East Bay Family Photographers: Reader's Favorites - 510 Families

East Bay Family Photographers: Reader’s Favorites

We asked you guys what Bay Area family photographer you recommend for capturing your kids. Wow, was it fun to click through all the websites of these talented folks! Here are the photographers you all shared with us, along with a few we’ve worked with and loved. These photographers specialize in babies, families, and kids.

Today’s guide is sponsored by Xilo Photography.

father and baby
Xilo Photography Services for maternity, newborn, and families of young children

Xilo Photography specializes in inclusive, emotive, joyful, and authentic portraits of families and the ones they love most. A self-proclaimed docu-lifestyle photographer, Kati bends the line between stepping back to capture the real, intimate moments as well as facilitating “unposing” to guide you toward dynamic and diverse lighting situations that capture your family in an artistic and natural light.

Each of these photographers was endorsed by a {510} Families reader, and we noted when we’ve worked with them directly with the 📷 icon.

Angela Lang Photography: Family photographer based in Oakland.

Cathy Breslow: Based in Walnut Creek with a focus on wedding photography and portraiture.

Celia Catalino 📷: Based in Oakland, photographed a handful of lovely 510families events. She specializes in family sessions.

Dani G Photography: Maternity, newborn, baby, & family photographer serving the Bay Area.

Dina Uretski Photography: Children and family photographer based in the Bay Area.

e&b photography: Oakland-based photographer duo specializing in weddings and families.

EPLi Photography: Oakland documentary-style family photographer. A real favorite with our readers! She creates a “warm and loving space” and brings out “incredible” and “authentic” portraits of families and children.

Eva Baker Photography: Maternity & newborn photographer based in Walnut Creek.

Icarian Photography 📷: Melissa Schmidt, based in Berkeley, photographs families, in-home newborn sessions, "Fresh 48" sessions immediately post-delivery, and maternity shoots. She has photographed many 510families events throughout the years.

Jessica McCoy Photography: Maternity, baby, and family photographer based in Martinez.

Karen De Jager Spectrum Photography: Operating in the broader East Bay area based in Pleasant Hill. Specialties include smash the cake, maternity, newborn, and family portraits.

Katherine Briccetti Photography: Bay Area-based documentary, lifestyle, and fine art photographer specializing in portrait photography.

Kristen Murakoshi 📷: Editorial and commercial photographer based in Oakland also does lifestyle and portrait photography.

Lemonshoots: Alameda-based maternity and newborn photography.

Megan Small Photography 📷: Alameda-based photographer specializing in family portraits and maternity shoots. She has photographed Heather's family multiple times.

Nathan Phillips Photography 📷: Photographer specializing in family portraits and events, based in Berkeley. He photographed Heather's family and made them look like rockstars.

Ngoc M Nguyen Photography: Outdoor family photo shoots in the East Bay Area.

Nissa Brehmer Photography 📷: Newborn and family portraits based in the Bay Area. She photographed moms and babies for us at many Baby’s Day Out events.

Oak Fam Photo: Brian Molyneaux photographs families of all sizes and headshot portraits. Based in Oakland.

Photos by Kerstin: Photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, & family photography.

Raquel Marie Photography: Newborns, family portraits, maternity & more, serving Northern California

Rasheed Photography 📷: Family and wedding photographer based in Oakland. Photographed a special event for Carol's family.

Roots and Shoots Photography 📷: Family & school portraits based in Berkeley. They photographed us in 2010 for our first-ever family portrait.

Sara Pietras Photography: Sara Pietras is an Oakland-based lifestyle photographer who specializes in family, newborn, Fresh 48, and maternity photography with a focus on capturing connections, serving the San Francisco Bay Area.

Shauna Heidenreich Photography: Family, youth, and newborn photography serving the Bay Area.

Shoey Sindel Photography: Portrait, wedding, and mitzvah photography based in Berkeley.

Shoott Photography 📷: Shoott offers Instaworthy 30 min outdoor photo sessions at parks & locations throughout the Bay Area. Sessions are FREE to book, receive your digital gallery of 40+ lightly edited photos in 3-5 bus. days, only pay for those you love at $15 each!


Use code 510FAMILIES for 15% off orders of 5+ photos

Sky 9 Studio: Offers maternity, baby, and family photography in the San Francisco Bay Area. Offering on-location, in-home, and studio photography.

Urban Shutterbug: Bay Area-based photography specializing in maternity, weddings, newborns, and families.

Xilo Photography: Xilo Photography documents maternity, newborn and families of young children in a low-stress way. Each session consists of a phone consultation + questionnaire to get to know your family dynamic + an untimed session (~1.5 hrs).

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Collections begin at $950, Yearbook collections (3 sessions in 1 year) begin at $1800

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If you choose one of these photographers, let ’em know you saw them first on 510Families!

These photographers were selected based on our readers’ preferences in an unscientific poll. Unless otherwise noted, we cannot vouch for their work or pricing.

two big kids and their newborn sibling touch the baby's toes at the hospital
Newborn photography by Xilo Photography

Thank you again to Xilo Photography.

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