The 10 Best Family Photographers in Scottsdale

Scottsdale’s reputation as one of the country’s premier desert communities is well-deserved, with its consistently highly-rated urban environment and, of course, being right in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. The uniquely gorgeous locale and the city’s studio services provide a wealth of options for capturing priceless family photographs and memories, whatever your style! Here are some of the best Scottsdale family photographers for you to check out.

1. Lyssa Van Cleave

Despite being a fairly recent newcomer to Scottsdale from Chicago, Lyssa Van Cleave seems to have hit the ground running with her professional photography activities, filling up her portfolio quickly with local client shots. That comes as no surprise with the undeniably appealing quality of her work. She loves natural light (there’s tons of that in Scottsdale and pretty much everywhere around it!) and working with neutral to golden/vintage-style hues. With the surrounding natural environment, the results are stunning!

2. David Lee

For an interesting change of pace from other Scottsdale family photographers, check out David Lee’s specialty: studio photography. A fine art portrait photographer, Lee’s work is nothing like the typical stuff we see from shopping mall photo studios. We’re talking artistic and avant-garde here. Scroll through his shots, and you won’t see too many smiles. The effect, quite frankly, is very striking, powerful, and intriguing. If you’re looking for something different for your family, David Lee’s your guy.

3. Sara Waterman

“I do not like making the same image again and again,” says family and wedding photographer Sara Waterman. “I’m always looking for new angles, compositions, and new lighting techniques.” That explains why it’s a bit difficult to peg down Waterman’s style exactly. She likes to shake things up a bit, try different things. Her shots are predominantly outdoors, not unusual at all for Scottsdale family photographers. But then she introduces different poses and activities, general locations, natural light with some creative fill-in flash with others, etc. There are some common traits throughout that she executes very well. And the people she shoots sure do look like they’re having fun!

4. Christine Deaton

“Your authentic connections and love-soaked moments are the only things I need to capture,” says lifestyle photographer Christine Deaton. “Adding a breathtaking location is just the cherry on top!” Her portfolio is full of those connections and moments. Most have a slightly softer, almost dreamy feel, with her subjects backlit by natural light, creating a very faint, appealing glow. And yes, these are pictures out in Scottsdale’s hot desert environment! The effect is very subtle, and Deaton makes it all work superbly.

5. Larissa Stevenson

Customer feedback usually reveals a heck of a whole lot about a pro photographer we don’t see in typical business literature. Such as this excerpt from one of Larissa Stevenson’s clients with three very young children: “My husband and I both commented that it was easy, stress-free, and it went quickly, which was perfect for little ones with short attention spans!” Of course, that’s all meaningless if the end product falls short of wow. But this we can easily check ourselves through Stevenson’s portfolio. It happens to be full of brilliant images, many out in Scottsdale’s gorgeous desert environment. So “wow” it is, then!

6. Brandi Asturias

Do you know that feeling you get when, for no particular reason you can put your finger on, you can sense someone really enjoys the work they do? That’s the feeling we get when we browse through Brandi Asturias’s portfolio and website. Everyone says they’re “passionate” about what they’re creating, but you can sense that vibe in the photos Asturias produces. She loves meeting and interacting with people, we think, and gets a lot of personal satisfaction from capturing people’s bonds and the emotions that flow between them. Whatever it is, going through her work is a pleasure.

7. Cortney Talbot

Specializing in photographing newborns and very young children, Cortney Talbot isn’t really quite like the other Scottsdale family photographers in this post. Still, there are two strong reasons why we want her on this list. One, her portfolio of magnificent studio portraits of the brand new little people is just totally adorable! Be prepared to be doing a lot of “aaaaw”-ing as you scroll through her work. And second, you’ll notice that peppered throughout are the occasional family photos of the delicate little one with one parent or two, sometimes even siblings. If there’s anyone in Scottsdale with the knowledge and experience of prep and safely handling newborns for family photographs and getting stunning results, Talbot would be it.

8. Jennifer Bowen

Photographing professionally since 2005, Jennifer Bowen’s images all seem to have that “everything is perfect” look-and-feel to them: perfect lighting and exposure, perfectly clad and posed subjects, perfect set and props. Everything in its place and nothing left to chance, very much like those old Hollywood South Pacific-type musicals. But those were shot in highly controlled studios indoors. And that’s the thing — a lot of the shoots we see in Bowen’s portfolio are outdoor Arizona desert on-location affairs! No, her subjects aren’t stiff or mannequin-like; they’re natural, spontaneous, and having fun (it’s not like anyone can really do the control thing with very young children anyway). Bowen’s meticulous work is frankly amazing. 

9. Nicole Kehres

Having her first child was the catalyst that got Nicole Kehres seriously into photography. She got a starter camera kit to document her new baby’s first days, didn’t like the results, started taking classes so she could take better pictures, and now here she is, with her own photography business in Scottsdale. With her kids still fairly young, Kehres is apparently a very quick study. The quality of her work is undeniable, with a portfolio full of superb shots of families, babies, and moms-to-be, both from her Scottsdale studio and the city’s enviable gorgeous environment just outside the door.

10. Maria Elizabeth Fossler

Clearly, Maria Elizabeth Fossler has a lot of experience with children—she’s an elementary school teacher and takes pictures professionally on weekends. That experience comes in really handy when managing a family shoot with little ones. Not that she handles her sessions strictly; Fossler takes the time to really get to meet and know her clients better before a shoot, so much so that many become friends, not just clients. She feels connecting gives her comfortable clients and helps her take better pictures. If you think about it, that’s actually something a good teacher would do!

Almost limitless options!

As you can see, for your family memories, Scottsdale’s excellent pro photographers give you a myriad of choices. And don’t forget, as part of the Greater Phoenix Area, Scottsdale is very close to many of the region’s natural attractions and municipalities, truly giving you a treasure of options for your perfect family picture.

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