The downtown streets of Newark hustle and bustle with shoppers and office workers during the spring and summer months. In the less urban areas, life is calm, and it’s not unusual to witness idyllic settings, such as an undisturbed meadow or a serene thicket. With such nice surroundings, families in Newark are spoiled for choice when it comes to their pick of portrait photographers. We used a radius of almost 20 miles to find our favorite Newark family photographers, as there are so many amazing artists in the area!
Ksenia Çetinkaya has an emotional photojournalist style — focusing both on tiny details and the story of the moment. Full of unscripted, authentic moments, her work tugs at the heart of the viewer, making her an excellent family photographer. Her eye for genuine feelings makes her work perfect for black-and-white photography, a classic favorite that never goes out of style. When you want to work with someone who will document the sometimes disheveled and gorgeous faces of your children, work with Ksenia — her distinctiveness lies in her truthfulness.
Lauren Anzevino is one of our favorite Newark family photographers (but she serves all of New Jersey as well as New York) for her commercial lifestyle polish. She has the ability to tell a story in one image — of the love between a mother and child, of a playful moment — while also adding just enough styling to make the moment sparkle. She has a cool vibe to her portraits — accentuating the personalities of her subjects while documenting them. It takes a considerable measure of talent to be able to capture genuine feeling while also making it look beautiful, and Lauren has that talent in spades.
Located in Midland Park, this award-winning studio is worth the drive, we promise! They cover all things family — from maternity to fresh 48 lifestyle sessions to families of all ages — but their studio work is truly delightful. Crafting sets to enhance the mood of the portrait, whether it’s Christmas or an artful newborn shoot, their styling is both complex and creative. This is the studio of choice when you want an unforgettable set of photographs to mark your milestone moments.
Giselle Salazar has a homespun, almost rustic vibe to her work — natural elements like wood play against the soft fuzz of a baby blanket (or a baby’s head). Her styling feels organic, bundling babies into simple yet beautifully composed sets. Her outdoors maternity work makes full use of the landscapes while focusing on the wonder of this transitional time. In addition, her in-studio maternity photos often make use of the maternal form for an extra sense of art and beauty. Serving both New Jersey and New York, as her studio is in Woodland Park, she has definitely earned her place on our list of favorite Newark family photographers.
5. Maria of Tiny Hearts Photography
Maria is a talented stylist as well as an accomplished photographer — her eye for styling ensures you and your family will look your best. She also deftly captures sweet moments, ensuring that your love for each other will be the highlight of the photo. Her newborn work is simple and without artifice — all of the focus is on the tenderness of your new baby and the fleeting details that will change seemingly overnight. Her photographs allow her subjects to hold on to the most ethereal of moments for the rest of their lives.
Located in Jersey City, Tanya Buran and her indelible work is definitely worth a mention here on our list of the best Newark family photographers. Her thoroughly modern style is full of creativity — maternity photos that capture all of the expectation and joy of a blossoming belly, bundles of newborn babes set in colorful, custom sets, and playful shots of a whole family enjoying the outdoors. Whatever her subject, her experience shows, but we can’t get enough of her newborn shots — too many tiny toes and little rolls to handle!
Aleksandra Florez is a portrait artist of both mothers-to-be and newborns. She has a fine-art style — glowing skin, refined poses, and vignetting to draw the eye to the center of the frame. Her studio work is perfect for those that want to feel like a goddess in their expectant state — she uses lots of flowing fabrics and shadows to really allow you to flaunt your gorgeous form! Her work is creative and often exude a sense of whimsy, using gowns and props to accentuate her subjects, and we simply adore it. Work with Aleksandra when you want something fantastical and special — you will be glad you did!