Many creative individuals, namely thoughtful shutterbugs who specialize in family photography, call New York’s second-largest city home. It’s a tough job we have here — checking out the work of many amazing artists in the area. Nevertheless, we do it happily! Below, you will find our favorite Buffalo family photographers, as each one of them is a gem!
1. Kellie of Belle Idee Photography
Kellie is one of our favorite Buffalo family photographers for her whimsical, artistic prints of children and moms-to-be. She isn’t necessarily a documentary photographer so much as a creative artist — making fantastical images with a fairy tale feel — think misty landscapes, glowing orange sun rays, and dramatically lit forests, and you’re on the right track. Her work is imaginative, playful, and perfectly encapsulates the nature of childhood — a belle idee (beautiful idea) indeed!
2. Reen of One Fine Day Photography
Reen is a talented family photographer whose work exudes a lifestyle aesthetic. She is special both for her work and her experience — as a speech pathologist for children with autism, she is in a unique position to work with your family, especially if any member needs extra care. Plus, she is equally comfortable working inside or out, with natural light filling her photos no matter the location. If your little one is brand-new, her custom arranged newborn sets highlight the ethereal nature of fresh life without being distracting. In short, Reen is a professional artist, and we love her work!
Specializing in overlapping areas of photography — lifestyle, weddings, and families — Jessy Herman is the kind of photographer who’s with you throughout the entire journey of life. Born in Germany, Jessy grew up in the Midwest before moving to upstate New York, which explains her refreshing world view. Taking advantage of natural light to its full effect, her style is a mix of candids and artfully composed shots. Nostalgic, authentic, and emotional — her portfolio is simply gorgeous.
4. Katie Kubiak of Shortie Studios Photography
Katie Kubiak knows the value of photographing your children as they grow up — and doing it as often as possible. With her precise vision and finely honed technical skills, she is there to document the precious moments as they happen. And she does it in her unique storytelling way. She photographs children and families of all ages, from sweetly bunched-up newborns to teenagers laughing with their parents. The beauty of her style will keep you coming back again and again.
5. Brian and Christina Shaw of Shaw Photo Co.
There is something about film that you cannot reproduce in a digital format — something about the grain, the coloring, the feel of deliberately taking the time to craft the photo, rather than just shooting a zillion photos. Film is nostalgic and, if nothing else, that is what makes it special. Husband-and-wife creative powerhouse duo Brian and Christina Shaw are keenly aware of this, and so they deftly shoot family sessions with a hybrid of film and digital. The result is a richness, a luster, in the prints that is unmatched. If you are looking for jaw-dropping prints you can hold in your hand and marvel at, work with Shaw Photo Co. — they are the real deal.
A visual storyteller, Chelsea Victoria expertly tells the story of your time shared together — sweet moments between mother and child; joyful smiles; a healthy dose of play; and, above all, love! Her photos are stylish — striking contrast, creamy toning, and elegant composition all serve to make her portfolio breathtaking. She is the ideal family photographer for you if you appreciate a sentimental streak along with an artistic sensibility.
Adelle is a romantic at heart — her love of people and life itself is at the heart of each image. She has an eye for what is real and authentic, perfect when you are looking for someone to really capture the love you and your family share. As an artist, she is truly talented — precise composition enhances the storyline; the use of foreground objects directs the eye and adds depth; and her toning is warm, beautifully suited for portraits. Adelle masterfully blends true-to-life documentation and fine art.
A graphic designer-turned-photographer, Michelle Godfrey is one artistically blessed lady! She blends her talents — creating striking and creative family portraits with her use of moody coloring and composition. She’s a playful and trendy artist as well, using new techniques to create an ever-evolving and current portfolio — no staged family-in-a-line photos here! Michelle’s work is modern and stylish, yet will still look good 50 years from now — quite the balancing act, but one she pulls off well.
Amy Doak caught our eye with her sweet, tender styling of newborns — an exploration of textures and subtle color variations, as well as a study into the freshness of a new life. Then we were hooked when we saw the rest of her portfolio — her studio shots are darling no matter the age of her subjects. Wherever and whomever she is working with, Amy knocks it out of the park at every photo session.
10. Richele Renea of Wilmack Photo
Richele Renea produces fun in-studio portraits — great for documenting family milestones or just when you want to remember your family just how they are, in this moment. She customizes her style to fit your vision — if you want traditional studio portraits, she has the backgrounds to make that happen; if you want more modern lifestyle portraits, she has the eye for that as well; and if you want an outdoor session, she’s got you. Richele’s easygoing style makes working with her a treat and gives you photos to last a lifetime — a win-win!
Even as a child, Kelsey Schork lived and breathed art. As such, it’s no wonder she turned out to become a multi-talented shutterbug, using her photography degree in her everyday life. Her experience as a marketing photographer means that she is in a unique position to make you and your family look your best while staying authentic. Plus, Kelsey is a whiz at capturing unforgettable images that radiate pure love.