California Wedding Photographers

Lifestyle Photography in California

Fresno, Central Coast, Visalia, Tulare, Madera, Modesto, Merced, Porterville, Turlock, Oakland, Shasta Lake, Napa, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, San Diego, Long Beach, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Chula Vista, San Bernardino, Orange County, Irvine, Riverside, Bakersfield, Simi Valley

Locate your California lifestyle photographer to freeze emotions and moments for your family in natural environmental portrait sessions. When you hire one of our lifestyle photographers to do your next couple, family, teen, or maternity portrait session, you will receive beautiful images that tell a story that is true to you.   The Lifestyle Photographers Association of California:

Map of Lifestyle Photographers Serving California

23 Available Lifestyle Photographers...

Chris Shum is a San Francisco, CA based lifestyle photographer.

Ever since I was a teenager, I have always enjoyed taking pictures with the camera my dad passed onto me, capturing the things, people and places around me. In 2007, I decided to turn this passion of mine into my career. Since then I have been shooting weddings, engagements, special events, family, kids and babies. I love telling stories with my camera, and my pictures demonstrated my characteristic style and unique perspective, simple yet elegant. I take great pride to apply my skills and talent to document the important and precious moments of life of my clients into lasting fine art pictures. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to capture these memories for my clients so they can cherish a lifetime.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA
Lake Tahoe Lifestyle Family Photographer Kevin Sawyer

Hey! I am Kevin Sawyer. I am an international award-winning destination wedding and lifestyle photographer and am based in the Lake Tahoe area. I live with my very beautiful wife and our two amazing pups!

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA

Hello, friends! I'm Dennis Mock a San Diego Lifestyle Family Photographer. I love documenting all the connection, personality, and most of all laughter that makes your family uniquely beautiful through fun-filled sessions. Through my photography style, I'm able to mix fun candids and relaxed portraits, to tell the genuine story of your family. Whether it's at the beach, the park, your home, or your favorite place to go, let's capture this special time together.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Lifestyle Photographer Sarah Kang - San Francisco

Sarah Kang is a professional photographer whose love of photography began decades ago with her first course in darkroom development. She has a unique eye and sense of anticipation that translate into her beautifully honest and emotional photographs. Sarah graduated from Brown University and studied photography at the New York Institute of Photography. Aside from photographing families, she loves to travel and salsa dance. Sarah currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA
Oakland lifestyle and family portraits in Northern California by Leigh Ann Pincus

I fell in love with photography as a teenager. After I had my first child. I wanted to catch every moment, every smile, every milestone. Today, when I look back at photographs of my children, memories come flooding back. The photograph of my daughter standing on a chair makes me remember how she loved to climb, on everything! The photo of my son in a miniature chef’s hat and apron reminds me of when he was 3 and wanted to be a chef. He made up recipes for me, like asparagus cookies! I’m passionate that everyone has a story and everyone deserves to have their story documented. I want to capture real, authentic moments that tell your story, so you can look back and remember those moments as if they happened yesterday. It doesn’t matter where you are in your story, capturing the connection between you and those you love is my goal. Whether you are a young couple in love, awaiting the birth of your little one, or a family with teenagers, your love and connection should be captured. When you book a session with me, there won’t be fake smiles and lots of “say cheese” moments. I’m a visual storyteller and your story will be filled with laughter and fun. I’m not the right photographer for everyone, but if this sounds like the type of session you are looking for, then I’m the right photographer for you. Let’s get started telling your story!

San Bernardino, California lifestyle photographer Erin Sricharoon

I am a natural light photographer who believes everyone has a special story to tell. I focus on capturing the everyday moments in beautiful perspectives to create cherished memories. I specialize in family, birth/newborn, and "a day in the life of" photography.

Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA
Los Angeles lifestyle photographer Alaina Nunez - California

I am married to a wonderful, supportive man who I fell in love with when I was 18. We have 5 children who we home school which means, we do life together, and God uses each of us to teach and help each other each and every day. We encourage our children to think for themselves and always look for ways to help others. We seek to speak life and truth into them and want them to know that they are capable of creating and doing amazing things because we know and serve an amazing God. I’m an ENFP, I like to teach, craft, bake, read, learn new things, create, have deep conversations with my kids and husband, explore the outdoors, travel (we love road trips!) and of course, document life with my camera! I would love to document the beautiful memories. Whether it be your beautiful baby bump, the Birth Story of your little one you've waited 9 months to meet or a Newborn Session capturing all the precious tiny details. I would love to document your Family Story, in whatever journey you are on. I want to show you how your ordinary is in fact extraordinary. How there is beauty in the mess.

Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA
Orange County, California lifestyle photographer Samantha Ellison

I am a family documentary photographer who has made it a bit of a personal mission to GET MOM IN THE PICTURE. Well, that, and a whole pile of dairy free*, genuine family moments. It's not all about Mom, but as a mom myself who doesn't find her way into enough photos with my kiddo, I wanted to create a niche service for my local mamas whom I know can relate! * just say no to "cheese!" ... haha get it? "cheese"... dairy free... My husband and I adopted our daughter in 2016 and I've been hoping he'd develop the ability to recognize a moment with me and her that maybe I'd appreciate a photo of ever since! Can you relate? I think a lot of moms can and that's why I'm here and that's why I've chosen documentary family photography as my focus. I want to help you see your family from another perspective, one that includes you, not one that feels forced from feeling annoyed enough to make Dad take a picture of you. (I have some of those!)

Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA
California lifestyle photographer Siliang Wang, of San Jose

I use a documentary approach with a fine art style to my family photography that captures real moments. I don’t see photography as just a job. I have the desire to create beautiful images that tell stories.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA
San Francisco, California Lifestyle Photography by Tanarak Visessonchoke

I'm Tanarak, a San Francisco, California lifestyle photographer. Originally from Thailand, Tanarak has lived and worked in Singapore, Paris, and Hong Kong and is inspired by different cultures and traditions. Awards WPJA - The Wedding Photojournalist Association 8th Place: 2014 Q4 - "Kids (being kids)" 3rd Place: 2012 Q4 "Toasting/Speeches" 8th Place: 2012 Q4 "Ring Details" 18th Place: 2012 Q2 - "Toasting/Speeches" 7th Place: 2012 Q1 – "Ceremony" 2nd Place: 2011 Q2 – "Portrait of the Bridal Party" 12th Place: 2009 Q4 – "Emotion" 19th Place: 2009 Q4 – "Reflection" AG|WPJA - The Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association 18th Place: 2016 Q2 - "Wildcard Portrait" 4th Place: 2014 Q4 - "Getting Ready" 9th Place: 2013 Q4 - "Details (Found)" 5th Place: 2012 Q4 - "Ring Details" 11th Place: 2012 Q4 - "Ring Details" 12th Place: 2012 Q4 - "Reception" 10th Place: 2012 Q2 - "Flower Details"

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Studio portrait of Ventura lifestyle photographer Loren Haar of California

I am a Southern California storyteller photographer, capturing your everyday life and times in images. For me, it is all about authentic imagery that represents who you are. I’ve always been one to document, but my love of photography really blossomed with the birth of our first child. I inherited my first DSLR camera, which I enjoyed, but it wasn’t until a friend taught me how to use the manual mode that I realized pointing and shooting play a very small role in creating a compelling image. So my quest began: to make images — creatively and expertly — that move the viewer. Soon after, I had life-changing moments to document: our 2nd daughter’s cleft palate surgery and bringing our son home from the hospital for the first time. But I have realized what I enjoy most is capturing the little things: how she cocks her head when she pushes her palms into the play dough, or how he clambers up onto a bike that is way too big for him. For me, the joy of capturing a moment beautifully and memorably is the most exciting part of photography. I would love to share this gift with you, to come together for a time and create a collection of images that bring you just such joy.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA
San Francisco, CA lifestyle photographer Douglas Despres

I love photographing family energy... been doing it in the documentary feel for 17 years. Family sessions are one of the most cherished things for my camera. As proof, despite nearly two decades as a pro, and being published from music albums to museums, my most cherished honor in the medium is an image of my late Uncle Ron, on the front cover of his funeral program. It captures a wily smirk and was made at a large family gathering one sunny Summer day in New Hampshire. It meant the world to be surprised with that. The natural moments of connection of your family, through big open hearts, is what I'm after. It's a mix of documentary, lifestyle and fine art. It's real. It's slow and soft or loud and crazy... it's everything. The goal is to become one of your family photographers through life, one session at a time. Often we'll put something physical that you already share together as a family. Could be cooking. Could be basketball or surfing or soccer or skiing. You enjoy, and I'll document the magic. For more of my history and accolades, please head on over to my website.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA
Alison Yin is a San Francisco Lifestyle Photographer

Alison graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with degrees in Journalism and English. Before launching her photography business in 2007, Alison worked with news publications including Sports Illustrated, the Oakland Tribune, the Modesto Bee, Tacoma News Tribune and the Durham Herald Sun.

Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA
Tiffany Luong southern CA family photographer

I believe that the best stories are the ones that are true, told with energy, genuineness, humor and a little bit of poetry. I am a documentary family photographer and mother to a toddler. Also having been an elementary school speech therapist means I am extremely observant and patient, acutely aware of mischief, and constantly dealing with situations bursting with hilarity, chaos and sticky hands & hugs. This photography business came from an intersection of so many different aspects of my life – my love for traveling and subsequently, being invited into peoples’ homes; my fascination with National Geographic stories; my research into my grandparents’ immigration history; my interest in all things behind-the-scenes. When I discovered family documentary photography, it’s like all these pieces clicked from these seemingly disconnected sources and allowed me to do everything simultaneously – live alongside people in a day in their life; create heirlooms for families so that grandchildren wouldn’t have to work so hard to know where they came from; to make personal documentaries for people who might never appear in National Geographic but have still lived a life worth living.To me, documenting the everyday in this way is like receiving permission to draw stories out of strangers, and to create family photographs reflecting life itself: a series of interactions that make up the totality of a human life, much more than the words that make up a story, the cascade of moments making up your day that deserve to be documented, and the sense of "home" and the love that surrounds you daily. I think our world has been very loud about how we/our children should be (act/look/behave), and through my experience shooting 200+ families, I have found that the perfection that the family portrait strives for is typically attained after a sweaty stressfest. If you are looking for an alternative, I believe that family photojournalism is all about authenticity and unreluctant vulnerability, and being able to remember how you felt (exasperated, relieved, joyful, expectant, or like you love your kids so fiercely you feel like your heart is going to burst) instead of how you wanted to look (sorry Pinterest!). When not photographing families and small businesses, you can find me trying to Konmari my tiny house, chasing my toddler, being a first class navigator to my husband on a family road trip, or looking for local gems in pockets of Los Angeles.

Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA
Ron Storer, lifestyle photographer for Seattle, WA.

Ron is based out of the Northwest area and is available for lifestyle portrait sessions. Ron Storer has been married to his wonderful friend, Neesie, for nearly the past 29 years and they have two amazing boys; Grant and Torey. 15 years ago, Ron Storer worked on a freelance basis with non-profit Organizations doing relief work around the globe. Now on occasion Ron still assists NPO's when possible and as his schedule allows. Prior to his photography career, Ron Storer raced on the US Cycling Team earning a Gold Medal in the Pan-Am Games and a Silver Medal in the Olympic Trials.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA
Idaho and Coeur d'Alene lifestyle and family portrait photographer - Jerome Pollos

The power of photography and that tangible element is real and is meaningful. It’s the visual documentation that provides proof we were here. We experience life, love, receive love, accomplish great feats, endure, and are a part of history within our family and communities. After that experience, I immersed myself in photojournalism. I studied, job shadowed, worked my butt off telling the stories of people who I was lucky enough to get an inside look of their lives. I’ve focused the photojournalism experience from all the assignments I’ve covered into telling stories of the people who won’t have their images highlighted inside a newspaper or magazine. This is why I do what I do. It’s also why my home has images hanging from every wall to highlight who my daughters were growing up, and who they are now. I want to always remember the 20th anniversary trip with my wife, and see myself and my girls acting goofy together. These moments are fleeting and the memories quickly fade without the images to remind us. Through portraits and weddings, I’ve devoted a big part of my life to telling stories with my images. And I take that responsibility very seriously. Because I want you to have that tangible element that will tell your story to your children, and grandchildren, and their children. I want a family member to walk down a hallway decades from now and point to a picture and ask about that moment captured in time.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Lifestyle Photographer in Salt Lake City - Kirstin Roper

I am a documentary photographer, a visual storyteller, from Salt Lake City, Utah. I am passionate about capturing powerful, intimate experiences in the sometimes messy but beautiful story of life. My images embrace real people, real emotion, and real life. My work can be seen in the permanent exhibits at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Also, In 2012, I traveled with the Museum to document the techniques and lives of Navajo Basket Weavers in south-eastern Utah, for a special exhibit entitled, Weaving a Revolution. Images were utilized in large exhibit form in the traveling space at the Natural History Museum of Utah, as well as a large coffee table style book, both designed by the team at the museum, documenting the Renaissance that these incredible Navajo artists started in the Monument Valley region. Additionally, I was commissioned by the Natural History Museum of Utah to create thousands of portraits for the Genetic Trait Tree, the local aspect to the special exhibit developed and produced by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History entitled Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code. I have also had the honor of traveling with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champions Ambassador Tour for the past 3 years; documenting the Champions as they meet with their state representatives, celebrities, corporate sponsors, and even President Obama and First Lady Michele Obama. Events included: ceremonies on stage, concerts, fund raising, and behind the scenes relationships to provide an overall feel of the exciting and high energy trip. My Education: I have an Associates Degree in Photography, and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from Weber State University. Working towards a Masters Degree in the near future.

Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA
Jared Lindsay, Lifestyle Photographer of DFW, Texas

As a father of 3, I know how crazy parenthood is. I also know how fast time goes by and how important it is to record those fleeting moments that make up this wild thing we call 'life'. That is why I feel, more strongly then ever, that it is very crucial to be as unobtrusive as I can be when making photographs of families so that I do not interrupt those moments that make this whole thing worthwhile and precious. To document those little moments that you will look back on and make you smile is not just for you, the parent, but more so for your children. For them to have an honest record of how your life and family were in truth. Life is too short not to.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA
New Mexico lifestyle photographer Kady McKeehan, of Albuquerque

Customized Family Portrait Sessions - This is about you and your family. I have a very photojournalistic approach to photography, so my goal is to help you feel confident and supported during our session together so that you can take home images that not only fulfill your yearly family portrait needs but remind you of a fun time together with sweet memories of your loved ones.

Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA
Colorado is home for family photographer Amelia Armstrong

I am a Boulder, Colorado-based family portrait photographer who travels anywhere a raw, emotion-filled story needs to be told. I was trained at the Brooks Institute of Photography and have worked for 7+ years in the industry. I would be thrilled to learn more about you and your family.

Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA

I'm a West Texas Catholic girl. NOW. (I wasn't always.) I live in Lubbock, Texas, and came here for love and never left. Yes. I married my college sweetheart. I adore photographing emotional moments and actually consider that my drug of choice. It's just addicting, watching people in love interact and enjoy life and each other. When people are REAL when they are naked to their emotions when they show how they really feel? It's just a wonderful thing. I love movies, but I can't remember movie lines or jokes. I like to hear them and you know when you get with your friends and you laugh until your tummy hurts? That's my favorite thing to do. We owned a video store, (think mom + pop style), for the first 22 plus years of our marriage. (yes, I married at age 12. -snort-) Things I've watched and developed an addiction to: Grey's Anatomy, Friday Night Lights, Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls, Call the Midwife, The Walking Dead, and yep. I'll admit it, even the Kardashians. I know, shaking my head in shame on that last one. Oh, wait! Friends. I have the entire set on DVD. Did I mention that we used to own a video store? You know, back in the day. I love the beach! I grew up summers in Long Beach, CA and it's the one place on earth I feel totally at peace and relaxed. There's always something going on inside my heart, my brain, my body. The beach reconnects them all. It's my happy place. I don't get there near enough.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA