If you’re like me, you have tons of pictures of your kids on your camera roll in your phone, but don’t always make it into the frame yourself. Hiring a photographer is the best way to make sure that you capture a few special moments on film that you’re a part of, too! Family photos are one of those investments that you’ll always be glad you made – especially when they’re as stunning as the ones from the photographers on this list. Here are a few of our favourite Calgary family photographers to book a session with in 2022!
Genevieve Renee Photography | genevieverenee.com
I was lucky enough to have Genevieve photograph my wedding way back in 2009, and I’ve been following her photography journey ever since. She takes breathtaking engagement, wedding, and food photos, in addition to stunning family shots. Full family sessions cost $600, and you receive 60+ images. She also announces limited spots for mini sessions via her Instagram, so follow her and keep your eyes peeled for a fall mini announcement coming in July. Mini sessions are $300 for 30 minutes and 30 images.
Juan and Angie Photo and Video | juanandangie.pixieset.com
I can’t speak highly enough about our experiences with Juan and Angie Photography. We’ve had multiple family photo sessions done with them since our kids were babies and have always been over the moon with the results. They make the experience fun and stress-free, and capture both candid and posed moments that you’ll cherish forever. Mini Sessions cost $250 for a 20 minute sitting and come with a minimum of 20 edited images, and May 28 is their next mini session offering (there won’t be another one till Fall, so book yours quick!) Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to book your mini session or inquire about pricing for a full family session.
Jennie Guenard Photography | jennieguenard.com
Jennie Guenard Photography offers a range of options when it comes to capturing your favourite family moments on film. Whether you’re looking for a mini session or a full family shoot, prices start at $349. Jennie is also offering a new photography option that’s unique in Calgary, called Generational Love – A Year of Family Portraits. With this subscription, you receive 1 Full Family Session, 2 Seasonal Mini-Shoots, and a fine art family album to capture the year at the end. It’s the perfect way to watch your family grow over the course of a year. You also get free access to children’s clothing rentals in the client wardrobe, a wardrobe consultation for each session, and an online gallery and store of all the final images where anyone you share the gallery with can purchase prints. Cost for this subscription is $1499 or four instalments of $399.75.
Modern Nest Photography | modernnestphotography.com
Modern Nest Photography offers photo sessions for every occasion, including weddings, couples, newborns, and, of course, families. A full family shoot costs $625 + gst, and includes a session of up to one hour in one location with up to 6 people. You’ll receive 40-60 edited, high resolution images which can be downloaded online. Mini Sessions come up for Mother’s Day and Christmas, so keep your eyes peeled during those times of the year if a mini session is what you’re after!
Project Photo Sessions | projectphotosessions.com
Project Photo Sessions offers a fun alternative to traditional family photos with these gorgeous black and white head shots of children and teens aged 6 months and up. My kids had the pleasure of working with Margot and had a blast during their 30 minute photo sessions. She made them feel relaxed, comfortable, and encouraged them to be their authentic, silly selves. The photos we received perfectly captured essence of their personalities and it was so hard to narrow down our favourites! For $150 you get a gallery where you can choose your top two poses which can be printed at a vendor of your choosing. Additional images can be purchased for $50.
Pretty Light Photography | prettylightphotography.com
Count on Pretty Light Photography to capture all of life’s special moments with photo shoots for families, motherhood, maternity, newborns, weddings and elopements. Pricing varies depending the type of shoot you’re looking for, as well as the location. A family shoot costs $550 within Calgary, and $690 for a shoot in either Kananaskis or Drumheller. With your package, you receive up to 90 minutes of photography and 50 edited images, as well as wardrobe consultation and access to a client closet. Additional pricing is available on the Pretty Light Photography website.
Paige Mariah Photography | paigemariahphotography.com
From proposals, elopements and weddings, to couple shoots, family and maternity sessions, Paige Mariah Photography is ready to capture whatever moment you’d like to immortalize on film. Prices vary based on the type of session you’re looking to book, as well as the location. Family and Maternity sessions start at $249 and include 60 minutes of posed and candid photography, with 35+ high resolution, edited digital photos that you can print to your heart’s content! Paige will scout out the perfect location for the photos – all you have to do is show up ready to smile!
LCR Photography | lcrphotography.ca
Looking for someone to snap the perfect shot of your adorable baby bump, precious newborn or sweet family? LCR Photography not only specializes in family photography, but also corporate photos, weddings and engagements as well. For $269, you get up to 90 minutes of photography for up to 5 people (or pets) at an outdoor location, with a password protected gallery to view and choose 10 edited images for printing. Additional family members can be added for $25 per person or pooch!
Lindsay Skeans Photography | lindsayskeansphotography.com
Whether you’re in search of a photographer to capture your growing bump or growing family, Lindsay Skeane Photography can do it all. Lindsay has an eye for the perfect location to photograph magical moments for your family, and is happy to come to you, as well! Mini sessions are offered throughout the year for $300, which includes a 20 minute shoot and 30-50 edited images. Full family photo sessions can be also planned and priced according to the vision you’re hoping to achieve.
Calgary Family Photo Shoot Locations
If you’re booking with a photographer, chances are good that they have more than a few perfect locations up their sleeve. Scouting the perfect spot to capture the essence of your family is part of their job, and that includes knowing the perfect time of day to visit for the perfect lighting. If you’re looking for some great locations to snap some impromptu shots yourself, here are a few great ones around YYC:
- High Park – 340 10 Avenue SW
- Rundle Ruins – 632 13 Avenue SE
- Inglewood Bird Sanctuary – 2425 9 Ave. SE
- Central Library – 800 3 St. SE
- East Village (various locations!)
- Fish Creek Park (again – various locations!)
- Central Memorial Park – 1221 2 St. SW
- The Saskatoon Farm – 80181 338 Ave. E #20, Foothills County, AB
Who are your favourite Calgary family photographers? Do you have a hidden gem of a spot to snap family photos you’d like to share? We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments!