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By: Emma Fraser
If you’re looking for the best Edmonton family photography studios, we’ve compiled some of our recommendations below. Apart from sharing our thoughts on these photographers, we’ll let you in on some important things you need to know.
First up, of course, is how much you should expect to pay a photographer for your family photo. Read on to get answers.
How Much Does a Family Photograph Cost?
When you are picking out a photographer who will take your picture, cost is an important factor to consider. Of course, there are several factors that will affect the cost of your photo shoot.
Will you be getting additional prints or a photo album? Will you have the shoot taken at a studio or outdoors?
These are just examples of the things that may affect the price of your family photography session. Photographers’ rates may vary by experience as well or professional pedigree.
Still, if you need a rough guide, here is a quick estimate on the prices of family photo shoots in the city.
|Basic Shoot||$220 to $328|
|Additional Family Member||$18 to $50 per person|
|Travel Fees||$30 to $250 (depending on distance)|
|Additional Prints||$20 per image|
|Mini Book||$190 to $300|
|USB Card||$100 to $190|
|Outdoor Shoot||$190 to $400 extra|
The Best Edmonton Family Photography Studios
Now if you decide that the costs we listed above are tolerable for your family photo needs, it’s time to look for studios. But as we mentioned earlier, we already did the work for you here by finding the top ones.
1. Blooming Bliss Photography
|PRODUCTS||Maternity, Newborn, Milestones|
|ADDRESS||7 Milburn Crescent, St. Albert, AB T8N 2C4|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 667-0978 |
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Mondays to Fridays: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM|
Emilie, the owner of Blooming Bliss Photography, is one passionate woman. She is a mother of two who also loves to travel, run, and dive.
She specializes in maternity, newborn, and milestone photographs that capture fleeting moments in one’s life. Her passion for life – and for motherhood – comes out quite well in her work, we think, at least judging from the samples we saw.
We also love that her photography studio has a number of maternity dresses, blankets, baby clothes, and head ties that you can use as props in your photo session. It makes her pretty well-suited to doing photos for would-be moms, photos with babies, and so on.
Unlike other photographers, Emilie even offers a complimentary maternity session to compliment your newborn session. If you’re interested, note that you will have to give her a call or shoot her an email so you can get more details on this.
Plus there’s free cake! If you book her Cake Smash Milestone session for your little one, she’ll bring all the outfits, decors, bubble or milk bath, and a free cake for your child to enjoy. Pretty hard to beat that!
We gathered some of the most informative reviews we could find about the studio so you know about others’ experiences with her:
“Our entire experience with Emilie has been fantastic. She is kind, professional and her work is amazing! We did maternity and newborn pictures with her and we absolutely love the pictures. We also ordered a folio box and prints and we are so happy with the products. Emilie took into consideration the pictures we really wanted to take and she was very organized the day of our photoshoots. She made us feel so welcome and managed to get my 2 year old to cooperate…he had so much fun with her! We absolutely recommend Emilie and we will definitely be back.” – Camille Francisco
“I have nothing but positive things to say about Emilie of Blooming Bliss Photography. I love her work. I love how professional she is. I love how laid back, and thorough she is. I love how she takes pride in her work. She is so kind and easy to work with and so professional. You literally just show up and she takes care of everything, even during the pandemic. So happy I found her!” – Mona King
“Emilie is so professional and makes you feel so comfortable in front of the camera. She captured some beautiful images of my family and I for my maternity shoot. Her studio is the cutest and she makes sure that your session is everything you want it to be by asking lots of questions and knowing exactly what you want. So excited we found her!” – Sayena M
“I highly recommend Emilie as a photographer. She is such a kind person and her ability to make you feel and look beautiful is like no other I’ve worked with before. I’ve now done two maternity photo sessions with her and both times I’ve been so in love with my pictures. My friends and family are always so impressed as well. Her selection of gowns will make any mama-to-be feel absolutely stunning! She is also so wonderful with small children and was able to make my daughter feel so comfortable and happy in our recent maternity photo shoot and during Christmas photos last year.” – Megan Wyton
2. Shine Photo Studio
|PRODUCTS||Maternity, Newborn, Child & Kids, Family|
|ADDRESS||306 Kirkpatrick Crescent NW, Edmonton, AB T6L 5E1|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 904-2493 |
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Mondays to Sundays: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM|
Shine Photo Studio is another family photography studio that can help capture those meaningful memories with your loved ones.
We picked them because of a very good-value family photo package, which includes 5 high-resolution digital images with professional editing for a total of 1.5 hours. Additional images may be purchased at $20 per image.
What we like most about the family photo package they offer is that they don’t charge extra for additional family members. So, you can invite grandparents to join you in the photo session without paying extra.
Not to mention, the rate is the same for indoor or outdoor venues. They also offer one cute backdrop for kids.
That said, one thing that we didn’t like about this company is that it has a somewhat confusing brand name. Instead of staying consistent with its Shine Photo Studio name, its URL reads shinepicstudio, which can be confusing if you’re trying to recall the name of the company.
This is what people had to say about Shine Photo Studio:
Our family has had several photography sessions at different occasions both inside and outside in the last few months with Shine photo studio and we couldn’t ask for more! She is a super patient, very artistic and extremely educated photographer which makes our sessions enjoyable. She was able to handle my kids really well and was pretty open to hear what we like. Highly recommended to everyone, especially to young families with kids! Absolutely 5 stars!!” – Zahra Dezhahang
“They made a memorable day for us… We had a Great experience of maternity and newborn photography with them. She is a patient and dedicated photographer with excellent experience in photo shooting and editing.” – Nafiseh Zakizadeh
“Had an awesome maternity shoot, they were extremely accommodating. My photos came out beautiful and I’m looking forward to doing my newborn shoot with them as well.” – Samantha Thompson
3. Redwagon Photography
|PRODUCTS||Simple Sessions, Maternity, Newborn, Motherhood, Children, Family, Boudoir|
|ADDRESS||54 Avenue & 114B St, Edmonton, AB T6H 2K9|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 451-9132 |
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||By appointment only|
For 15 years, Jamie O’Quinn has been running Redwagon Photography as one of the best Edmonton family photography studios. Her specialization in family photography is in creating organic and naturally light images.
She calls her family session an Organic Session, which she usually starts with an in-person pre-session consultation. During that time, she will get to know more about you and your family and discuss styling and wardrobe for your shoot.
One of the things that make Jamie’s business stand out is that she offers what she calls a Curated Closet. This is a studio wardrobe filled with various pieces of clothing that you can wear during your shoot.
The Curated Closet is part of her package and is available for moms, girls, and boys.
The only downside to her studio is that she doesn’t allow walk-ins. You will have to set an appointment with her so you can properly get to know more about her services.
That said, we think it’s worthwhile if you’re looking for a photographer who can capture your family’s true spirit in an image. There’s a reason she mandates appointments: she tries to get to know her clients more deeply than most photographers, in our experience.
Fortunately, Jamie pairs that with a natural charm and talent for getting people to open up. The people we asked to try her services were certainly nothing but positive about the experience.
So what do people think of Redwagon Photography? Read these:
“I have to say that I have never experienced a photo shoot like I did with Redwagon! I did a Goddess session and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Jamie allows you to just be you and makes you feel so comfortable. She captures a moment in time that I will cherish forever. She helps you look at yourself in a new beautiful way and brings out that inner beauty. It felt so empowering to see myself that way!! I am truly so grateful for the experience and feel all women should have an opportunity to feel how Jamie makes you feel. You leave feeling so amazing and the pictures are INCREDIBLE!! Thank you Jamie for truly adding so much to my life.” – Nicole Renee
“Jamie went above and beyond in the whole experience from our initial consultation, to our rainy day shoot, and throughout our process of choosing our photos! She is extremely creative and generous – even providing snacks at our initial consultation and our viewing session. Her whole business is creative and professional!” – Sherece Creasy
“Jamie was amazing! She was extremely helpful at getting me ready for our session and made it stress free! My daughter is very weird when it comes to strangers but warmed up to Jamie almost immediately! Which was such a relief I would definitely use her services again!” – Crysta Krebs
“Jamie is the loveliest, most wonderful photographer around. For whatever you need – she is accommodating, professional, hilarious, and an all-around wonderful person to work with. We used her skills for a portfolio update for our website, and Jamie definitely did not disappoint. Our photos are FANTASTIC, and we had an amazing time at our shoot! HIGHLY recommend hiring her! Thank you, Jamie!! <3” – Transition Doulas
4. Simply b photos
|PRODUCTS||Baby, Cake Smash, Family, Maternity, Newborn|
|ADDRESS||7133 Argyll Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T6B 2C5|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 707-5091 |
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Open 24 hours|
Another Edmonton photographer that specializes in family photos is Simply b photos. They have been operating in Edmonton for over 9 years and specialize in modern portraiture.
They have their own photography studio filled with more than 200 backdrops that you can choose from. Their studio also has a wide selection of props to use during your photo shoot.
Simply b photos offers the same rate for in-studio and on-location lifestyle shoots. Both packages will give you access to 25 high-resolution digital files that you can download and print whenever you like.
You can also have your photos printed by Simply b photos since they offer custom cards, a la carte prints, wall collections, gift items, and canvas pieces.
The package includes a one-hour session with a total of over 50 images to choose from. Unfortunately, they only allow immediate family members during the shoot, so that may be a concern if you want a big family photo.
And anyway, their style actually lends itself best to smaller family photos, in our opinion. Some of their best photos are the ones focusing on just a few or even one family member.
It’s a very professional aesthetic, and even one that verges on editorial in some cases. This modern style may not be to everyone’s taste, but it certainly makes them stand out, in our opinion.
This is what people had to say about Simply b photos:
“Just finished our newborn session with Baotran and I absolutely loved it. The sheer amount of props she had was impressive. I contacted her after my baby was born and she was able to fit us in before my baby was 2 weeks old. She responded very quickly to my initial email and everything was set up in no time. She was incredible with my baby and accommodated any requests that I had. Our sneak peek photo was adorable and I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos. I highly recommend Baotran to do your newborn photos. I wish I had been more on the ball to have gotten maternity photos as well.” – Kimberly Wood
“Simply B photography will speak for itself, but to anyone reading this; I absolutely recommend her and her expertise in her profession to a whole different standard. She is personable, professional, accurate and most importantly she has the artistic ability to capture the moments that mean the most to you.” – Nav Dhillon
“What a wonderful experience we had yesterday at Simply B Photos! Baotran was so patient and gentle with our daughter and had wonderful sets ready to go to make the transitions quick. I would highly recommend her for parents wanting newborn pictures. Thank you once more!” – Rasmi Nair
“We booked a Fall mini session with Simply b Photos and we are incredibly pleased! Baotran was incredibly responsive to my questions prior to our photo shoot. During our shoot she was professional, friendly and very patient with my 2 kiddos. The photos we received were amazing! Absolutely love them! These were our first professional family photos and we will definitely be booking with Simply b Photos again! Definitely recommend.” – Stephanie Gray
5. Christy Wells Photography
|PRODUCTS||Wedding & Couples, Newborn, Family, Maternity, Commercial, Boudoir|
|ADDRESS||2861 Anderson PI SW, Edmonton, AB T6W 0V7|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 886-2144|
|OPERATING HOURS||Mondays, Wednesdays to Fridays: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM |
Tuesdays: 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Christy Wells has been a professional photographer for 12 years. She is the woman behind her photography studio, Christy Wells Photography.
Unlike other photographers, she has a separate session fee. She also offers digital packages for those who prefer digital photos or image files.
Her digital packages for family photo shoots offer different inclusions. You start with the Bronze Package, which comes with 15 high-resolution digital images.
The Silver Package offers 25 high-resolution digital images. Meanwhile, the Gold Package offers all high-resolution digital images.
The last tier is the Platinum Package, which includes all high-resolution digital images and an 8×10 album.
These packages include black and white versions of the photos. There’s also an option of getting the Simply Studio package, which is a mini-shoot that you can do quickly in the studio.
Apart from taking family photos, Christy also takes commercial, boudoir, and wedding photos.
Overall, this is a good photography studio that can cater to your budget. If you want a quick, fuss-free studio session, she’s the right photographer to pick out.
Plus, you have the option to take home all of the photos from your shoot, thanks to the Gold Package. Not all photographers offer this option so it’s definitely a good one to have.
This is what people had to say about Christy Wells Photography:
“She is not only a good and professional photographer.. She is such a great personality with great values… Christy you did a great job … and her studio feels like you are at home … ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️” – Satwinder Singh
“When a photographer provides you with so many photos you can’t decide which is your favourite, that is the best problem to have! Christy is an absolute professional and made my family so comfortable as we shot our photos. My son and husband immediately felt at ease with her and she got the most genuine and authentic shots of them both that I have ever seen. Thank you Christy!” – Kristin Gibson
How to Pick a Family Photographer
Every photographer is passionate about their craft. This is why it can be a struggle to pick out the right photographer for your family photo shoot.
If you’ve never worked with a photographer before, here are some tips on how to choose the best Edmonton family photography studio:
Creativity and Style
There’s a reason photographers showcase their portfolio on their websites. In doing so, they are able to let potential customers see their work and decide based on that.
As a customer, you need to look at the portfolio of a photographer carefully. Try to understand how well the photographer takes photos and how you feel about them.
Do you prefer your photos to be taken naturally or with bright studio lighting? How about the composition of the photos?
These are some things that only you can answer so make sure you check out their portfolio. If it speaks to you, then the photographer is probably a good option.
Number of People Allowed
There really isn’t a rule on how many people should make up a family. But in photos, a photographer has to work well with each subject and make sure that they look good in front of the camera.
This is actually why photographers charge for extra adults who will join in the photo. But if you have a big family and you want them all to be included, it’s best that you ask your potential photographer for any charges involved.
Another factor that will help you pick a family photographer is his location. Chances are if you live in an area that is far from the photographer, you might need to pay for his travel expenses.
Make sure that you check out the photographers in your area so you don’t have to incur this additional expense.
You also need to carefully assess the different packages that photographers offer. Compare these with each other so you can figure out who is giving you value for your money.
These are just some of the things that will help you pick out a family photographer in Edmonton. If you have any questions, make sure to ask in your pre-booking session.
FAQs About Family Photography
This makes up our list of the best family photographers in Edmonton. We hope that our list helps you find a photographer who will capture those special moments with your loved ones.
Make sure to send us a message if we missed out on anyone. We’d loved to check them out.
In the meantime, you can check our list of the best maternity photography in Edmonton if you’re an expecting mom.