn out. Everything from the lighting, to the poses and the backdrops will be catered with your specific needs in mind.
While these photos are certainly an investment, it’s an investment that will last a lifetime. You will be proud to hang the photos on your walls and hand them down from generation to generation as a visual snippet of how your family once was.
If you are looking for family portraits in Las Vegas, Nevada, we have you covered with the best family photographers in the city.
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If you need holiday cards, birth announcements or just recent family photographs at an affordable price, LaLa is a great option for family photography in Las Vegas. LaLa Photography will work with your needs to arrange a convenient shoot. You can shoot in studio or on location, and every weekend in December, they offer outdoor mini sessions in Mt. Charleston.
The talented photographers offer maternity, newborn, first birthday, senior portrait and large group photography. You are welcome to choose your theme and your color palette for any shoot in studio. LaLa asks that you do not take any personal photos (including cell phones) during the shoot.
The in-studio family photography session costs just $99 and includes “our own personalized photo shoot with 2 backdrops sets of your choice. Maternity shoots include up to 3 outfit changes. Please add $50 for babies between 6 and 16 weeks old. Includes a $99 Collections Credit.” Outdoor sessions cost $249.
Marie Grantham is a Las Vegas maternity, newborn and family photographer. After having a family of her own, she turned her attention to portrait photography, specifically of families. Her work has been published in Photographer Magazine in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and has received the Couple’s Choice Award in Wedding Wire 2014.
Originally from Argentina, Grantham is fluent in English and Spanish. She says,
“I work my hardest to create photographs so beautiful and unique to preserve those memories for you and your family. Las Vegas Photography is my true passion. What many of my past clients will say about me is that I am always going above and beyond to create a fun stress free session for all my clients that they will remember for years to come.”
Grantham shoots in her studio in Henderson, Nevada, or in the location of your choice (within 20 miles of Las Vegas).
In family photography sessions, she encourages the families to pick one “star of the show,” which just means a person whose outfit will inform everyone else’s look. For example, maybe mom wears a pink, white, and navy pattern and the rest of the family wears complementary colors. She cautions against matching outfits, bright white socks, tennis shoes and logos which can date the photos. She always works closely with hair and makeup artists if you are interested in professional styling.
Her family portrait rates start at $350 (plus tax) and include a pre-shoot phone consult, 1 hour of shooting, a downloadable online gallery, print release and 30+ hand edited portraits.
Wendhy Jeffers works alongside her team, including her husband Troy, and their personal assistant Shay. The team has worked hard to create what they call a “shabby chic” studio for family photography in Las Vegas. Wendhy Jeffers specializes in maternity, newborn and child photography.
Included in your investment is a pre-shoot design consultation where you meet with Wendhy to create the perfect photo shoot for your child. You will talk themes, props, and wardrobe, and this is also a great opportunity for Wendhy to meet your child so they go into the shoot with a level of familiarity. Then comes the photo session which Wendhy aims to make fun, creative and interactive. She wants to capture the true personality of your child and will play games to make the child feel at ease.
A few weeks after your shoot, you will be invited back to the studio for a viewing session. You will see your beautifully edited shots for the first time and decide if you are interested in wall portraits, canvas wraps, birth announcements etc.
Wendhy says, “When I am looking through my lens, I am capturing a piece of your child that you’ll be able to cherish for a lifetime. My purpose is to illustrate what’s real, the very true, special person you love so very much.”
The team is known for being fun, professional, talented, and easy to work with. You can check out the testimonials on her website. Her Creative Portrait sessions cost $250 (not including prints or digital) and usually last about 2 hours. After 4 people, there is a $35 additional cost per person.
Founded and owned by Norina Kaye Leyde, Maple Hill Photography is known for its exceptional newborn, wedding and family photography in Las Vegas. Norina has been drawn to photography since she was a teenager, but it wasn’t until she started photographing families from her church that her love of photography blossomed into a career.
She sees photographs as a way of reliving and reflecting on the the past, and her style is described as fun, passionate and dedicated to excellence. Her portrait sessions start at $595 and include “a pre-session consultation, up to 60 minutes of session time, a minimum of 25 full resolution images made available for download (1-set in Color and 1-set in Black & White for a total of 25+ retouched images), and a private online gallery will be provided for additional A La Carte ordering and sharing. The first five people are included in the session. A $25 fee will be added for each additional person.”
For photographers in Las Vegas, Norina also leads summer workshops which teach you to hone your family photography skills and learn the best practices for post production.
Dragonfly Portrait Design is a premier spot for senior photography, convention photography, headshots and family photography in Las Vegas. If you are local, Dragonfly asks that you setup a free consultation in the studio. There you will go through your choice of location and clothing ideas, and you will have a chance to ask any other questions you may have. If you pay for your shoot at the consultation, you will be given a $50 credit to use toward your photo package.
Dragonfly Portrait Design is a great starting place if you are unsure of what type of photos you want. The photographers work with clients to strategize “a game plan to put their specific ideas into play. Not everyone knows exactly what they want right away. Let an experienced photographer help you achieve what you are dreaming to be the end result of your photo session.”
A small ($175-$250) session fee will be charged which covers the cost of your location. They explain this fee on their website saying, “Some locations charge the photographer to shoot on their property. This fee also helps to cover additional insurance that is required at some locations along with gas, time, editing and the backing up of your photos.
Altenburg Studio has been in business for over 65 years. The studio moved to Las Vegas in 1972, where it has been taken over by Sue Altenburg, daughter of the original owner.
The website says that Sue “graduated with honors from Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Portraiture. Sue was the first woman in Nevada to receive the degree of Certified Master Photographer by the Professional Photographers of America. She also holds PPA’s Photographic Craftsman Degree and was awarded an honorary Master of Science Degree from Brooks Institute of Photography for her continued service to the photographic community. Sue has been the recipient of numerous national and international print awards and is an internationally recognized speaker.”
Suet also eaches digital photography for the Smithsonian.
Though the studio is located just 2 miles west of the Las Vegas strip, it maintains its home family studio feel. There is no fee (besides a $200 minimum portrait purchase) for sessions taken in studio. You can take a look at their family gallery here.
Peanut Photography is not currently booking new clients, but this Las Vegas family photography studio is still worth knowing about. Founder of Peanut Photography, Heather Vanek, started her career as an infant photographer after the birth of her two children. She says, “over the years, my passion for photography has grown into a passion for families. I love getting to know the families I work with and see a side that is often reserved for their own private snuggle time. I have seen so many families evolve from our first maternity session into the welcoming of their third child, that they have begun to feel a little like my own family.”
Peanut specializes in fine art photography of maternity, newborn, children, and families. Her style and prop use is minimal, which allows the photos to be timeless and never dated by a trendy prop. Studio sessions with Peanut Photography start at $275 and on-location shoots start at $350. They offer “a wide variety of ways to display your artwork including 3 different mounting options for your wall photos and 3 different album options. Digital images are available for purchase as well as many other keepsake options.” Portrait collections begin at $1579, a la carte photos at $40.
Cashman Brothers Photography specializes in weddings (same sex encouraged), newborn, maternity and family photography in Las Vegas. They say on their website,
“Family photography is a great way of capturing special moments in your family’s life. Whether on a family trip to Las Vegas, having a family reunion, or just a look to portray a beautiful image of your family, our family photographers in Las Vegas can help. Our family photographers have years of experience working with children and families so you will feel comfortable and enjoy your studio photo shoot. We also have stylists available to help you capture a particular look or feel. Family portraits make great holiday cards and home décor.”
There are 10-12 photographers and 3 videographers working with Cashman Brothers, and they are sure to find the right fit of photographer for each family or wedding.
Owner of Blush Baby, Jennifer, had a very hard time getting pregnant. After a failed round of IVF, she was finally pregnant, and once she held her newborn son, she could not wait to photograph him. From this experience, her love for newborn and family photography was born.
Blush Baby specializes in newborn and family photography in Las Vegas. Jennifer says on her website,
“One thing I never realized is how fast they grow until I had my own. Our children grow right in front of our eyes without us noticing until we look back at those moments that have been captured in front of the lens. As a Las Vegas newborn photographer, it warms my heart and gives me so much joy to be a part of those special moments in people’s lives.”
Her style is described as simple, natural and organic. Props are sweet and timeless; think textured blankets, crisp white beds, and cozy pink accents. Her session fees start at $200, and you can email Jennifer directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further pricing and package information.
Though Melissa Jacks specializes in senior photography, personal branding photography, headshots and portraits, she does limited family and wedding photography each year. She has been a Las Vegas photographer for over 12 years, and she works to make her sessions “fun, relaxed and personal.” Her speciality is in the use of natural light, which gives each of her photos a soft, authentic vibe.
Melissa advises that you book early, as her shoots fill up fast, and she only sees a small number of clients per month. For pricing and package information, she can be reached directly at email@example.com.
Owner and artist of Little Loo Photography, Lisa Weingart specializes in maternity, newborn and family photography in Las Vegas. One thing that sets Lisa apart is that she is also a filmmaker, which means she has an eye for movement, space and story. She says ,
“My style is clean and simple. I am truly drawn to the story and to light. I believe that each family is made up such incredible stories, woven through time by the relationships and life moments that they share with each other. They are the stories the shape us and mold us, and they draw me in. I want you to look back on your images and footage many years down the road and still love everything that we have captured and for that reason, I strive to keep my style clean and classic. I strive to capture the scenes of your families lives just as they are. While I do pose to some degree during my sessions, it is usually direct you into interactions with each other where I can draw out your personalities and connections with each other. I want to capture you just as you are…deeply and madly in love with each other, connected and unique. I want to capture YOUR story.”
Her shoots are typically shot on location outside, in-home, or even at the hospital. Her photos are vibrant and full of emotion, almost like seeing a still from a movie. Her in-home lifestyle session is $700 and focuses on capturing your family in their natural, comfortable environment. The cost includes a 1 hour session, 50 edited images and an 8×8 custom photo book.
Sharon Wai is an acclaimed family photography is Las Vegas. She was born in Taipei and has lived in Vancouver, Utah, Hawaii, Philadelphia and now Nevada. She says,
“Whether it be you and your fiancé about to start your life together, welcoming that long awaited angel baby into your arms, or candids of you and your grandparents reminiscing; I want to capture it all so you will remember how beautiful your life is. So get in the shot. Prove that you exist.”
Her photos are gorgeous; the look like small slices of life. Sharon is not afraid to embrace the weird, the messy, the less than perfect, and still her photos come out looking gorgeous.
Her family lifestyle sessions are $450 and include an hour of coverage, a complimentary consult, professional editing and processing, an online gallery of images, and a print release.
McKenzi Taylor is the owner and photographer behind Taylored Photo Memories. She specializes in wedding and and family photography in Las Vegas. With a Masters Degree in Leadership, McKenzi is able to easily guide and direct and shoot so all your family has to worry about it showing up. She was paid to shoot her first wedding at the age of 14.
McKenzi works with a team of 6 others. The Taylored Photo Memories website offers an awesome resource of the 44 Best Las Vegas Photo Shoot Locations.
When it comes to wardrobe, McKenzi provides a few key pieces of guidance. She says solids typically photograph better than prints, and she suggests embracing color. She warns against trends and matching too closely,and she advises that you keep a close track of weather; Las Vegas can be both exceptionally hot and cold. She is always happy to customize packages, and you can learn more about her rates and packages here.
Susan Hinds, founder of Purest Light Photography, is a Las Vegas-based family photographer specializing in newborns. As a mother of 3, she knows firsthand how quickly babies grow, and she delights in photographing those precious first few weeks.
Susan is known for being warm, kind and great with children while remaining talented and professional. Her website is filled with kind words, with one mother writing,
“Love, love, love, lover her work. We recently had a family session with her and I’m still gushing over my pictures. All the pictures, all over the house, because, well, they are that good. She does an excellent job with kids and their different personalities. So happy to have taken the time to get these treasures.”
Susan sees professional photography as an investment that will last a lifetime. All of Purest Light Photography session fees are all inclusive and there is no requirement for additional purchases or orders.
Susan also offers excellent resources for photographers looking to expand their skill sets and learn more about newborn and family photography. She offers a comprehensive guide to photographing newborn sessions, which includes tips on posing parents and infants, set up and lighting techniques, and newborn safety plus access to a private Facebook group for continued learning.
Heather K. Photography started in 2011, and she quickly became an acclaimed family photographer in Las Vegas. She works to make her clients feel relaxed and at ease as she seamlessly curates the best lighting and poses for your shoot.
Not just a photographer, but an artist in everything she does, Heather sees beauty in the everyday moments others would not think about twice. Her goal is to “capture the genuine happiness of the moments you’re allowing me to share with you.”
Heather believes that “photography is more than getting pictures, but portraying art for your homes in the form of framed images that you will be proud to show family and friends. With that in mind, I provide customized photography and help design walls to display art in your home that capture your family’s memories.Having photos to document these treasured milestones in your life is a great investment, which is why I emphasize individualized attention and a creative touch to get you photos that you will cherish and pass down for generations.”
Heather specializes in many forms of photography including newborn, maternity, wedding, engagement, high school seniors and family. Her family sessions are typically shot outside or in the family’s home. Her family portrait sessions cost $125 and include up to 2 hours of shooting for 5 people ($25 charged for every additional person) props, and unlimited outfit changes. Prints are purchased separately.