The 10 Best Family Photographers in Phoenix
- Date: March 23, 2022
- Topic: Photography
- By: Peerspace
Curious to see who made our list of the best Phoenix family photographers? We get it! At Peerspace, we’re all about helping you create memories, be it through photoshoots, family reunions, wedding receptions, or gallery openings. We’re the largest online marketplace for hourly venue rentals, with hundreds of spaces available in Phoenix alone. We work with local photographers frequently, helping them secure creative spaces to bring their vision to life. So perhaps, needless to say, we see a lot of amazing photography and have definitely formed opinions on the talent in this beautiful city.
Ah, sunny Phoenix — how we love you. Your photographers win the day again and again in producing some of the most beautiful sun-dappled natural light photography in the country, and family photography is thankfully no exception. Our list of the top Phoenix family photographers offers an array of styles and levels of experience. Yet each of these talented individuals shares a love of helping families create photographic heirlooms that are both timeless and modern.
1. Lisa Eley
Lisa Eley’s work has a bright, warm quality that’s a perfect fit for sunny Arizona families. Her work often has a Southwestern flair to it since she’s got a great eye for the rustic, natural styling. She incorporates both classical and more experimental compositions to create images that run the full gamut from more traditional to a little more modern. Additionally, she’s very active in the Phoenix area as a wedding photographer, so that informs some of her color and editing choices. If you like that kind of style, you’ll love Lisa Eley.
2. Claire Waite
Claire Waite is a Phoenix family photographer who specializes in birth photography, as well as documenting those crucial early milestones of your little one’s life. Of course, that’s not all she does, but it does lend her an exceptional skill in capturing kids in all of their glory — the innocence, mischievousness, and the unconditional love. Sometimes, we might think of children as simple — people who are just starting to develop — but Claire Waite sees them in all their infinite complexity. Children are usually the stars in her work. There’s a natural quality to the images, a bright and minimally processed feel.
3. Harrison Hurwitz
Harrison Hurwitz is a recent Phoenix transplant from New York City who has already made a name for himself with his unique portrait work. His photography style definitely makes him a standout on this list since his aesthetic is more fashion-forward, eclectic, and mature than your typical family photographer. With that said, if your family is looking for a more artistic lens to pose in front of, reach out to Harrison. He’s like your cool art professor from college but with a camera and a plan.
4. Emily Supiot of Cozy Clicks
A hallmark of Phoenix family photographer Emily Supiot’s style is some dreamy, hazy background bokeh, often enhanced digitally. This gives some of her images a magical feel. Others are more straightforward and photojournalistic in nature, and those still exhibit her keen eye for framing, contrast, and color. Her award-winning photography takes advantage of the glorious Phoenix sun. If you envision taking your family portraits bathed in natural light, reach out to Emily.
5. Photos By Kacy
Kacy Hughes is the lead photographer and owner of Photos By Kacy, a studio that celebrates you and your loved ones with its warm, playful photos. Much of Kacy’s best work uses the breathtaking backdrop of Phoenix’s natural landscape, and her colors integrate seamlessly with the light greens of Arizona’s wilderness. It’s a distinctly Western style, sunny and cheerful, a great fit for the tone of most family shoots. These are photos that capture your family in a natural, pleasant way that doesn’t play at being overly dramatic or formal.
6. Virginia Stiles Photography
Virginia Stiles has an awesome talent for capturing pure joy on the faces of her subjects. It’s the shameless, unfiltered look of authentic joy that can’t be posed, can’t be faked — it only happens when your subjects feel truly at ease and happy to be working with you. That says a lot about Virginia’s presence as a photographer. We love the effortless grace of her indoor photos, which soak up all the lovely directional light from nearby windows. They feel like editorial or lifestyle photography, slick and stylish but truthfully capturing small moments in a family’s shared life.
7. Jennifer Bowen
Jennifer Bowen’s bright, breezy style is all about capturing the connection between family members. When you look through her work, you’ll see subjects looking at each other as often as they’re looking at the lens. The result is that her shoots feel less like posed affairs and more like she’s just peeking in on a family on a day they happen to look amazing as they stroll along a beach or through the desert. She also mixes long, close-up, and mid-range shots to offer variety, with each image being technically adept and lovingly crafted.
And it’s clear from her client reviews that her families feel the love, too. Here is just one example: “These are SO SO SO good. I shouldn’t be surprised but you truly are a miracle worker behind that camera of yours. Thank you for capturing another special phase of life for us. You do it so beautifully.”
8. Lizzy McMillan of Momento Studios
Lizzie McMillan specializes in maternity and newborn photography, so her family photographer is usually in the context of parents interacting with infants. The intimacy in these photos is immediately evident, and McMillan’s photos treat these interactions as sacred and serene, never gimmicky in an attempt to be cute. Her images are perfect little depictions of the emotions that come along with newly gained parenthood, a phase of life that flies by if we don’t slow down and capture it behind the lens every once in a while. In terms of her background, Lizzie studied photojournalism at Arizona State and is a Certified Professional Children’s Photographer. To us, she has the perfect mix of natural chops and educated pro.
9. Sarah Hoag
Sarah Hoag is a lifestyle and brand photographer who brings that same stylish sheen to her family work. Families who are lucky enough to work with her can expect her to portray them in a style that would fit well between the pages of your favorite magazine just as well as on your Facebook timeline. She also keeps family portrait sessions light and breezy, ensuring even the tiniest members of your brood have a good time in front of her lens.
10. Christina Johnson
Christina Johnson shoots beautiful, hip, creative family portraits that brim with life. She loves outdoor natural light photography, and her color choices and editing techniques lend her images a modern, matte look. From new young couples to big, child-filled families, every family Johnson shoots looks absolutely stunning.
We also adore how Christina describes how a shoot with her will go: “During a session with me you can expect to laugh and have fun. I firmly believe in capturing true to life moments. Which means, I will have you move a lot and interact with each other. Authentic connections are my jam!”
Bonus: Summer Elizabeth Photography
We were floored by the ultra-vivid and dreamy family pictures in Summer Elizabeth’s portfolio. Her work celebrates every stage of family life, including maternity, newborns, the whole family, and senior portraits. When you work with Summer, you will enjoy a mix of natural moments and posed styles so you have a mix of images to enjoy. And if these are your first professional portraits, then you’re in great hands. Summer goes over location, outfit choices, and preferences with you before the shooting day.
Peerspace adores Phoenix family photographers!
We hope this look into the work of Phoenix’s most celebrated family photographers has warmed your heart as much as ours. Book your favorite before someone else nabs them up! Once you do, come back here to Peerspace and book the perfect photoshoot location.
Most of us would say our families are the most important things in our lives, but many of us also don’t have many pictures of the full clan together. Someone’s always holding the camera, right? And what we can do ourselves is just not the same as what an experienced professional photographer can bring to the table. We hope perusing the portfolios above delights you enough to give a family photoshoot a try — and make sure to use the hashtag #MadeInPeerspace when you post the results!
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