California Wedding Photographers

Lifestyle Photography in California

If you're in one of these areas, our California portrait photographers are here to assist you: 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

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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

17 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
Portrait of Ventura lifestyle and family 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
Los Angeles lifestyle and family portrait photography by Brenda Bravo of California

With over 13 years as a pro photographer and former modeling experience, I have a knack for finding the best shots and angles quickly and creating a fun experience to produce fabulous results for my clients. I love making portraits that make my subjects feel seen. heard. beautiful. and empowered. I enjoy creating content for entrepreneurs, especially those in the service or wellness industry, so they can convey their brand message in a unique and pleasing way to stir up more engagement and trust from their ideal clients. I'm an International Award-Winning Member of the WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association) and have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, OC Register, and various magazines in South Florida, Southern California, and in Lima, Peru including El Comercio, Publimetro, and Somos Fiestas. I've had solo photo exhibits in California and Peru. Currently located in Southern California and constantly traveling around the globe to capture story-telling photographs, portraits, and events.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
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!

Outdoor Lifestyle Photography by Joyce Perlman

Joyce studied fine art and photography at Syracuse University in New York, London, England and Florence, Italy. An artist. A photojournalist. An educator. A mentor. A dancer. A thought partner. A soulful person. Joyce is focusing on real lifestyle family sessions, She is capturing natural moments that tell the story of your family in a playful and artistic slice of life photo session. The focus is on everyday moments and interactions including connections while engaging with one another. Sessions take place at home or at an outdoor location in the San Francisco Bay Area or Mendocino. We are so lucky to have 2 locations, Mendocino and San Francisco. The best of both worlds.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA
San Jose and Bay Area lifestyle photography by Chunlei Deng of Northern California

My name is Chunlei Deng. I am a mom and a family photographer based in the Bay Area, California. After my daughter was born, I became a family history keeper behind the camera. To improve my shooting skills and to make up for my regret that I did not major in art, I started a professional photography course in college and finally got a professional photographer certificate. During my study, one of the most impressive projects was "Good Morning, " a series in black and white of my daughter. “Good Morning” was the first time I was more concerned with conveying to the audience the emotion and connection to my four-year-old daughter’s struggles and playfulness in the morning than the perfection of the photo. After completing this project, I set my style on documentary photography and lifestyle photography, trying to document extraordinary life most naturally. It is also the original intention of my photography studio because I wanted to narrate more stories for more families through my lens. My photography style is storytelling, emotive and timeless. I offer maternity, newborn, and family lifestyle sessions, you can choose the location, and it also could be your home. My workflow is without stress, giving minimum direction, and making my client naturally present in front of the lens. I also offer fine art portrait photography. I will capture timeless, authentic, and emotive portraits through communication with you.

Tanushree Vaidya, a Lifestyle and Family Portrait Photographer

Hi! I am Tanushree. My desire to work with different people and help showcase their best version of themselves took me from being a commerce graduate to becoming a professional hair artist, a wedding and portrait photographer as well as a graphic designer. Shooting weddings has been an incredible journey since I first started in 2012. It has taken me to over 14 countries across the world and I’ve been lucky to witness so many beautiful stories firsthand. My wedding clients eventually transitioned to maternity and family sessions organically. I realised I love documenting love in all shapes and forms. :)

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Portrait of San Francisco Lifestyle Photographer David Enloe of the California LSPA

My name is David Enloe and I have been serving clients for over 10 years. What’s my superpower? I naturally mirror the energy of the kids around me. This empowers you to feel comfortable so that we can make pictures that feel true. I also believe that physical prints are timeless, so I guide you through the process of creating quality artwork from your photographs. I care so much that I build picture frames by hand. My family photography packages range from 1 hour lifestyle photo sessions to multi-day adventure documentary experiences.

Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA
Lifestyle portrait of Iris Feng of Mountain Leaf Photography

As a huge travel bug, Iris started her photography journey capturing the people and places she encounters during her travels and loved telling stories with her photos. Being a photographer wasn't something Iris always thought she would do, but becoming a mama changes things. When Iris welcomed her daughter to this world, Iris realized that time goes by much faster than what she's prepared for. Kids simply grow up too fast! Taking photos of those toothless smiles, chunky cheeks and tiny hands and toes help to savor those gone-in-a-flash moments that are truly special to us -- and I look forward to capturing those special memories for your family! Inspired by Susan's PanAmerica trip, Iris and her husband took a year long journey traveling around the world.

Portrait of Juliana Bizzo lifestyle photographer of julianabizzo fotografia studio

Passionate about real stories and natural light. Pediatric dentist by training, designer by choice and photographer by passion!! It took me a while to get here, but today I can say that photography is my great purpose in life and what makes me happier. I love meeting people, discovering new stories and being the guardian of the most valuable memories of these families.

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
Seattle Family and Newborn Photography by Alec Mills

The story of my life with a camera started when I was 11, and without knowing it, I have had a camera at my side since that day 24 years ago. But my journey of photographing human connection started 9 years ago after I gave birth to my daughter. Feeling like time was moving too fast, my lens turned to the tiny human in my lap. Her newborn toes and baby rolls were quickly transforming into a fast and toothy toddler... I wanted to remember it all. Each tiny finger. Every curl on the back of her neck. How we touched noses for comfort. Or the first garden we planted together. As a child, I loved flipping through old picture boxes and hoarding my favorites. I asked about what I saw in the pictures and my parents recalled vacations, holidays, stories of drawing on the walls with permanent markers, birthdays, or trips to the park to feed the ducks. The pictures became a way for us to remember. To tell stories. Photography is my way of storytelling, and when I look at a photograph, I FEEL the moment, and my head and heart rejoice in the memory. With my lens, I capture the everyday details that make up my life, those moments that become my cherished memories.

Member of the Family Photojournalist Association - FPJA
PNW lifestyle portrait photography by Ying Song

Ying is a Seattle-based family photographer who specializes in lifestyle and documentary photography as well as studio-lit portraits. With two children of her own, she has a deep appreciation for capturing the precious moments of family life, and loves getting to know the families who come to her. Ying's eye for light and composition brings a unique and cherished perspective to each family she photographs.

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

California Lifestyle Images by the World's Top Portrait Photographers

LSPA portrait photographers offer stunning California lifestyle images. Our on-location environmental portraits feature family, solo, maternity, couple, pet, business portraits, and branding sessions. Have a look at the mini thumbnail gallery for some inspiration for your own portrait session. The Lifestyle Photographers Association has highly skilled and experienced photographers who will create a beautiful portrait for you, so consider hiring a professional California lifestyle photographer for your next session.

Portrait from San Francisco, California, created during a Family walk in the Fall colors
A pretty Pit Bull dog in the fire flowers of Lake Tahoe
A smiling girl being happy for photos with the sunlight behind her in a grassy area of UNR
Two sitters smiling at each other during a winter photoshoot in the forest of Truckee, Ca
A Terrier dog is running through the snow forest of Lake Tahoe with a small white dog chasing
A Santa Barbara couple walk in the shallow waters of the shore of a CA beach at sunset
A modern California lifestyle photography session that documented a playful Dad with kids having fun by the water under trees
Pet photography from Lake Tahoe of a German Shepherd with fall tree colors behind
A pro San Jose lifestyle family photo showing a Baby girl outdoors being held
Artistic San Jose lifestyle family photography with Moms little boy
San Jose creative lifestyle family portraits with sisters holding hands in red dresses
A San Jose family poses during an outdoor lifestyle image session during Family time together

California Business Portraits and Branding

Our California lifestyle photographers specialize in creating stunning environmental portraits that capture the true essence of a business. Our photographers will work with you to create a unique visual story that encapsulates the character of your business. We understand how important it is to build an accurate representation of your business that will help you stand out from the competition. Our portrait sessions are designed to make you look your best, and will incorporate elements that reflect both your personal style and your brand.

California Couple Portraits

Pre-wedding portrait sessions are a great way for couples to capture their union before the wedding day. These sessions are typically done on location, and the couple can choose a scenic spot that is special to them. One of our California lifestyle portrait photographers will guide the couple through a series of poses and activities that will bring out their personalities and capture their genuine love. At the end of the session, the couple will have a collection of beautiful images that will immortalize their relationship and the excitement of the upcoming wedding. From the laughter of the couple during a silly moment to the romantic embrace of a love that will last a lifetime, these pre-wedding portraits will represent the couple’s love story and their journey together. Images from United States couple portrait sessions can be an ideal gift to give your parents or grandparents.

California Maternity Portraits

The power of pregnancy is incomparable. Whether you are having your first child or your fifth child, you deserve to feel beautiful and showcase your confidence as a woman who is growing life within her. To preserve this moment in time, you should hire a pro California lifestyle portrait photographer for a maternity portrait session. When taken in an outdoor setting, your photographer can use the natural surroundings to complement the intrinsic beauty of pregnancy. From whimsical solo portraits in the woods to relaxed and playful portraits of you and your partner in the city, there are unlimited opportunities for maternity photo sessions in California.

California Family Portraits

There is nothing quite like the love shared between a family. From the tender devotion of parents who are rearing young kids to the endless pride of multi-generational families, there is beauty to be found in every family, no matter how small or large it is. California lifestyle picture sessions are the best way to showcase your life’s greatest masterpiece — your family. An experienced Lifestyle Photographer can photograph your family safely in an outdoor surroundings. The possibilities are endless when it comes to selecting a location for your portrait session. Whether you want a sunset skyline behind you to create an urban vibe or you would rather have artistic portraits taken with the mountains and lakes in the distance, a qualified photographer of the LSPA can help pose your family to perfection.

California Solo Portraits

There are many times in life where you simply need a dignified and poignant portrait of yourself. By investing in California lifestyle picture sessions with a qualified photographer, you can get the images that you need to build your brand, promote your organization or take your career to the next level. Whether you opt to have the session on the beach or in your own backyard, you will find that these outdoor locations result in crisp, clean images that show the most authentic version of yourself. You are more likely to feel relaxed and confident in an outdoor setting, and those emotions will shine through in the final images. Solo portraits are ideal for many purposes, including modeling headshots, social media portraits, or professional photographs for your business.

California Teen Portraits

The teenage years can be a tumultuous phase, but it’s also a stage of life that is filled with milestone moments and coming-of-age experiences. Teen portraits taken by a professional California lifestyle photographer can commemorate this fleeting stage of life, in which it seems like each day moves faster than the last. If your teen leads an active lifestyle, a lifestyle photographer can take action portraits of them enjoying their favorite sport. In addition, a teen who is about to graduate from high school or who is coming of age in their own way may appreciate portraits that showcase the authentic version of themselves. These powerful portraits can build confidence and instill conviction in your teen as they move forward into adulthood.