Now that fall has finally arrived, the leaves are starting to change, and the scenic backdrops in Richmond are more beautiful than ever. Fall also brings with it the reminder of what’s on the horizon – namely, a slew of holidays. With that in mind, many of us have already started planning our holiday cards. (In other words, we’ve begun that frantic search for the perfect family photograph – or at least one in which no one is mid-meltdown and everyone is looking in the general direction of the camera.) Of course, without the right family photographers, that perfect photo can remain elusive.
If you’re like me, then the search for a holiday-card-worthy family photo is a greater challenge than it may seem. Searches through the phone and computer yield plenty of photos, but none that say “Happy holidays friends and family…we are a relatively functional family that doesn’t always have on weird hats, make funny faces and/or live at the beach/theme park/random vacation destination.” In other words, I usually find a rather severe lack of reasonable family shots in my personal collection.
Of course, holidays aren’t the only reason to have a good family photo. There’s also the situation that many of us find ourselves in after the birth of a child or two – we have plenty of photos, but they’ve all become a bit outdated as the craziness of life, work, and kids’ schedules takes over. I mean, newborn photos are great and all – unless that newborn is now in the third grade.
If you’re looking to update your family photos, whether for holiday cards or just to replace the school photos that are the only form of photographic evidence you have that your kids are no longer babies, then finding a good family photographer is a must. Fortunately, Richmond offers tons of options when it comes to capturing photos of our families at their best.
When many of us were kids, family photos were limited to a studio setting featuring mom and dad at the center with kids strategically arranged in a pyramid around them. But fortunately, times have changed and many photographers now provide the opportunity for our families to pose in more natural ways, both outdoors and/or in our own homes or favorite settings.
With fall serving as an ideal time for family photography, thanks to both the nicer weather and the idyllic outdoor backdrops, we’ve done a search for some of Richmond’s favorite family photographers. The following list includes photographers that offer:
- A range of setting options – including both indoor and outdoor settings
- A range of products and pricing – including many with mini-sessions available for fall and Christmas
- A creative portfolio that shows their experience and style
What you’ll find on our Best Family Photographers in Richmond list is a range of photographic styles, ensuring that you’ll find a photographer to suit your family’s personality. You’ll also find a wide range of options for pricing, packages, and products, allowing you to build a custom photographic experience that will truly capture the spirit of your family, while fitting into your family budget.
Take a look at our favorite Richmond area family photographers, and if you have a favorite family photographer that you think should be on the list, let us know! Drop us a line anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please note that images shown here have been adjusted to fit Richmond Mom’s online parameters and do not reflect the finished products of the photographers. Be sure to visit each photographers website (listed below) to see high res images and exact representations of their work.
Casey Hollins is a mom of three boys and a family photographer who specializes in portraits of families, children, and babies, as well as wedding photography including engagement and bridal portraits. She is based in Central Virginia and is happy to travel to meet you in your ideal setting or location. Casey offers a variety of packages, pricing, and props to ensure that your photos perfectly display your family’s personality.
Casey offers mini-sessions for only $125 that are perfect for the holidays – and right now, she’s booking mini-holiday sessions at Belmont Tree Farm in Spotsylvania County for November 4. These special sessions are only $100 and all proceeds benefit the Old Dominion Legacy Baseball team. Book here!
Jada and David Parrish started J&D Photo in 2013 based on their shared love of photography, art, and capturing the true personalities of their subjects. With a style that they describe as “bold, timeless, and authentic,” they are committed to representing clients as they truly are – whether in posed or candid photos. In other words, be yourself and they’ll do the rest. Their portfolio covers a wide range of options, including family, newborn, and maternity photos. Based in Historic Jackson Ward (with a studio for on-site shoots), J&D will travel to your location, as well.
From November 1st – November 30th, J&D Photos is offering Christmas-themed mini shoots in their studio, complete with a fully-decked tree, stockings hung by the fireplace and, Christmas lights aplenty. Be sure to book early!
Jacki is a photographer based in Richmond who focuses on maternity, birth, newborns, babies, and families. As a certified birth doula, her awareness and love of the family connection is evident in her work. She describes her style as “pure, organic and natural,” and while she does provide props, she prefers natural materials as opposed to larger, bright items that might take the focus away from a photo’s main subjects – namely, you and your family. One of the things we love most about Jacki is that she walks you through every step of the process, from offering tips about what to wear or NOT to wear, all the way through what to expect from the photography session itself. Ultimately, her goal is to make sure that your family’s personality and style is what shines through in the final product.
Like some other photographers on our list, Ashley’s photography business grew from the birth of her own children. Her passion for capturing the beauty and growth of her family soon grew into a desire to share her gift with other families. Since 2009, she has been serving the Greater Richmond community (with the ability to travel even further) with family and wedding photography that is focused on capturing not just moments, but relationships. Her goal is to allow your family’s natural connection to shine through in every photo. From lifestyle photos taken in your home to on-site locations that speak to your family’s interests, Ashley provides a final product that represents who you are as individuals, as well as a family.
For more than a decade, Jen Jacobowitz has been working as a photographer specializing in family photography. Her love of photography began when her own children were small. As a former pre-K teacher with a degree in psychology, she prides herself on being able to understand the unique family dynamics of her subjects, allowing for photos that truly capture each family’s unique personality. Her style is natural and organic, but she also provides props and accessories designed to enhance, as opposed to distract from, her subjects. With both studio and on-site sessions available, you’re free to find the setting that most accurately represents who you are as a family.
Jen is currently offering fall and Christmas mini-sessions, but be sure to book early as spots sell out quickly!
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