California Family Photographers

Family Photographers for California, United States

Our California documentary photographers are also available to families in: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego

Document Your Family's Legacy - Schedule a Family Photo Session in California!

United States family photojournalists are here to capture genuine moments of you and your loved ones. Through their expert lens skills, they create images that beautifully portray real-life moments, instead of posed or contrived shots. Forget the poses and forced smiles - these California photographers aim for candid shots that truly capture the love and beauty of your family. The Family Photojournalist Association has a wide selection of top-ranked photographers in California. Find your perfect photographer today!

Map of FPJA Family Photographers Serving California

12 Available Documentary Family Photographers...

Chris Shum is a San Francisco based Family Photojournalist.

Chris Shum is a talented and experienced family photographer known for his unique perspective and passion for storytelling. With a focus on weddings, engagements, special events, and family and baby photography, he creates timeless fine art pictures that his clients can cherish forever.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Southern California is home to Ventura based documentary family photographer Loren Haar

Loren Haar, owner of Lore Photography, is a skilled documentary-style photographer specializing in natural light. With a background in storytelling, Loren captures authentic and memorable moments that reflect the true essence of her subjects. Her passion for photography was ignited during her journey as a parent, leading her to seek creative ways to create compelling images that deeply resonate...

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
A BW portrait of family photographer Anthony Thornton

Anthony Thornton is an adventurous family photographer with a background in music and journalism. He earned a B.A. in jazz drumming before discovering his passion for photography during his time studying abroad. Since then, he has honed his skills through freelancing for various publications and working as a staff photographer for the Vail Daily newspaper.

Joyce Perlman Family Photojournalist

Joyce Perlman is a documentary photographer who is passionate about capturing the beauty and complexity of real-life moments. With a background in UX Design and marketing, she brings a unique creative perspective to her photography. Joyce strives to tell memorable visual stories that capture the essence of people's lives and relationships, and she is excited to travel the world to capture...

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
David Enloe, a Family Photographer of The Enloe Creative Studio, looks from behind a vintage film camera

David Enloe is a skilled and experienced family photographer specializing in capturing authentic and meaningful moments. With over 10 years of experience, David's superpower is his ability to connect with children and mirror their energy, creating a comfortable and genuine atmosphere. From 1-hour lifestyle sessions to multi-day documentary experiences, David offers a range of family...

Lifestyle Photojournalist
Annie Bang is a Family Photojournalist serving California

Annie Bang is a California-based family photographer with a background in journalism and international reporting. Her love for capturing genuine, documentary-style photos stems from her academic and professional experiences. Annie's passion lies in preserving valuable moments and creating lasting memories for families through her photography.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
California and San Francisco are home to family photojournalist Douglas Despres

Douglas Despres, of Helios Images, is a West Coast family photographer with 17 years of experience capturing the energy and connections of families in a documentary style. In addition to family sessions, Douglas also has extensive experience in photographing weddings, specializing in tiny weddings and elopements.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Family Photojournalist Ron Storer is covering the PNW

Ron Storer is a documentary family photographer from the Northwest. With a background in freelance humanitarian work and a former career as a competitive cyclist, Ron brings a unique perspective to capturing genuine and intimate moments. His 29-year marriage to Neesie and their two sons, Grant and Torey, inspire his passion for documenting the beauty and joy found in everyday family life.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Jared Lindsay - DFW Texas family photographer

Jared Lindsay is a skilled documentary family photographer specializing in capturing the fleeting moments that makeup life. With a focus on being unobtrusive, Jared ensures that moments are not interrupted. His goal is to create honest records for parents and their children, preserving the chaotic glory of family life.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
seattle newborn family portrait photographer

Alec Mills is a documentary family photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, and family photography. Through her lens, she tells stories and captures the everyday moments that become cherished memories. Alec's passion lies in capturing the beauty of the mundane, creating unique and timeless images that reflect the true essence of family.

Lifestyle Photojournalist
Colorado is home for family photographer Amelia Armstrong

Amelia Armstrong is a documentary family photographer specializing in raw, emotion-filled storytelling. With over 12 years of experience and a background in photography from the Brooks Institute, she is adept at capturing authentic moments. Amelia is passionate about learning and connecting with families to tell their unique stories through photography.

Lifestyle Photojournalist

Mini Gallery by California Family Photographers

Check out these award-winning family photography samples from California! Captured by the world's best family photographers, these documentary-style images could showcase beautiful moments from birth sessions, at-home sessions, day outings, or family adventures in the California region. If you're looking for a talented photographer to capture your family's special moments, be inspired by these incredible photos and start your search today.

In Ventura, California, a loving father tenderly embraces his infant baby in a timeless black and white photograph
A California big sister is watching excitedly Daddy feed baby brother at their home in San Francisco
A Happy CA dad and daughter moment of guitar jamming outside on the patio in San Francisco
At home in Ventura	California, it is time to brush the boys' teeth
Ventura California mom seeing her new baby for the first time after birth at Community Memorial Hospital
In Ventura California, a soon to be big sister hangs out with laboring mom at a home birth
BW picture from Ventura	California	 of a dog waiting for scraps to fall from the boys high chair
Family documentary photography in San Francisco with a Baby girl enjoying the yummy watermelon

California Family Photography

Documentary family photography is the perfect way to capture special moments and create lasting memories. With an outdoor or at-home session, your California family photographer can capture genuine candid moments of the entire family in a comfortable and casual setting. Whether it's a small group or a larger extended family, your FPJA photographer will focus on the art of storytelling through beautiful photographs. From capturing the unique personalities of each family member to the regular routines, you can trust that a California family photographer of the FPJA will create unique and timeless family heirlooms.

California Day in the Life Picture Sessions - DITL

There is something appealing about the imperfections in an ordinary day. The best gift that you can give your family now and in the years to come is the investment in authentic photographs that showcase a real day in your life. These stress-free sessions, designed to capture the realness and honesty of an average day for your family, produce the most genuine images, and these are the ones that you will cherish for years to come.

California Birth Sessions at Home or Hospital

The birth of your child is an experience that is filled with both beauty and chaos. It’s a moment in time that you won’t want to forget, yet it’s an experience in which the details may fade away in the coming weeks, months and years. To capture the first moments in which you meet your baby and those first special hours together, you should enlist the help of a California documentary birth photographer. An experienced family photographer who specializes in documentary birth sessions will be able to capture your labor journey, the birth experience and the immediate reaction that you have when you see your baby’s face for the first time — all while respecting your space. The right photographer will be able to use discretion while focusing on the fleeting moments that you will want to remember from your birth experience. Whether you plan to give birth at home or at the hospital, you can book a documentary birth session with a professional reportage-style birth photographer.